Tuesday, 4 March 2014
I suggested my Monday Night sketching group meet here, ostensibly to discuss plans for spring, should it every arrive. The ladies in the group were surprised, expecting something a little seedier - not that they are likely to return.
I suspect Gary is a regular. He's certainly well known and when I was last there was moving between tables chatting. Diana Ross's classic, "You can't Hurry Love" was playing on the jukebox. No, you can't - if you're on a budget you need to nurse that quart out for the whole evening.
Monday, 3 March 2014
The building on the corner of Second Avenue at Bank Street, which houses Home Hardware and Felinas Restaurant was originally a theatre. I don't know if it had a marquee, but that does explain the large facade without second story windows. Oh, and if you are there with your dog, they'll give him a cookie. Brilliant. Now Sailor tries to take me in every time we walk by.
Friday, 28 February 2014
It's been sunny and cold - no wonder Snowy is smiling. Lucky for him he's in shadow most of the day, because March is just days away and the weather has to break soon.
Thursday, 27 February 2014
So as I walk my dog, or the few blocks to skate on the canal or do errands at the shops on Bank Street, I am continually looking into the gaps between the houses. These lanes offer a glimpse to in interior of the blocks and the interesting back sides of the homes which more often than not have been expanded in one or more stages. Sort of urban anthropology.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Typical of Bramel's approach to innovation and anything but production methods, the siding at ground level is cedar that has been charred with a torch. Excess char will be wire brushed or power washed off which leaves a raised grain and hardened surface that it will be extremely durable.
The pieces are torched before fastening on the wall, as doing it in place would be just asking for trouble - the objective is blacked, not flambé. The guys were joking about bringing hot dogs for lunch tomorrow though.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
This is the view from my second floor deck looking into the gap at the end of the block. The big trees live here in the rear yards, where they have some space, unpaved ground and can thrive. Many of them were not planted intentionally but as a result of nuts buried by squirrels or simply, blown seeds which as they grew, were not cut out. These trees create a microclimate in the interiors of the blocks with shade in the summer as well as food and shelter for urban wildlife.
The tree in the sketch is an oak and must stand 15m tall.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
And here they are.
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?