Weekend in sketches

Good weather makes weekends seem just like paradise. I had some friends over for dinner on Saturday night. The menu consisted of Jamie Oliver’s delicious baked mushrooms stuffed with ricotta (I used basil leaves instead of oregano, so good), with some rucola with a lemon dressing and Northern Spain paella (plenty of meat and no seafood). From a neighbourhood perspective, I was stuck in Parkdale:

Yesterday was glorious, and in order to make the most of the weather, my friends went to the Islands to spend the day:

I pottered around, watched Nadal beat Federer, and after having brunch at the waterfront, I spent part of the afternoon at Trinity Bellwoods. It’s a lovely park on Queen West:

These are the new sketches of Toronto neighbourhoods that I’ve been working on. Obviously still sketches – I mean, TRINIYT?! I was obviously VERY distracted when I was working on my lettering…! I still have to work on the composition, select which buildings/houses are more representative of each neighbourhood and obviously, TRY to make it as centered and straight as possible – particularly the lettering. But it’s a project I’m really enjoying as it makes me get on my bike, explore some wonderful areas of this city and then, once at home,  draw them out rather quickly with my big fat marker pen on the biggest sketch pad known to man.

Home

Over the past 7 years I have lived in 10 different houses in 3 countries. However only a handful of them have felt like home. Home now is Toronto, Parkdale to be precise. What makes my current address so special is the fact that for the very first time in my life I am living by myself and was able to decorate the place as I wished. I’m renting  one of the attic apartments in this gorgeous turn-of-the-century house.

The neighbourhood is amazing, great local shops, friendly people, creativity in the air, park and lake nearby, seriously, this place has it all. Actually, I’ll take it a notch higher, this is probably the BEST neighbourhood where I have lived.

Never have I been so inspired to draw the building where I live – until now…