Monday, May 30, 2011

Leaf and Wing

This watercolour is a couple of years old. It was done as most of my pieces are - an experiment to try out a new approach. In this case I was painting directly on to a watercolour block, which is unusual for me. I most often work by tracing from a light box. I was also trying out these wing shapes - kind of leaf like and spindly. I still like them and use this wing style when I can.

I've just added her to my Etsy store which you can check out here -

More soon.

Peace be with you.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finn 1997 - 2011

Finn was our dog. A 14 year old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross - smart, loyal and full of energy. Everything you could ever want in a dog. He wanted to be where we were. Every piece of art I have done in the last 14 years has had his spirit in it in some way.

I am lucky enough to live on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment in Southern Ontario, which means it was my privilege to walk Finn over those steep, wooded hill sides every day. Our walks through the woods in all weather and all seasons filled my imagination with the wonders of the natural world and inspired many of my drawings and paintings.

We lost Finn a few days ago. He was an amazing animal and a spectacular companion.

So long Buddy Boy. You have left a big hole in our lives and will be greatly missed.

Peace be with you.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Recent Sketchbook

Well, it looks like Blogger as somehow lost my last post so I think I'll just throw it up again. If it should happen to find its way back to the blog then I suppose I will have to delete one of them.

Anyway, here are a couple of sketchbook pages from a recent doodle session. At the top is an old Troll Midwife and below her is a Gnome Witch. Just some simple 3B pencil on printer paper.

More soon. Peace be with you.