Perth Kilt Run 2017

 The Perth Kilt Run 2017 is happening I believe, around end of June. I’m pleased that one of my paintings is being used as a backdrop for the event for their “All Things Maple” theme. The image below is a sample of what will be on the runners shirts with their number and name.PWRKR_2017_BibMaple1_M-C

Tripod Easel part 2

Back in December I posted my tripod experiment for an upcoming watercolour workshop. I said I would post a follow up on how the easel performed.

It was very successful for that workshop but I wanted to make it more portable with less pieces to put together.

So here is what I did. I cut down the platform that attaches to the tripod so it would fit onto my sketch folder for carrying. Now I can open my sketch folder and clip to the platform. I eliminated the tray for holding my paints and water. I can now just clip the watercolour tray on to my open sketch folder as shown in photos. I can also clip a water cup. It’s so much more portable now.


This was the first prototype.

These are photos of my final (maybe) design.

Daytripping Newspaper

If you haven’t heard of  Daytripping, you’re missing a wonderful reading experience. I’ve been associated with this newspaper for many years and have been privileged to have many of my paintings on their front cover including this Spring issue.

It is chock full of tourist information covering southwestern Ontario and very interesting and humorous articles.

You can pick up a copy from over 1000 locations and it’s free.

Daytripping spring 2017



St. Jacobs Antique Market

Spent Sunday afternoon at the St. Jacobs Antique Market with Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region. Great turn out! So much to sketch! I used graphite on two and brown ink on the watercolour. I added the watercolour at home and then sketched in ink, no bleeding…I’m learning.

Town Hall Redone

You may remember this from a week ago when I spritzed water on my sketch, not realizing that the ink was not permanent? Big oops!

Well, I attempted to save it by redoing the lines I lost. I think it came out alright…I couldn’t resist adding more detail though.

Actually, I think I’ll add a splash of colour to the paper next time, before I start a sketch. I like the results. It may help me to loosen up a bit. We’ll see.

Cambridge Farmers Market, circa 1930’s

I sketched this market from a pamphlet I picked up when Alan Norsworthy and I sketched downtown Galt, Ontario, Canada, last week.

I wanted to practice using a water soluble ink brush with watercolour. I screwed up a sketch when I spritzed water on my drawing last week, not realizing the ink was not permanent.

Videos I watched showed that you can work with these inks…so here is my attempted to master this medium.

I used a Faber-Castell  Pitt artist pen, Sakura watercolour brush, Tombow water soluble brush and gouache.



Sketching in Cambridge (Galt)

Joined Alan today to sketch old buildings in Cambridge (Galt). Met up at the Melville Cafe at 9:30 and got some hot drinks because it was COLD. But in spite of the cold we persevered and stood in the entrance ways of stores to get out of the wind and sketched for 4 hours.

I’m trying to loosen up my drawing and to be quicker like Alan, but I still get bogged down with detail.

I was really pleased with the one sketch I did with blue ink of the old town hall. Directly went to ink…no pre drawing with pencil and it worked…until I added water. I forgot the ink was water soluble. Interesting results.