Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Sketch-out with visiting Architects

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The R.A.I.C Festival 2016 in Nanaimo started on Wednesday morning with a heritage walk introducing the visitors to the old city quarters, to the downtown and to the waterfront areas.

In the afternoon, several delegates participated in a sketch-out to record their impressions of Nanaimo’s city-scapes, buildings and views in the same general areas as the heritage walk. Many outstanding drawings  in a 9″x12″ format with pen or pencil on paper and some using watercolours, were produced by the participants as a legacy project to be added to the collection of the City of Nanaimo Archives.

A small cross section of the work returned before 4:00 pm is shown here.


These drawings indicate features that stand out to visitors of the downtown area as some of the same buildings and views are presented by the different observers. Or should we say by observers with a common background or bias? These drawings also show that the participants enjoyed this method of exploring a town.

While manning the festival booth on Diana Krall Plaza, Gerda and I quickly made two sketches each as shown here.



Author: John Hofman

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