Sunday, June 17, 2018

Laepple Organic Farm - a grand day out

Yesterday I joined the KW Urban Sketchers at Laepple Organic Farm.
Thankfully the weather men / women/ people were wrong (again) and we had clear skies all day!

Thanks to Linda for being such a gracious host! #USkWR #USK_WR

When I arrived I had to try my new Koi watercolour pocket field sketch box for this 4" x 6"
Unfortunately the paper buckled as soon as I sprayed it (I didn't realise it wasn't a block)
So there was a lot of waiting as things dried!

 Cows in the Meadow

So as I waited for that to dry I pulled out another new to me sketch pad .. Stonehenge Colours (lightly tinted paper) and Staedler Black Pencils to do this...

Hayliner 273

Around to the front of the barn to find some shade and draw the 'front' ...

The Barn

Some artistic license used here :-) 

Finally into the shade to work on the details ...
love the 'doorstop' 

Barn Door

Enjoy !


Sunday, June 10, 2018

The houses of New Hamburg

It's not every day that you are offered a beer while sketching!
New Hamburg is a great town with dozens of sketching opportunities so once again the Urban Sketchers descended on this quiet, peaceful, little town as we prepare for a show on August 25, 5pm to 7pm at Bitte Schon Brauhaus.

It was rainy so I decided watercolours or fountain pen work was out so it was pencil and coloured pencil this day..

First up 190 Peel St and it's wonderful gingerbreading (always a challenge!)

Then with time left over I looked for something a little 'cleaner' OK make that 'easier' !

257 Peel St 


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Scots Pine Pen and Ink Study

Yesterday I decided to sit in the yard as the air was cooler and the bugs almost non existent.
Besides Winter loves to be outside with me.
I was looking at my old Scots Pine slowly coming back to life after the winter and thought it would be a good subject for a pen and ink rendering.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sketch Walk in the University of Guelph grounds

Today I decided, because of the heat, to get an early start and stay 'local' instead of going on an afternoon sketching trip to New Hamburg with my 'Sketchy Friends'.
So I wandered around the U of G for a while before the heat drove me back to the air conditioned comfort.

Yes I'm a wuss....

 My first stop ( I got out of the car pulled out my chair and sat down) was the "Portal" a rebuilt section of the original doorway that became the University..

Second stop in the shade .. Mills Hall 

Last stop, on the way back to the car, this old tree caught my attention


Sunday, May 20, 2018


No not the poisonous plant from the river bank the 'tastes good as tea' tree...
I picked up some fallen pieces during our Shinrin Yoku walk yesterday, with the intention of making tea.
Some made it to the pot 
Some made it to the drawing table..


Monday, April 30, 2018

Algonquin Thoughts...

This last weekend I was in Algonquin Park.
Winter still has a grip there, frozen lakes, snow in the shade hardly any 'Spring growth' to be seen.

As I stood at a favourite spot , looking across the frozen landscape to the old spruce across the way an image was forming in my head.
Later back in the warmth of my airbnb retreat in Whitney, a tea at hand, I put that thought down in my Stillman and Birn Nova series coloured paper sketchbook using a white charcoal pencil and my new Staetler black pencils...

Original size is 6x9


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Staedtler Black Pencils

I thought it was time I tried out my new Staedtler Black pencils so I used my watercolour from a recent workshop as a subject.

I found them 'different' to use but boy they are nice so dark, so "black" !

Stillman & Birn sketchbook about 8x10