Sometimes an illustration gets in a pile of artwork and gets overlooked for awhile. This one "Camden Terrace (Front Elevation) was overlooked for a few years! Cleaning up studio and came across it this weekend. Illustration is from 2016 and in November of that year, the building was demolished. The building was located at 479-489 Talbot Street, and was built 1876-77.Second image is based on the architecture of Camden Terrace, in the window, it says "save me - you did not". The history of the architecture and the city is worth saving. Once it is gone, its gone forever.
This is (was) an example of "Terrace Housing". A 19th-century term for row housing, terrace housing refers to identical or mirror-image houses sharing side walls. Such terraces were a traditional British form of domestic architecture generally only found in the larger urban areas of Ontario. London has several examples. (Source: Jennifer grainger.blogspot.com)
Some notes from Architectural Conservancy Ontario, London Branch about its unique design:
What are the odds of getting a hole-in-one or ace? According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of the average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,000 to 1.
Some other interesting facts about hole in ones ...
Aces are rare, but the same golfer getting aces three years in a row, what are the chances? 2018 and 2019 aces were at Greenhills Golf Club in Lambeth, and most recent 2020, at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club near Barrie. One golfer. Three aces. Three years. Congratulations to him!
This prominent building in the downtown of St. Marys (175 Queen Street East), was constructed in 1891 of local limestone with dichromatic red sandstone accents. Its close proximity to the St. Marys Public Library, another heritage building constructed with similar materials, contribute to the strong heritage identity of the downtown area.
St Marys Town Hall, Ink and watercolour, 6" x 6" ©2020
BlackHorse Golf & County Resort
Played this golf course on Friday, August 21, a sunny, hot day, perfect for golf. The number breakdown looks like this...
18 holes - 16 sketches - 2 tall boys - 4 hours, 5 minutes - 89 total
Riding in a cart while golfing, always gives more time for sketching. The "on course" sketches are very quick... I never want to be "that" golfer who holds other golfers up! So, I have learned to sketch very quickly, especially on the golf course. Sometimes, I start with some pencil lines (I was using a mechanical pencil, which I have had since college), but sometimes I go right to permanent black ink. All of these sketches were done on the course and the colour was added later.
I still sketch every golf hole I play. This obsession started in the spring of 2016 and still I still have the urge to record every hole I play. If I have already sketched the holes/course, no need to do it again. Greenhills Golf Club is no longer owned by Clublink, which means I have played all of my rounds at the same course since this season started. But... while out of town last week, I got to play 2 different courses: a 12 hole course in Eagle Lake (not a typo... a 12 hole course) and an 18 hole course.
"Eagle Lake Golf, is tucked away just a short picturesque drive west of South River. A gently rolling one of a kind 12-hole course, designed to tantalize the everyday golfer yet it reminds you that accuracy is more important than distance alone." A fun course to play, needs some work, its a little rough around the edges.
"Osprey Links Golf Course. The front 9 is a traditional links style golf course with eight strategically placed ponds enhancing every hole, while the back nine is a completely different challenge. Being almost completely cut out of the forest, it features tree-bordered fairways and extreme elevations." I loved the tree lined back nine, did not like the front nine so much. .
A week of waking up to this view! When you are surrounded by trees and water, no internet or TV, the day consists of sketching (images to come), reading (J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski / a novel by Stuart Woods and started PAUSE, an Emily Carr Sketch Book), and kayaking. Later in the day, maybe a curse around the lake on the boat. While others like to get up and go fishing at 6 am, I liked to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. The cottage is located on Eagle Lake (north of Huntsville).
Located on a point... the bay on the west side makes a great perfect place to kayak.
We are in the heart or should I say HEAT of golf season. Last evening on the course was about 32 degrees plus humidity, making it feel like 39! It was pretty hot walking.
Golf season means less time spent doing artwork and more time spent on the golf course. Playing golf three times per week takes about 15 hours. That does include the nineteenth hole beer. New policies and procedures are place on the course, but golf is the one thing that feels very close to the normal that used to be. There are few exceptions, but easy to deal with, just happy to be on the golf course... no matter how hot it is!
Below is artwork completed in 2012. My favourite quote from this piece is: “One minute you’re bleeding. The next minute you’re hemorrhaging. The next minute you’re painting the Mona Lisa." Mac O'Grady. If you are golfer, you can relate. Recently I translated the image into a greeting card.
What is inspiration and where does it come from? Everyone will answer that question differently. For some it's internal, for others it's external, or maybe a combination of the two. We are all unique and find our inspiration in different places at different times and for different reasons.
My inspiration comes:
walking: can be in nature or urban setting, but focus on what's around,
reading: choosing a random book or subject ~ downloading books from the London Public Library is great option,
and listening: conversation, the most important part of communication is listening.
I borrowed the book "The Hidden Life of Trees" from a friend. It took quite a while to read. For me, it was too technical in places, but in the end... Trees are alive. They think. They feel. They communicate. That's where the inspiration started. For the last couple of months I have been observing and thinking about trees more. I have done a couple of sketches, but it's really just the start. I am not sure where this will take me....
An interesting read: "Why Inspiration Matters" from Harvard Business Review.