Wednesday, 25 June 2014


This week with my sketching pals, I suggested we draw some buildings front on orthographically, like architectural elevations.  This is not how we actually see buildings, but is a valid representation nonetheless.  It's not so obvious with smaller, flat faced  buildings, but with taller buildings and stepped facades or intricate rooflines, you have to sort of rectify perspective out of the drawing.  In that way it's instructive because by flattening the image, you become aware of the way you are perceiving perspective.

These are two buildings on Sparks Street here in Ottawa, both very narrow by todays standards, but imbued with a craftsmanship and sense of legacy that we seem to have lost in our era of construction.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Maplelawn Garden

Large perennial gardens are a rare thing in recent years given the level of care and associated cost of maintaining them in top shape.  There are a couple in Ottawa and Maplelawn in Westboro is always worth a visit.

The irises are still going strong in many locations, but I think they've been cooked off in the open sun of the Maplelawn Garden.  Even the poppies, usually tolerant of heat are starting to fall apart.