Tagged: Vancouver

While in Vancouver BC, I set about town with filmmaker Ryan Mund and his wee GoPro. Gear used in this video: a Moleskine landscape format watercolour sketchbook, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens, and a Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather fountain pen, Platinum Carbon ink.

Evanston St*rb¥€k$

Oops, this got posted as if It was done in the Northwest. It wasn’t. It’s a northwest based corporate coffee shop, which, is just 2 blocks from my Midwest residence. Flt home

Land this was the flight home.

N center  E PO

N Center NU at lunch (l) Evanston PO (r)

CSO w/Haitink. CSO

At the CSO, Mozart & Strauss conductor Haitink. Both pieces great, but the Strauss Alpine Symphony just bowled me over.

transit nap x3  Josh on Amtrak sketching in 30th StSt

Dude sketching the transit passengers in 30th Street St. Above him is conductor Josh of Amtrak.


WW II monument Bronze Angel

So, I arrived in Philadelphia by Amtrak to the beautious 30th Street Station, one of my favorite public transit centers in the country, and had time to kill so down I sat to grab a sketch of the Bronze statue dedicated to Railroad employees who died serving in the armed forces during WWII. The statue was by Walter Hancock who taught at the Pennsyvania Academy of Fine Arts and during WWIi, was one of the” Monuments Men” whose exploits and mission was made famous in the George Clooney film of the same name. The actor John Goodman’s character was based on Walter Hancock. The drawing on the right was posted earlier and is a memorial sculpture to the fallen Canadian Rail workers from both WW I and II, copies of which can be seen in a number of Canadian cities, Vancouver being home to this one.

Drawn in  Rhodia unlined sketchbook, and a Tomoe River Paper sketchbook using Pitt Artist Brush Pens and various ni sizes of the Pitt Pens. Also fountain pens, Pelikan M215, and Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon ink.


Bronze Angel

Vancouver was quite resplendent in my five sun dazzled days. Down by the dock near Gastown is the Bronze Angel memorial to the Canadian rail workers who served and lost their lives in World Wars I and II. On the other side of Gastown, exhausted and struggling souls are scattered along Hastings Ave for a number of blocks.

Upon leaving the city by train, minutes out of Pacific Central Station, I saw the man below, beside the tracks and on the edge of brambles, wrapped in a blanket, a bike in the brush beside him. Can’t know for sure his circumstances, but far too many are in conditions to the extreme of those garnering immense wealth and comfort truly way beyond need and security.

Man in brambles

At this point, I can’t be swayed by an argument that would put the fault of the downtrodden, indigent, and failing souls upon their own shoulders. The imbalances of the day are so out of whack, that the system as a whole appears to me to be staggering from pathology.

Some wait and wish for a spirit of supernatural dimension to lift us up. Others wish for a spirited whisking away of the inconveniences about them.

To a spirited awakening for us all.

both drawn using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens in various nib sizes and grays, plus the Basic Black Leather fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink. Top drawing in a Tomoe River Paper sketchbook. Bottom drawing in an unlined Rhodia sketchbook.

Ryan Mund

Videographer Ryan Mund taking five in Vancouver while he recharges the batteries of his Go Pro.  Below, bartender Kiko throwin’ some dance moves while tender the Sunday brunch crowd at The Warehouse.

Kiko  Fender bender

Pickup & a Mercedes collide and wind on the curb.

Breakfast at Moda. Pop & daughter Dr. Sketchy 1 image image

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