Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dr. Sketchy Birthday PartyToronto

Birthday party for Seneca student Diana at Tequila Bookworm. A few sketches from the evening.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

after the snow

After the wild blast of snow yesterday and the night before, today was one of those magical days.I didn't want it to end.

Everything outside was beautiful.The evergreens hung heavy with the powder that traced the patterns of the individual boughs. We shoveled for hours to get the driveway cleared but it didn't matter. The sky was an opalescent cerulean blue and the shadows a luminescent violet.

This evening we took a long walk along the river. I have tried to capture the feel of days like this in the past while practicing digital painting (or more like it, struggling to learn). I didn't paint today, so I'm posting them. One is of Tom's house across from my place in Lion's Head. The other done after I returned from a similar walk along the Speed River last winter.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Saturday morning at Zehrs

Stormy morning sketching at the coffee counter at the grocery store. Every one bundled and weary from shoveling.

Bad day drawings

Some days you are so tired by the end of them that to go out and do more drawing seems simply hard. Thursday was one, not because of art work, but instead paper work. How I hate it and it hates me!

Never the less, I grabbed my paper, picked up a friend who wanted to join and went to catch the last hour of drawing in Eden Mills.

Earlier that day I had taken a nasty spill on an icy sidewalk while out with the dog and when we got there I started to feel my drawing side seize up. Excuses, excuses! Never the less, I got a few drawings in of Sarah....not doing her justice, so I call these Bad Day Drawings....when you do what you know you need to do but the soul just ain't in it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Every thursday evening a group gets together in Eden Mills to do some figure drawing. We're lucky to get some excellent models and I try to be there as much as possible. The studies above and below are of Ed CZ, one of our best. He also models at Seneca and Sheridan and I know that regardless of where is goes, he is very much appreciated for his dedication to taking excellent poses.

The drawings above were with charcoal pencil and white prismacolour pencil on Ingres. Those below are pencil and conte in my sketch book.

The last study is Jeff, pencil on paper

Figure drawings

My passion is drawing. Whether it is the figure, landscape, animals or simply things of no consequence other than they caught my eye, it is with pencil and paper I am most at home.

I'm looking forward to sharing works old and new, figure studies and doodles of things around me. I intend to add even paintings, which for me are in essence coloured drawings in themselves.

Anyone who has felt the magic of making a line that not only dances for itself, but conveys a reality or feeling far beyond the simple mark on the paper will understand the joy and sometimes frustration that these works gave me.

I hope that they prove interesting.