This is the new Toronto City Hall built in 1965. There are two towers sitting in a raised platform. This platform has a green roof which you can see in the foreground. This City hall replaced the former one built in 1899 and is just across the street.
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
While in Toronto I visited the Gothic Revival style house called Casa Loma. This was built between 1911 and 1914 as the residence of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt.
It now a popular location for use in film and movies. There were quite a few people milling about on the day I was there and you could tour inside if you wished.
Sunday, 24 July 2016
I am currently in Toronto and after a wonderful morning at the Art Gallery of Ontario, I walked to Kensington markets. This is an area of diverse culture, lots of cafes, food of all sorts and interesting shops. It was very hot and humid and there were few places in the shade to sketch. I found a spot opposite the above scene and thought the half house was interesting. The Uhaul van was unloading lumber the entire time I was there.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Juniper Hall is a large Georgian House on Oxford St in Paddington. It was originally the home of Robert Cooper who was a wealthy man and a gin distiller. He promised his third wife and fourteen children the finest house in the colony. Juniper Hall was the result which Cooper designed himself and had built in 1825.
Cooper named his home Juniper Hall after the juniper berries used in gin distillation.
This sketch was done from the side of the building. The beautiful frontage has trees obstructing the complete view thus, side view sketch.
A lady came up to say developers were trying to get approval from council to build shops underneath the front lawn of the building. The lady was not happy about the idea, understandably.
Saturday, 16 July 2016
Some sketchy friends and I got together on a cold and windy winter day to sketch on one of Sydney's water ways.
Above is a boat club at Rodd Point. One of the people involved with this club had a look at our sketches and told a bit of the history. The club was originally built in the 1960's but burned down by arson about ten years ago. They rebuilt it as it was originally. I love it's shape.
The point was named after Mr Rodd and he and his wife are buried on the knoll behind the boat club, you can see the cross marking the site.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
I've had a couple of days off this week and spent one rainy day at the Art Gallery of NSW. I love the large David Hockney paintings we have and have sketched the scene in the gallery at the time I was there. The above painting is an iconic Hockney, painted in 1972 , acrylic.
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Sketch club went to Gore Hill Memorial cemetery this weekend, in St Leonards. This is one of the oldest and largest remaining cemetery in the city of Sydney. It was established in 1868 and closed in 1974 but most of the burials were between 1900 and 1930. It is 12.5 acres in size.
It was fallen in disrepair but a lot of work has happened in the past few years to restore it.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
I sketched this service station in the early days of the series, located on the Princes Hwy, St Peters. The first time it was a scorching hot day and I had to sit in a doorway where there was a sliver of shade. On the weekend I returned with a mate and it was very cool, a winters day with a wind from Tasmania blowing up the highway. I wanted to return as this lovely building as it is slated for demolition. They have taken the lettering off it for some reason. The light was strong and it made for great shadows.
This is a purpose built petro station, Spanish Mission style, 1930's. The past 50 years it has had the same owner. Terrible shame it is being pulled down.
Friday, 1 July 2016
Urban sketchers met at a Technology park where the trains were originally serviced and repaired. There were old locomotives and various bits of equipment around the place and inside some of the buildings there are more. Kind of a living museum. The buildings were 19th century industrial style.
The sketch above is a water tower on the site. I liked the shadows coming toward me.
A sunny winters day, very pleasant sitting in the sun.