Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Another Marble

This is drawn with colour pencils on
Stonehenge Paper.
Stonehenge paper has some marvelous
qualities for use with both graphite and colour

Monday, December 28, 2009

Morrigan in Sunshine

This is my second rendering of the same little granddaughter, Morrigan,
standing in the sunshine near my pond in
the summer time. Don't worry, my
grandkids may only come to the pond
with me practically breathing down
their necks to make sure they don't
fall in!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Old Stone Mill

A pencil version of a mill I've often
depicted in paint.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Leaping Frog

Another image that is available for
download on several Stock Photo

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tulip in Pencil

I'm not thinking Spring, but just decided
to draw this tulip as part of my portfolio
on, a place where
businesses buy stock photos. It's a fun
place to sell my illustrations!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Rio Running, #2

Another drawing of Reuben and Karina's
stallion, Rio, running.
The photos of Rio that I use
(with permission) for
reference have been taken by
Amie Brown. She's a great

Friday, December 4, 2009

Rio Running

This is Rio, a stallion owned by my son
and his wife (

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Jack Russell Puppy


This is another ACEO; it's listed on Ebay,
along with a number of others...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Goldfinch ACEO


This is one of several bird drawings I
have been doing and posting on Ebay.
This is an ACEO, drawn with pencil
on Strathmore Bristol Smooth.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Horse Portrait

This drawing barely fit into my scanner, so
I had to do crop it closely. In reality it's
drawn on a large paper, with lots of white
area surrounding the portrait.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Winter Evening


I got my oil pastels out again to create
this scene of horses outside on a snowy
evening. I've been creating some
Christmas cards using this scene.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Foal In Snow


I was in the mood to create a scene with snow
in it, so I got out my colour pencils and
created this scene of a young foal standing
in a snowy pasture as late afternoon turns
to dusk.

Friday, October 30, 2009

ACEO: Horse

I think this is the 7th ACEO of a horse
I've managed to complete in the last
week.....I'm having fun!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Another ACEO........guess I'm back to
creating these little guys again, at least
for now!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Little Black Shoes in Pencil

A pencil version of the the little black
shoes which I painted in oils a
while back...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

ACEO: Horse

I thought my ACEO stage was pretty much over
but got the urge again when I saw the cutest
little package of pre-cut drawing paper at
the art store yesterday! The package had
a miniature cover which was an exact
replica of the real drawing pad cover.
Of course I had to buy it!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blonde and Beautiful

I don't know if "blonde" is a word that
can describe a horse, but that's how
I think of this one!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baby Long Legs

This little guy has a lot of leg to contend
with when he wants to lie down
and get comfortable!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Andre At Six

This is a portrait of my oldest grandchild, Andre,
when he was six years old. He's now a big lad
of fifteen and a half, and still has the gentle
personality evident here!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cherry Duo

I always look twice when I see pictures of
cherries or find them in the store. I love
their shape and their rich color, and
it's fun to try and capture that even
with simple graphite...

Monday, October 12, 2009

At The Auction

Here is the finished drawing. Unfortunately,
it doesn't fit in my scanner, so both the top and the
bottom had to be cropped in this image!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Work In Progress

I don't usually post WIP's, but now that I'm planning
to spend more time working on detail in my pencil
drawings, I thought it might be fun to do that.
This one didn't fit in my scanner, so you don't
see that he actually has feet and will be standing on some
grass. I took this photo at a farm auction and plan
to call this one "At the Auction".

Friday, October 9, 2009

Morning Treat

Just a simple drawing of a mug with coffee.
I'm starting on a much more ambitious
drawing today and hope I'll be able to
post it before too long. I'm going for
the hyper-realism effect so I'll be needing
lots of patience!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Luke in Pencil

I'm striving for greater detail in my portraits; this is a first attempt at trying to obtain realistic
texture with the use of pencils alone and not
using any blending tools. Okay, so I cheated a
bit on this one, but I'll keep persevering.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ostrich Head in Pencil

God must have enjoyed creating
these big birds with their adorable faces!
I have a neighbour who raises
ostriches on his farm.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Riding Bareback No. 4

For those who are interested in such
things, I used the Strathmore Bristol
vellum, and not the smooth this time.
I find I liked using it much more than I
thought I would.....

Thursday, September 24, 2009

At The Fence

How many young girls haven't stood longingly
at a fence gazing at a beautiful horse?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rooster in Pencil

A proud rooster struts his stuff. He used
to belong to my son, Luke, and his family, but
I'm not sure what became of him. I fear he
met a violent end....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Riding Bareback No. 3

Another horse/girl illustration.
I'm discovering that I love
drawing horses as much as I love
drawing people!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A second illustration of a girl on a
horse for my friend Martha who is writing
some awesome children's books!
Although granddaughter Nikki did
the posing, the girl in the drawing
ended up looking both shorter
and younger.

Nikki On A Horse

My granddaugher Nikki poses
on horseback for some
illustrations I'm creating for her
other grandmother.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Commissioned Work

This is a portrait of my dear friend Grace
and her husband Jerry. The drawing
was commissioned by their daughter
Marcee, in honour of their 35th
wedding anniversary.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bright Red Tomato

This is a bright red tomato from my
daughter's garden. I drew it with
Colour Pencils on Colourfix Paper.
It measures 4.5" by 4.5".

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eggs Again

Guess I still haven't gotten drawing eggs
out of my system! These have been
created with colour pencil, but I had to
use some oil pastel on the yolks, since
I couldn't get the yellows I wanted with
the pencils.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hamster With Marbles


This guy looks a tad guilty at having been
caught playing with the marbles.....
Done with Colour Pencil on Colourfix

Friday, August 28, 2009

Hamster With A Trumpet


Thought it might be fun to do a series of
hamsters with different objects. This
little guy is about to head off to the
Christmas Concert to play his trumpet.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hamster With An Apple

I'm creating a few more images of
hamsters; they're such cute little
critters and it's fun putting props
with them, like this big, shiny

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I bought some cherries last night, mostly
with a view to drawing them, but
ended up really enjoying the taste
of them when the sketch was done.
Brought back lots of memories
of my first summer job as a cherry
picker, at age 12.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Basic Drawing Workshop

There's still room if you'd like to
come to this workshop!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Leah On A Rock

My granddaughter Leah sits on a rock
in the St. Lawrence River during a weekend
of camping with our church.
I took many photos, so I hope
to follow up with lots of pencil
renditions of the subjects I

Friday, August 7, 2009

Morrigan In Sunshine

This portrait of my granddaughter
Morrigan was done on Stonehenge Paper.
The paper was too large for my scanner, so
I couldn't get as good an image of it
as I would have liked to....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I used Stonehenge paper for this drawing
instead of my usual Strathmore Bristol
Smooth. I think I know now why so many
other pencil artists use this surface and I'll
probably run to the art store to get some

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Stallion

I love drawing all the wondrous
shapes and textures that make
up a horse! This drawing is
based on a photograph taken
by Amie Brown.