Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sketching at 33 Acres Brewing Co

It's a grey Vancouver Friday afternoon and I'm hanging at 33 Acres, the new micro brewery a few blocks from my house. I'm with the Vancouver Urban Sketchers meetup group.  There might be better things to do on a rainy day but I can't think of one.  There are lots of us here, and the beer and conversation are both good.  As is the artwork. I've been peeking at my neighbors, and there are some cool things going on.  We're also doing portraits of each other on little pieces of paper and giving them to each other.  Fun. It's a great location pick. This place just opened up a few months ago. It's got a very indy feel in here, one might even say hipster (note the beard and knit hats in the background) but it's comfy, friendly and laid-back.  They have two beers on tap and usually a third 'seasonal' selection, although today it's just the two.  You can come in and hang out with your neighbors, or you can bring in your little brown jug and get it refilled to enjoy your beer at home. Ride up on your vintage bike if you like. Did I mention the hipster vibe?  Like all the other little gems in our neighbourhood, half the fun is the surprise of finding it here in the middle of all the light industrial buildings, office spaces and warehouses.  I always chuckle when someone is coming over to our house for the first time. They call and say 'I think I'm in the wrong area' and that's how I know they're almost here. There are little clusters of heritage houses tucked all in and around. You don't notice them at first, but once you do you can't help but be charmed by them.  Can you tell I love my neighbourhood?  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Back to Dr Sketchy Vancouver with Ariel Helvetica

Another session at Dr Sketchy Vancouver.  The lovely model was Ariel Helvetica.  We didn't arrive until just before go time, so were pressed right up against the bar again, hence the sharply angled view.  Next time we'll go early to get a better seat.  Good night all around though.  Will definitely be back! For more info on these sessions check out (but if you get there before me save me a good seat).