Saturday, February 25, 2017

Freezing in Galt ..

.. all in the name of art !

I met up with my friend Roger today for some sketching practice.

I was completely under-dressed and ended up buying a sweatshirt to keep the icy wind at bay. Between that and hiding in doorways we managed to survive for 4 hours :-)

Across from the Melville Cafe

Galt Town Hall

We did manage a stop in at Phidon Pens to get warm, yeah that's it we stopped in to warm up nothing to do with pens, ink and stuff :-)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ignatius Centre walk ...

... or have pencil will travel.

Plus 10c with clear skies and a warm sun. It sure feels like Spring is coming!

After a walk I sat myself down to sketch, opened my bag and realised I had fogotten my pens !
I did have a Pilot V Plus fountain pen but it's not waterproof
so I decided on pencil sketches ...

1 .. Finding a sheltered spot out of the wind I also found this old wheelbarrow.
Pencil, a touch of Vpen and watersoluble graphite.

2 .. Braving the wind on the other side of the building to sketch a small shed in the tree's. Quickly drawn in pencil and then back into the lee to finish it off

3 .. Looking for another spot this time in the farmyard I came across this 50 gallon drum up against the cedar fence.


Staedtler Mars Lumigraph pencils,
Stillman and Birn Beta Sketchbook,
Art Graf Water soluble Graphite,
Pilot Fountain Pen,

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A morning at Timeless Materials in Waterloo

I spent the morning with the KW Urban Sketchers at Timeless Materials in Waterloo.
So much to see and sketch and we only had TWO HOURS ! 
Still I managed to produce three sketches with various materials;

This old Chestnut canoe in pencil in my Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook

The second was a bunch of old doors (well a selection as there are hundreds!) Drawn in Conte Crayon on Strathmore tinted paper.

Last but not least, with about 20 min left before the 'throwdown' I took on this pile of doorknobs! (Again a selection as there were dozens)
Micron pen in my Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook

A fun morning that went byway too fast ! 


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Farm at dusk - a la Peter Sheeler

Another 'challenge' ..
My interpretation of 'Farm At Dusk' by Peter Sheeler 

Learning that Hot Press paper is a LOT more difficult to work on with watercolour washes than Cold Pressed !

Saunders HP 200 # paper 5" x 7" 
Windsor & Newton Watercolours, 
Micron pen 01,
Signo Gel Pen White,

Sunday, February 5, 2017

More Lessons learned..

A group I belong to on Facebook has a 'challenge' running, I missed January but did the February challenge.
A photo is given and everyone puts their own spin on it, there are no winners nor losers but  instead you can learn a lot from others interpretations, here is mine;

Country Lane

I am reasonably happy with it, some bits more than others :-)

I also followed a video where the artist used a credit card to scrape out rocks in a landscape. Once you get the 'dampness' right it works quite well..

Babbling Brook


Arches 140# CP paper,
W&N watercolours,
QoR Watercolour,
Signo white gel pen,
Noodlers Carbon Black,
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen,
 Escoda Prado Brushes,
Escoda Reserva Kolinsky Sable Brushes,
Curry's pallete knife,

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pen and Wash .. Lessons from Peter Sheeler

I promised myself a down day painting and reading.
Well I did the painting bit, watching youtube video's by one of my favourite artists Peter Sheeler

and trying to emulate his simple style that I like so much ..

 Pen and Wash Barn
 Still working on using more pigment !

Pen and Wash Farmhouse
Unfortunately on this one I got a little impatient with my initial wash and with noodlers black ink you cannot do that .. so there are a couple of small runs, Oh well.

Overall I am quite happy with the results and happy with the day !

The first one was in my Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook
For the second one I tore up a sheet of Saunders #200 Hot Press paper that I had bought to try, I like it :-)

Pen was a Pilot Mertopolitan
Ink Noodlers Black
W&N watercolours 
W&N travel brushes
Rosemary & Co travel 'sword' brush (First time I tried it)


Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's Never Too Late to Learn..

Yesterday I attended a watercolour workshop put on by The Urban Sketchers of KW:

and presented by Hasib, one of our members:

A day full of information and friendly banter, boy the time went fast!

I learned two major things ( and a great deal of smaller things!)

#1 Use more pigment !! (Professional paints by Windsor and Newton and Lukas)

#2 Loosed up by using bigger brushes !! (Escoda Synthetic and Kolinsky Sables)