Posted on Aug 26, 2013 in Vancouver | 1 comment

Bird Island in False Creek

The bird island’s tip is shown on the left side of the sketch, I was sitting near the rocky path that leads to the island, which is really a peninsula.

We had yet another meeting of the Vancouver Urban Sketchers, this time at the Olympic Village in False Creek.

I sketched the bird island, or “Habitat Island” as it’s called.

From the City of Vancouver website: “Habitat Island is an urban sanctuary along Southeast False Creek. Deep layers of soil have been added to the area to provide nourishment for new trees to grow. Boulders and logs commonly found along the coastlines in this region of British Columbia provide a home for plants, small animals, insects, crabs, starfish, barnacles and other creatures. Surrounded by water at high tide, the island is also a sanctuary for birds. More than 200 native trees, as well as shrubs, flowers, and grasses that grow naturally in this region have been planted along the waterfront path and on the island.”

I was happy with my sketching speed, it took a bit over an hour, and most of the detail and colour went into the top third of the drawing, the rest was really quick.

Inspirations for my favourite format are Asian scrolls, which are typically vertical. And my compositions may be inspired by Gustav Klimt’s work (see below).

"Poppy Field" by Gustav Klimt

“Poppy Field” by Gustav Klimt, 1907. 110 x 110 cm, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria. See how he’s squished the sky and the most interesting shapes into a tiny area at the top of his painting? The rest of the painting is flat and filled with flower or leaf patterns. All the tension happens in a small area, but it needs that vast, relatively uneventful space to complement it. When I first noticed these compositional devices employed by Klimt, it was very exciting to me.