Trinity Bellwoods

Remember this?

Well, I thought I’d have a second try at it, and lo and behold this is the final result (apologies for the darkness of the image, I am really bad at taking pictures):

This time I used white ink on blue Japaneze Kozo paper which I purchased at the Paper Place. It’s an amazing shop in Toronto’s Queen West and has everything a crafter with even a slight interest in paper could desire. I hadn’t even heard about Kozo paper until I stumbled into the shop and was greatly surprised. It’s very thin but can take wet paints incredibly well.

It will soon be framed and given to a good friend for her birthday, as she was the person who suggested I actually draw the gates to Trinity Bellwoods in the first place. Hope she likes it!

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.