Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Rockies: part 3: Bow Lake

Some of the mystical views across Bow Lake, with some jagged ranges framed by glaciers. Some more freedom on a larger format sketchbook for a change...

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Rockies: part 2: Lake Louise

The panoramic view of the mountains at Lake Louise, unfortunately without the lake in this sketch.

On this long weekend Sunday, Lake Louise felt like an entire city had descended upon it, turning it into something not unlike the atmosphere of K-Days (I am aware we contributed to it by our mere presence). Our plan to have a leisurely coffee at the Chateau changed quickly to avoid stress, and in the end we enjoyed a pleasant lunch at the much smaller and quainter Deer Lodge, with its old Rocky-esque architectural character.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Rockies: part 1: Saskatchewan River Crossing

Some early morning mountain views around Saskatchewan River Crossing, where the Icefields Parkway meets the David Thompson Highway, between Banff and Jasper. From here the North Saskatchewan River flows all the way through Abraham Lake, Nordegg, Rocky Mountain House, Devon, all the way to Edmonton and beyond.

IKEA duvet covers

The kids take a long afternoon nap. Their daily schedules have been completely out of whack for weeks, and we need to start thinking about re-conditioning them as they approach September.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

roasted pig

A feast this weekend at the in-laws entailed a whole roasted pig, crispy and juicy, which drew out some unexpected primal instincts in us urban adults and some interesting questions from the kids, like:
 "Is this a boneless pig?" and
"Can we pet him?"

at Sunnyside Camp: day 3

from our last day at Sunnyside Camp.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

at Sunnyside Camp: day 2

 Day 2 at the camp... again this year, I had the privilege and joy of leading ten eager sketchers through two 1-hour sessions of sketching exercises.

Friday, August 8, 2014

at Sunnyside Camp: day 1

Some sketches from my first full day at the annual family Bible camp we have been attending. This year, I was only able to participate half way through the week, but had the privilege of again being able to spend some time outdoors around the camp grounds drawing. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

more industrial landscapes

Another drive out to Sherwood Park, this time along a street called Petroleum Way, allows me to get a bit closer to a chemical processing plant. Next door, another plant (not sure what it's for), which I could not sketch in ts entirety due to a train that stopped in front.

Monday, July 28, 2014

industrial landscape

An evening trip out to Sherwood Park yielded some drawings of heavy industry in this neck of the woods...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

from a cafe

A residential street scene on a beautiful sunny day, as we sit outside the Wild Earth Cafe.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

desktop landscapes...

Our extremely messy desktop in the study, reconsidered as a shifting landscape of activity, memories, and aspirations... (?!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

motorcycle triptych 2014

In the spirit of last year's series... this years trio of motorcycles, enabled by a beautiful sunny week.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Little Pony at K-Days

This year's K-Days features a "My Little Pony-Equestria Girls" show at the Kids Hall, which we made sure not to miss on account of my daughter who has recently been drawing nothing but cartoon ponies (superimposed here onto my sketch of the army of young families with little daughters in tow). Her fascination with this franchise has lasted a year now and shows no signs of waning. I have to admit that the "cafeteria song" is eye-opening-ly catchy.

Friday, July 18, 2014


 Two sketches related to "studying"... my daughter doing some homework, and the library at Norquest.