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Art on the Boardwalk Show

It was a quiet but successful day at the Langdon Art on the Boardwalk art show.  I was able to meet some other local artists, which was great.  My art seemed to be well received; also great.  I even sold two pieces.  Excellent!

I was stoked to see all of the artists’ phenomenal work.  I had already seen many of the pieces on the local artist’s Facebook page, but seeing them in person was SO much better.  I am looking forward to many more shows to come.


The Fieldhouse: Acrylic Ink

Below is the final image for my rural scenery drawing of the fieldhouse and skatepark in Langdon, Alberta.

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I am thrilled to have finished it in time for my first art show since high school (Art on the Boardwalk Show: Langdon Alberta) this weekend.  Whether good or bad, I am looking forward to some feedback on the pieces I have selected for the show.

The Fieldhouse

I have discovered a new style and medium that I am obsessed with:  Urban/rural scene drawing in ink (in this case acrylic ink).

I had no idea where this drawing was going to go when I started out.  My first idea was to do the whole scene in black and white ink.

Upon consideration, the bright red of the buildings were just too vivid to do in black and white.

Once I coloured the buildings, I loved how the colours popped and thought to myself, I wonder what the rest would look like in colour.  I coloured the rest of the image, except for the sky.  Up until this point, I had been using dip pens with the ink, and had no idea how I would use a dip pen to create a sky.

I debated leaving the sky white…then an idea struck.  I got out the ole finger-painting kit (not an actual kit, just my fingers) and dabbed on a sky.  I am thrilled at the outcome.  It may be one of my favorite pieces to date.

I can wait to do more in this style.

Materials used:

  • Daler-Rowney FW acrylic inks
  • Speedball nibs
  • Hunt nibs
  • Daler-Rowney drawing paper (I am continually impressed how well this paper holds up)

Reference photo:fieldhouse and skatepark.jpg

Prairie Elevator: Oil Pastel

Where has the time gone!  I finished this one about a month ago and finally got around to framing it.

I really love the bright colours and am liking the composition.  I debated composing it in landscape orientation, but am happy with how it turned out in portrait orientation.



  • Grumbacher oil pastels (set of 32)
  • Canson bristol paper 9″x12″
  • Spectrafix fixative

The reference photo is courtesy of Trudi Olfert from PaintMyPhoto.

Below is my scrap paper with some experimental scribbles and colour tests.


Early Morning Sky: Pastel

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Now that the weather is starting to warm up in Alberta, Canada, I have been taking my baby on longer walks.  I always take my phone with me, just in case there is something that captures my interest and I would like it as a reference photo for later.  Eventually, I would love to be able to sketch or paint en plein air when out and about, but my baby has little patience for sitting still when there is so much to see.

One thing I love about living on the prairies, are the magnificent prairie skys.  I tried to capture one such sky in the drawing as seen in the picture above, but you really have to see them to believe them.

This piece was completed on Canson XL mixed media paper, using Grumbacher oil pastels and Holbein oil pastels.  The finer details of the trees were drawn using Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencils.  Some Spectrafix workable fixative was used between layers.  My name was etched using a pen lid (high tech stuff)!

I hope you enjoy.

Crossroads in the Autumn

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love working with coloured pencils.  I love the rich colours.  I love that there are no odours as I am very sensitive to them and get headaches from them.  And above all,  I love not having to clean brushes.  I hate cleaning brushes.

Last fall, I took a bunch of photographs and decided to start some illustrations.

Here is my reference photo:


“Crossroads in the Autumn” reference photo.

I drew an outline of the photo (freehand) and began working on the sky.  I outlined the illustration using a size 05 brown Micron pen and then used Derwent Coloursoft (tin of 26) for the rest of the project.


Outlined with the Micron pen and starting in with the coloured pencil.

Towards the end, I began to run out of tooth on the paper.  The pencil, kicked and screamed, threw a huge tantrum and refused to lay down on the paper!  Fortunately, I had recently watched a Lahri Fine Art video on YouTube and Lisa Clough (“the artist behind Lachri Fine Art) used a texture fixative to “add more tooth” to the paper.

I remembered that I had bought a fixative a long time ago when I first started to dabble with pastels.  I grabbed it from the back of a shelf. Sure enough it was a workable fixative and just what I needed.  I tested it out and was amazed how much more life it gave to the paper.  I was worried that it would ruin the paper, or alter the colours or streak or clump or otherwise ruin the illustration; it didn’t.  It is my new favorite art supply.


I love when I find uses for long lost items in my stash.  Hip Hip Hurray for hoarding.

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