The last few West Coast sketchesPosted: July 19, 2017
As wonderful as it is to get home after a long holiday, I have to admit I miss the West Coast mountain vistas. I managed to get in a few final sketches before flying home. The first one was painted while waiting in Nanaimo for the ferry back to Vancouver. It was a great day for painting clouds so during the long wait on the dock I found a spot with a spectacular view out into the Strait of Georgia. From that distance the snow-capped coastal mountain peaks on the mainland are visible but very subtle in value. They’re a bit darker and warmer than the clouds, but not much.
On the last full day in Vancouver I got out early to paint the palm trees along English Bay. The first time I visited the city years ago I couldn’t believe we had palms in Canada, but I’ve never sketched them and thought they would be a good addition to my handout for “Trees in the City”, the workshop I will be giving at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago next week.
In true Vancouver fashion, it started to rain just as I completed my palm drawing, so I found a dry spot under a big tree and sketched the deep-sea freighters out on English Bay, finishing my tree sketch when the sun came out again.
And a quick note to everyone who commented on posts when I was travelling: I tried my best to respond to all of them from my iPad but it seems that many of my responses did not come through. I blame it on spotty wifi in remote locations, and I will answer them all very soon.