March 25, 2017

First Step

The first step using my favourite ink pen, purchased while I was in Murano, Italy in 2011. I plan to add some architectural details and then I will give it a day to dry completely before I add watercolour. I have tried to rush it before and ended up with ink bleeding into the colours.

The Second Step ... adding the architecture.

The Third Step ... adding watercolour.

March 15, 2017

Female No 24

A simple line drawing in using india ink on pastel paper, finished with a hi-lite of white pencil. Appreciating the simplicity and expressiveness of a line.
Female No 24, india ink & white pencil on pastel paper, 9 x 6 inches, ©2017

March 8, 2017

Handmade Sketchbook

My new custom handmade sketchbook. Thank you Jan Taylor. Interior pages are 140 lb Arches hot pressed watercolour paper alternated with coloured pastel paper. Some pages fold out, which will be great for drawing streetscapes. Planning to try it out on my upcoming holiday. 

March 1, 2017

Figurative Sketch

Sketchbook ~ Figurative Line Sketch
i spent a great afternoon at the Figure Drawing Session (The ARTS Project) on Tuesday. Laura was excellent model, interesting poses, and she held them well. I did a number of small line drawings that will be add some colour to later today.

February 20, 2017

Figure Drawing

Untitled Female No 21, ink and watercolour, 4.5 x 3.5 inches, ©2017
Initial sketch at figure drawing session on Tuesday, inked on Wednesday and watercolour on Sunday. Just playing around with simple and spontaneous lines and colours.

February 15, 2017

Figure Drawing

Untitled Female No 20, ink and watercolour, 6 x 6 inches, ©2017

February 5, 2017

Home Portraits

Alex's Home, ink and watercolour, 3.5 x 5.5  inches, ©2016
This home portrait is now in Ottawa, Ontario, framed and hanging in the hallway. The challenge with this one was that there was a tree right in front of the house, so in order to draw the home, I had to flip back and forth between a number of views. The pattern and colour of the brickwork on this mid-century modern home was interesting but also very challenging.

For home commissions, the size that I typically work is about 4 x 6 inches or smaller with matt size being 8 x 10 inches. The standard size makes framing easy and allows the customer to choose their own style. I can work from photos, but I need good quality and a variety of views. I really prefer to visit in person, but that is not always an option. More samples of home commissions on my website.