Jane’s Walks May 8, 2021

This week’s theme was “Jane’s Walks“, which celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by promoting walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy and cities planned for and by people. This is a festival that takes place annually around the globe. Due to the pandemic, the Edmonton walks, as with many around the world, were self-guided and virtual this year. Urban Sketchers Edmonton could choose a walk and go there in person whenever we liked to choose one point or more along the walk to sketch.

Here are our sketches from the website walks, and some that we created ourselves. All wonderful walkable city sketches!

By Diane Smarsh

“Heritage Tree Avenue in the Highlands. The canopy is created by American Elms planted in 1957. This street is particularly beautiful in the fall and in December when all the neighbours string lights across!”

By Gordon Ramsey

“Shadows in a damp city :Belgravia. The corner cafe.”

By Gordon Ramsey

“The vacant lot behind Saskatchewan Drive. The house of the fire damage is gone now: rain saturated old foundation.”

By Marlena Wyman

Info about the incomparable Edmonton Grads women’s basketball team here.

By Julie Daly

“Queen Elizabeth Planetarium at Coronation Park. Recent renovations to this landmark has made it barrier free and provided washrooms to a well-used community park. Sketched Sunday instead of Saturday. Avoided the rain and spent a relaxing Mothers Day morning sketching.”

Info about the beautifully renovated 1960 Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium here.

By Karen Boschee

“Drove the streets of old Westmount this afternoon. Such a lovely and well preserved old neighborhood. Many homes are near and some over 100 years old . Plaques giving the year they were built and original owners have been placed on some. Quite an interesting place. Too rainy to walk or draw with wipers going. Snapped a few photos and drew a portion of a home built in 1925 this evening. That’s when I discovered the decorative old weather vane on the roof!”

By Saturday Delson Sazaran

“On Tutt Street, Kelowna BC”

This coming week’s sketching prompt is to include “animals in the urban scene”.

And just as a reminder about what constitutes an urban sketch, this is from Urban Sketchers international:

For indoor sketching, All drawings MUST remain direct observation drawings. It is alright to post sketches of things around your home. BUT please include context in your sketches. They should be sketches of things as you find them, NOT still-life setups. Also, keep posting those views from interiors, from windows, etc. It would really help if you write a line or two for context, especially if you are sketching at home due to special circumstances now.

URBAN SKETCHERS MANIFESTO

• We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation

• Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel

• Our drawings are a record of time and place

• We are truthful to the scenes we witness

• We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles

• We support each other and draw together

• We share our drawings online

• We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Thank you for understanding. Keep sharing those urban sketches, and be well.

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Sketch Out & About, May 1, 2021: Yellow

Our theme for sketching this past week was “Yellow”. Here are out bright and cheery yellow sketches!

By Sarah Lee

“The Butterdome: the most yellow structure in Edmonton? They used to do university exams in here. Everyone would cram shoulder to shoulder into the upper terrace and nervously wait before being allowed to take our seats.”

By Lorie Taylor Leech

“A vivid yellow house caught my attention. May 2021. Ljtl. Graphite and watercolor captured on scene from my car.”

By Diane Smarsh

“A lovely yellow house on my street.”

By Brent Baim

“My Yellow brick home in Highlands”

By Abha Hoedl

“A building at Jasper Place Lodge which was yellowish and red. So beautiful out in Jasper and so quiet. 30 April 2021”

By Yvonne Rezek

“Today I walked out to the street, sat on my sketching stool in the sun and…drew a fire hydrant for this week’s “yellow” theme. Need to practice painting shadow areas….”

By Karen Boschee

“Bought myself some lovely yellow tulips. Gazing out into my yard and the tulips are my ‘yellow’ for this week’s sketch trying hard not to be a still life!”

By Marlena Wyman

Our upcoming week’s theme is “Jane’s Walk”. Due to the pandemic, the walks are self-guided and virtual this year. This is also a Sister City Sketch with Calgary Urban Sketchers, and Calgary has virtual Jane’s Walks happening too. Urban sketchers can choose a walk and go there in person whenever you like this week to choose one point or more along the walk to sketch. Have a lovely walk and sketch!

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Sister City Sketch – Jane’s Walk, May 8, 2021

Our upcoming week’s theme is Jane’s Walk, which celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by promoting walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy and cities planned for and by people. This is a festival that takes place annually around the globe.

This is a Sister City Sketch, and Calgary has virtual Jane’s Walks going on that weekend as well.

Due to the pandemic, the walks are self-guided and virtual this year, and Edmonton’s walks include the Ring Houses (for anyone who has not yet sketched those) as well neighbourhoods such as Spruce Ave, Oliver, Westmount, Griesbach and many other themed walks.

Urban sketchers can choose a walk and go there in person whenever you like this week to choose one point or more along the walk to sketch.

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Sketch Out & About: People. April 24, 2021

The sketching challenge for the week was to include people in our sketches. No crowds of people to sketch during Covid times, but we were able to capture a few people here and there in our sketches:

By Lorie Taylor Leech

“Massive tree limbing for removal, Glenora. Like a ballet to watch, well choreographed. Graphite in sketchbook. April 20, 2021”

By Karen Boschee

“Volunteers at work. A community garden at Crestwood Presbyterian Church.”

