Friday, 8 October 2010

It's a doozie!

Outrageously expensive and completely over the top in every aspect, the 1933 Duesenberg “Twenty Grand” was an extravagant mode of transportation during the Great Depression.

(Colour pencil on black illustration board – 20cm x 38cm)

Monday, 27 September 2010

Friday, 6 August 2010

Les Amants

(Pastels d'huille sur papier - 23cm x 23cm)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Monday, 26 July 2010

Bell and keys.

(Oil pastels on paper - 23cm x 30cm)

Monday, 12 July 2010

La Bénédiction

(Pastels d'huille sur papier - 23cm x 30cm) 

Friday, 9 July 2010

Nodal polychromal.

(Oil pastel on paper - 23cm x 30cm)

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Giant yield.

Here we see Farmer Tom wondering whether he applied a little too much fertilizer to his tomato crop this year.
My contribution to this week’s Illustration Friday theme’ “Giant”.

(Oil pastels on paper – 23cm x 30cm)

Monday, 28 June 2010

Orbital brood.

Here's my contribution to this week's Illustration Friday theme, "satellite".

I recently unearthed an old set of oil pastels. They were languishing at the back of a bottom drawer in my studio. I'm not sure why, but I hadn't used the pastels for years. For the past couple of weeks, I've been playing around with them and having piles of fun. I'm really enjoying their soft texture, intense colour, and painterly look.

(Oil pastels on paper - 23cm x 30cm)

Friday, 25 June 2010

Curve appeal.

I'm not really a car guy, but I have always loved the lines of the very sexy XK-120. Built at a time when cars were designed by artists, not computers!
(Oil pastel on paper - 23cm x 30cm)

Monday, 21 June 2010

Ascent to glory.

A rough impression of the climb up Skellig Michael, with Little Skellig and the Kerry coast in the background.
(Oil pastels on paper - 23cm x 30cm)

Friday, 18 June 2010

Kerry cows.

A very good source for milk and double cream.
My submission to this week's Illustration Friday theme "Double".

(Oil pastels on paper - 23cm x 30cm)

Monday, 14 June 2010

Skellig interior.

Drawn after a recent trip to the incredible island of Skellig Michael, off the coast of southwest Ireland.
(Oil pastels on paper – 23cm x 30cm)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Evening flight.

(Oil pastels on paper - 23cm x 30cm)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Nuit inquiète.

(Pastels d'huille sur papier - 23cm x 30cm)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Dans le jardin de l'Auberge du Mange Grenouille.

Voici un croquis du jardin de la fabuleuse Auberge du Mange Grenouille dans le village de Bic, Québec.
(Pastels d'huille sur papier d’Arches – 23cm x 31cm)

Thursday, 29 April 2010

An afternoon in the backyard.

Here’s a quick little sketch from the back porch.
(watercolour and pencil on watercolour pad – 20.5cm x 14cm)

Monday, 29 March 2010


Yes, yes, I know - this is a really really bad pun! But dinosaurs need Baywatch too.
My effort for this week’s Illustration Friday theme “rescue”.
I hope you are all having a great week!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

In a forgotten corner...

...deep at the back of the fridge, lurks a long expired container of yogurt.
This is my take on this week’s Illustration Friday theme “expired”.
(acrylics, coloured pencils, ink on Arches HP paper – 21cm x 27cm)
Click on the image to get a better look.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Dance of the faery princess.

Here’s a painting I’ve just finished. It’s of one of my nieces. Originally I painted the background with iridescent metallic colours in a quasi-Klimt style. Unfortunately, the background became too busy and completely overwhelmed the foreground. All the depth was lost. So, I decided to repaint the background and add a subtle reflection. I think the result is better this way.
(Acrylics on canvas – 40.5cm x 51cm)

Friday, 5 March 2010

Realm of the Quilter Queen.

Let's see what's happening in the ol' sketchbook these days.

(pen and ink on Moleskine sketchbook - 21cm x 26cm)

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Early spring evening at Saanich Inlet.

Today I thought I would push a bit of paint around with a palette knife - something I haven't tried before.
This is my attempt to recreate the mood of a cloudscape I saw a few days ago during one of my walks. I think it turned out a little Turner-esque, don't you?

(acrylics on canvas - 30cm x 30cm)

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Portal

Presently, I’m taking a course in figure drawing (gesture and structure). Our homework for this week is to create “a large scale figural/’antifigural’ composition using collage as a working method”. We were asked to cut and/or tear up the drawings we did in class. The pieces are then used to either “recreate a figure pose from memory, or invent something new that stretches the limits of a recognizable figure”.
So here’s the result. Mixing collage and drawing is soooo much fun! I’m really looking forward to my next class, yippee!

(charcoal, conte crayon, matte board, torn paper - 56cm x 76cm)

Monday, 15 February 2010

2 minute sketches.

I recently participated in a life drawing class. Here’s a series of charcoal sketches I did during one of our drawing exercises. In this exercise the model changed her position every 2 minutes. This gave us just enough time to convey the most important information. Great for loosening up the hand and sharpening the eye!
(charcoal on 45cm x 61cm paper)

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


Focused and reflective – ma conjointe as I often see her.
(Acrylics on canvas - 30.5cm x 40.5cm)
Click on the image to enlarge.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

A box...

...that sometimes confines and suffocates my creativity.
My take on this week’s Illustration Friday theme “Confined”.
Apparently, my creativity is also confined to dancing badly! Can you spot my silly mistake? (the revised version is below)
I hope you're all having a great start to the new year!
(Acrylics on Arches 140lb. hot pressed paper - 24cm x 24cm)
Click on the image to enlarge.

A little photoshopping has solved the problem.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

D'amour et fureur.

Greetings to everyone, et salutations à tous mes amis à ville de Québec!
Finally, I'm back after a long absence from the web and from Illustration Fridays.
I don't normally do abstracts, so this painting is a renewal of sorts. It's a renewal of endeavour and focus, and was a great way to spend some of the Xmas holidays.
(Acrylics on canvas - 122cm x 92cm)