Tuesday, September 26, 2017

antelope sketchbook page

Here's my Antelope study page from my sketchbook, done in mechanical and 6B pencils. The rings on their horns are quite fascinating and more defined than I previously thought. It's fun doing these studies before venturing into a painting. I like the free images website called Pixabay. : )
Other news.... Inktober starts soon!

Friday, September 22, 2017

lunch for 3

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

I drew these 3 guys with a strong gestural ink line then added a wash of colourful watercolour paint. I was very selective about what I left white. I wanted to do something a bit different and I'm very happy with the end design. : )

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

to make a short story longer

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour with 8x10"mat

About 20 fellow Urban Sketchers and I went to a downtown park, with an outdoor cafe, for our last sketch outing. There are many urban sketchers groups and ours, called TOUSK (Toronto Urban Sketchers) is fantastic. Very friendly, very supportive and run by a wonderful ambitious woman named Marie-Judith. We meet up about twice a month. 
Here are a few photos of my painting kit.
The people in my cafe scenes don't look too much like real life, because of my style, and just in case it offends them. I save trying to get a likeness for my portraits. Also, I changed the colour of their clothes... to brighten things up. : )
I added a couple in the background, with soft cool colours.
That's me. Duh.

Friday, September 15, 2017

on the lookout

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame!
This little guy is looking right at you, and he likes what he sees! 
; )

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sketchbook - Rabbits!!

Sketchbook page of rabbits! 
I used two pencils for this page. I just discovered the Faber-Castell Jumbo 9000 6B pencil which is quite smooth and dark. I love it. It's the green one on top of the second pencil, a .07mm mechanical. I blocked in with the mechanical pencil  then just went for it with the dark Jumbo pencil. : )

Monday, September 11, 2017

last of the summer days

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

Well, the first day of fall is around the corner, and the late summer sun casts beautiful shadows through the kitchen window. : )

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

kid stuff

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat.

This playful kid might know more than you think... ; )
I had such a blast painting this baby goat, with his little horns, hairy ears and his cheeky grin.

Monday, September 04, 2017

prairie ride

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat. : )
This painting symbolizes freedom, depicted through a rider galloping across the open prairies. 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Horse Anatomy

Thanks to my two favourite animal drawing books, I've got my horse anatomy figured out. It's been a few weeks of hard work, filling sketchbooks with horse drawings while studying bones and muscles and thinking about how they move. I'm now confident I've got a handle on it. So, moving onto horse paintings. : )