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!
“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!”
“Shadows in a damp city :Belgravia. The corner cafe.”
“The vacant lot behind Saskatchewan Drive. The house of the fire damage is gone now: rain saturated old foundation.”
Info about the incomparable Edmonton Grads women’s basketball team here.
“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.
“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!”
“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.
Posted by Marlena Wyman