A little colour in Helen’s sketchbook

river-tugs-1963
Done in Vancouver, B.C. in 1963, it was the only colourful pastel in a series of black marker drawings. Helen liked marine industrial subjects… industrial subjects in general. I think the jumble of activity appealed to her… the energy and the complexity of such scenes. She did a lot of work reflecting local conditions in those days… sawmills, working boats, wharfs, massive roots of driftwood. Vancouver’s grit, not its glamour.

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