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.
Monday, 3 December 2012
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Friday, 30 November 2012
It was too cold for drawing today (-8 C) and my hand sorta seized up, but the forecast is for grey and wet weather this weekend and I had an urge to draw anyway.
Obsessive maybe, but harmless.
Another exercise in patience is setting dead-fall traps. They need to be really twitchy to work, but that's alright now that you've developed such patience by starting fires.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Minus 1 C is just on the edge of barehanded comfort, but the other obstacle is that watercolour doesn't dry very quickly. Sort of the opposite of painting in the hot sun.
Hope I don't get kicked out of Urbansketchers for breach of Manifesto!
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
I have a pal who represents several outdoor products and on occasion he puts samples my way. The auger tent pegs, the water bottle with solar charged light in the top, the waterproof sleeve for my phone - all useful for an outdoorsy guy, but these socks are far and beyond the best.
They're made of very fine merino wool and don't itch. They aren't knit so much as engineered. The sole is thicker than the top, the heel and toe are shaped and the ribs over the ankle are smooth on the inside so you your skin doesn't look like you've been extruded after wearing them all day. The machines that do the knitting must be amazing.
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
If you mention elm trees here in Ottawa, its really surprising how many people recall this one. It's located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, just east of Bank Street where the road divides each side of a treed median. If anyone, besides me, considers large trees to be heritage elements, this surely qualifies.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
The Kenneth A. appears to be abandoned and may well be past restoration, especially now that there are so few freighters to tow.
Monday, 8 October 2012
Not far away is the charming village of Kilarney where there are still working fishing boats and a number of lodges.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
There is a large swing bridge (112m span) which opens on the hour to allow large sail boats to pass. It was built in 1913 as a rail bridge but now serves as a one lane road access to Manitoulin Island. Seldom have we arrived on time for the bridge opening and usually tie up at the town docks for a few minutes to pump out the holding tank, take on fuel and inevitably a dash to the liquor store. Rob, who gets called Wally by most of the boaters, from Wally's boat service even recognizes us our penchant fro sailing through the bridge passage.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
They use a travel lift in the Gore Bay harbour, which is a wheeled frame with slings to pick up the boat and manoeuvre between the quay and storage yard. As a result, owners leave the masts up all year on sailboats, so haul out and launch are a quick job.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Friday, 7 September 2012
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Monday, 20 August 2012
The textbooks tell us that Magnolias should not survive Ottawa's harsh winters, but here in the Glebe neighbourhood with the sheltered near courtyard conditions there are a couple of dozen beautiful specimens.
This little magnolia tree was surrounded by overgrown volunteer trees when we purchased this home 5 years ago. It was quite misshapen from the shading of another tree very close by. We removed the scrub around it and now it is a specimen tree - the star of the rear garden. It has filled in nicely and rewards us with white blossoms every spring.