Odd Bird

No, this is not a bad drawing of a bird. It is actually a fairly good representation of an unfinished wood sculpture of a bird (maybe an eagle) that we rescued from a “to be burned” pile. It is now installed in our garden, supervising the emerging spring bulbs.

Along the 401

Sketching in the car can pass the time on a long drive, or when traffic is at a standstill.

I spotted a red wing blackbird from the car, but needed to find a reference online to get the shape right for this pose on a stem.

When traffic came to a standstill, I had just enough time to quickly catch a sense of the congestion.

Sketching Alexandria’s “Downtown”

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I found a few blog posts in the draft folder, including this one from last April when our local sketching group got together. With all the snow we have right now, it’s hard to believe we could be sketching outside again in just a couple of months.

Front and side views of a building on Main Street.

Discount Bouquet

I picked up a bunch of flowers for half price and much to my delight there was a stem of lilium in the centre with unopened buds. With a bit of encouragement 4 of the 5 opened up into the most glorious yellow blooms. Conveying the volume of flowers is a challenge… just need to keep at it.

Snow in April

It was a dreary gray day with an unexpected amount of snow accumulation. But, thanks to encouragement from Shari Blaukopf, and following her limited palette wisdom, I undertook a sketch of the view from my living room. Painted in the fading light, finished the next day — by which time there was blue sky and twinkling ice in the trees — when dreary had turned to cheery. That will be a separate sketch.

If at first … try, try, try again.

Inspired by the deceptively simple and beautiful illustrations by Ian Sidaway in a wee book of recipes for root vegetables (Shown below), I pulled out a terracotta tapas dish and opted for lemons. Many lessons learned by tackling the subject repeatedly.