Monday, July 27, 2015

Jean Talon market

I missed the Urban Sketchers meeting at the Jean Talon market so I went there by myself and sketched a maple syrup vendor. In the rain ....And yes, it was Canada Day. It took that long to post - I am busy at work, travelling more for business, more tired and so on...a lot less time for sketching than before when it was rare anyway...

Sunday, July 26, 2015


I was in a coffee shop in the St-Henri neighborhood and decided to sketch the view from the where I was seated. the funny thing is that I had lamp post right in front of me and it obstructed the view a bit - this never occurred to me until I was done and it was useless to move away!

Pen and watercolor pencils.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cactus pears

I bought these out of curiosity of course. And they were on special. I loved the mix of green and purple in their skin. In retrospect, I should have cut one up and draw the purple flesh as well. I wrote down how i mixed the paint to see which approach I liked best. I have not decided yet ....

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Art Tutor tip

Every now and then I get an email from the Art Tutor. This time it was a short tutorial about painting trees and I could not help but try it.
I am quite pleased with the results. What I like most is that there is no green in these sketches - only yellows, blues and some earth colors. Now if only I find a way to paint the foliage and I am done with the greenery :) Of course, i also have to remember to use this method in the field. I recently sketched a tree using this method and I forgot the branches!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Balboa Park

I spent almost a whole day in the park, at the Spanish village and just walking  around. The buildings however proved to be a mega-challenge to sketch with all the intricacies of the decorations.

Friday, June 12, 2015

San Siego

My new job and schedule make it even harder to sketch every day. I went to San Diego for business and I managed to squeeze in few sketches right before the rain started. I was under dressed (it is California after all ... and I assumed it must also be hot) and one of the days I was there it rained cats and dogs. I was so cold I did not go anywhere. These are the rainy sketches:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

In the air

I got so bored on my flight to San Diego that I started sketching hands - left and right. 6 of them in total. See if you can find them here: