Sunday, December 29, 2013

Twenty Fourteen

A sketch, a sketch that is turning into a painting and a finished painting.  Happy New Years!

                               




Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Food Court

Some drawings I made at the food court I eat at.


Sunday, September 08, 2013

Tumbling


Two weeks ago I was struck with pneumonia.  I was bound to my bed and had fever nightmares that scared the bejesus out of me.  I tried to draw, but with lack of oxygen came lack of motor skills.  Here's something I drew, which I kind of like now.




I took a trip with my parents to Cape Breton back in June.  Everywhere you turned was another breathtaking scene; if it's raining, or if the sun is setting, the same view could look completely different. I had some fun with my watercolours to recapture some of the highlands.




I'm going to start cross posting on Tumblr to make it easier for people to follow me/for me to follow them.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Pickle Pact

I'm working on a comic starring our favorite Frenchie, Yves.

                                                           
                                                 Yves




                                                   Jayne



                                              
                                                    Olga, Kent, Janine and George Salt





Reference sketch, first scene


Sunday, September 01, 2013

TTC

Some sketches from my daily commute. 


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Allan Gardens

Some sketches I did at Allan Gardens yesterday, mostly in the cactus room.


Thursday, April 04, 2013

Chicago

Hello preciouses, I just got back from Chicago; it was my first time there and I adore this city!  The people of Chicago tell me they love Toronto too.  I'll share more after I sort through my photos.

Walking along West Roosevelt Road.








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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Late Night Discussion

I keep my trusty pencil with me at all times.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sketchbook Update

Falling asleep at the library, waiting for Greek food, subway ride, at my desk, staring at a computer screen.



I accidentally spilled coffee on my cool girl.




























Little Italy.



Friday, March 08, 2013

The Infinite Beyond

I watched 2001 A Space Odyssey at Tiff Lightbox today in 70 mm.  It was a mesmerizing journey through space, full of suspense and terror.  The visuals were so well imagined, here are some of my favorites.  If you haven't seen it, stop reading, don't let me spoil it!

Careful steps to the cockpit.
Spacecraft docking; I love how you get a sense of the scale when the lights come on and you see tiny people.

In the pod, with a million lit buttons projected on Dave's face.
I really liked the close up shots of that.
The popular scene, so gorgeous.

Ejecting cartridges to disable Hal.

The sun casting crescents on planets and the round spacecraft.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Slices

I want to share something Wayne Thiebaud said about his luscious paintings -

"Most of [the objects] are fragments of actual experience.  For instance, I would really think of the bakery counter; of the way the counter was lit, where the pies were placed, but I wanted just a piece of the experience.  From when I worked in restaurants, I can remember seeing rows of pies, or a tin of pie with one piece out of it and one pie sitting beside it.  Those little vedute in fragmented circumstances were always poetic to me."



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mute

Toronto in February is a sea of indiscernible greys.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Are Those Sweater Sleeves Long Enough?

I did this piece to go with my bud Serena McArter's poem called "I changed the title four times".  She performed it last night at a fundraiser for our friend David Churchill at 3030 Dundas.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Owl Pals

Back in November I sold some of my wares at an LCBO internal event, alongside my talented pals - jewelry artist Gisele Renaud and writer David Churchill.  I had so many fun conversations that morning.  Thank you thank you to all those who bought prints, cards and "desk charms"!


These snowy owls now keep little patches of desks warm.


 Christmas cards inspired by a trip to the Montreal Biodome a few years back.



The king penguins were behind a wall of glass; they were so still - poised so gracefully, trying to stay warm.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Charlie's Profile

Another small collection of sketches from the year past


On Remembrance Day, I went out to Port Credit with my bike in search of a nice view of the lake to paint.  I packed my art supplies and an apple in my basket and boarded the train in hopes that the rain would stop.  By the time I got to Port Credit, it was pouring, undeterred I biked around the unfamiliar grey streets, trying to find this park by the lake-still hoping the rain would let up.  It never did and I didn't paint, but before I boarded the train again, I stood by the lake and watched the rolling waves crash onto the rocky shore.

 





Friday, January 04, 2013

Carrot Fly

Happy New Years!  I hope there are good things in store.  As the calendar resets, it's a good time as any to let go of a few bad habits and start off fresh, so here goes....all the best!

I spent a lot of 2012 sketching on my commute to work.  The subway always has the most eclectic mix of people.  Here's a couple for now, and I'll keep them coming over the next few days.