Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Newcastle Avenue

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A 50 feet high, steep slope separates Newcastle Avenue from the seawall below. This walkway/bicycle trail combination along the waterfront is very popular all year round.

I made two quick sketches there yesterday as we had a break in the weather, one on my way out of downtown in the morning, and the other on my way back in the late afternoon. It shows more or less the same buildings viewed from opposite directions.

When I got home and looked at it again, the large white areas  in the first sketch still project ‘snow’ in my mind although we left the prairies many years ago, white snow seems to leave a permanent imprint on your brain. It is actually spring green along the bottom with a blue sky along the top .


Author: John Hofman

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