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.

The barn in town

In the town of Alexandria there are many older buildings, including the occasional barn still standing from the early days of agriculture by Scots immigrants. Our local Glengarry Sketchers group met up at the site of one of them today.

It was chilly and overcast when I started this sketch.

Then the blue skies and sun gradually appeared to produce some shadow on the barn. (I’m still searching for the right colour for barn wood, this one got a bit overworked).

Zealous Zinnias

I grew zinnias from seed this year so I’d have flowers for cutting all summer. They have grown very well, and, once cut, last a long time in the vase.

Mary Todd in bloom and wild berries

This day lily is one of my favourites – I love it’s robust, intense blooms. Painting yellow flowers is tricky, requiring grey for the shadows and faith that it will look right when dry, which is a challenge for me. Practice will help. Fortunately this beauty will keep blooming for a few more weeks.

I found some wild blackberries growing in among the wild lilacs.