Saturday, 29 December 2012
I went to church on Christmas Eve - that's "to", not "in". I sat outside St. John's York Mills in Toronto where I was visiting my family, and sketched the church. It was a bit of a challenge, drawing after dark at mid-winter. The church itself was well-lit by floodlights, but I could only really see the page I was working on by shining my Blackberry screen on it. It was also below freezing and exposed to the north wind, so everything from my wrist down was frozen, including brush and paint. Shadows were tricky too, with several spotlights pointing upwards. But it is a lovely old (1845) building, and a fine way to spend an hour on a winter evening.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
My old truck Sally finally gave up the internally-combusted ghost. She went out with a bang, not a whimper, involving broken valve stems and rocker arms. In addition to long-lasting transport, she was also a hotspot of biological diversity (in part because the fan leaked water into the cab from day 1). Even the license plate had a variety of fungi, algae, a moss and at least 3 species of lichen. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to keep your licence plates here when you take a vehicle off the road, even when they have a thriving ecological community. So all I have left is the drawing...
Monday, 17 December 2012
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Sunday, 2 December 2012
The third-floor balcony of the North Vancouver library seems to be reserved for social pariahs - smokers, cell phone users, and people who draw in public. But it has a nice view of Stanley Park, the Lion's Gate bridge, an industrial area, and an awful brown and white 3-storey apartment building (the drawing doesn't do it justice). Ro and I braved the cold wind on a damp December day, watching the light fade by 4pm.