One of the aerial sketches of Vancouver from the Vancouver Lookout’s (Harbour Centre) Observatory deck. The view is amazing and I could stay up here and look at this all day.. I think this sketch is the south end of Vancouver, not too far from West End, English Bay, and Yaletown..
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Helloooo Vancouver! Home of the 2010 Winter Olympic and home of the Canadian’s true sport Hockey Gold Medalist winners. I am really in awe, there is so many way to describe about this city: Beautiful, clean, modern, breathtaking, greens, glassy, icy, and so on…. Vancouver is a city that have everything in environmental: Mountains, rivers, islands, ocean, beaches, sky, snow, rain, lifestyle, parks, etc..
Top part of the sketch: Is the famous Olympic Cauldron that was lit by the Hockey’s Great One named Wayne Gretzky. It is a honour to see this cauldron in person and it would have been better if it was lit.. Currently the Cauldron is in renovation to make it as a permanent fixture and it will be lit for the 2nd time (since the Olympic Weeks) during Canada Day which is July 1st, 2010.
On my way to visit Vancouver from taking a bigger BC Ferries’ ferry ride. It was so cold and windy (like I’m sticking my head out of the airplane or car window) on the top deck and I could hardly feel my fingers when I was sketching this.. Not that great, but it is hard to have the patient to sketch while trying to enjoy the once a lifetime ride and view.
Sketch of the Thetis Island from the BC Ferries’ docking bay and a ticket stub. The Island is about 4 miles long and 3 miles wide, I could have walked all over if it wasn’t so hilly. It is a quiet, quaint looking little island. There’s a Baptist School right on the shore as you can see in the sketch, the school is used during the spring and summer weeks. There was something so magical on this island, the bald eagles were everywhere, red belly hummingbirds, and a family of Canadian Geese along with the little gooslings. I would love to explore more, but it is best to bring a car for this trip, if only wasn’t hilly..
Did this sketch while waiting for the arrival of the BC Ferries’ ferry ride to Thetis Island. It was cold and sea spray was blowing on me and a bit on my sketch as you can see it. This is a small docking area in Chemainus for boats and yacht. I love the harbour life, so much different than being in the Gambling Wasteland. I am really considering moving to the Pacific Northwest in the future. There is so much life up there that feel more like home to me, I am used to the green environment (born and raise in Florida) and the fresh air.
A “BC Ferries” ferry ride to Kuper and Thetis Islands ticket booth.
This is where I pay for my ferry ride to the Kuper Island (Home of the Penelakut Indian tribe) and Thetis Island from Chemainus, Vancouver Island.
The backyard of my friends’ place where I was staying at.. And one of their dogs in the sketch.. I think a brush pen doesn’t work well for sketching a Pomeranian..
Downtown Duncan, BC. aka “The Totem Poles City”
Duncan is not too far from Chemainus and totem poles were scatter all over in town that were build by the First Nations back in 1985. A lot of the pole have marking that tells it own story, myth, and history from the past. The First Nations are very spiritual which I’m sure you know that. The totem poles I have sketch here are by the Duncan Street Train Station next to a small museum.
Below the poles, is a very cool-looking Edwardian style of the City Hall with a clock tower. I’m not sure how old this building is.. The City Hall is just right next to a new building (around 70s) which is the Royal Canadian Legion. Those Legions are everywhere from large city to tiny towns.
One of the huge perk about the Pacific Northwest is the freshest seafood. That was one thing I missed so much about when I have relocated in the middle of the desert from Florida with lack of fresh and cheaper seafood!
On Vancouver Island’s best specialty is the good ole Fish n’ Chips, hence the name of the providence: British Columbia. Anyway, you can see an Inukshuk beside the image of my delicious Battered Halibut, Coleslaw, and French Fries with gravy (a Canadian thing). Drew an Inukshuk from a photo beside where I was sitting while waiting for my food.
What’s an Inukshuk?
Its a First Nations thing, you will see the rock sculpture almost everywhere in Canada. The word inuksuk means “something which acts for or performs the function of a person.” The inuksuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for hunting grounds, or as a food cache. The Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou into contained areas for slaughter. Inuksuit vary in shape and size, with deep roots in the Inuit culture.