• With the loss of a dear family member and another in hospital for a week, it’s been hard to find the time and mind space to create. This is my return piece. I hope you are all doing well. 🎨 ✍️

  • A tiny drawing in a coffee shop this week. Graphite on Fabriano 640 gsm hot press paper. ✍️ 🎨

  • Toad in my perpetual journal

    I dropped into a coffee shop to render this little toad. I have rescued two so far this week. At little more than a quarter in size, they are still pretty small. Original drawing using a Micron 005 Sepia Pen and then watercolor with a Pentel Canada water brush.

    Coffee shop render in an A4 Etchr Sketchbook (hot press)

  • My art as a tattoo

    I was excited a year ago when Pierre, someone I went college with, reached out and asked if he could have one of my dragonfly placed on him as a tattoo. I said no problem and sent a high resolution version of the drawing. A year later, and he sends me the photo below. The tattoo artist did a wonderful job in adding colour to this image. Check out her work at Tattoos by Zu. Achievement unlocked ;-) Final tattoo in colourMy initial graphite drawing

  • Orange Echinacea

    My latest journal entry is orange echinacea. I was going to leave it as ink but decided to drop in some watercolor.

  • Acanthocephala terminalis painting

    Spent this beautiful Canada Day evening painting this acanthocephala terminalis I spotted earlier this week in the yard. Ink sketch then watercolor.

  • Painting Milkweed

    One of the plants that deserves more attention is the mighty milkweed. Often treated as invasive and destructive, it is very important for pollinators as well as monarch butterflies in their caterpillar stage. We have so much milkweed this year but not a single caterpillar as of yet, which is odd.

    We make an effort every fall to try and spread the seeds but it can be challenging at times to have them come back year after year.

    Also, if you haven’t enjoyed the scent from these flowers, you are missing out. Distinctive and intoxicating.

    This rendering was done using a Micron 005 with sepia ink for the sketch and then a Pentel Water Brush with Daniel Smith Watercolour and a little Holbein white gouache. I use an ArtToolKit palette to hold my paint and my current sketchbook of choice is the Etchr Hot Press Landscape book. This is the A4 which has exactly 52 pages. One page for each week of the year. Yes, this will be a 5 year journal or so.

    Palette and tools in full viewChoosing this corner to allow room for the next 5 years on this page

  • Testing blog post

    Just some text here

  • After 3 years, some of our bullfrog tadpoles are finally getting their legs. I had to draw one that was nearly done but still had the cute tail 🎨 ✍️

  • For the latest edition of “Bugs and Coffee” we have psytalla horrida which is the largest assassin insect in the world. Once again, spotted at the insect exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Drawn and painted at Equator Coffee in Almont, Ontario over a latte and a molasses cookie. ✍️ 🎨

  • A little watercolor sketch of the giant cave cockroach, spotted at the insect exhibit at the Museum of nature in Ottawa. Drawn with micron pens, and painted with watercolor.

  • Sketching Notre Dame Basilica in Ottawa from a patio at the National Art Gallery. Sketched using Procreate and the iPad Pro.

  • My journal entry this week is based on a photo I took at a garden centre where I was expecting to paint a flower :-) Yes, the june bug! Pentel watercolor brush in a hot press sketchbook ✍️ 🎨

  • Calling this watercolor piece done after about 3 hours. This hyacinth macaw was created using a mix of watercolor and gouache on 8” by 10” black Legion paper. Hard to photograph. Looks so much better in person. Thinking of a series here ;-) 🎨 ✍️

  • Samaras from one of our maple trees was the perpetual journal entry for last week. What’s next? Thinking maybe an insect ;-) ✍️ 🎨

  • My latest addition to my Moleskine sketchbook. A young buck rendered with the Pentel Graphgear 1000 .3 mm 2B lead. ✍️ 🎨

  • A pencil study of a bee and flower. Drawn with a Pentel Graphgear 1000 .3mm with 2B lead in an Etchr A6 hot press sketchbook. ✍️ 🎨

  • Canadian Tulip Festival

    I decided to head down to the Canadian Tulip Festival yesterday to take in the tulip display with my trusty art gear in hand. I painted these two tulips, answered some questions about my art and chatted with some wonderful other artists. Gorgeous day and lots of people. I was able to zone out which helped with the anxiety but it truly was the first time in that type of a setting in 2 years. Glad I did it! Drawn with 005 Micron Pen with sepia ink and painted with watercolor.

  • Latest entry in my weekly perpetual journal. Fiddleheads in watercolor.

  • Our duck houses have inhabitants. We now have three in use! Top to bottom we have wood duck, common merganser and common merganser❤️🦆

  • Admiring our new magnolia tree for this week’s perpetual journal entry

  • 77: Google Doodles, Route 66 and the Animated Sketchbook Journey with Matthew Cruickshank

    For episode 77 of the Drawing Inspiration podcast, I am joined by Google Art Director Matthew Cruickshank to discuss his creative journey. We talk about his role as the Google Doodle lead and how the recent Route 66 Google Video Doodle became a personal project. We chat about the power of the sketchbook and how tentacles can help capture a scene :-) drawinginspiration.fm/77

  • This pasque flower is my entry in the perpetual journal this week. 🎨 ✍️

  • A quick butterfly wind down painting. 🎨 ✍️

  • Tonight’s draw and paint was a sea turtle. So much fun with this one ✍️ 🎨

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