Here’s another peek at my Costa Rica journal. One morning our travel guide and naturalist, Jorge, led several of the guests on a walk to find a pair of nesting birds called Thick-knees (as far as I can tell, these are probably Double-striped Thick-knees as that seems to be the variety that lives in CR). [...]
For Illustration Friday topic: Swim.
Two weeks ago, I had just arrived in Costa Rica. I packed a limited palette of watercolour tubes and my handy Pelican gouache pans. I envisioned myself painting, hour after hour.
Need I say that no such painting took place? I was too busy (ahem) wilting from the heat, hanging out with interesting people, looking [...]
Hello my friends. Does this lovely and brave diving woman look familiar to you? Well, now you have something in common with readers of Spirituality & Health, the magazine. My hat is off to Sandra Salamony: S&H art director, my friend, and reigning queen of ampersand-joined magazine titles. She has shaped this issue into something [...]
Gary and I moved into the big city (downtown Victoria) just a month ago and now live in a fourth-floor suite. One of my favorite things is the tree outside our windows. With my knee not fully functional, I’ve been spending a lot of days at home getting to know the view. When we first [...]
For Illustration Friday, Haunt.
I am considering haunting Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetary should I become a ghost in need of a place to wander. Ross Bay is beautiful this time of year. Not at all like the colors in this piece: the autumn golds and pale greens of dried grass are broken up with slabs [...]
Sky is a the Illustration Friday topic this week. This piece comes from a sketch I did at the summer beach house our family has spent time at for the last few years in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The house is at the end of a road next to the beach and dunes, which are home to [...]
Finally! Back in my studio after a long absence. It feels good. So here, under the wire, is my Illustration Friday submission for this week’s word: Tall.
Thinking about Tallness made me think of trees (when don’t I think of trees?), and the phrase “tall tale.” While I was away in the BC interior a [...]
I live on the edge of the woods, and our woods are full of owls right now. We seem to have two new owl families. One is a parent and two young barred owls. The other consists of at least two, possibly three young great horned owls. One thing I’ve learned about owls: they definitely [...]
For this week’s Illustration Friday theme, Refresh!
I’m working on keeping it simple. One strategy is to get the colour doing more of the work. In this case, trying to let the colours set the mood and keeping the drawing very simple. I am usually a lot happier with my work when I create the colours [...]