New Hamburg Sketches

USkWR group met in New Hamburg on Saturday for our first of three sketch outing for our Show to be held in the Bitte Schon Brauhaus, August 25th, 5-7 pm. I decided on sketching one side of Huron St. We only sketched for about 1 1/2 hours so I only had time to do a pen and ink sketch. I added the watercolour at home. We then did our throwdown in a local restaurant where we had a nice meal and some great conversation. Hopefully I can complete a sketch on site next time. #uskwr, #uskwaterlooregion.

#one week100people2018

 Marc Holmes has challenged sketchers to sketch 100 people in one week. So I have accepted that challenge. Day 3 and I’ve sketched 51 people. It looks like I have to pick up my pace to reach the final goal by Friday. Using a variety of instruments…..water soluble pens, micron pens, ink brushes, markers. Next I’m going to attempt to sketch with just a watercolour brush.

Drop-in Life drawing session

 Last Tuesday I dropped in to a life drawing class at the Button Factory in Waterloo. I haven’t been to one of these in over 25 years. I found it was a real work out and really miss stretching my drawing skills. The first two sketches were 5 minute poses although I came in a little late, so the first sketch was more like 3 minutes. The next two were 10 minutes and the last two were 15 minutes. Hope to make this a steady workout.


Victoria St., Bridge Demolition

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I joined Trent, Karen and Marion in sketching the demolition of this bridge today. We were surprised how much was done…we thought we would be able to see more of the bridge but also were surprised at the number of machines at work. In spite of the cold we persevered for a few hours and then rewarded ourselves with hot chocolate and tea. I added a little more contrast once I got home. #usk_wr.

Watercolour Workshop at @aldercreekstudio1

Joined with other fellow artists for a watercolour workshop today. Instructor Marion Anderson demonstrated first and then we attempted to replicate what she did.


This is my attempt as we blocked out what would be the birch trees. We added salt to the wet paint to make falling snow…neat idea!


My completed watercolour.

See how the salt reacted with the wet paint ?


In the afternoon I painted this scene looking out the windows of the studio on a much larger sheet of paper. There were some amazing paintings produced and a wonderful time spent with very creative artists.


Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.

 Today I headed to Descendants at 319 Victoria St., N., Kitchener, who were hosting a Parking Lot Hockey Tournament.

I thought I wouldn’t be able to complete #34 of the 52 Week Challenge…to sketch a hockey game. But this gave me the opportunity and now I can check off #34.

Also while waiting for teams to show up I sampled a glass of their unique beer and sketched inside. Once the games began, I opted to stand just inside the door to sketch the game as it was snowing heavily.

Boy was it challenging to sketch moving targets.