Sunday, 31 July 2011
I really liked the double page (1:3) format from our recent trip, so when I saw some drawing pads in that format in the art supply store I bought one. This is Parliament Hill, here in Ottawa, as viewed from the other side of the Ottawa River. I only captured about a third of the panorama, so I'll have to return with a finer pen.
And with this we close out another month. I set a goal of sketching three times a week back in April. Easy on vacation; in an average week, not so much. I have done fairly well towards that goal and am feeling some improvement. I am also becoming more selective in what I post.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
These are photographs as my scanner is too short for the double page, so they aren't flat, but I think the colour is better than the scanner picks up. I guess I'll have to either learn how to calibrate colours and stitch, or get a better scanner. If I were under 30 that would be an easy choice, but I think I'll investigate scanners first.
Monday, 25 July 2011
I was able to do several sketches a day on the trip - many over lunch.
On the third day of the trip we caught a ferry and travelled down the length of Lake Garda. It was a proverbial milk run and stopped at least a dozen times in 4 hours. These stops were incredibly brief but did allow me a couple of minutes to lay down some ink, then apply some washes as departed. It was a great exercise and helped me loosen up. What a wonderful afternoon.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
We just got home from a cycling trip in Italy. We rode from Bolzano in the Dolomite mountains down to Venice where we had a few days to just wander around. I did lots of sketching, including some postcards.
Friday, 1 July 2011
We live close to the Rideau Canal which passes through Ottawa. Canal tour boats are designed to pass under the Pretoria Bridge, but larger craft must signal the operator to close the bridge to traffic and lift the middle section to provide 6 m clearance. The photo shows the bridge raised.
Parliament Hill and the streets were absolutely packed with people, most of whom were dressed in red and white, the colours of our flag. The City looked very festive with Banners and flags everywhere.