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Ultramarine watercolour swatches

Updated 2017-02-08. Winsor & Newton’s French Ultramarine (PB29) next to a swatch of Daniel Smith’s Ultramarine (PB29). The sketch of the parking lot behind Struts Gallery has had a wash of the Winsor & Newton French Ultramarine applied. Very little granulation. Earlier versions of this sketch in progress.

Waterside houses

Updated 2020-03-05. This started out unusually — I did the pen-and-ink sketch directly, without any pencil drawing, or even any real plan. Watercolour sketch of houses in Waterside, New Brunswick, from reference photos I took in August, 2016. On 9 ¼ × 6 ¼″ Stillman & Birn Alpha (white/150 gsm) hard-bound sketchbook. I later did another of the same… Read more »

Sawmill Creek covered bridge, Hopewell

Updated 2017-02-08. Plein air sketch using pencil, Carbon & Lamy fountain pens (with carbon ink and Noodler’s Ink Borealis Black ink), and Copic markers in a 9 ¼ × 6 ¼″ Stillman & Birn Alpha (150 gsm) white sketchbook. The bridge was built in 1905, and sits unused alongside Route 114 between Riverview and Alma, New Brunswick.

Light station at Cape Enrage

Updated 2017-02-08. Plein air sketch of the light station (light house) at Cape Enrage (

Slack’s Cove, Rockport

Updated 2017-02-08. Quick plein air pencil sketch made as the tide was coming in at Slack’s Cove, in Rockport, New Brunswick. 9 ¼ × 6 ¼″ Stillman & Birn Alpha (150 gsm) white sketchbook.

Mount Oberlin, Montana

Updated 2017-02-08. Plein air pencil and Copic marker sketch of majestic Mount Oberlin, on the Going-to-the-sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Amazing how quickly the light changes in the mountains. First sketch in my new 9 ¼ × 6 ¼″ Stillman & Birn Alpha (150 gsm) white sketchbook, bought in Calgary, Alberta.