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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

McMichael Plein Air Painting Competition


I always want to paint at McMichael and didn't think that the first time I painted here was in a competition. We were about 50-60 artists painting on location during the weekend. We had a sunny but not very warm day unless you stayed under the sun without shades.

The arrangement was simple and easy to follow. McMichael staff and volunteers provided the artists fruits, coffee and water twice a day, one by one! We scattered around McMichael and Kleinburg area, it was not easy for them to find us. Thank you!

The first day I painted the gallery building because I wanted to paint this building. I loved the sunlight behind the cloud and put more trees behind the gallery. I had not enough sleep the night before and planned to work faster so that I could go home and sleep. However, I was very tired and worked very very slowly. When I got home around 4 pm, I threw myself on the couch and slept right away.

On Sunday, I went to Kleinburg, a beautiful town, to paint one of the beautiful houses made of logs and this painting was selected to be the 3rd place in the group 11" x 14"

Some of my artist friends won too. I was so happy for them. I met many talented artists there and saw their wonderful works, different styles. It is always amazing to see different approaches, styles while everyone is painting at the same places and similar scenes.


曾去過McMichael幾次看展覽,時常想去寫生。想不到第一次在這裡寫生是參加這裡所舉辦的寫生比賽。這次比賽大約有五六十位畫家參加,可用任何媒體。這兩天雖陽光充足,但不算非常熱。

大會的安排很簡單,他們並安排了工作人員和義工到各個地點送上水果及水給我們,由於各人寫生的地點不一樣,散佈不同的角落,也真的不容易找到,真的謝謝他們。

第一天是星期六,我當然要畫展覽館建築物。我被背光的雲朵吸引,在展覽館後也添加了些樹木。由於星期五只睡了幾小時,一心想快快畫完便回家睡,可是我畫得非常之慢,沒法加速,回到家差不多四時多,一入門便跳上沙發睡着了。

星期天我在Kleinburg的小鎮,找了一幢很有特色的小木屋,畫了一會,遇到了一位舊畫友,閒聊間她也把她的東西搬過來一起畫,差不多到午飯時間,我們便去交畫,並在McMichael入的餐廳吃了個午餐,我叫了一個沙律,牛角包中間夾了些露筍,蔬菜把牛角包埋𢫾掉,很奇怪的組合,不過也挺好味,估不到在美術館內的餐廳也相當有創意。

在四時多左右,我們到了會場,看到其他參賽畫家的作品,非常有水準,雖然大家所描繪的地點都是差不多,但不同的手法和構圖真的令大家大開眼界。我的其中一幅作品在11" x 14"的組別獲得了第三名,我認識的一些畫友亦獲得獎項。大家都過了一個充實的週末。


Friday, July 1, 2016

Unionville - A house on Carlton Road

I have done many plein air paintings in Unionville but all are at Too Pond Pond. Today was Monday, less people on the Main Street. It was very tempting to paint the houses there. However, it was a hot steamy day, I decided to paint a house near the place I parked my car and under the shade.

來過這裡很多次寫生,但每次都是畫Too Good Pond.今天是星期一,早上在Main Street人不多,很想畫那裡有特色的房屋,可是今天實在太熱,我還是選擇畫一幢在我泊車的停車場附近的樹蔭下畫了這幢漂亮的屋子.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

En Plein Air Painting Workshop with Jake Mol at Earl Bales Park


I attended Jake's demo on varnishing watercolour painting before and love the way he shares his knowledge and experience with us. This morning, I came again for his plein air workshop held by Toronto Watercolour Society. He picked a nice location where he painted a small white house. We were watching him painting and he told us everything about his painting, as well as answering our questions. The demo was about a little bit more than an hour. Then we started painting ours. I didn't pick the white house as his painting was too impressive to me. I wanted to try something different. So I picked the playground and challenged myself to paint the figures and the scene.

After 2 hours, we gathered again for our lunch and for the critique part. As he said, we should learn from each other as well. He made the points on our paintings. I did learn a lot from his options on everyone's work as well as mine.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Riverdale Farm


It was the first time I went to the Riverdale Farm. The farm is not huge and it has everything. It is located on the east side of the downtown area, a very convenient location. However, it was not very crowded even on Saturday.

The night before the weather forecast said there would be a thunderstorm next morning. Someone asked if I would still go. Well, I had to because I was one of the hosts and in case someone showed up. Surprisingly, the sun was shining when I woke up in the morning.
You can find chicken, goats, horses in the farm as well as beautiful buildings and architectures. I didn't walk around because I needed to save my time for the painting. So I picked where is the favourite of everyone to paint. I chatted with people, walked around to take photos while I was painting. I left during noon and it had been 3 hours already.

第一次去Riverdale Farm,很喜歡!雖然今天是星期六,但遊人不是很多。前天天氣預告說會有風暴,有畫友問我還去不去,我說去,因為我怕到是有人會去,見不到我們畫會的人。怎料今早起來,陽光普照!這農場在市中心近東面。農場內有雞有羊有馬等,亦有一些頗有特色的建築物,為了爭取時間,我沒有把整個農場遊覽一遍,和大部份人一樣,在羊和雞欄寫了一幅畫,有時又走開影相,有時又跟途人聊天,不知覺間已是中午,又要趕著回去。