Monday, 9 March 2020
Saturday, 8 February 2020
Saturday, 1 February 2020
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
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
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.
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Normally, I'm not much for Cathedrals by way of places of worship , but the varied choices of the seventeen services per week intrigued me and I will return, should I have the chance.
On a more technical note, I wanted to emphasise the height of the columns by exaggerating the taper, but didn't get it quite right, in terms of their relationship to each other. If I could, I'd deek in and play with that concept some quite afternoon and find a way to avoid alarming any structural engineers looking at the drawing.