Monday, 31 December 2012
So this is a fitting way to look towards the new year, in that its about moving forward with grace and speed...or at least, moving forward. Last winter I sketched the cabins in Gatineau Park; this year I think the theme for my winter sketch outings may be the Skateway.
This closes out 110 postings this year. I have some followers, and many friends who look intermittently, so to all of you, may you have health, and find beauty and gratitude in what each day presents this next year.
Monday, 24 December 2012
Ole its a snow day!
Saturday, 22 December 2012
Friday, 21 December 2012
The law firm Beament Green, has contributed to the momentum of this renewal with a spirited building renovation complete with a moose sculpture on the roof.
Good for them. Fun on the outside and serious on the inside.
The sculpture is actually a flat silhouette and was crafted by Charley Pachter. This Toronto based artist is famous for his iconic moose sculptures and paintings, which manage to balance irreverance and respect while incorporating Queen Elizabeth.
Thursday, 20 December 2012
The form materials were being delivered ready for forming of the foundation walls directly on the rock. Large packages of the styrofoam modules that will be assembled as insulated concrete forms were lowered into the hole with a special boom truck. Even on a small project like this as much as possible is done by machine. The next step is is assembly of the forms which will likely take about a week, depending on the weather.
Sunday, 16 December 2012
In any event, sketching is about the moment. Yesterday was bright and sunny and the pond at Brown's inlet was smooth and hard. Perfect for some shinny. It doesn't get much more Canadian than that.
Friday, 14 December 2012
We're not going down to a full basement, just for frost cover so we should be ready for forming foundations next week.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Friday, 7 December 2012
This willow tree has a particularly twisted trunk that looks as if the tree spiraled up while it grew.
The sketch below is what I think of as the Avenue of the Pines. The inside rank is Ponderosa Pine which is not supposed to grow anywhere this far north. Behind are Scot's pine, black pine and white spruce. My friend, Sailor, had a good sniff of each one, between chasing squirrels.
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
The garage itself is also unusual. I'm guessing it was a multiple bay garage which was truncated at some point. Before or after the tree started growing, who knows.