September 11, 2016

Glencairn

Sketchbook ~ Glencairn (Scotch Block)
Sketchbook ~ Glencairn (Leithfield)
Clublink Glencairn Quote: "It’s been said that Glencairn is the closest you’ll come to Scotland without crossing the Atlantic. From the moment you pass the stone gates and wind your way between rock fences to the majestic multi-turreted clubhouse, you will feel like you just arrived at a Scottish links." That describes the course exactly. Most challenging are the pot bunkers, if you stay away from them, its a pretty easy course. This round, only in pot bunkers twice, so this was my best round/score at Glencairn!

August 28, 2016

Emerald Hills

Sketchbook ~ Emerald Hills (Holes No 1 to 9)
Emerald Hills is one of the original four founding courses of ClubLink. We took the scenic route, no 400 series highways, which took longer, but such a pleasant drive. Started with the beauty of a foggy morning, rolling hills around highway 109 on route to the Stouffville golf course. Rainy to start with, but turned into great day.

July 22, 2016

Rocky Crest Golf Club

Sketchbook ~ Rocky Crest (Holes No 1 to 9)
Round three: Rocky Crest Golf Club, my favourite. Walkable, challenging, nature all around, from the granite outcroppings to the forests of pine, white birch and hemlock. Score wise - my worst of the five rounds, but still my favourite Clublink course.

July 21, 2016

National Pines Golf Club

Sketchbook ~ National Pines (Holes No 1 to 9)
Round two: National Pines Golf Club, designed by Thomas McBroom, opened in 1992. National Pines is a great walking course (even thought it was very hot that day) that predominantly features Lovers Creek which comes into play 14 times during a round.

July 20, 2016

Caledon Woods


Sketchbook ~ Caledon Woods (Holes No 14 to 18)
With a couple of days off work to make a long weekend, we went to Caledon Woods to play golf. (first of five rounds). It's located in the pastoral hills and valleys of the Caledon countryside just north of Toronto, opened in 2003, replaced the 27-hole Bolton Golf Club. "Architect Paul Takahashi kept the classic parkland character intact but introduced links-style elements with tight lies and crowns around engaging greens—among the region’s best—that have a wide range of slope and contour."

July 13, 2016

Preliminary sketch of cottage

Sketchbook ~ Cottage
Starting to work on an illustration of a 1860's (?) cottage in the country. There is a huge catalpa tree (beautiful, tropical-looking North American native shade tree) in the front yard. I sketched this view while sitting in the shade of this very large tree. I like the way the limbs and heart shaped leaves frame the house... although I was having a hard time sketching that part. The trellis fencing just adds to the quaintness of the setting. Looking forward to working on the finished illustration.


June 16, 2016

Arva Flour Mill

Arva Flour Mill, ink and watercolour, 3.5 x 4.5  inches, ©2016
The historic Arva Flour Mill, in Arva, Ontario, on the banks of the Medway Creek, is Canada's oldest continuously operating water powered flour mill and perhaps the oldest in North America. I went for a drive back in February and stopped here on my way home. Worth a visit, beautiful setting. This small illustration is available at Gift of Art in Grand Bend.