Sketching Is A Windy Business

It’s very windy here at this time of year, but the temperatures and sun (heck, it was all the way up to 16C this day) has caused my emergence from hibernation and I’m dancing in the streets.

I headed towards the port area.  At this time of year the boat yard operators are like squirrels, looking for nuts.  There’s a constant scramble to set up the marina docking system (removed for winter so it’s not destroyed by ice) and to get the boats back in the water.

But this day it was very windy.  I tried to find a place to sit out of the wind that also gave me something interesting to sketch and I failed.  In the end, I was sitting at a picnic table that sits in front of the farmer’s market.  My thought was that if I was going to sit in a 30 km/h wind, it might be nice to have a platform for my sketchbook.  The platform was nice – the 30 km/h not so much.

I drew the Telus (cell phones) building, hiding a lot of it behind trees, which are much more interesting than the building.  It was done in a Stillman & Birn Beta (6×8) with my Pilot Falcon and Platinum Carbon Black.

2015-05-23Telus

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  1. Tina says:

    Really nice shading and texture on those trees!

  2. Sounds like you have more or less the same climate as we do in Swedish Lapland (where we are experiencing a very very cold spring) and I admire you for going outside to sketch. I also admire your foilage, which is my own current challenge to learn. So hard to get right!

    • I don’t think our winter nights get as long here (ours get to 16h) but otherwise, it might be similar. Actually our winter was more mild than normal. It just won’t end 🙂

      Foliage seems to always be a compromise. You can spend a lot of time on it and it can look great or you can do it quickly and it will always look unfinished 🙂 John Ruskin would spend months on a painting but his leaves look like they’re going to fall of the paper.

      Cheers — Larry