By Abha Hoedl

“At Hawrelak Park this morning. Chilly but a nice way to spend the morning. 24 April 2021”

By Saturday Delson Sazaran

“Quick sketch while on break at work. I’m not in Edmonton anymore, but I haven’t found the local urban sketch group, so I’m sharing here, if you don’t mind. Osprey Park, Kelowna”

By Gordon Ramsey
By Gordon Ramsey
By Gordon Ramsey

“Sketch walk down into Whitemud Creek trails: #1 The new staircase from Lansdowne down to Rainbow Valley – a couple of people on staircase. #2 The creek – north of Snow Valley ski area, half way to trestle Bridge. #3 View down road from partway up to U of A far – view west – trestle bridge hidden from view behind trees – to the right. Tough to do people the right size from long range. Will have to work on this.”

By Yvonne Rezek

“I wanted to sketch this local business where I take my car for servicing. B & R Auto is a tiny, family run garage on 95 Street. It’s a busy street with people always out and about, so ideal for this week’s prompt. I took my time with the sketch, penciling first, then inking, and adding colour later with watercolour and coloured pencils.”

By Marlena Wyman
Practice sketch by Marlena Wyman

“I haven’t sketched people in a long time and wasn’t having much luck so I looked online for a tutorial and found one on YouTube by Bob Burridge. The technique worked better for me when I was practicing than in my actual sketch, but it would be a great technique for sketching crowds of people when there is such a thing again!”

The prompt for our sketches for this coming week is to interpret “Yellow” within the context of an urban sketch, any way you want!

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May 2021 Sketch Themes

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Sketch from your vehicle, April 17, 2021

We were very fortunate to have a beautiful day for our “Sketch from your Vehicle” event. It was good for sketching from outside your vehicle too!

We thought we would change things up a bit and sketch an industrial subject. Canadian Government Elevators /Alberta Terminals Ltd./Cargill and the railyards beside it provide great on-location subjects (13020 – 127 Ave). Edmonton’s terminal, built in 1924 as a grain handling facility, was originally one of the Canadian Government Elevators, then became Alberta Terminals Ltd and is now owned by Cargill and is still in operation. In the 1950s the Edmonton neighbourhood of Athlone grew up around it.

Some further background thanks to Edmonton architect Darrel Babuk: These massive concrete grain terminals provided inspiration for Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, one of the true pioneers of the modernist movement in architecture. In Le Corbusier’s collection of essays “Towards a New Architecture” published in 1927, one essay is dedicated to these terminals, illustrated with photographs of the structures from Canada and the USA. One of the photographs in his book depicts Calgary’s, built in 1915 and sadly demolished in 2011.

Here are the wonderful sketches of the inspiring, monumental grain terminal in Edmonton:

By Yvonne Rezek
By Sandra Der
By Angie Sotiropoulos
By Karen Boschee
By Abha Hoedl
By Marlena Wyman
By Julie Daly
By Julie Daly
By Karen Wall

“I didn’t make it to the north side on Saturday but sketched in nearby industrial zone 76 Ave off 99 St.”

By Karen Wall
By Terry Elrod

The prompt for this coming week is “Include people in your urban sketch”. With the nicer weather, more people are out an about and should provide some good subjects. Have fun and stay safe!

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Sister City Sketch: Public Art, April 10, 2021

Our theme for the week with our Sister City Sketch group, Calgary Urban Sketchers, was “public/pop-up art”. Both of our cities have wonderful public art collections. The weather was not very cooperative with a big spring snowfall, but some of us still managed to make it out for on-site sketching and some of us posted sketches from the past.

You can see what Calgary Urban Sketchers created here, and our sketches are posted below. Thanks for all the great work everyone!

Amanda Parer’s “Down There”: sketch by Sarah Lee

“Apr 10 (Public Art): ‘Down There’ part of Downtown Spark Fantastic Planet. Tomorrow is the last day for this installation so go check them out if you haven’t already. I like big arts and I cannot lie.”

Tony Bloom”s “The Convergence”: sketch by Yvonne Rezek

“Finally able to get out and sketch today. My choice of public art was entirely contingent on finding a place to park. Even so, I parked in a no-parking zone (but didn’t leave the car). 😁 ‘The Convergence’ by Tony Bloom of Canmore stands at the eastern end of the Victoria Promenade. It is made up of a waterfall and four steel spires (only three pictured here). Unveiled in 1990, it represents a convergence of people, water, the city, earth and sky. Drawn on my iPad.”

Stewart Steinhauer’s “Bear Spirit”: sketch by Abha Hoedl

“Bear statues at the Faculte St Jean, 11 April 21”

Mimi von Gaza’s “Broken Families”: sketch by Karen Boschee

“Found this unique beautiful monument in Grant Notley Park today. Each side shows a different view of our skyline and people joining hands. Commissioned by a long list of civic and labor organizations that are mentioned on the plaque. If anyone knows more about the significance of this artistic monument overlooking the river valley in the ❤ of Edmonton please share. Experimenting again with different washes on black paper. Sketched on site then added some color with crayon.”

