Woman at Peel métro station, Montréal

Watercolour: Woman at Peel métro station

Watercolour: Woman at Peel métro station

Pencil, Lamy Vista fountain pen with Borealis Black Noodler’s Ink, and watercolour in a 5 ¾ × 8 ¾″ Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook. From a reference photo I took in March, 2015.

Roughed-in pencil sketch

Roughed-in pencil sketch

Before starting the watercolour in my sketchbook, I did a small sketch of the woman who is the subject of the painting — it was her impassive expression as she watched me photographing the people on the platform that lead me to want to do this piece. It’s only 1 cm across, but it captures her expression better than the watercolour sketch (where her face is much smaller). This was done on a scrap of paper that I’ll undoubtedly lose track of…

Woman at Peel

Woman at Peel

Rue Saint-Denis @ Cherrier, Montréal, Québec

Saint-Denis at Cherrier, 2015

Watercolour sketch: Saint-Denis at Cherrier, 2015


Sketched from reference photos I took on a week-long visit to Montréal in March, 2015.

The bright, mustardy yellow insulation exposed between the buildings was very striking, especially in the sunlight.

When I got home I discovered that Marc Taro Holmes had sketched buildings across the street from this in his then–recently-released The Urban Sketcher, (urbansketchers.org review) which was fun.

Pencil and Carbonpen fountain pen on 5 ¾ × 8 ¾″ Stillman & Birn Gamma (150 gsm ivory paper).

Houses with Kubota tractor

watercolour sketch of houses along highway 935 in Wood Point, outside Sackville

Watercolour sketch of houses along highway 935 in Wood Point, outside Sackville, New Brunswick

Series of shots of this work in progress; pencil, Carbon fountain pen, watercolour, in 8 ¼ × 3 ½″ Global Art Materials trav•e•logue hand•book. Had to include the Kubota tractor.

Some pencil studies in a Moleskine drawing pad before starting the watercolour. The tractor is much bigger here than in the painting.

Some pencil studies in a Moleskine

Rough, quick pencil studies in a Moleskine

Colville House

Watercolour sketch of Colville House

Watercolour sketch of Colville House

A watercolour sketch — pencil begun in situ, completed in studio — of Alex Colville’s home in Sackville, New Brunswick, now preserved as part of the Mount Allison University campus as Colville House.

Roughed-in plein air sketch of Colville House

Roughed-in plein air sketch of Colville House

Pencil, Carbon fountain pen, and watercolour in 9 ¼ × 6 ¼″ Stillman & Birn Alpha (150 gsm) white sketchbook.

Ultramarine watercolour swatches

Winsor & Newton vs. Daniel Smith ultramarine swatches over a sketch of Struts Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick

Winsor & Newton vs. Daniel Smith ultramarine swatches over a sketch of Struts Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick

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

This started out unusually — I did the pen-and-ink sketch directly, without any pencil drawing, or even any real plan.

Waterside, NB — pen-and-ink sketch

Waterside, NB — pen-and-ink sketch

Watercolour sketch of houses in Waterside, New Brunswick

A watercolour sketch of the same houses from the same reference photo.

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 view.