Sketchbook Saturday

I’m trying out a new sketchbook that has a unique feature: it tells you what to sketch. Here is an example of some of the suggestions: your least favourite food, a fainting goat, the leaning tower of Pisa, wise babies…

Cover of new sketchbook
Sketchbook page

Collage Day

Here are some pictures from my most recent day in the studio. An elaborate, crafty valentine was the result. You don’t get to see it though, only my valentine does.

And for those of you in New Brunswick, Canada, go to the Sweetest Little Thing tonight and place a bid in the auction of some beautiful art! I didn’t donate a piece this year, and I sorely regret not making the time to do so. It is a fabulous event to raise money for Struts Gallery and the Owens Art Gallery.

Have a lovely day lovers.

Sometimes the table gets a little out of hand...
The ancient Tim's cup dutifully holding my markers
Old sketches, gift wrap, letters and magazines all provide source material

Wouldn’t you like to be Elsewhere?

Here is a postcard I made recently to accompany a residency application to Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC. Check it out, it looks like a fabulous place. Oh, and wish me luck!

Here is the front of my postcard:

hand drawn postcard
Elsewhere, mixed media on paper, 5 x 6"

And here is the back:

back of hand drawn postcard
Back of postcard, mixed media on paper, 5 x 6"

Artistic Extravagance

This flower brightened up the drudgery of grocery shopping for me today. I saw it behind the glass in the flower section on my way to produce and it stopped me in my tracks. I paused, leaning on the handle of my shopping cart and just admired it for a while. I thought about how the center of my wedding bouquet was also a Gerbera daisy. After a few moments I snapped out of it and took two more steps towards the produce section but paused again and looked back. Then there was an audible sigh. Then I walked back, plucked the peach flower from the vase of Gerberas, laid it on top of my carton of organic eggs and carried on my merry way.

And for those of you who know me, it was also a unique day in that I felt extra zing and actually bought a bottle of grey/brown/purple nail polish (pictured here). That makes two non-essentials in one shopping trip! What extravagance!

What simple joy.

watercolor painting of gerbera daisy
Gerbera Daisy, watercolour on board, 4 x 4"

Summer dinner

To commemorate the very last day of summer I thought I’d post a summer-dinner painting.

Here is a table spread our friends laid for us one summer evening in their Toronto backyard… fond memories of the evening still linger.

Stay tuned for another summer meal post tomorrow!

watercolour painting of picnic table
Summer Dinner, watercolour on paper, 4 x 6"