NOTE: This is a monument to honour those who died in the workplace. More info here.

Mural on Habaneros Restaurant: sketch by Marty Stark

“Habaneros is a local Mexican Restaurant in Leduc. The mural is painted on the south side of the building. Drawn on site, coloured with pencil crayon at home.”

NOTE: If anyone knows who the mural artist is, please let us know.

Chinese terracotta horse replica: sketch by Marlena Wyman

“My sketch from 2014 on our sketch-out at the Muttart Conservatory. For the Lunar New Year of the Horse, the Muttart had installed sculpture replicas representing China’s ancient terracotta horses and warriors.”

Granville Island totem pole: sketch by Karen Wall

NOTE: If anyone knows who the totem pole artist is, please let us know.

Sketch by Marty Stark

“Miniature lookout tower at the main look out on the boardwalk at Telford Lake Park in Leduc. Cold and Windy there today.”

Our next sketch theme is a “sketch from your vehicle” event on Saturday April 17 from 11 am to 1pm at Alberta Terminals Ltd. 13020- 127 Ave. We hope to see you there!

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Sketch From Your Vehicle: Alberta Terminals Ltd.

Time for another in-person but distanced sketch-out! Join us Saturday April 17 from 11am to 1pm for a Sketch From Your Vehicle event. If you are not able to sketch then, you can come on you own at another time this week.

We thought we would change things up a bit and sketch an industrial subject. Alberta Terminals Ltd. and the railyards beside it provide great on-location subjects (130 Ave and 127 St). It is an interesting industrial site for sketching because it is surrounded by residential housing. The terminals were built in 1924 as a grain handling facility and in the 1950s the neighbourhood of Althlone grew up around it. It is still a functioning terminal, now owned by Cargill.

If you leave your vehicles, remember to follow Covid19 protocols of distancing and wearing masks, and respect private and company property.

The weather is looking much better by then so we hope to see you there! 

Photo Wikimedia Commons

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Sketch Out & About, April 3, 2021

We are returning full-on to Urban Sketchers’ manifesto with on-site sketching starting in April, so no more sketching from photos. Enjoy sketching in the fresh air with the warmer weather finally here. But if there is rain (or gasp, spring snow!), sketching from your vehicle is always an alternative.

This week’s prompt was “highlight a local business”. Local, small businesses need our support to help get them through the pandemic and beyond. They are a big part of what makes our communities great to live in.

Here are the lovely sketches for the week:

Tasty Tomato Restaurant, 14233 Stony Plain Rd by Karen Boschee

“Every Friday night during the pandemic we have supported local businesses by choosing a favorite restaurant for take out. This is one of them. Tasty Tomato on Stony Plain Rd has been a family go to place for many years now.”

CH Chocolates & Coffee, 14802 Stony Plain Rd by Anna Nowakowski Hayes

“New little chocolate place..’CH’ on Stony Plain road near 149th st. Sadly closed when I showed up, but I will be back!”

Transit Hotel, 12720 Fort Rd by Gordon Ramsey

“Transit Hotel I guess it is a local business but not that small. I believe it is under renovation which is good. Of all historic buildings in Edmonton that should live on – the Transit Hotel is near the top of the list .”

Ralph’s Handi-Mart and Juniper Cafe & Bistro, 9514 – 87 St by Sarah Lee

“Small businesses: Ralph’s Handi Mart and the Juniper Cafe. I recommend the fried chicken at the former and the handheld eggs benny at the latter.”

Small business strip mall, 107 Ave & 142 St by Abha Hoedl

“At the parking lot of Club Fit on the west end. There seems to be a lot of small business here!”

Re:Plenish, 9912 – 77 Ave by Marlena Wyman

“The tree beside Re:Plenish actually still has a few brown leaves on it but they looked a bit like blossoms. We can always dream!”

Delton Grocery, 12202 – 88 St by Yvonne Rezek

“The little Delton Grocery Store has been an important part of the Delton community since 1914 and was recently approved for historical designation by the City of Edmonton.”

Northgate Medical & Professional Centre mall by Yvonne Rezek

“Eager to get the jab today, I arrived 40 minutes early, so I stayed in the car and sketched. The Walmart parking lot is not very inspiring but what the heck. This is NOT a tribute to a small local business, obviously.”

This coming week is a Sister City sketch with Calgary Urban Sketchers. The theme is “public (or pop-up) art”. Edmonton has lots to offer in that category, so have fun out there!

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April 2021 Sketch Themes

We are returning to outdoor on-site sketching for April! Three on your own and one where we can get together in person, with pandemic protocols in place.

Thanks to Yvonne Rezek for the suggested themes and this reminder:

With the return of reasonable weather and our ability to move around outdoors in relative comfort, Urban Sketchers Edmonton is no longer allowing the use of photographs. We may revisit the practice when winter is upon us once again. As a reminder, here is the Urban Sketchers manifesto, which aims to define what urban sketching is:

1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.

2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.

3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.

4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.

5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.

6. We support each other and draw together.

7. We share our drawings online.8. We show the world, one drawing at a time

Get ready. Get set. Sketch!

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