Thursday, 23 June 2016

Far Park

Graphitint and ink in Moleskine

I am staying in this beatiful house in the Lake District.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Peony 2016

8"X6" Oil on board

This year I tried to keep my peony painting to under an hour. I do one almost every year.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Janice's House

5"X7" Oil on board

Maybe the start of a new series. I have been working in Queenston for over a year now and it really is a very picturesque village. It is about time I started recording some of its charming buildings.

Janice is a good friend to Willowbank and our students.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Look Up #2

12"X12" Acrylic on canvas

AKA the Pony Mart.
My other submission to the NAC "Small Feats" fundraiser. This building has hardly changed at all in the past 25-30 years. More bits drop off, that is about it. I hope that someone restores this beautiful roof one day.

This painting iis SOLD

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Look Up #1

12"X12" Acrylic on canvas

This year again I plan to enter Small Feats at the Niagara Artists Centre. It is a curated art show that is also a fund-raiser for NAC as they keep 50-100% of the proceeds.
This is the first of two paintings that I plan to enter.

This painting is SOLD

Based on a photo that I took a few years ago, this building looks quite different now. Even the roof has been replaced. Here it is on Google Street View

Sunday, 28 February 2016


7"X5" Mixed media

Well this is the final post of my 31 day sketch challenge. It has been a lot more challenging than I anticipated and I haven't managed to do them consecutively, which is I think how it was designed. It has actually taken me almost exactly two months to achieve a month's worth of sketches and some of them have been pretty marginal.
My next project is the annual Small Feats exhibition at the Niagara Artists Centre. I have undertaken to submit 3 12"X12" paintings. I still haven't decided what they will be, but I guess I will come up with something.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Shrouded in mist

5.5"X8" Graphite on paper

Somewhere along the Lost Coast of Northern California.

Sunday, 21 February 2016


8"X5.5" Mixed media

It is always hard to find a vase with a small enough neck for these tiny flowers. I think that this tube had a vanilla bean in it. i works but is a bit precarious.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Bedroom Window

9"X6" Pencil on paper

This is day 27 of the 31 day sketch challenge, only four more to go. I can't believe that I once did this every day for a whole year. I haven't even managed consecutive days.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

More Maddie

5"X7" pencil on paper

Still finding inspiration in my sleeping dog.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Wind Machine

5"X7" Oil on board

This isn't really finished, but it will do for day 25 of the 31 day sketch challenge.

This is a wind machine, not a windmill. They are all over the vineyards here in Niagara. They are used to prevent killing frost damage and run on propane.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


4"X5" Pencil in moleskine

Day 24. I might get through this yet.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Cold Winter Day

5"X7" Mixed media

Not today's weather. It was 16C today.
This is day 20.

Monday, 1 February 2016

The Dog Again

4"X5" Pencil in Moleskine

When all else fails, draw the dog. Day 19.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

A cup of tea and a good book.

5"X7" Mixed media

I have lost track. I don't seem to be able to manage more than every other day. I think this is day 17 of the "31 day sketchbook challenge".

Friday, 29 January 2016


4"X6" Pencil in Moleskine

This is day 17 of the 31 day sketch challenge.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


4"X5" Pencil in Moleskine

Still scraping around for inspiration.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Mouse and Brush

4"X5" Pencil in Moleskine

An interesting juxtaposition. I love this french brush.

EDIT-It has been pointed out to my last two sketches have been missdated, by a month. I have now corrected this.

Sunday, 24 January 2016


5"X4" pencil in moleskine

I went to the symphony today, I managed to sketch for a few minutes before the lights went down.

The Niagara Symphony played to a nearly full Partridge Hall at the new "First Ontario Performing Arts Centre". It is interesting isn't it  how the right sponsorship can add apparent prestige? (First Ontario is a Credit Union, for those from outside the region).

Saturday, 23 January 2016


2.5"X3.5" Mixed media

I really can't remember how I ever managed to do the 'daily painting"thing for so long. I find the process of thinking of something to draw almost as stressful as finding the time to do it.

This is day 13 of the 31 day sketch challenge.

Friday, 22 January 2016


Pencil in Moleskine

"A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth" John Singer Sargeant. Perhaps the eyes too.

Day 12

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Another Pier

5"X7" Mixed media

This building sits at the end of a short jetty in Boqueron, Puerto Rico. I am not sure what its original purpose was, now it seems to be a holiday rental.

I missed yesterday, so this is day 11 of the 31 day sketch challenge.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Pier

5"X7" Pen and ink

And now for something completely different. Instead of yet another sketch of the TV
 or my dog I found an old photo of Worthing Pier.

Monday, 18 January 2016

The Dog Again

Pencil in moleskine

I have heard that animal shelters find it hard to place black dogs. Part of the reason, they say, is because they are hard to photograph. Well they are hard to draw too.

This is day 9 of the 31 day sketch challenge.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sewing Machine

5"X7" Pencil on paper

I had meant to spend the day drawing or painting but I decided to finish a small sewing project first. Of course it took much longer than anticipated. This is all I had time for in the end.

Saturday, 16 January 2016


7X5 Mixed media

I didn't post yesterday so this is day 7 (of the 31 day sketch challenge)
This poinsettia is starting to look a bit the worse for wear. I expect that I will nurse it along until August, at which point I will forget to water it for a week and it will die. Or worse yet, it will survive until October when an early frost will destroy it in one night. I am not sure why I bother, I have never had much success in getting them to reflower.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

More faces from tv

5"x6" pencil in moleskine

Day 6. Sometimes television is the best source of subjects. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016


3"X5" pencil in moleskine

The dog lies inert for hours at a time until I pick up a pencil. Oh well, day 5.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

State of the Union

5"x3" pencil in moleskine

President Obama's final State of the Union Address, with Biden and Ryan behind.

Monday, 11 January 2016


5"X3" Pen in moleskine. 
Day 3 of the 31 day sketch challenge.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Silver Jug

3.5"X2.5" Mixed media on paper

Another piece of tarnished old silver. It is about 4 inches high, I am not sure what it was made for but it looks nice with some Spring flowers. Soon!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Grandad's teapot

8"X10" Mixed media on paper

I have set myself a new challenge by joining a facebook group called the "31 day sketch challenge".. I am not sure if I can keep it up, although I did do the daily painting routine for over a year at one time. I seem to be less and less able to organize my life.

This silver teapot belonged to my Grandfather and he used it every day for his morning tea.

I have painted before here.