Saturday, May 14, 2016

unfinished sketch

Jesse drawn from life with a Copic brush pen. Obviously, I ran out of time.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Sometimes you see an opportunity and grab whatever materials are at hand. Thus this sketch, done with acrylic on a piece of printer paper.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

mountain goat

That's what it is.

One of a series of animal-themed cards I made to thank people who assisted with our first child. It takes a village. They all got a card.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Torre del Gallo

The Torre del Gallo broods over the hills to the south of Florence. Despite its impressive medieval ambience, it is a modern invention - although there was a castle on the hilltop, that in the 13th century controlled the road to Impruneta. But the tower was built around 1905, and has been through some vicissitudes since. In WWII, it was briefly a prison camp.

I made this watercolour on site, in early May.

Friday, April 22, 2016

you will learn to obey

Drawn from life on Taryn's living room floor, with some sigma microns, a china marker, and a sharpie.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The isle of the dead in the Venetian lagoon

I took a seat on the north-east edge of Venice and made this post-card sized sketch of the city's cemetery island. Relatively recent by Venetian standards, the cemetery was founded adjacent to the old abbey of San Michele, which gave the island its name.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Affronted in front

I drew it from life with a Copic brush pen, and two china markers, in about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


I made a series of thank-you cards for the many people who stepped up to help when my daughter was born. This was one of them.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The path in the woods

A watercolour sketch of the woods adjacent to San Miniato, just south of Florence.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Drawing fast with a Copic marker. The model couldn't hold her arm up for long.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Near Sisteron

A few years ago I spent a few weeks cycling in Provence. A few day's ride up the Durance you may find the absurdly dramatic town of Sisteron, and adjacent (just across the river, in fact) to it this small burg. Beyond it, the beginnings of the Cottian Alps.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

life is good

Sitting on the bench with a good book (it may have been The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony), under the window on a sunny day. Not a bad thing at all. I didn't have time to draw the window or sun, though.

Drawn from life with a pencil, in around 30 minutes.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

a world I know

Here's a drawing that came out well. It's of Harriet, who generously volunteered at the Arts Project when the scheduled model failed to show up. I made it with a Pentel brush pen in around 20 minutes.