Category: Great White North

Poles for the peopleVictoria, BC, Canada

Victoria totem poles sketch by Chandler O'Leary

I need a little palette cleansing after all those fake Midwestern totem poles—this is much better. Besides, this week Canada is celebrating its sesquicentennial, and it’s nice to see that the festivities there are including all Canadians. Happy 150th, Canada—and happy Canada Day later this week!

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Lobsta letteringKittery, ME and Shediac, NB, Canada

Lobster sign sketch by Chandler O'Leary

As you already know, I’m a big fan of francophone lobsters. Well, just down the street from the world’s largest homard is this lobsta joint, complete with excellent French lettering. Not to be outdone by its Canadian cousin, New England’s got some great lobster neon, as well. In Kittery, Maine, just across the Piscataqua from… More

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Let ’em flyOttawa, ON, Canada

Ottawa sketch by Chandler O'Leary

A few summers ago the Tailor and I took a cross-Canada road trip. One of the best parts was seeing that beautiful maple-leaf flag flying for the holiday. So in that spirit, Happy Canada Day to all my friends and readers above the 49th Parallel!

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Rose bowlVictoria, BC, Canada

Lawn bowling sketch by Chandler O'Leary

In my travels over the years, I’ve stumbled upon (and sketched) a lot of games and sporting events in public places. Pick-up hockey games in Minnesota. Bocce tournaments in Italy. Hula hoop contests in New York. Surfing in California. Boat races in Seattle. Ice skaters in Boston. Golf in Nova Scotia. Even a game of… More

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Gallery of wondersRoyal BC Museum, Victoria, BC, Canada

Royal British Columbia Museum First Peoples gallery sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Of course, there’s the kind of “museum” founded by snake-oil salesmen…and then there’s the real thing. If you really want to get a taste of Northwest art and anthropology, there’s no better place to start than the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. The museum is huge, with natural history dioramas, city artifacts, an IMAX… More

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City colorsMontreal, QC, Canada

Montreal sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Sketching the striped tulip fields last week reminded me of one of my other favorite colorful places: the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal. The rows of colorful balconies and porches might not be quite as vivid as the rainbow houses of San Francisco… but any city that breaks up endless blocks of brick with pops of… More

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