Stayed at home and sketched from indoor #lovemygarden #fallishere

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Back alley @ Palomino smoke house

It was great meeting my favorite bunch of people and sketching on Saturday with Calgary Urban sketchers! As always I just planned on doing one detailed ink sketch and mess with the paints and washes at home. The back alley scene was interesting, as I got a worm’s eye view, as I sat on the curb to sketch. Lots of brick detail in the architecture giving a great character to the space.

On the way back home, I sketched the front of Palomino smoke house that hides the secret alley we sketched at earlier. Watercolor washes were all done later at home. These are few of my sketches.

Sketching George C.King bridge

It was another great day of sketching. I started with a quick sketch of Memorial drive on the way to the GCK bridge. As I walked out of the bridgeland memorial station view of Memorial drive was captivating from the higher vantage point. After a quick, loose sketch of Memorial drive, I headed to GCK bridge for my next sketch. I tried to capture a panoramic view of the bridge and its surroundings. I spent the bulk of my time sketching this one view trying to get as many details in. I later added watercolor washes. Here are two of my sketches from Saturday.

West Kirby sketch crawl – Calgary urban sketchers

Taking a break from my usual commute sketching, to post some of my sketches from my first outing with the Calgary Urban Sketchers group. It was a cold and smoky Saturday morning. The environment was hazy with all the smoke from the forest fires in B.C blanketing the city.

I started with a sketch of the West Kirby station, capturing the curved structure and glazing on either side of the tracks. After spending an hour on this sketch, I walk further west to get a good view of the Mewata Armoury. The armoury was built in 1915 and has a beautiful brick facade. I tried to detail out the brick facade of the armoury as much as I could, constantly fighting the cold breeze. After spending 30 mins on the sketch and unable to work in the breeze, I decided to call it a day. I added watercolor wash to my sketches at home.

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West Kirby station - full sketch

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Mewata Armoury - full sketch