Plein-air pen and wash on paper

The Vault Cafe

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This is a busy cafe with a cozy unortodox interior, nice deserts and baked goods. It is located  on a somewhat awkward traffic intersection; one can hear irritated drivers using their horn all day long. The building  is referred to as the Merchant’s Bank of Canada in the City of Nanaimo’s heritage register. The large arched windows give it a unique design that will catch the attention of bypassers.


The Vault Cafe

This sketch was started in the morning of May 8. I had to abandon my spot in the shade before the pen drawing was finished as the wind was freezing cold and resume my work in the afternoon when  the sun turned the corner to keep me comfortable. One has to improvise a bit as the light and shadows keep changing during the process.


Author: John Hofman

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