Shamrock Shake At Home

My husband has a story from his childhood about one fateful March day when he hopped on his bmx bike at his rural suburban home, with just enough money in his pocket, and cycled an hour in the pissing rain to the nearest McDonalds to buy a much desired Shamrock Shake. He spent all of…

Sketching Montreal at Winter’s End

I’ve been out and about sketching a bit. Winter is dripping away and soon the warmer weather will rule the days. Then I will be able to sketch outdoors, not just from the warmth of my car. The above is a home on Querbes Ave in Outremont. A garage on Fairmount Ave.

Patterns Inspired by a Canadian Winter

I know in some places, the beginning of March is warm and holds all the promises of glorious spring, but here in Montreal it is still white and frigid and though the sun shines, it seems content to delay the the burst of life that comes with a warmer season.  I think mostly, we’re okay…

Marble the Frames of Your Glasses

I got this cute pair of glasses via Clearly Contacts. When they arrived I tried them on and I was undecided about how I felt about them on my face.  Fun, but did I like that they were there, but not? So elusive feeling. The clear frames didn’t have the “presence” of darker ones. It…

Self Sabotage and Finding Focus

Growing up as a creative kid with very hands-on, project oriented, DIY parents, I’ve had many moments of looking at things in shops, or in magazines, or catalogues, or noticing an accessory or fetching outfit on someone passing me by, and thought: I could make that. And sure, a lot of the time I didn’t make…

Patterns

I think I’m falling in love with pattern design. I’ve tried a few with only digital techniques, and that’s a lot of fun. Like these two (inspired by my west coast roots, and a design project I recently did for a Vancouver Island blogger): Arbutus trees with wintery ocean colours … And whales and hearts….

Mile End and St Ambroise

This past week I worked at a few different locations – ones I visit often due to errands and running children about. This is one of my all time favorite buildings in Montreal. Abandoned in 1989, it’s the old Canadian Malting Factory, built in 1904.  I worried that it was on the verge of being…

Around Montreal

In my effort to sketch daily and build watercolour skills, I’m filling my wee watercolour sketch book quite nicely. I don’t always get a completed painting done each day, but perhaps a sketch one day and the painting the next. Sometimes I’ll do multiple in one day – whatever the day allows. The above is…

Designing a Vehicle Wrap Part 2

  This is the finishing steps from a looong time ago (see Part 1) to fine tuning and file preparation before sending the file to the printers. I apologize for the delay. We adjusted the design to minimize vinyl which meant removing the white from the back end. After receiving thumbs up on the mock up…

The Frozen Lachine Canal

I went cross country skiing along the Lachine Canal last week. I didn’t stop to sketch (it was too cold) but I managed to snap a few photos. This sketch was done at home in my tiny homemade watercolour book.