Inglewood Bridge

A year ago I was fascinated by the confluence of the CPR main line with the Sculpture Garden and the ironworks of the Inglewood bridge and did this sketch.


The rusted rivets and beams of the bridge evoke in me the  pre world war one era of optimistic industrialization and progress.

It is slated for demolition and replacement so I look forward to sketching and recording a piece of Calgary’s history.

Our recent sketchwalks visited other structures of that prosperous era.

The First Baptist Church in the Beltline is a 1912 Gothic revival with a rich mix of brick, sandstone and timber.93E466AB-9168-44BA-B6CC-F66033A5272E

The Colonel James Walker house was built in 1910.2B5750F7-17F8-481D-8596-FF8F69B69E00

Built in 1912/1913 St. Matthew’s Lutheran church has its own unique details of brick and stone. There is history of the structure on this link:

Looking forward to our SketchWalk at the Inglewood Bridge.

Out and About – FYI


Here is some information I should have passed along. This crumpled announcement lists a number of weeks of urban sketching classes going on in Calgary. At least one of our group is attending all of them. I don’t know the instructor so have no comment on him, but I believe he is an accomplished artist.  I also think that individual places in sessions are still available if you are interested. The website to check it out is shown on the bottom of the crumpled sheet. Looks like a worthwhile endeavour.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary


We had a beautiful afternoon to sketch the Colonel James Walker home on the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary grounds. As it turns out, Colonel Walker called his beautiful home, ‘Inglewood’ and that is where the community derives its name. Who knew?

We were six in total, including Simone, our youngest member, a lovely nine year old who loves to sketch and accompanied her Dad, Matteo, who is also a recent addition to our ranks. Welcome to you both. oh, and thanks, Jeff, for holding my work so that I could hold the camera.


Heritage Heaven


After three years living and working in the Calgary area, I finally discovered Heritage Village Park in the city’s south end. I jumped in with both feet and took an annual pass to avoid having to pay parking and lining up every time I want to visit. I am so glad I did. This is a sketcher’s dream. Classic old houses and business from years past, old style costumes and vehicles all over town, and this train that runs a circuit all day, affording the opportunity to jump bac\k and forth on this 100+ acre treasure of a site.

The train doesn’t spend too long sitting still, but that’s alright. If you don’t finish your sketch, grab a coffee and’ relax in the shade. You can pick it up when it returns to exactly the same spot in 35 minutes.



1st Baptist Sketch Walk

D8AA99F7-7ADC-494B-821C-EBFA30C11338There we were, lined up on the welcome wall of Central Memorial Park, kitty-corner from 1sr Baptist. It was a lovely shady area, and except for the little green (unidentified) bugs that kept dropping onto our workspace (and probably our hair), it was the perfect sketch meet. Norman, an interested visitor was there as well, but backed up when I took out the photo phone. I was there too, on the side of the camera I prefer.