East BlockPosted: May 29, 2016
I spent a little time in Ottawa today, sketching East Block, one of the three main buildings on Parliament Hill. As I came to discover, it’s a challenging building to paint. The exterior is Nepean Sandstone, and although there are lots of intricate details on the copper roof that were fun to draw, the stone itself is quite heavy and dark. I tried to suggest it with a combo of line and wash, but it required several layers of paint to convey the solidity of the structure. Many moons ago, on a school trip to the nation’s capital, I visited the Parliament buildings, but I don’t remember much about their history. It took a little searching on Wikipedia to discover that East Block has remained relatively intact since its original construction in 1866. It’s open for tours in July and August, if you are interested.