• 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

  • Now something different. This iPad drawing is of Rock Harbour Newfoundland. Spent a week there last summer. Hope to finish it tomorrow. 🎨

  • About 30 mins playing with dry brush in Procreate app on iPad with Apple Pencil. No reason for the subject choice. Except I wanted white on black with a piece from memory. 🎨

  • Spent more time on this drawing. Been so busy with work. Also, been working through the final touches of my first podcast “Drawing Inspiration” where I talk about all aspects of drawing. 🎨

  • The final in my iPad butterfly drawing series. Spent more time on this one but still not the level of detail I would normally do. I have a bunch of graphite to get done over the next 6 weeks as part of a course I am taking. 🎨

  • Busy but was able to get this lazy panda done today. Drawn on iPad using Procreate. 🎨 🐼

  • Drawing on a train 🎨

  • Latest addition to my iPad drawing series. This one was harder because I was on a train at the time. Had a chance now to finish it in the Union Station lounge. I haven’t spent my normal amount of time with regard to detail because that attention is for the chickadee. 🎨

  • I got a little more work done on this chickadee today. Crazy work week last week. This week has travel which means I have 8 hours on a train. Plenty of time of produce a couple of digital drawings. 🎨

  • Yes, had a chance to draw another butterfly before my evening meetings. 🎨

  • Quick 30 minute butterfly drawing on iPad using Procreate. Playing with new brushes. 🎨

  • My first drawing 14 years ago vs the piece I am working on right now. Practice, practice, practice. There are about 60 drawings between them (31 for Inktober 2018 alone). So thankful that I have a wife and family that allow me to follow my passion. Hope to do 60 this year. 🎨

  • Chickadee update - Happy St. Patrick’s Day ☘️

    Here is a full shot of the piece. I have a large amount of finicky bark at the bottom left to do. I am happy now with the background. I also added a bit more shadow under the tail and bringing back a bit more detail. I remember now why I tended to draw smaller pieces :-) This is my first piece where I worked all areas of the paper. 🎨

  • I went way too dark for the background in graphite. Thanks to blu-tack I was able to lift it off the paper. Happier now with where the background is going. The dark was pulling too much away from the chickadee. Before and after. 🎨


  • Finished this digital drawing of a butterfly. I guess I have a butterfly series now. I do have a third to come. Playing with some new techniques on these drawings 🎨

  • Drawing update and my tools

    I finally had a chance to spend some more time on this chickadee. Still working away on the bark. I am playing with the idea of a background on the left. I think it may make the chickadee pop. I have included a pic of my tools. Yes, I use a wide range of pencils in hardness as well as size. I prefer mechanical pencils these days because the pencil balance remains the same regardless of lead length. You will also see blue tack for gently lifting off graphite as well as my tombow eraser and stumps for blending. 🎨


  • Local artists meetup

    I decided to head to a local artist meetup today at the Ottawa Art Gallery to draw and hang out with other artists. I had a chance to chat with a couple artists working on a variety of wonderful projects. I got a bit more done on the chickadee but the light wasn’t great (that’s me in the middle). Decided to start up a new digital butterfly pic. Probably 1-2 hours left on the butterfly. The tree bark being most of the time. 🎨


  • I took some time away from the chickadee Thursday evening to draw this butterfly while in a Starbucks. About 2.5 hours work with Procreate on an iPad. Based on a reference photo I took a few years ago.

  • Small update. Should be done all the bark this weekend. Going to a group art event to work on this on Sunday. Will be my first time. Also, built up a better lighting/photo arrangement. 🎨

  • Tonight’s meditative drawing experience was focused on focus. Adding blur to the left of the centreline of the chickadee as the trunk of the tree falls away. Also, working on shadows to lift the bird of the paper 🎨

  • Feeling sick but work continues. Trying to get the texture on the tree just right is nothing to bark at. Birches! Dad jokes, they’re easy :-) 🎨

  • A little more done on this chickadee drawing after having been away from it for a few days. Drawing is meditation for me. Thankful to have the time tonight to do so. May try a time-lapse next time if I can figure out a good arrangement.

  • Printing passion

    I was so happy to receive these prints today. The dog and the butterfly are from my original graphite drawings. They were scanned, touched up and printed on a special textured paper with archival ink providing true high quality prints. I am most excited to see the owl print. This only existed in digital format as I had drawn it using Procreate on the iPad. It looks brilliant! I could have gone so much large than 9” by 12”. Thanks to Shoebox Studios in Ottawa.


  • Quick draw eagle

    So, here is a quick timelapse of the eagle. I started thinking I would go abstract with the Nikko Rull brush but then decided a sketch with the HB brush and then soft and medium airbrush with a bit of the long fur brush. Total was 6 layers with sketch on the bottom and the eye highlights on the top. I always separate the highlight and shadows as layers from the main content. 🎨 www.youtube.com/watch

  • I had an hour between meetings at a local college tonight so I did drew this eagle quickly in Procreate on the iPad. Very busy day/week. Drawing helps me refocus. 🎨

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