Sunday, 22 November 2015

First Snowfall 2015

I’ve sketched this scene many times before in different seasons but this is my first in winter. We had our first (very late) snowfall a couple of days ago and chaos on the roads and a shut down of the trains kept me at home. I started the sketch at 2pm, filled in the colours at the time the sun started to set around 4pm. 

By the time I finished, it was too dark to take a photo so I took it the next morning. 

Pen and ink, watercolour, #HandbookJournal (watercolour) 5.25”x8.25”

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Dog Portraits

For something different and because I like dogs, I attended several dog sketching/painting sessions at the McMullen Gallery, U of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton. The gallery’s weekly Drop In Studio (for patients, staff and visitors) got a bit of a boost with actual dog models, all therapy dogs in the hospital. The media were at this session last week. 

Here are my sketches of Gurdy the oh so cuddly Bulldog.

The artist leading the sessions is Father Douglas who is the present exhibiting artist with his show - "Songs of the Soul" featuring surreal portraits of dogs inspired by William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. (Runs Oct 24 - Dec 6, 2015). 

Pen and ink on watercolour paper.
For more on the McMullen Gallery.

Saturday, 7 November 2015


I seem to do a lot of waiting at Southgate Station and indirectly this means a lot of sketching too. This is the overhead covered pedway across the southbound lanes of 111St. Very welcomed when the temperature is minus 30C.