Bold bouquet

This splash of colour indoors is a welcome contrast to the monochrome landscape. As usual when I tackle a bouquet, some parts turned out ok, others less so. But, it’s always a treat to gaze at flowers.

Escape to the greenhouse

I got away from winter’s snow and wind with a visit to the Allan Gardens greenhouses while in Toronto. The colourful blooms, tropical plants and warm moist air made the experience almost spa-like. I found a seat in the cactus house to sketch this large specimen.

Rural Cluster

There are many interesting (to me at least) clusters of farm buildings in my area. I pass this one regularly and have wanted to paint it for ages. This was done based on photos. Come Spring I’ll be able to paint it en plein air.

Painted with a fairly limited palette on Fluid 9 x 12 block.

Sketching at The Quirky Carrot, again

Our local cafĂ© and lunch spot has been very accommodating and welcoming of our local sketching group (in North Glengarry, Ontario). Today’s gathering saw nine of us drawing everything from indoor blooms to outdoor facades. I did a warm-up sketch of the delicious breakfast sandwich, then settled in to study the sandwich case.

In April we hope to the weather will cooperate so we can sketch plein air.

Fast tulips

This bunch, reflected in a dresser mirror caught my eye the other evening. So, a sketch ensued, quickly, while standing (best viewpoint), in poor light. Just as slowing down has its benefits, spontaneity can also be a good thing.

Milkweed, slowed down

I took my time painting this over the course of two days. Letting paint dry, observing what the paint does, trying out transparent layers. This is a spread in a moleskine A4 sketchbook.