Friday, July 1, 2016

a nap

A long afternoon nap after a bike ride to MEC.
As soon as they turn six, they acquire hobbit's feet.




Monday, June 27, 2016

a banquet

At a banquet in Calgary, hearing some great stories about the faithful dedication and service of the many people who began and continued the ministry of CJM for over 70 years. 
This is a composite of two horizontal spreads. 





Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fryday Poutine, Calgary

Fryday Poutine in Calgary, home of excellent potato treats!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

a compilation...

 Just a lot of fairly recent sketches of the kids...




Saturday, June 18, 2016

Norquest construction ... week 2

 This week's collection of sketches from the construction happening at Norquest.


Lilies

 Lilies at my mother-in-law's place -- a sweet scent fills the living room.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

calligraphy


 A selection from some quick gestural sketches using a calligraphy brush and sumi (ink)... taking the opportunity as my daughter practices, herself using brush and ink to get some exposure to Japanese calligraphy. This is pushing the envelope (for me), but incredibly freeing and enjoyable, resulting in some interesting linework and some level of abstraction.



da capo caffe

a view across the counter at a cafe on Whyte Avenue.




Friday, June 10, 2016

Norquest construction

 It's been a year since the last sketch at Norquest's construction site. This week, I spent 4 lunch hours sketching... the concrete structure is all up, and some more steel is being erected.




Saturday, June 4, 2016

funeral for a bird

I came home to find that a bird had crashed into our dining room window and died. When the kids came home later in the evening, they made sure it had a proper burial.



Thursday, June 2, 2016

Every Day in May: Week 4 to the end...

I have signed up for "Every Day in May", a Facebook page where sketchers are assigned a common subject each day during the month of May to draw, share, and enjoy with one another.

The subjects for the final 10 days were:

Day 22:  bowls: an assortment of bowls in our kitchen
Day 23: a pet: my son cuddles my daughter's "pets", the seals Pippa and Pip
Day 24: favourite fruit or veggie: four red peppers... frankly not my favourite vegetable by any means, but good to draw
Day 25: something in a glass container: ink
Day 26: insects: two papercraft bugs... a snout beetle and a dung beetle
Day 27: tea or coffee: my son and I at our local coffee shop after a weekend bike ride
Day 28: something from a nature walk: the North Saskatchewan River, during a bike ride with my son
Day 29: condiments: essentials in a Japanese household
Day 30: feathers: a single feather, picked up during a hike in the woods
Day 31: a view from a window: our neighbour's house at dusk, way past 10pm in this part of the world... posted 11:50am May 31.












Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Every Day in May: Week 3

I have signed up for "Every Day in May", a Facebook page where sketchers are assigned a common subject each day during the month of May to draw, share, and enjoy with one another.

The subjects for days 15 to 21 were:

Day 15:  jewellery: an assortment of crosses... once an instrument of brutal opression, now a symbol of grace and peace
Day 16: cutlery: a bowl of teaspoons
Day 17: a latch or drawer pull: a closet door, likely from 1949 when the house was built
Day 18: paint can, tube, or bottle: Holbein tubes bought last summer
Day 19: free draw: sketching with my daughter in Jasper, AB
Day 20: musical instrument: "kaplonk, plonk, plonk plonk..." ... stones thrown into the Athabasca River
Day 21: a streetlight: the orange glow of a sodium streetlight in our neighbourhood at dusk










Saturday, May 21, 2016

a trip to Jasper

a few sketches from our short trip to Jasper National Park.








Sunday, May 15, 2016

Every Day in May: Week 2

I have signed up for "Every Day in May", a Facebook page where sketchers are assigned a common subject each day during the month of May to draw, share, and enjoy with one another.

The subjects for days 8 to 14 were:

Day 8: boots: an assortment of boots to be stored for the summer
Day 9: someone you love or admire: the kids as they sleep
Day 10: candy: a pile of caramel (and a glass of beer)
Day 11: a pail or bucket: a small galvanized metal container full of coloured pencils
Day 12: leaves: the thick leaves of some succulents
Day 13: a suitcase: the corner of an antique trunk with metal corner guards and leather handles
Day 14: a sandwich: banana bread, because this will be the closest thing to a sandwich this weekend...