It's been a hot, dry summer but after three weeks at home, the rain arrived. I sketched the living room due to inclement weather preventing me getting out. My father did not want to be in the sketch so I did him quickly while he was reading, then worked on the rest of the room.
The Lions Park is a recreational area in our town. It includes a large area for ice skating and hockey, baseball diamond, tennis court, playground and outdoor pool. I sketched the pool from a hill overlooking it. It was a hot day but there weren't that many kids enjoying it.
The creek forms one border of the park. In my childhood we were often down there catching polly wogs, minnows and crayfish. I sketched the scene below from under the bridge, surrounded by wildflowers,.
I have known this cottage for most of my life, first belonging to my aunts and now my cousins. It is one of the original summer cottages, now many have been torn down and year round homes built. It's on Trout Lake, one of two lakes in North Bay. Trout Lake is the smaller lake and historically was part of the fur trading route in early settlement.
The city of North Bay obtains drinking water from this source.
There are a number of smaller buildings besides the main cottage on the site. The small building seen on the right was the original sauna. There is also a small sleeping cottage, a tool shed and of course the dunny with a moon cut out of the door.
Many lovely memories for our family at this cottage!
This is the trestle railway bridge in town. To my right is a lovely creek in a deep ravine. Through the rusty girders you can see a few businesses on the other side.
This building used to be the carriage house for the local doctor RH Dillane. His son was also a doctor and practised here when I was a child.
This very cute square shed has been part of the town's landscape for many years. It used to have a weathervane on top. When sketching it the owner came out and said his wife had instructed him to demolish it as it wasn't safe. Worth saving in my eyes.
It's always good to hang around home and sketch a very familiar environment. I've been drawing the views from doors but the above sketch is of our side door, the most used entrance and exit. The white door is screened and we would slam it coming in, our mother yelling, don't slam the door.
This is a view of part of my parent's garden from the back deck. I am fond of the White Pines in a neighbour's yard on right side of sketch.
I sat on the front step to sketch this one, looking up the street. There was a bit of work going on, a digger was involved but was too quick to be sketched. The United church is at the top of the street and that green building used to be where the local paper was published.