Sunday, 29 August 2010

Hibiscus 3

5.5"X8" Pencil on paper

As I was sketching this I realized that I had added an extra leaf. Oh well, one of the advantages of drawing plants, you couldn't get away with giving a dog an extra leg.
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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Summer Flowers 3

8"X6" Acrylic on board

The garden isn't at its best at this time of year but I managed to find this bunch of assorted daisies, phlox and mallow. There is also a kind of white berry which I remember from my childhood, but can't for the life of me name. I didn't plant it, it seems to have volunteered.
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Pencil & Watercolour in Moleskine

I just got a new scanner so I have been looking for things to test it with. I found this in my sketchbook from a couple of weeks ago. The building is the Shaw Festival Theatre.
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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Geraniums on the Patio

7"X5" Acrylic on board

It has been a busy few weeks, with a daughter getting married and two boys off to first year university. I haven't been very productive.

I have always been very fond of geraniums, especially in pots. I keep them in the basement over the winter, they only need to be watered about once a month and in the spring they have a head start.

These ones are bravely withstanding my tomato plants attempts to take over the world. I am afraid I rather let them get away from me (the tomatoes that is), but they are at last producing fruit and I can't bring myself to discourage them now.
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Sunday, 8 August 2010


Sketches in Moleskine

I spent a lot of time watching the passers-by in Mile-End when I stayed in Montreal. I tried to sketch the people from memory because they moved around too much to get any kind of likeness, I tried to just capture some types. The gentleman's hat in the foreground is a little off, although they do wear them right on the top of the head, I haven't quite got the angle right.

I have finally finished painting the back porch and am now determined to take a few weeks off, so maybe I will actually do some more creative painting over the next couple of weeks.

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Sunday, 1 August 2010

Annual Peach Challenge

7"X5" Oil on board

Every year I seem to need to torture myself by trying to paint peaches. Maybe if I painted them every day for a week or two, like Julian Merrow-Smith, I would eventually get it right. As it is, I fuss and worry at it for an hour or two and finally give up and call it done. The one in the background gave me the most trouble, for some reason I couldn't seem to maintain the volume.

Anyway, as usual I spent most of the day painting the house. It was the porch floors this weekend. I really am almost done. Maybe I will get some gardening done tomorrow, thank goodness for civic holidays. one of these weekends maybe I will actually take a day off.


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