I live in Langdon – about 20 mins east of the city for those who don’t know – so when I woke up tasting smoke in the air I was a little worried our planned sketch outing was going to be a bust. After all – the city was bound to be even smokier.
When I passed 17th ave and could at least see some detail on the skyline – I began to figuratively “breathe easier”.
Tom Campbell Hill offers such a beautiful view of the Calgary Skyline. And the wall around the monument at the top was the perfect height to turn into my sketching “desk”
One thing that sketching in a group provides is a change to tackle subjects you may have avoided…like the skyline. I’m not one of those people who can shrink down a huge panorama into a tiny sketchbook page…so I don’t.
I was also very happy to see my usual urban sketching friend, Kris, come out to sketch with us too!
and I even finished 100% onsite! The finished sketch…
My twins had been in swimming lessons at the Remington Y in Quarry Park for the past two weeks. About a week in, I happened to glance to the right as we were driving into the parking lot and what to my wondering eyes should appear…but a gorgeous stone bridge complete with archways and water. An urban sketchers dream! (Well THIS urban sketchers dream, anyway)
So, on the last day of swimming – I packed my sketching supplies and said “You have 40 minutes – go forth and sketch”
It was a race against the clock but I managed to even get colour on it in the 40 mins I had…and only had to tweak a tiny but at home.
If you’re a local sketcher, looking for a quiet place to sketch – this is definitely a nice spot. The bridge is gorgeous and there is a great mix of surrounding office buildings and greenery.
It was early morning on August 4 and I was antsy for a break from the 24/7 of momdom. I had decided I’d go out urban sketching by myself and had thought I’d head to Inglewood…until I found out Sunfest was happening and that sounded like a special kind of hell to sketch in. So, time to enlist Google. I typed in “Urban Sketching Locations in Calgary”…and the magic happened. I discovered Calgary now has an official Urban Sketchers group…and they were meeting that very morning. If I hurried – I could make it!
So hurry, I did! I made it to Cafe Rosso right at 11!
We were sketching Stephen Avenue that morning and soon we were on our way to find a subject. Initially, I wandered up past the Bay to sketch the old Palace Theatre but between an awkward location and dodging raindrops, I managed to make mud of my first sketch. Ah well – that’s why sketchbooks have many pages. I turned the page – and walked my stuff back to the rest of the group and set up to sketch the Bay Building.
I’d always been daunted by those arches. It was a huge moment when I sucked it up and just did them. My perspective is still off, but I had fun.
It was so fun seeing everyone’s sketches. I also loved the sharing of information that was happening in the group.
And after, back at the coffeeshop, seeing how everyone interpreted the location was so fun! I’m so glad I went (even if the Matcha Latte I had was the weirdest thing I’ve ever ingested)
Yesterday I attended one of the urban sketching workshops offered by local studio Vazques-Mackay. It was a pleasure to meet Mark and Carmen, and the other participants to the session. I enjoyed the sketching session very much and look forward to attending more. Below are my two finished sketches.
Morning sketch – former Calgary science center
Afternoon sketch – Millennium skate park