Yesterday I talked about not feeling well during my sketching trip to Ottawa. I want to post a couple more sketches from that trip and comment on some of the comedy of the trip as well.
Do you ever go somewhere and it seems that nothing is working in your favor? I mentioned that when I showed up at the Nature Museum I wasn’t feeling well. What I didn’t mention was that the entire bird exhibit was closed for renovations, as was the cafeteria. No birds, no lunch menu.
I went shopping in the Ottawa market, after becoming completely lost in the Rideau Centre maze (a more confusing mall I have never seen) to visit the paper store there, because I wanted to pet a few fountain pens. As I entered the store it was immediately evident that it wasn’t my lucky day.
The pen side of the store was completely covered in plastic and there were people behind the plastic installing new cabinets. Normally I would turn to all the nifty tidbits they sell but those racks were smashed up against one another to make room for the construction activity. I left without scratching my fountain pen itch.
I was starving at that point, wanted to visit the art store in one of the malls and so I drove to the St. Laurent mall. After a disappointing visit to the art store, I got myself a really nice vegetarian burrito, sat down to eat it, took one bite, and the fire alarm went off. The announcement said to wait for instructions so I started eating faster, wondering if I should eat or pack it all up for a rapid exit. Ultimately it turned out to be a false alarm but as I sat there I wondered, “what else could go wrong?”
I returned to the downtown area with the idea of sketching some of the buildings around Parliament. I went to a park that’s just east of Parliament because it offers a nice view of some of the buildings. Seems it’s a popular hangout and justifiably so. But, at the time I arrived, even an artist who was feeling well would have a hard time because of the bright sun smacking them in the face if they looked at any of those buildings. It’s definitely a morning sketching site. I turned to quick-sketching people instead and there were plenty of targets because it had gotten quite warm, something that, being from Quebec City really appreciated. I did a bunch of these quick sketches. Here are two of them.
The next morning was looking good. I was feeling better and I decided to sketch a gazebo in a park near my daugher’s apartment. I was having fun when it started to rain a little bit. With no cover to be found except for the gazebo, I headed downtown, knowing I could return to finish that sketch when I came back to meet my daughter for our departure for Quebec City. This turned out not to be such a great plan, though the bubble tea I had while waiting for the misting rain to stop sure was good. The problem then became cold as the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped as the front moved through and I finished this drawing as my bones cooled. When the ink dried, or maybe a little before, I headed for my daughter’s apartment to warm up and add the color.
In summary, a lot of little things went wrong on this trip, in addition to my not feeling well, but sketching always makes a trip fun and this one was no exception.