Memories of Italy

Looking back six months ago, it is catastrophic how much the world has changed and how much we took for granted.

These are my sketches in and around Venice.

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Sitting anywhere but the cafés was not permitted so I sketched quickly and coloured up later.

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Vicenza is a small city full of Palladian Architecture, and a delightful square where you can sit and sip Spritzers while you sketch!

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Every house in Murano ( a traditional fishing town near Venice ) is washed in a distinctive colour. A watercolourist’s delight.

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It was a wonderful view and an enduring memory.

Rod

Ontario sketches

Last October we visited Ontario and I was able to sketch three buildings, one in Toronto, a second in Waterloo and a third in Kitchener, my home town.

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The Gooderham building is an iconic flatiron landmark inToronto.

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The post office building is seen duplicated throughout the small cities and towns of southern Ontario clad in stone or brick or as here in combinations of both.

The Market Square building sits on the site of the old Farmer’s Market where as a kid my family would shop for fresh produce and summer sausage from the Amish farmers and their horse and buggy wagons.

Sketching at Home

Hi All,

Like most of us I have been socially distant and staying at home. This time of confinement can be an opportunity to practise skills or just have some sketching fun.

I started sketching commuters from photos taken a couple of weeks ago to meet the oneweek100people2020 sketching challenge. I did nowhere near 100 people but got me into a daily routine of drawing people.

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After using up my commuter photos I made up people.

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Mechanical pencil, HB and 4B on watercolour paper.

Stay home, wash your hands but have a little fun!

Rod

 

Padua

Padua is a small city about half an hour by train north of Venice. We had the chance to stay for over two weeks during which I was able to have great fun with my sketchbook. The Palazzo della Ragione ( The Palace of Reason ) has housed the Law courts on the upper level and a lively food market on the ground level for 800 years!

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Padua was a walled city and some of the town gates still survive. Most sidewalks in the old city are covered by an arcade making walking easier in the heat of summer or a rainy day.

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The Basilica of St. Anthony is a landmark in Padua, a massive church dedicated to a very humble man. I did a couple of sitting to complete these sketches. It was the many domes and spires that caught my eye.

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Happy sketching!!!

Rod

 

Sketches from a Baltic Cruise

Hi Everyone!  I am back home in Calgary after a wonderful time in Europe including a cruise to the Baltic cities of Skagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen. The old town centres are wonderfully rich in history and architecture and became my sketching destination in each port..

Skaagen is a small town on the northern most tip of Denmark where the waves of  Baltic and the North Sea meet and intersect.. The traditional house has red brick, white trim and tile roof.

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Tallinn in Estonia has a delightful market square full of stalls, crowds and music. The 700 year old town hall with its soaring tower caught my eye and became the subject of my sketch.AC4C11B7-3724-4B83-8805-426267AAA876

The railway station in Helsinki had an enormous pair of guardians flanking the entrance. 3DF2C59E-AF55-4F50-9D19-24EB7F0D6A07

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We walked our feet off in Copenhagen. This sketch was taken from a bench on the canal, not with a Carlsberg but instead a very good coffee from the local 7/11.290B2EE3-E2E0-416A-92E1-3E6C2432119C

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Rod