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Granville Island coffee shop in the Net Loft

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 in Vancouver | 2 comments

A Vancouver Urban Sketchers meetup on Granville Island

On January 18, about 20 of us urban sketchers met at the Granville Island Public Market and spread out to draw on Granville Island. About 7 or 8 of us walked over to the Net Loft and took over yet another unsuspecting coffee shop.

I can’t seem to get around to adding colour these days, either I am too slow or chatting too much.

Afterwards, we had fun showing each other our drawings outside behind the market.

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Sketching the Vancouver Convention Centre

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 in Vancouver | 0 comments

Pan Pacific Hotel lobby in the Vancouver Convention Centre East

Lobby of the Pan Pacific Hotel

Vancouver Convention Centre East

Lobby of the Convention Centre East

The challenge in setting up sketching sessions in the winter months for my meetup group is to find sheltered, heated public locations with bathrooms, accessible by public transit, and something interesting to draw. Museums are great, but they’re not free. So I try to vary it.

Still, this time my plan looked like a wash; the Convention Centre West, where I wanted to draw on January 11, was closed for a private function. But we walked over to Canada Place, which now houses the Convention Centre East, and drew there. It’s best to stay flexible when you’re a sketcher. If you can’t draw the thing you planned on, you can always draw something else.

After going through all the seasons in one full year with the Vancouver Urban Sketchers, we now have a good library of sketching locations at our fingertips.

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First sketching session of 2014: mobbed

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 in Vancouver | 0 comments

In the Vancouver Public Library

I need to go back in time a bit: On January 5, we had the biggest ever meetup of the Vancouver Urban Sketchers. Over 50 people signed up, and I think 45 of them actually came! Luckily, I had picked the downtown main branch of the Public Library, a cavernous building which can easily absorb that amount of sketchers without sustaining structural damage.

We spread out and drew up a storm, then invaded a coffee shop to show each other our drawings. I think the large crowd was due to a bit of a New Year’s resolution factor, as in “this is the year I will finally get back into drawing and spend less time exercising.”

Although when I told this to a friend of mine, she said “I would never make that resolution. In fact, I’ve decided not to draw this year at all.” And it’s true, she never draws.

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