Sunday, 23 October 2011
The building may be old but the congregation and their worship are very contemporary and informal. I was a tad worried that drawing during the service might be seen as irrespectful or as 'cultural tourism'. I should have known better as Reverend Mark is not about authority or piety. That's him in the centre, not behind a pulpit, playing his guitar and singing.
He's an interesting guy, who I have known for many years. He doesn't seem to use his family name at Church, but I first knew him as Mark Whittall. He left a very successful career in business just a few years ago and studied to become an Anglican Priest. He has recently taken on this urban church, located downtown and seems to guiding and enabling, rather than directing it's growing congregation. Apart from the physical set-up and wonderful mix of music, there is a broad cross-section of ages and backgrounds - which is markedly different than many older churches. Sunday school is held at the back of the sanctuary because the basement is reserved for a 7 day week drop-in centre, Centre 454, which has helps people in crisis and transition get back on their feet.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
I bought a nice new small moleskine watercolour sketchbook and I'm working on just starting into it with ink - no pencil blocking. I'm also drawing while standing which makes it harder to control the pen. In short, trying to loosen up.
The pick-up belongs to my neighbour, Bill. Its a fire engine red 1952 Chevrolet and to look at it's imacualte. The working parts are however apparently feeling their age, as there are some repairs to be done. Bill's son, John, was under the truck and the two of them were engaged in an arcane discussion about whether the ' back end needs to be dropped out' or 'it might be easier to pull the engine'. While, I didn't totally follow the conversation, I could relate to the situation of hobbies seeming to be more vexatious than recreational, not to mention the condition of some of my own aging parts.
The ostensible destination of our walk was the Farmer's market at Lansdowne Park. This is a Sunday morning event which has really flourished over the past few years. It is a wonderful fit of the 100 mile diet, whole food and good eats in a neighbourhood that values those things, and more to the point, can afford it. We bought several bunches of crispy heritage varieties of Apples and have enjoyed each and every one this week. More expensive than the grocery store, but on several levels, it seems like good value.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
It was fun to meet another USK member, Greg Manley, and share observations. Greg is an architect and painter. His work can be seen at www.manleyart.com . We met at the War Museum and even though the skies were threatening walked over to the old mill by Victoria Island. There are some old dams and generating stations, even vestiges of the the logging industry such as log flumes in this area.
A succesful day - did some sketching, didn't get rained on and made a friend.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
The Seaport Museum is closed temporarily but luckily Sal Polisi, master carver was in the workshop and I managed a quick look around.
I did not have much time to chat with Sal, but we did exchange cards and I would love to learn more about his work and role with the museum. http://salpolisiwoodcarver.com/
What a frustration to not be able to crawl all over those ships and sketch all day long. I'm thinking that I would like to make another trip for that sole purpose. I am wondering if I could talk myself into a short 'artist in residence' stay, or undertake some focused project.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
We rented bikes and visited a few of the local companies, including lunch at Jackson-Triggs, in their impressive new building.
Our next stop was Port Dalhousie where the Welland Canal links through to Lake Erie. There was an original, narrower canal which is filled in and abandoned in places. The port has a very well protected harbour and a lively entertainment district (code for bars).