Sketchy on the Detail

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Y2D272 and loose ends

I was at a bit of a loose end today, with estate agents not being open on a Sunday (prime house shopping day methinks) so I drove around Adelaide to get use to the city layout and sorted out a new phone. You may have noticed that I’m using that to upload the pics at the moment, but I will need to invest in a new printer/scanner once the house is sorted.



Y2D269 and new baby

I picked up my new baby today, that I christened by driving up to Hamilton. Of course I was paranoid the whole time about another driver scratching the car and was extra-cautious when parking, though I do now get to sit and draw in comfort while I wait.



Y2D211 and this is it

Tuesday was my last day on the Big Trip Home, and after a slightly stressful start I’m in my business class seat watching the other aeroplanes whilst mine is preparing for take-off. Next stop is Australia

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.

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.

Y2D193 and epic

Hey, I’m back in the blogosphere so here is me catching up on the past five days’ worth of posts….

Today (Friday) I flew from Tennessee to Toronto on two small regional flights. It was fun though we were delayed on the first one as there was too much traffic at Charlotte airport. Luckily my flight out of Charlotte was from the same terminal and so there was no running about like headless chooks. On arrival at Toronto there was more waiting to be picked up by my town car and be delivered to the very swanky Fairmont Royal York hotel. I was feeling more a little fragile by the time I arrived at the hotel but it was nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a warm bath and delicious dinner in their bar/restaurant, named Epic. This is the view from my table across the bar to the foyer and the large grandfatherly clock that is in the centre.


Y2D190 and post-captain

Tuesday was all about the build up to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the cinema. I think we did remarkably well in delaying our gratification and it was worth the wait. Of course I didn’t make the best use of time by sketching while I waited to go to the movies, so we’ve a hurried drawing of Juno settling down on my lap as we watched Agents of Shield once we arrived home after the film.


Anyway, only two more potential cat sketching days left on this trip and then I’m going up to the cold for some train fun.

Y2D176 and delays

My flight back to London was delayed this morning by an hour and a quarter, so it put my whole afternoon was out of kilter. Still, it gave me plenty of time to sketch the furniture in the business lounge while I waited. Or at least until the lounge started filling up with other passengers.


Y2D174 and lobbies

I had a little waiting time in the hotel lobby this morning, until my cousin arrived for our day out and about in Milan. We went to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus at the Biblioteca Pinacoteca Accademia Ambrosiana, now my most favourite place in Milan. Partly for the superb mosaic stairway in Sala 12 (dell’Esedra) but mostly because we both adored the library which housed the Codex exhibition. If I could take that home I would. After a late lunch, my cousin took me for gelato at Cioccolat by the Duomo, which we then had to walk off….a delicious but naughty treat! Not sure where dinner is yet, but I am sure it will involve more waiting in the lobby before I’m collected.


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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