Friday, December 12, 2014

story time

at my son's community play school...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

a short trip to Lethbridge

Lethbridge in the morning... from a hotel room
 I had the opportunity to take a short, one night trip to Lethbridge, Alberta -- my second visit to this wonderful town in southern Alberta, and the first in the winter. The stark, dramatic river valley carved out by the Oldman River is white and gold and beautiful as ever. I had the added treat of being in the passenger seat for the long drive back to Edmonton, allowing me to sketch some highway scenes from Lethbridge through Fort McLeod, Nanton all the way to Calgary.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

gakugeikai (2014)

Scenes from this year's community school Gakugeikai...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

the box

 My son sets up a sleeping spot inside the huge box our new IKEA sofa came in, and insists he sleep in it for the night. There's something profound about this desire, or instinct -- the beginning of architecture! It also reminds me of The Boxtrolls, which we all watched a few weeks ago...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

River of Ice, day 2

The sky cleared up and it was a glorious winter morning... another visit to yesterday's discovery, where slabs of ice have naturally piled on top of one another along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. It was a much colder day, but I decided to make a point of applying washes on site, only to see my paintbrush (and paint) freeze during the process. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

River of Ice

Large chunks of icy snow kept blowing into my eyes and I could hardly see at times, making this morning's bike ride a source of valuable insight into the varied winter conditions one can expect in the coming months. It was well worth it as I discovered slabs of ice piled all along the North Saskatchewan River's shores... I was struck by the thought of the river's immensity, and was reminded of a Romantic era painting I encountered in art history class decades ago... Again, I fought the snow falling and melting on the page as I attempted to sketch the frigid river. I lost the struggle, and attempted to salvage the images by applying washes later at home.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

winter at last...

 It has been a very fast transition from a relatively long autumn to the frosty winter, with a snowfall this weekend that will likely stay till spring. Highs well below minus 10 forecast all week this week... sketches of a dreary snowy day and night from our house today. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

more coloured markers

a few more sketches using an assortment of colour markers...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

new coloured markers

 Some sketches using a set of 16 Paper Mate coloured markers bought at Staples last week. It will take some time settling into some comfortable colour combinations and strategies... having to change pens constantly disrupts the general flow of the drawing process I find, and my daughter has turned into the Hulk.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FIFA match at Commonwealth Stadium

I attended this FIFA Women's match between Japan and Canada thinking that the event would be a bit of a gold mine for sketching opportunities, but it turned out to be way colder than I anticipated and hence only one rushed sketch during halftime. 

downtown in the fall

a week's worth of spreads, vertical and
horizontal, of the downtown in the fall...

Monday, October 20, 2014

withered sunflowers

The sunflowers we bought during the Thanksgiving weekend have quickly withered, but they do not lose their beauty or appeal... today is like having a drink with some old friends.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

River Valley cycling

Another morning cycling around the River Valley... a sketch from the footbridge across the North Saskatchewan River facing north towards the CN Rail and Yellowhead bridges. The warm autumn season continues...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sketches from a short trip to Elk Island National Park on Thanksgiving Day; another beautiful autumn day with some golden yellow still remaining. I have only visited in the winter when Astotin Lake, shown here, was solid ice, so it was a wonderful opportunity to experience the landscape (and a few herds of bison) in a completely different light. We are so fortunate to have this park so close by.

Monday, September 29, 2014

12 inch bike

A new 12 inch bicycle, which we are using to wean our daughter off training wheels, and which will be handed down soon thereafter to her little brother so he can graduate from his tricycle.