Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Small Diversion - North Shore Celtic Ensemble Concerts

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble has been a big part of our lives for the past number of years. My daughter has played her fiddle with the group since she was in grade 5. She is now in her final year and we are also celebrating the 15th anniversary of the NSCE with the launch or our new logo. The poster design is based on our new logo and we just love it.

If you are in this quadrant of the globe in late November, come to the concerts and help us celebrate this amazing group. 

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inspiration Melanie Reim Style

Waiting in the ferry line in the rain.

I signed up for another unit of Danny Gregory and Koosje Koone's online Sketchbook Skool. The theme this time is storytelling. Each of the 6 instructors talks about and shows their style and take on this theme. This week's instructor was Melanie Reim, a New York artist/illustrator from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I found her crazy lines and flowing attitude to drawing very appealing. She is particularly interested in people, gesture and communicating stories in lively places where no one stands still! So in the spirit of line and people, I gave it a whirl. 

Brigit relaxes with a book by the fire.

Humans on the beach…..
….and surfers

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tree Peony Pods

I can see from the file where I keep the scans of my drawings that I am fairly obsessed with tree peony pods. I have lots of variations on this theme. It is something about those super shiny, grape sized black seeds emerging from the split in the pod that I find fascinating. At first, the pods are soft, fuzzy and green, but as they dry, they go through various colour changes, from green to yellow to red to brown and finally to a hard crusty black. I just love them.