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Y2D197 and looking back

This is my last full day on The Canadian. It has been especially picturesque as we went through the Rocky Mountains, and very exciting when we saw both a coyote and a bear (but not at the same time). It is a day that is also tinged with sadness as I said goodbye to new friends in Edmonton and then in Jasper. So now, it is time time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the rear window of the bullet carriage as we coast our way into Vancouver.

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So this will now bring me up-to-date. I’m currently in my very posh Sheraton hotel room, but have plans to visit the Art Gallery this afternoon as it is just down the street.

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Y2D196 and farm fresh

We crossed the border into Manitoba and then Saskatchewan. Both are relatively flat and full of farms growing various grain crops, but always with a few trees on the side. It was a much better day weather-wise, being rather sunny, though I was not getting out at Winnipeg – -7C is by far too cold for me. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we stop at Edmonton then Jasper.

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I don’t often do a spread in my sketchbook, but the land is so immense, you need all the space you can get.

Y2D195 and lonely hearts

The weather was not the best today (Sunday), but when you’re on a train it does not matter. It is still rather surprising how much snow is still around, and we have seen several lakes and rivers still froze over. This was a picturesque little white church, sitting all alone  by a frozen lake with the town a long skate away.
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Y2D194 and running about

I only had today in Toronto for sightseeing, and whilst I left the hotel early-ish, it didn’t seem like nearly enough time. I clambered aboard the “hop on, hop off” bus for a tour of the city, with gorgeous Thomas providing the commentary, and planned on visiting just two galleries. First stop was the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), where I saw the temporary exhibition (Henry Moore and Francis Bacon), sketched in the permanent Henry Moore plaster cast gallery, then lusted after the paintings in the 19th/20th Century Canadian art rooms. I liked this section immensely; there are so many beautiful, expressive paintings here. However, I only gave myself two hours in the AGO, which was not nearly long enough, as I wanted to allow time for the second gallery. As it turned out, the second one (Museum of Inuit Art or MIA) is rather compact, so I could have allowed another hour. Who knew? Still, now I have something else to go back for. This is a quick sketch of a couple of sculptural pieces from MIA.

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After the gallery, I walked around the harbour front and then back to the hotel to read my book and drink whisky in the Library Bar. The Canadian train, left Toronto at 22:00, so after a little welcome cocktail party, I am now tucked up in my bed typing this out for when I next get access to the internet.

Y2D188 and news flash

My friend, her father and I drove into town to watch the steam train excursion (operated by Norfolk Southern Corp, Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum) as it passed on its way from Bristol to Bull’s Gap. While we were there I noticed the local reporter arrive for (what I assume is) a human interest story and then leave when the train did, but didn’t think much of it – too busy taking photos. However, the reporter came back when we were one of the last people to leave the car park. He asked me if I minded answering a few questions but I quickly directed him to my friend and her dad, being locals they would be better equipped to answer questions. Plus I could then sketch the interview and I have not drawn people from life for ages….

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Long story short, my friend’s dad made it onto the evening news. You can read the story here.

Y2D170 and nearly done

I spent today mini-rusticating – popping down to Kent for lunch with the great aunt – followed by dinner in London with a friend. Many trains equals many drawing opportunities, but this is the view of Marylebone Station from the coffee shop I waited in as my friend was finishing up for the day.

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Y2D65 and all rugged up

Back to work, early starts and commuter trains. With the weather being decidedly chilly these days, even the littlest of passengers are dressing warmly.

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Y2D58 and notating life

Being easily distracted, I quite often see things that I think would make a good abstract painting and then have to notate said ideas as quickly as possible before I forget. Sometimes it is obvious things like a sunrise or light on water, but mostly it is weird things, like colour and line on the opposite platform’s camera monitors when I’m awaiting my train home.

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Y2D24 and ideas generation

I’ve been thinking about Fred Williams, an Australian artist I admire greatly, and thinking how I could distill the London landscape to its essence. Trying to figure out how to strip out all that information and leave the bare essentials. Then I get distracted by freebie models, or other passengers on the train.

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Y2D10 and tickets

I find it rather amusing when you come across people who think that you are drawing them, but in fact you are drawing what is behind them. They really shouldn’t have tickets on themselves, it’s only going to end in (their) tears.

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