Monday, September 19, 2016

Holbein Aqua Duo + Daily Painting Project

Today I went to a demo about water soluble oil paint and bought some of them. I always want to try this product. It's quite good, easy to control. I am going to paint a series of miniature paintings.


Day 3: Royal Ontario Museum
You will never forget this architecture once you saw it. It doesn't match the surrounding buildings. This is an expansion of the ROM. It is one of the largest museums in North America, the largest in Canada. The old part of the museum was Designed by Toronto architects Frank Darling and John A. Pearson, the architectural style of the original building is Italianate Neo-Romanesque, popular throughout North America until the 1870s. The new part was designed by Toronto architect Gene Kinoshita, with Mathers Haldenby, the curatorial centre forms the southern section of the museum in simple modernism and completed in 1984. When the new part was completed, some Torontonians didn't like it. I have found it was liked a crumpled paper dropped on the ground.

這是個你一見難忘的建築物, 因為它與附近的建築物格格不入。這是安省皇家博物館的擴建部份,在原本的博物館旁。這個館是北美最大的博物館之,在加拿大是最大的了。舊的部份是由多倫多兩位建築師Frank Darling 和John A. Pearson設計的,是1970年代北美流行的意大利新羅馬風格。新的部份是由另兩位多倫多建築師 Gene Kinoshita及 Mathers Haldenby所設計的,以簡單的現代現代主義風格,於1984年完成。當這所新的部份完成時,有些多倫多市民很不喜歡,認為形嚮了原本的和諧。而我覺得它就像一個弄皺的紙圑拋在地上。

Day 2: Kensington Market

You can see a range of colourful houses through the alley. My favourite colour is the one in the middle with teal. One of them put a canoe to the wall. Two walls of two building in the front and the shadows on the ground formed a natural frame for these houses.


Day 1: Kensington Market

這是一幢很搶眼的建築物, 紅色的外場, 地下正在擺賣, 太陽傘的反光剛好在深色的背景襯托出來。馬路與行人路的橫線在畫面上看來不太順眼,加了些陰影在地上,看起來好很多了。

Friday, September 16, 2016

Kensington Market

This was a DAVC paint out event. To do the paint out in Kensington Market is not easy, it's better not doing during the weekends. Friday morning is good, shops open and not so crowded. We were still able to find a spot and sat down . Alleys, corners of the streets and empty stores were perfect places for setting up our plein air equipment. I sat in front of an empty unit and sketched the opposite side of the street where the sunlight hit on.

Kensington Market is a multicultural neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto. You can find different kinds of buildings and subjects around the area to paint. Whether the people activities or buildings, everything is worth to be part of your works.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Markham Auto Classic Show

We parked and walked along Markham Road from 26th Avenue. There we were! Lots of classic auto parked here. I am not a big fan of cars but William is. However, I felt like I was back to the past.

The weather was beautiful. I was standing under the trees and doing my sketch. A little bit different this time, I did it with my Android tablet, very easy and convenient!

Before I left, I saw another classic auto in mini version. That really reminds me my old time. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Milne Dam Conservation Park

I remember that we visited Milne Dam Conservation Park few months ago for a tree planting event. Today I decided to come again for plein air painting. The park is Markham's largest park which has 123 hectares. The Rouge River in the park provides a place for many migratory birds, which can be best viewed in the early mornings and evenings in spring and fall.The 2.3 kilometres of trails are suitable for walking ,jogging and cycling.

It is located on the east side of McCowan Road, just south of Highway 7. I saw a father and his son fishing at the river. If you want to fish, you need to apply for a A MNR fishing permit at Canadian Tire stores or bait shops.

Milne Park now charges admission per person. $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and children 16 or under are free. At the gate, the staff will give you a hand band so that you can have multi-entry with it as a proof. However, it is free admission on weekdays.

We sat down at the picnic table and I started painting the scene in front of me. I couldn't help taking photos and videos with the bird flying around the river. Again, I felt like I am a Discovery Channel reporter.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sketch with San Diego Urban Sketchers Group (聖地牙哥城市速寫會)

It was fun fun fun!!!

It took us 2.5 hrs drive from LA to San Diego. I was so excited to meet everyone from San Diego urban sketchers group. Once I got off from the car, I saw Lydia right in front of me. She introduced the group members to me and some of them just like me, the first time comers.

The Balboa Park is very big and is located in the north of the downtown area. It consists 12 attractions including San Diego Zoo, art museum, museum, theatre, restaurant and the gym centre. You can buy a "Passport to Balboa Park" for US$20 dollars for museum admission fees. The park was named after a Spanish navigator "Vasco Núñez de Balboa". In 1868, San Diego government developed this area as a park. The architectures now in the park were built in 1915 for The Panama–Pacific International Exposition.

I saw a wonderful architecture while we were driving. It is the Museum of Man. I decided to sketch this building. The detailed and complicated sculptures on the building cost so much time to depict. I could only simplify them. The architectures here are quite different from those in Toronto.

At 3:30 pm , we gathered again to show our sketches. There are so many things you can sketch in the park. Everyone did a great job with the variety of objects and styles. We took a group photo and The group has some announcements too. The Sketchcrawl had an event after this one near the zoo area. I really wanted to join but I also wanted to explore this park. One time one thing. I decided to hang around in the park. I grabbed something to eat in a café and visited a couple of places. The San Diego Museum of Art takes only $5 admission fee after 5 pm.

The group told me that there were food trucks coming to the park on Fridays in summer. In fact, I didn't expect that there were so many members could join the events on Friday afternoon. It was an awesome experience and I love to be one of the urban sketchers. I brought them a copy of our "
Urban Sketching Disappearing Landmarks in Toronto" to share our sketches from our group with them. We are not only showing the world, one drawing at a time., but also connect each other all over the world with a common interest. Love San Diego! Love you guys !

巴爾波亞公園有1,200英畝,位於市中心北區,有15座博物館包括著名的聖地牙哥動物園(San Diego Zoo)、美術館、博物館、劇場、餐廳以及娛樂健身設施等。如果你還想逛一逛園內的博物館的話,可購買US$30的"Passport to Balboa Park"。
公園是以一位西班牙的航海家Vasco Núñez de Balboa命名的,1868年聖地牙哥政府將這土地規劃為公園。現今公園內許多華麗的博物館建築, 均是1915年巴拿馬加州博覽會, 舉行時所留下的偉大遺產, 繁複的城堡建築反映當時西班牙殖民文藝復興時期的特色, 也有哥德, 巴羅克與洛可哥風。加州塔高達200呎內有100個小吊鐘,每十五分鐘百鐘齊鳴, 有如天籟之音。

今次去洛杉磯,有一天是會去聖地牙哥的。當我知道要上洛杉磯的時候,便立即上網找找那裡有沒有Urban Sketchers的群組,果然找到了聖地牙哥有一群組。於是便聯絡了他們,他們特別為我在8月12日舉辦了一次聚會,很感動!活動地點是巴爾波亞公園(Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Old City Hall view from Toronto City Hall Green Roof

I didn't know there is such a nice place on the 2nd floor at The City Hall. You can walk around and see different views around The City Hall. Lots of high rises there. I picked The Old City Hall to sketch. It is the only old building in the middle of the high rises and seems that the time has frozen there no matter how the surroundings change. It was really hot today, but we found shades and stayed there for sketching. There were not many visitors and was very tranquil. If you have found the ground was too noisy and crowded, the green roof definitely is a nice and quiet place to visit.