Friday, July 3, 2015

Canada Day

 Two quick sketches while waiting for coffee, at the Canada Day festivities at Churchill Square.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Every Day in June: part 3

Last of the month of June... 

23. Rain
24. In the can  (done last week)
25. Sweet
26. Night lights
27. Something you collect
28. Spit shine
29. Vacation
30. Religious icons/imagery


a rainy morning... downtown university and arena construction view


sweet dreams...
night lights... 11pm
collecting memories... summer market and FIFA match


planning vacations...





The bread, broken for us; the blood, shed for us.  A forged iron cross.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Every Day in June: part 2



Part 2 of Every Day in June... 
(I've skipped a few days this month... it's been a busy month. )

12. Gated/shuttered
13. Tools
14. Dinnertime
15. Like Van Gogh
16. Help!
17. Transportation
18. Sanctuary
19. Fashion
20. Nursery rhyme
21. Animal(s)/pet(s)
22. Sporting
23. Rain
24. In the can

irises... like Van Gogh



transportation...




home as sanctuary
fashion (?)



"in the can"... broken glass
horses at an acreage
sporting... baseball gloves

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Every Day in June: part 1


As it turns out, there's another Facebook group called "Every Day in June". There is a subject each day, much in the same way as Every Day in May, but this month's topics generally seem more playful. I haven't managed to post every day, but here's the first eleven (really nine).

1. a selfie
2. shell games
3. music
4. be seated
5. in the garden
(6. clean sweep)
(7. dance)
8. leave it alone!
9. blue
10. wash
11. shoes
a solemn self sketch




































shells from Cornwall
















my daughter at the piano




































stay seated... a Brooks saddle


strawberries in the garden


big bag of potato chips... best left alone when alone
blue motorcycle


washed trays and bowls and cups

shoes at a school
























Monday, June 1, 2015

third floor slab/concrete pour

 Back to the nearby construction site during lunch break... the third floor has been poured, lots of concrete trucks in and out of the site this past week.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Every Day in May (EDiM) : the last days

The last 3 days of the "Every Day in May" Facebook sketching challenge. Subjects were:

May 29: a faucet
May 30: a bird feeder/birdhouse
May 31: eggs

This ends this series. It's been a wonderful month with much online inspiration, camaraderie, and mutual encouragement from around the world. I've enjoyed the discipline of being forced to draw things that would normally go unnoticed, and to do it within parameters set up for myself. Some sketches were more successful than others, but there were some surprising discoveries along the way.

the kitchen sink

origami cranes in a plastic carton... "a birdhouse"

eggs in a carton

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Every Day in May (EDiM) : week four

This week's topics for the "Every Day in May" (EDiM) include:

May 22: something that hangs from/is attached to a wall in your house
May 23: an interesting detail of a building
May 24: some keys
May 25: an apron, or something worn during messy activities
May 26: a sign
May 27: something furry or fuzzy
May 28: a yard ornament or statuary

a wrought iron coat hanger at our entry... spring jackets

an obsolete cast iron fireplace insert

keys... and other trinkets

my wife's baking apron

signs at a construction site

furry tips of dandelion flowers, before seeds are released into the wind

the closest thing to yard ornaments in our yard...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Every Day in May (EDiM) : week three

This week's topics for the "Every Day in May" (EDiM) include:

May 15: something you could give/throw away
May 16: ingredients for a favourite recipe
May 17: something used for measuring
May 18: lipstick/lip gloss
May 19: a cupcake
May 20: your wallet/billfold
May 21: the spot you regularly sit to read

a box full of paper to be recycled

some essential tools for building bikes, including a tape measure and calipers

my wife's basket of makeup, which includes three sticks of lipstick

cupcakes... without the cakes

my wallet... just like the Seinfeld episode

most of my reading these days happens here, right before their bedtime

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Every Day in May (EDiM) : week two

This week's topics for the "Every Day in May" (EDiM) include:

May 8: something with a handle
May 9: something with an interesting label
May 10: something you can turn on/off
May 11: a hat, cap, or other headgear
May 12: some stairs or steps
May 13: the last thing you bought
May 14: something you use every day

a "handoru" ("handle") from our car... the only downtime last Friday

the clear labels from a jute sack of Basmati rice

my trustworthy camera, less of a power-hog than the mirrorless

ornamental Samurai armour, left from Children's Day (kodomo-no-hi)

the basement stair... where table leafs and vacuum cleaners live

the 65 year old leather seat from a vintage bike purchase last Saturday

a space used every day... the pantry

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Every Day in May (EDiM) : week one

Day 1: your favourite food
 I have joined a Facebook group called "Every Day in May", which challenges members to sketch a particular subject and post it each day through the month of May. Some require a bit of re-interpretation to keep it interesting and sustainable, but it's been a great challenge and a way to push the envelope a little in regards to subject matter. Here are the first 7 days' subjects and results.

Day 1. your favourite food
Day 2. a nearby tree
Day 3. curtains
Day 4. a bottle of herbs or spices
Day 5. something hot
Day 6. something with bristles
Day 7. envelope(s)

Day 2: a nearby tree

Day 3: curtains

Day 4: a bottle of herbs or spices

Day 5: something hot!

Day 6: something with bristles

Day 7: envelope(s)