Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wild Grapes

Winters favourite .. I know she shouldn't eat them but just try to stop her!

These grow along a couple of fences down in the local park.

It looks a bit washed out here so much for scanning!

Sennelier watercolours
Jin Hau 'frankenpen' fitted with a flex nib, loaded with Diamine 'Ochre' ink
Derwent wtercolour pencils

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sketching by the Grand River

Yesterday my friend Constance and I spent much of the day sitting by the Grand River sketching the vista before us.

Sunny with a cooling breeze, lots of dog walkers to offer nice comments a grand day out!

First up was a pencil sketch of the old cedars ( Channeling Marianne Coleman ) I was going to add ink but decided against it.

Then I made a new sketch in ink this time and added watercolour to ground it. This was my favourite of  the day.

Something completely different I chose the yellow flowers a few feet from where I sat, I have no idea what they are but they called to have their portrait painted..

Time vanished, it's like being in a time machine when you sit to sketch, 'poof' hours disappear in the blink of an eye. It was time to pack up and head back but not before stopping for a quick sketch of the old bridge that was at the entrance to the old Simms Estate, it was all apple orchards but is now sprouting million dollar homes ...

Yeah the perspective got away from me but it is after all a 'quick sketch' :-)

Photo references and this will help me recreate it

This series was also a challenge for the H.P paper I used, the name of which completely escapes me..
It was imported from England by Constance and is amazing here I used pencil, ink, and watercolour and it handles it all with ease :-)

As soon as I find out the maker I will amend this post!

The paper is  Saunders Waterford HP 200 lb


Autumn in August rework

Autumn in August

It needed work, I knew that. The impetus came from a 55% off coupon at Michaels, probably the only time I shop there.
I decided I needed coloured pencils that were softer than the ones used, so coupon in hand I went ins search of soft leads ...

I found them in a set of Prismacolor Premier pencils ..

Later, after a bit of work I felt that the sketch was indeed better.
I'm happy now

On here it still looks dull but in person it is positively vibrant!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coloured Pencil on Toned Paper

Recently I have been drawn (no pun intended.. OK it was intentional) to the work of Pat Southern-Pearce. I was fascinated by her choice of toned paper and her struggle to find the right 'medium' to use it with as I have!

Sitting in my trailer trying to escape the blood sucking hoards of mosquitoes (yes really , at this time of year!) I decided it was time to try
So coloured pencils became the 'medium' and I must say I really enjoyed the challenge, you see I am not a 'coloured pencil' kinda guy, I have them, a lot of them but have rarely used them or know how to use them

However I spent a couple of hours seeing what I could make of this challenge, I must say I was quite happy with the result.

I think the background could be darker but I am at the point of "don't mess it up"!
It does look better with darker, richer colours in real life though... really ..

Strathmore Tan Toned Sketchbook
Derwent pencils both 'Watercolour' and 'Studio'
Graphgear Mechanical Pencil 2B

Feedback is always welcome.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Urban Sketchers in Elora

Yesterday I joined a group of like minded people in Elora for an afternoon of sketching.

I mixed up the times so while I waited for the same 'like minded people' to show up I worked on other people..
I'm not good at this so ...

Bissell Park - Market Day

Bissell Park - by the river

Finally everyone showed up and I wandered off into town ..

Mill St to be precise 

There were  few sprinkes of rain so we sat under an umbrella in an outdoor cafe :-)

2 pens, 1 ink


Monday, August 7, 2017

Westfield Village - A grand day out

Westfield Village is a great place to visit if you love old buildings.
Yesterday I took my friend Karen for a day out to sketch and draw a few of them.

Gillen House - pencil 

This took a while, especially with the steam tractor rumbling by spitting oil, smoke and dust. I had to stop and cover my sketchbook each time ! 

I didn't notice the slight lean until I scanned it...

Cathcart School - Pencil

I decided on a less formal study of the old school. This was drawn quickly with a 'fat' (2mm) mechanical pencil .

Albrecht Seip Boot Shop - Pencil, Pen and Ink

Trying to stay off the roadway (that steam tractor again) I was 'forced' to work on my perspective drawing.

Boy the day went fast, before I knew it we were given the 10 min warning as it was 4:00pm already!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cafe Dwellers

Thos ewho know me know people are not my strong point ..
I decided to try a quick and very loose rendition of a couple of fellow cafe dwelers yesterday.
 I'm reasonable happy with the outcome, I mean he looks almost human!

Pencil in my Moleskine sketchbook