Sunday, May 22, 2011

More from Matheson Lake

Mourning the laptop

It's dead, Jim.
I've resurrected my old desktop (which is still running XP) but Photoshop is corrupt and I do not feel like a) finding the disks and b) uninstalling and reinstalling. I did manage to fix up a few of my shots from hiking around Matheson Lake with Bean yesterday, and scanned in a little something before my laptop shuffled off this mortal coil.
So here's a quickie pencil sketch of my favourite piece of clothing ever: the awesome shoes of awesomeness (which sometimes squeak). They have taken me to some amazing places and saved my feet from maiming when I had to move house.

And here are the shots from around Matheson Lake trail.

Monday, May 16, 2011

More hiking with Bean

I took Bean to Witty's Lagoon and brought the Nikon again. I'm going to use some of these as painting inspiration.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My thoughts are elsewhere...

My thoughts are with Patti right now who's going through a tough time. I hate when people I care about are dealing with tough things and I can't do anything about it. So after our studio visit I kept my hands busy painting with gouache. I was inspired by Roz Stendahl who's leading the latest online workshop by Strathmore.
Jeannette - sketched with brush and ink, painted with gouache and finished with pencil crayons. Background is acrylic and some tissue scraps    .
And for something light, here are some more shots of Bean on the trail yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some more. It will have been two weeks since he tried to pierce his own tongue, so I might try that beach again. Just to see what it's like without the horror-filled climb back up!
Bean hates being posed for photos. So I do it to him a lot.
Oh all right, you can go.
Wait... waaaaaait...

Okay go!
Everyone send some good thoughts over Patti's way, she's in need of them.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I was given this link: English Russia and fell in love with the faces. I've been sketching them a lot, and these two turned out well enough that I coloured them a bit.
Today I took Bean and my Nikon D70 to Gowlland Tod again and tried out the Rowntree Loop before going back and hitting the Ridge Top Trail to Holmes Peak. I usually take my little point'n'shoot because the Nikon is so damned heavy. The difference in picture quality is rather noticeable, though