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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

sewer work

There is some extensive sewer maintenance work going on downtown, and some pretty interesting vehicles in the mix.
There has been a musty haze over the city for the past two days due to major forest fires in the west, resulting in a warm golden light even at mid day... hence the use of yellow background.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

two Edmonton parks

Two Edmonton park scenes... the "willow" sculpture in the newly refurbished Borden Park, and a tranquil afternoon scene at Victoria Park -- a young girl picking clover flowers to make a crown in the soft afternoon sun -- after our church picnic.

RW&Co, Kingsway Mall

a short trip to the local mall on Thursday night...

Friday, July 11, 2014

summer skyline

On a windy summer day... from the Norquest parking lot.

cafe patio

Enjoying the warm evening on a local cafe patio, yesterday. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

fire truck with tower ladder

As a follow up to last week's post of fire trucks, today I managed to catch a fire engine with a ladder parked outside the local fire station. Fortunately, I finished the sketch just before it was called to an emergency somewhere on Jasper Avenue.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

for my father

As we organized our stuff in the basement, I came across some more watercolour tubes that belonged to my father who passed away in 2011. My mother (also no longer with us) had kept them in a Chivas "Royal Salute" bag. (In my childhood, I kept marbles as well as my allowance money in a similar Crown Royal sack...these bags are very useful.)

I am not sure whether my father kept the paint tubes in this bag to begin with, but it seemed an apt keepsake, because my father sure liked his whiskey (it sure contributed to his passing in one way or another), and he also enjoyed painting (it was a social activity that gave him life in his later years). As I drew these, I couldn't help but think that each of these tubes has left for me a physical imprint of the life he lived as his fingers squeezed colours out from these Holbein tubes.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Da Capo Caffe

The cafe we happened to walk into had a great little outdoor seating area, and wonderful gelato (and coffee).

Friday, July 4, 2014

summer streetscape

Another bright and beautiful summer day.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Canada Day outing

A restored 1920s classroom from the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, where we pretended to be a 1920s class being taught a history lesson on confederation...  and my son on the way home afterwards.