Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sears Hair studio at Limeridge Mall Hamilton Ontario Canada

I went to get my hair done today, and sat watching fascinated as a sweet old man had his hair permed.  really tight perm too.  His wife was waiting patiently for her turn as well..

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sketching at "The Royal City Bowmen" Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

"The Royal City Bowmen" archery club is located near Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It is a 44-acre forest which is rented from the Grand River Conservation Authority and is on the east side of Guelph Lake, located just northeast of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. My friend Lynn, took me with her, to her plein aire painting class. It was a fantastic afternoon, and I did this sketch.

Westfiled Historical Village

In 1960 two Brantford high school teachers purchased 30 acres of land in the Hamilton region to store a THB (Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo Railway) Class "G" Consolidated locomotive.

This was the birth of the Westfiled Historical Village. There are now 35 period buildings on the site, ranging from the 1700's and 1800's, and it is open to the public Sundays and holidays. It really is worth the visit. The Historic interpretors wear historical costume. There are also first person interpretors who speak in period language. It adds authenticity to the village.

While I was there last Monday 23rd May, I had the pleasure of listening to the "Mercoledi Strings" Orchestra. It was an hour well spent, the music was heavenly, and I managed to draw this quick sketch.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Montebello Park St Catharines Ont. Canada

Montebello Park is the main recreational park for Downtown St Catharines.  It was designed in 1887, by Frederick Law Olmstead, the founding father of landscape architecture in the United States, and one of the designers of Central Park in New York City.

This man was busking in front of the Coffee Culture restaurant, on St Pauls street, where I stopped and had my lunch.  He had disappeared straight after I drew him, so I didn't get a chance to give him some money..  Pity.

Friday, May 20, 2011

St Catharines Ontario Canada 19th May 2011

St Catharines Town Hall and Market House was built in 1848-49. The builder was William Barren and the architect was Kivas Tully. It is made of Thorold stone.

It is a magnificent building with Roman Arch windows, heavily molded eaves, and gorgeous corbels.

It was originally used by the Board of Police and Town Hall, and Farmers Markets in the east wing. This wing was a later addition, built by Samuel Dolson, in 1863.

The upper floor boasted 22 foot ceilings, and was originally the council chamber and meeting hall.

I did not go inside as court was in session. I would have loved to though. Maybe next time.

The clock tower is a working three faced clock. It has an 8 foot long pendulum, with a 50lb bob. The dome is octagonal.
Man eating lunch in the Court House gardens.

Lisa's Cafe is in the St Catharines Public Library.  I stopped for a wonderful blueberry/cranberry bran muffin and a hot chocolate.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Trip to Canada May to August 2011

Brisbane Airport

In flight on Korean Airlines

Lady in Traditional Korean Dress at Seoul Airport.

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