Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
It was grey and cold outside so we headed to the Redpath Museum which is an anachronism. Its a sort of Victorian curio cabinet with bits and pieces of natural history, dinosaur bones, animals and cultural artifacts. It would make a great location for a movie.
We found ourselves attracted to some of the stuffed animals and birds at one end of the main hall. We both did about a dozen sketches and Marc cleverly electronically composed his individual drawings into a montage....see what I mean about learning from him?
Monday, 2 December 2013
Friday, 29 November 2013
This was done in a tiny 3" x 5" sketchbook that begs to be opened and used as double pages. I prefer the landscape format but shouldn't quibble as Laloran was generous enough to provide these to the Urban Sketcher participants in Barcelona last summer and more to the point, I love the paper they use.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
We've moved on to drawing on location, which because it is now cold and dark in the evening has to be indoors. This was at the World Exchange Plaza in Ottawa, where yes, beluga whales and one narwal swim through the air.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
The term "hydro" confuses people from outside Ontario. Understandably so, as it isn't water, its' water generated electricity The equipment in the sketch is used to adjust the stop logs in the dam and control the water flow to that particular generator's turbines - prosaically know as Generating Station No 4.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I am also getting pretty cheeky about drawing surreptitiously. Not that anyone really usually notices, it just seems irreverent sometimes. That's another thing I heard from several of the exhibitors at the Carnet de Voyage - often in remote places people are very curious and tremendously complimented to be drawn. Unlike photography which usually feels very intrusive, sketching seems to well received and open doors. Exactly what I would hope for when travelling, or for that matter, anywhere.
John Chapman is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Last week in Last week in Clarmont-Ferrand, I did manage a couple of sketches outdoors even though it was spitting a few drops of rain. The trick was to find an overhang to at least avoid the direct drops.
As always working while standing forces me to be fast and loose. Not qualities one would normally aspire to, or use as a self description. I was quite taken by the roofscapes with overlapping forms of tiled roofs and large chimneys with many pots and could have done dozens of sketches of those skylines.
Friday, 22 November 2013
The annoying thing about travel is always the interminable waiting. Drawing steps up the natural activity of people watching to a productive activity. I filled several pages of my little pocket sized notebook last week while waiting for my flight home.