Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Culture in Niagara

Pencil in Moleskine

I attended a seminar today, presented by a new group who are trying to promote culture in the Niagara region. One of the speakers was my friend Odette Yazbeck who is Director of Publicity at the Shaw Festival. The other was Angel Scappatura, arts writer at the St. Catharines Standard. The idea was to provide some of the smaller arts groups with some of the tools they need to get themselves heard. I took the opportunity to sketch the speakers. Neither a good nor a flattering likeness of either of them but at least I tried.
I am going to try to get back into the daily posting habit. Use it or lose it is certainly true for my drawing skills and I find that if I don't draw or paint every day I lose confidence in my ability to do anything. So I may be posting some dross over the next few weeks, but with any luck it will get better.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Library Girl

iPad drawing

I decided to try something completely different today. I did a very quick and rough sketch yesterday of a little bronze statue in the lobby of the local library. This evening I scanned it and then played with it on my iPad. It is a little easier than just trying to start from scratch on the iPad. Interesting anyway.

Thursday, 19 January 2012


5"X7" Acrylic on board

I don't often take on commissions, quite honestly I find them terrifying, especially animal and children portraits. I made an exception for this one as at least the subject was known to me.

I didn't really have any very good photos so I had to use a composite of several, mostly my own but some taken by someone else.

Every morning at around 5:30 Frankie likes to go for a walk on Sandy Beach in Puntas. This is a very famous surfing beach, but there aren't too many surfers this early in the morning.


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