14 May 2016

Caw-cawphonous Chorus

Triptych in watercolour and ink, 90" x 22" (2290 x 560)

Attempted this larger than usual illustration project - a triptych seemed like a good way to capture a scene of birds on a wire.

24 April 2016


Pen and Ink

Spring arrives on the West Coast when I smell laurels and cherry blossoms.  Growing up on the prairies, it was the smell of lilacs that signaled Spring.  This quick doodle was an experiment with poured ink, then drawing on top with white and black ink pens.

17 March 2016


woodcut print

Happy St Patrick's Day!  This woodcut print just happens to be green.  An earlier version had a yellow background instead of green.

Relief printing was the last of three techniques that we learned.  Carving is strangely calming.  The sound of the tool against the wood might be part of it.  Below is the woodcut block.

woodcut block

rejected prints = placemats

The woodcut I made was a rather crude novice attempt.  To see fine woodcut work, look at the hummingbird that our instructor carved for the Calliope wine label.

12 March 2016


litho print

The second printmaking technique that we learned was lithography, or "writing on stone."  It is based water's resistance to oil. In our introduction to this process, we used Pronto plates and Sharpies.  Pronto plates are a lot lighter than lithography stones.

WiP - Pronto plate and Sharpie

2 March 2016

Again, Intaglio

Drypoint Intaglio

This was my first drypoint print.  Subsequent versions, where the river was darkened, are less satisfactory.

29 February 2016


Drypoint Intaglio

I'm in a class where we are learning three different forms of printmaking.  This week was drypoint intaglio where we carved into a plexiglass plate, rubbed ink across the surface, wiped off excess ink, then printed onto paper with a press.  The resulting image is almost always a surprise, with no two images ever exactly alike.  The feathering of ink around the edges of lines is an appealing aspect of this method.

WiP - sketch

WiP - carved plexiglass

More about our instructor,Shin Minegishi, here

11 February 2016

Be Stellar

white ink and paper collage on Kraft Stonehenge

I bought my first pair of Fluevogs for a good cause last Autumn.  Since then, I have been getting regular e-mails from Fluevog Shoes, including contest information to design a shoe advert.  Well, why not?

The Design Brief:
As he does on many occasions, John looked to the stars for inspiration in creating the new Wonders Lyra. Connect the dots right and you’ll realize the shoe takes its name from a small but ancient constellation found in the night sky. An understated thing of beauty, the single-eyelet lace up Lyra plays with curved lines and brogue detailing to bring your feet to life! You are a natural Wonder.

Work in progress shots:
indigo watercolour and salt


shoe pieces cut out and ready to collage

View all the submissions here