Sunday, August 30, 2015

Breaking In a New Sketchbook

Acrylic Ink
Fabriano Sketchbook, 8.5" x 11"

I had the absurd(?) idea that I want to work a little bigger, so I bought an 8.5" x 11" sketchbook.  Whenever I get a new book, I test out some materials on the first page.  This allows me to see how the paper reacts to various media:

I like the paper, but the jury is still out on the new size.  It certainly is nice to have options, though!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Drawing on Book Pages

Black Eyed Susans
Artist Trading Card
Uni-ball Pen and Prismacolor Pencils

I had the urge to draw on book pages.  I keep handy a stack of various kinds of card stock cut to ATC size, and this was what was handiest.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Garry Oak and the Trembling Aspen

Handmade Journal
5.5" x 8.5"

I didn't know that the Garry Oak is now a bit rare in Vancouver.  (Of course I'd never heard of the Garry Oak a month ago LOL).  I found one at Queen Elizabeth Park, and UBC Botanical Garden now has a "Garry Oak Meadow" of newly planted trees.

By the pond in the native garden at UBC, I heard a beautiful whisper and looked up to see leaves rustling in the wind.  I had found a trembling aspen by sound - a magical moment.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Drawing and Seeing

I doubt that I would have noticed the odd trunk formations on the maple trees around me if I hadn't sat down to draw them.  Drawing has definitely improved my seeing skills! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Alice in Wonderland

Stamps by Silver Crow and Fiskars
Alphabet Stamps by My Sentiments Exactly

One of the themes this month at the Vancouver Artist Trading Card swap is 'Alice in Wonderland'. I don't usually follow the optional themes; in fact most months I forget to look at them.  I was midway through another bunch of ATC's this week when I glanced up at my bulletin board and saw the list. Immediately I shifted gears and got out this stamp - when else would I use it?? (Yes, I bought a lot of stamps that I loved even though I had no idea how I might use them).

Friday, August 14, 2015

Identifying Native Trees - Update

Handmade Journal
8.5" x 5.5"
Pencil Crayons

I returned to Queen Elizabeth Park to try and identify a Western Hemlock.  I found a couple that might be WH but neither were labelled.

Slowly I am learning the differences between the various evergreen trees in our rainforest.  As I walk the park and neighbourhood streets I stop and look at trees and try to identify at least this much.  Progress, I guess!