#OneWeek100People2017: Day ONE

That’s the challenge issued by Urban Sketchers, Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel. It’s designed to get us out there to exercise our sketching muscles, have fun and try and drop any notion of good or bad, success or failure in any given drawing. It’s meant to encourage us to just let go and rediscover the joy…

Quick Sketching at the Opera

Yesterday I sat in on a dress rehearsal of the comic opera, Ruddigore, also known as The Witch’s Curse, by Gilbert and Sullivan.  This, being performed by The Lakeshore Light Opera, who donates proceeds from their performances to charity.  They placed a call out to sketchers on the Urban Sketchers Montreal facebook page, an invitation to come sketch,…

Urban Sketching, A Creative Lifestyle

When something becomes that thing that you do to decompress, to “get away”, to shift gears and re-center, you know you’ve adopted it as part of your lifestyle. At least, I feel, at this point, I have. Do you have a desire to adopt a regular creative practice this year? Try sketching your surroundings. Try…

school party treats

Little Marshmallow Penguins

In the maker spirit of this combined (art and maker) blog here’s my rendition of a pin that came across my path on pinterest the other day right around the time I was having small anxiety attacks over having to make a whack of cupcakes to send with my son to school for his birthday….

New Shop

It won’t be long before shopping season is upon us. I’ve added a shop tab to my site – a place you can check out my recent illustrations and designs and purchase some of them as prints, on products like throw pillows, tote bags and even dresses and yoga leggings. As always, as an independent…

Award Winning Chocolate

Behind the Scenes with PALETTE DE BINE

My family and I made our way up to Mont Tremblant this past spring. We hadn’t yet been very far north in this new-to-us home province, and Tremblant is sort of like Quebec’s Whistler, I figured, so it was worth a drive up. We went to take in the sights, mostly and not to ski. We could have…

Urban Sketching at an 18th Century Market

One of the many things I love about Montreal is the yearly Pointe-à-Callière New France 18th Century Market. It is great – so fun loving and historical. There are people scattered all over the place decked out in 18th century clothing, from soldiers, to magistrates, to peasants and farmers, to common thieves and pirates. There was just…