Monday, August 29, 2016

Somerset House 2016 Update

Last summer, as part of the alley project (Week 9; August 19, 2015), the Ottawa urban sketchers sketched the alleyways behind the Somerset House.

See my previous blog post here: http://moynahanstudio.blogspot.ca/2015/08/alley-project-week-9.html

The Ottawa urban sketchers recently revisited the Somerset House in August 2016 (see my blog post here: http://ottawaurbansketchers.blogspot.ca/2016/07/sketching-somerset-house.html)

Below is my sketch of the wall that is scheduled to be removed in 2016.


And here is my sketch from the busy corner of Somerset Street West and Bank Street


Monday, August 1, 2016

Daily Sketch: R.I.P. Boushey's Fruit Market

Boushey's Fruit Market (1946-2016)
It's official. The Boushey's Fruit Market at 347 Elgin St. in Ottawa is officially closed forever as of July 31st

Mark Boushey said,
"It's bittersweet. We realize how iconic it is, but it's also a tiring job,"
"Everything has a beginning and end. We have to move on."
(Source CBC)

I am embarrassed to admit that I have always pronounced the store name as "Boo-shey's" and it took the news reports of the store's closing to learn that the owners pronounce it as "Bow-shey's".

When I walked by on July 31st, folks were signing a piece of bristol board with messages of thanks and best wishes - the neighbourhood loved Boushey's! (See: CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/bousheys-closes-70-years-1.3702592)

Trevor Pritchard tweet
My sketch was done when the store was almost completely empty and any merchandise that was left was being sold at 50% off.
My full sketch (watercolour)
Wishing the owners and the workers the very best in their future endeavors. And thanks for being there for so many years!