Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Royal York

5.5"X7" Pencil in Moleskine

Last night I had to work at a fund-raiser in Toronto until late. One of the perqs was getting to stay at the Royal York. I always enjoy this grand old hotel.

I woke up early and thought I would sketch my view. At first I was disappointed that all I could see was another wing of the hotel, but then I realized that there were actually some interesting challenges here.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Palm Trees

7.5"X5" Mixed media in Moleskine

This is actually the same tree from two different vantage points. The fist was painted at ground level, looking up slightly, the second from the porch, you can see the ocean (Atlantic) in the background.

Even before the events of last week, the people of Rincon were very aware of the various perils that Nature can inflict upon them. They have suffered from  devastating hurricanes and earthquakes within recorded history and there is a clearly marked Tsunami Zone in the downtown area. They are currently in the process of moving the schools out of the Tsunami zone, onto higher ground. There is discussion about "how high is high enough?" My sister likes to think that their house is "high enough" and she is probably right. It certainly seems like a pretty steep walk back up from the beach, even though it only takes a few minutes.
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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Tropical Leaves

Various sketches in Moleskine

I have been back from Puerto Rico for several days but recovering from the culture shock and time change has taken its toll. Combine that with the horrific things going on in the world and I have had little heart for posting.

I didn't paint very much when I was down there, but did some sketching and took lots of photos, so I will try to create some pictures before I forget what it felt like.

Banana leaves are fun to draw, they are interesting plants too. They are the largest flowering herbaceous plant and can grow to 7.5 metres. After producing fruit they die down to the root and new "trees" grow up.

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