In January 2015, I undertook to post a new image every week on this blog for a year. The drawings would done on walks through diverse Vancouver residential neighbourhoods, often with friend and historian John Atkin. That sketch book I have now “Deconstructed” that sketchbook into a small exhibition at Mix the Bakery, 4430 W 10th… Continue reading Moving On
Today’s good news welcomes back the Kaplan sign @ Broadway and Granville. I was changing buses when I looked up to see: KAPLAN hidden in this scaffolding below. My bus was coming ….. so just time for a quick snap. Looking forward to the final result. Thank you to whoever is arranging this! Here’s a recap from… Continue reading Pitman/Kaplan Sign
It’s interesting visiting schools as they are taking me to new neighbourhoods. Here I revisited the Renfrew area, though Renfrew School is close Rupert on E 22nd. I was delighted to find this different colour scheme but rain was threatening and my sketch very quick. Luckily my brown pen speeded things along.
Continuing my series of quick colour sketches, I visited two very different schools, built decades apart. Byng above has a very formal main entry, typical of early institution buildings. Queen Elizabeth below has a very different main entry : two similar doors, allowing choices – perhaps confusing newcomers. Interesting use of colour and materials – vertical pink wood curved over… Continue reading Schools 2
I often see this school from the bus and decided to get off and do a quick colour sketch. The yellow brick and green paint make it distinctive. The window panes are deep blue because it was a dark day. These sketches serve as a reminder to me.
Old industrial buildings visually fascinate me and there was a period when they were all I drew for pleasure. Walking home on Saturday, along W 1st Ave, towards the Cambie St Bridge, from the BMO Theatre (stunning modern space) these two proved irresistible. The old Vancouver Mill structure top has a rusting patina and variety of signage -the next bottom is… Continue reading Industrial Remnants
The historic Sexsmith elementary school at 7455 Ontario St. Photograph By Dan Toulgoet – See more at the Courier article. My new focus is heritage school buildings so I am researching their histories. I feel my interest can be the kiss of death. Above is Sexsmith School. Today I had coffee with a friend who described its demolition,… Continue reading disappearing heritage