Filed under work-in-progress:

Rue Saint-Denis @ Cherrier, Montréal, Québec

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,… Read more »

Houses with Kubota tractor

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.

Ultramarine watercolour swatches

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.

Canterbury Street, Saint John

From a series of reference photos I took in 2015. Pencil, Carbon fountain pen, Pigma Micron brush pen, and watercolour in 5 ¾ × 8 ¾″ Stillman & Birn Gamma (150 gsm) ivory paper. Blocked-in in pencil.

Parking lot behind Struts Gallery

I roughed this sketch in with pencil, then moved to a Carbon fountain pen, and a Pigma Micron brush pen. 5 ¾ × 8 ¾″ Stillman & Birn Gamma (150 gsm ivory paper) Cars are challenging. I used this sketch as a guinea-pig for some pigment-testing later.

Abandoned house between Mount Uniake & Hall’s Hill

This little watercolour — on Arches 140-lb. cold pressed paper, about 4 × 3″ — was made for The Sweetest Little Thing, 2015. The house itself is unoccupied and in considerably worse shape than depicted. In a private collection.