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Sketchbook Saturday – Canada Day

Chandler O’Leary has been chronicling her travels in sketch stories since 2013, generating a huge following, as well as prints, stationery and a book (a road trip atlas of the west coast here). If you don’t already know her, here’s an introduction to her wonderful blog, Drawn the Road Again.

These sketches from her travels in The Great White North, as she labels it, are perfect for today’s Canada Day holiday weekend post. They are quintessential images of my country. (Click on the images to go to her original stories.)


For Canada Day, the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 date that we became a country.

Chandler O’Leary’s Drawn the Road Again blog, here.

Yesterday’s Canada Day post, with the music playlist here

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  1. These sketchbooks… I think they are more like artists paintings in a book. I always thought of sketch books as a fast way to get your ideas down… these sketchbooks take drawing/painting to a whole new level. Beautiful! Also, because they are in a sketchbook they can be quick pieces of art… well, they are not quick necessarily, but they are on a smaller canvas is what I mean.

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    • I know what you mean and agree. Years ago, I learned about The Sketchbook Project, which keeps a library of thousands of artist sketchbooks, most of them digitized and browsable You’re right that many talented artists see a sketchbook as a canvas, not just a tool for recording ideas. Thanks for that perspective.

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      • Well, it is a new way for me and others to be an “wanta be artist,” because I feel comfortable with a sketchbook and it looks like they do too. The beauty of this is it allows us to practice art on a small scale every day. Wonderful!

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