Mazatlán – Day one, on the beach

Hot, sunny and sandy on the Pacific Ocean at the the El Cid Resort. Such friendly, warm people.

I haven’t been painting regularly, so I was definitely rusty. But happy to be drawing and painting. I couldn’t resist a quick sketch of my drink before it melted.

Another benefit of sketching in public, meeting people who are curious as to what I was up to. I was definitely the only person sketching on the beach.

Reflecting on reflections

Our local sketching group headed to The Grotto last Saturday. This is a local landmark and green space with a narrow waterway around the perimeter. I was attracted by the water and the reflections, but underestimated the difficulty in capturing it. Regardless, it was a beautiful day in the delightful company of enthusiastic sketchers.


On a recent getaway to a southern Ontario campground there was plenty of subject matter to sketch. But, in the end I was drawn to this, the remnants after the pickles had all been eaten.

Pencil in hand

Drawing skills get rusty easily. I found some motivation to get drawing again with just pencil (made me really appreciate how quick it is to get shadows and volume in watercolour). After a few days of drawing I could feel the knack coming back.

Apple season

A quick sketch of part of a beautiful garden where I had a chance to spend a couple of days. The apple trees were fully laden with fruit.

The ink drawing was done on site, the colour added later from a photo reference.