For Week 9 of the Alley Project the location was in behind Barrymore's and included the alleyways that run from Gilmour to Somerset St West.
I chose the space above for my first sketch. It had just finished raining and the pavement was still damp.
|First graphite wash sketch|
These alleyways were familiar to me. I have walked them many times and I previously sketched one of the facades (below) and blogged about experimenting with printmaking using styrofoam relief methods.
My next sketch (below) of the back of Foster's Sport Centre was another quick black & white using the General's Sketch & Wash #588
|Foster's Sports Centre|
|My art journal page|
|McLaren & Bank|
|Back of Somerset House|
Ottawa’s heritage committee approved renovation plans in October 2013 that would see part of the building restored and part replaced with glass but there were no signs that anything has changed at all.
I couldn't help but wonder as I was sketching, whatever happened to the beautiful mural that was painted in 1991 by American artist Robert Dafford. (http://www.robertdaffordmurals.com ) that was at the back of the building? (Robin Kelsey wondered the same thing back in 2007 and you can read about it here: http://www.robink.ca/blog/somerset-house-mural/)
Only a small section of it could still be seen from where I was sketching.
It was a great night of clouds and sketching alleys and reflecting. I am really enjoying this Alley Project and so grateful to be part of this great group of folks.
Alley Project Week 10 is scheduled for the market laneways and alleyways and I won't be available but I am looking forward to week 11.