Drawing with a Paris meetup group

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Paris | 0 comments

On May 3, I went to the Musée des Arts et Métiers (that means something like “Museum of Arts and Industry”, I think) to join a meetup group called “So sketch — carnets de voyage” that I joined and drew with last year when I came to Paris. So I recognized at least one person, the organizer for this event. After about two hours of touring the museum and sketching, we reconvened in the lobby and moved on to the very nice museum cafe to have a drink and talk more about sketching and what we are all doing in Paris. Out...

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A long walk along the Seine

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Paris | 0 comments

On Saturday, May 2, I had a late breakfast in small bistro near the Marché d’Aligre. It was so late that they were out of croissants, I had to make do with a chunk of baguette. That’s the problem with my Paris schedule, I work from about 6 pm to 2 am, go to bed around 3 am, and get up around 10 am. It’s not a schedule conducive to catching the freshly baked batches of morning croissants. But luckily, many bakeries continue baking them all morning until noon or even later. So one can often find them, even with a night shift...

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Turn left at the Louvre

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Paris | 0 comments

I arrived in Paris on Friday, May 1. I am going to be here for two full months! I rented a 1-bedroom apartment on Airbnb, and invited all my friends to visit me. And many are coming. After landing, I took the Air France bus from Charles de Gaulle airport, to avoid having to lug my suitcase off and on trains and metros. Everything went smoothly. I checked into my apartment at noon, then walked around the neighbourhood. I checked out the nearby daily farmers’ market, Marché d’Aligre, and got some groceries at a store. In Paris,...

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I believe in blasphemy

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Vancouver | 1 comment

The killings of cartoonists and staff at Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris by religious extremists last week, and the other related shootings, affected me more than most news do. It’s probably because I identify with other artists, especially with people who draw. And I’ve been to Paris just last May for the first time in 22 years, and will return there this spring, so the place is often in my mind. I’ve been thinking a lot about the shootings, and what they mean. About how someone could get killed over a drawing....

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A road trip through Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Burns, Crane, Portland, Somewhere in Idaho, Somewhere in Oregon, West Yellowstone | 0 comments

From mid-June to early July, we went on a camping road trip through Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming with our VW camper van. Our prime destination was Yellowstone National Park, my first visit there. I was doing credit card size mini sketches from the passenger seat whenever Jeff was driving. The sketches took from about 1 to 10 minutes each. Some I did when we’d stopped, but most I drew quickly while passing by, having to rely on my visual memory — not a bad exercise for someone who’s not very observant by nature. From doing these...

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Watercolour workshop with Shari Blaukopf

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Vancouver | 0 comments

In early June, one of my Meetup group members had arranged for the the Montreal urban sketcher and watercolour artist Shari Blaukopf to host a watercolour workshop in Vancouver. This took place on June 5 and 6; there were 12 of us, we only had a little bit of drizzle, and Shari did a great job. The rule for me is, I don’t get much done in a workshop. I am slow, especially if I have to absorb new information. So my hope is always that something has sunk in anyway. Here’s Shari doing her demo and leaving us in awe. I enjoyed...

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Working hard on Maui

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Maui | 4 comments

I did this as an assignment for Sketchbook Skool, Danny Gregory’s “klass”. It was fun to try something different. And I had time here on Maui to do my “homework”. To see and read all the detail, click on the image and it will take you to Flickr where you can see it much...

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Mega Maui

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Maui | 0 comments

It’s been great to have had a full week here on Maui without any work. I have almost another week left, but yesterday a scheduled project punctually arrived in my inbox. I’ll have to suffer and squeeze in some work in the evenings here — my specialty. Between windsurfing, swimming, snorkeling, yoga, walks at the beach, cooking and making happy hour drinks for my parents, I’ve squeezed in a bit of drawing and painting. The intense sunlight and tropical fauna here are inspiring me to go a bit abstract off and on, and to pour...

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Body boarders at Kamaole III Beach in Maui

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Maui | 0 comments

You should have seen my 84-year old mother trying to use a body board at the beach today, here in Maui. She caught a wave alright — or rather, it caught her. I took a video of her, and it was clear that she never saw that wave coming. I called out to her, but the wave knocked her over. All I could see of her for split second was one foot sticking up out of the surf. She was disoriented for a few seconds when she emerged, but she’s quite tough. I am assuming she’s breaking age records for body boarding here. To be fair, she...

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Delayed gratification sushi

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Vancouver | 0 comments

Back in September, a fellow Vancouver urban sketcher, and old family friend, Bob, and I went out for a morning coffee to sketch, and then had sushi for lunch, to sketch. Seriously, we drew our lovely sushi plates for about 15 minutes, and only then did we eat. Looking at food and not eating it is pretty unheard of for me. But we did it, it was fun, I didn’t starve, and best of all, sushi doesn’t get cold if you wait, just...

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