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
Vancouver’s streamline moderne buildings include a few gems. Exploring south of King Edward and Cambie, with John Atkin, I first met this one (above) at W 27th and Heather — and my freehand sketch fails to do it justice. It has original slim wood window panes. It sits in a perfect garden setting (right and below), with trees sculpted to… Continue reading Heritage: Moderne
Walking north on Ash St I look back and watch the back of the Hobbit House on King Edward Ave, being ripped apart. Yes, it is being retained (?) for its strong heritage value but it is valuable because it goes down from street level and provides a convenient connection to the new condos at… Continue reading Heritage: Vancouver Schools