Monday, 9 March 2020

Back to Marysville

Its looking like an early spring and I couldn't resist a ferry ride over to Wolfe Island to enjoy the bright sun and mild temperatures.  I haven't drawn in several weeks, and I'm always a little surprised to discover that I can still draw after a break. The main difference is that it seems like an effort and when in practice I would do three sketches in an afternoon, not just one.

I'm thinking that in a few weeks when its comfortable enough to sit outside, rather than in a car, I'll break out the paint kit and maybe even work a little larger.


Saturday, 8 February 2020

The Foot of Division Street

Division Street in Marysville runs right down to the water as every street on an island should.  In my imagination this old shed contains several elegant antique wooden boats, freezing in the dark.  All aching to be restored and given new life back out on the River.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Expedience not Architecture


My eye is constantly drawn to collections of farm buildings. On a compositional level I love the overlapping forms, but also the functional organization and era of building type interest me.

This collection of buildings were a little unusual in that there is no house associated with them, but clearly support the movements required to store the large hay bales that have become standard on Ontario farms.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Back to Marysville

I'm have no real idea why I'm filling my sketchbook with Marysville, but have the sense that it will lead to something.  So in the spirit of "just do the work"  I'll keep going and see where it leads me.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Wolfe Island North Shore

If you turn right leaving the Marysville Summer Ferry Docks, Main Street continues west as Highway 96 and follows the north shore of Wolfe Island.  There are views of the water and Kingston beyond across what is technically the head of the St. Laurence River, as Wolfe Island is the point at which map makers differentiate between Lake Ontario and the River.

This boat house may have tried to be boat house during the high water springs of the last two years as it sits down low.

A Bruiser of a Cruiser

As you might expect, boats of all description are stored on Wolfe Island.  Most are simply out for the winter, but I suspect that many may never swim again.

 This steel cruiser keeps a couple of old transport trailers company in an old field overlooking the Lake.  I'm sure they console each other in their retirement , as they quietly rust, with recollections of their travels and harrowing tales of bad weather on road and lake.  The cruiser is heavily built of steel and I can imagine it pushing aside flows of rotten ice or even breaking through an early fall crust.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Eliza and Centre St.s Marysville

I managed to get back over to Wolfe Island last week to scratch my sketching itch.  I've been realizing that there the open space and overlapping forms of buildings offer interesting views, which is different from streetscapes or glimpses into rear yards that are typical of denser cityscapes.

With the lack of traffic, its  also easier to position the car to do a sketch, in freezing weather.  I sat at a stop sign to do this one, in deepest darkest Marysville and when a friend pulled up we talked out the car windows for a good 10 minutes blocking the intersection...a normal part of life in Marysville.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Back to the Boneyard

I'm inextricably attracted to boats - in the water or maybe even more alluring on the hard.

So, once again, I felt compelled to trespass onto the boat workshop grounds on the edge of Marysville, and snoop around a bit.

Oh, yes, I am a sailor, but here's a wee confession, I  love anything that floats, but real working boats ...deep seaworthy  steel hulls, purposeful vessels that earn their way, have particular appeal.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Rainy Day Sketching


Default sketching locations in poor weather are coffee shops and museums.  The choice is a no brainer, as museums won't allow coffee in the display areas!

The top sketch was done in Habit Coffee downtown Victoria and while I didn't get the circular perspective right, the people add character.   The lower sketch is in James Bay Coffee and Books and while the curved perspective is better,  the drawing would be more interesting if had there been some other people there to animate the composition.  Serves me right to show up at 7 am, I guess.