It was near Markham Civic Centre and it moved to Downtown Markham this year. The parking is better. The weather was pretty lovely. Lots of sunshine with the breeze. It was so windy, the vendors with the tents had to hold it or the tent would be blown away.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
I don't remember how many times I have been to the Toronto Botanical Garden. However, today was the first time I saw so many flowers blooming!
The peonies bloom everywhere. There is a path with flowers. Some fellow artists were painting there. I also took many pictures there.
Another plein air painting day of DVAC, we met at the cafe where I always wanted to paint. Today I didn't have enough time to do a bigger painting. I just did a quick watercolour sketch. It was very nice to see people chatting and enjoying such a great weekend here. Everyone was so content. There are so many negative things and comments around us everyday. It is important to see people smile and enjoy their live.
I love the pattern on the ground. It is the shadow from the big trees. It led us to the group of people.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
|The only cat in the fountain|
The new fountain is protected with a fence without water. A fountain is not a fountain without water! Hence, I made it up.
A little bit more about the park:
Berczy Park is a small triangle-shaped (3,606 square metres) park in downtown Toronto. It is next to the Gooderham building on Front Street. The park is named after William Berczy, an architect and surveyor, who worked with John Graves Simcoe, the first Governor of Upper Canada.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
I picked a spot near the flyover, Overlea Blvd, where I can see a high rise behind it. In front of it, there are big trees. Under these trees are the picnic tables. There were kids playing the Sprite Scooters. I saw a mom and her daughter playing badminton. From the distance under a tree, a group of people set up a grill for BBQ. The park was full of laugh and smell of nice food from BBQ. And of course, mostly importantly, full of sunshine.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
It was an extraordinary experience to me to sketch the warplanes in the museum. Thank you Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region for organizing a sketching event at The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
The staff are very knowledgable! They know everything about the planes. You can sit in the pilot seat for some planes. The museum is not very large but it has a lot of information and history about the war and these planes. I learnt a lot from this visit. You also can book a flight to let these planes take you up to sky. Most of these planes still works very well.
Thank you Nick for telling us so many things about these planes.
I always want to draw the real planes and I am so happy that I did it!!
Monday, January 30, 2017
Japan is a special country. People are very polite. The streets are very clean. "Simple and caring" is my impression of Japan. We stopped over in Tokyo for few days on the way to Toronto. I met some Tokyo sketchers there and had a fun afternoon. It was a bit chilly but nothing affects a Torontonian, really. We met at Omotesando Station then we decided to stay in the Spiral building where is quite and neat. There are glass walls in the building with chairs facing the glasses. We sat there and looked outside. People were rushing on the streets, coming in and out from the restaurants and shops.
|The buildings on Aoyama Dori opposite to the Spiral Building|
|We sat there and looked outside|
|Thank you Kumi and everyone!|
|Our sketches from Spiral Building|
Then we went to a shopping area near Harajuku (原宿). I used a water-soluble pen to draw the line and then fill with watercolour. I touched some lines to make them bleed. It was quite interesting. We were supposed to spend an hour on the street OUTSIDE. However, it became quite cold and we decided to find a coffee shop to stay after about half an hour staying.
|Our works on the street outside!|
Sunday, January 1, 2017
It's fun to do the portraits but it's not easy. I have done the watercolour portraits but I want to study and explore more. Nothing you can do but practice, practice and practice!
I got a nice sketchbook and have decided to do the portraits everyday, hopefully!