The trouble with visiting Vancouver, the city I grew up in, is that I never have enough time to see all of the people I want to see, and do all of the things I want to do. But on our recent vacation to Vancouver, Stacie, the boys, and I packed in a bunch of activities, including (thanks to my cousin) a trip to the top of Grouse Mountain, where we saw birds of prey, a lumberjack show, and two grizzly bears that live in a specially designed refuge. We had a great time on Grouse, but I found it unnerving that the only thing separating us from two 700+ pound grizzlies were three electric wires and a deer fence. Fortunately, the bears were more interested in strolling through their stream than they were in the hundreds of people trying to take photos of them. Had the bears escaped, then at least I would have understood why my kids were constantly yelling, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!”
With beautiful natural landscapes combined with unique urban architecture, Vancouver has an endless amount of sketching subjects. I didn’t have time to draw much while on vacation, but on the plane ride home, I sketched Coola, the bigger of the two grizzlies (I used an image from the Grouse Mountain brochure as a basis for this sketch). I have a lot more images on my camera that I look forward to drawing and painting, now that we are home.
PS. Today is the one year anniversary of The Hipping Post. When I started blogging, I didn’t think I would write about topics unrelated to my hip surgery. But somewhere during my 58 posts, 23,000+ words, and 33 drawings and sketches, this blog took a turn in an unforeseen direction. The Hipping Post sparked some creative energy that I had not tapped in many years. THP may change, but as long as I’m having fun, I’m going to continue this experiment. I also want to say thanks to everyone who has stopped by to check out what I’m up to, particularly those who have been following since this time last year.