Monday, September 15, 2014

the professor of classics

One of the foremost experts on Constantine and the Roman Empire of Late Antiquity:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

on via Bonifacio Lupi

I took a few minutes while strolling around Florence to sketch these buildings on Via Bonifacio Lupi. I used a dip pen and india ink, which is an awkward medium to use on a street corner.

Friday, September 5, 2014


In a contemplative mood...

Drawn from life with a Copic brush pen and a blue felt-tip pen.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


A drawing done in around ten minutes. He pretty much fills up the 8.5x11 sketchbook page.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Sometimes you want to sit down and draw. If you're lucky, there's something good in front of you. Other times, you have to draw flowers.

These ones were on the side table, so I drew them.

Friday, August 15, 2014

man about town

Drawn from life with a brush marker at the Arts Project on Dundas St., in London, Ontario.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


An old portrait of Tarragon, painted with acrylics on a spare piece of furniture (hence the peg holes). I made this back in my students days, when I was always looking for inexpensive materials.

It's suffered a lot of scratches and chips over the years:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Victoria Park

Waiting for Emily to get home so we could look at this view from her balcony. I brought wine. She had Aperol.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

After a day at Kew

Kew Gardens. Beautiful. From the moment they ask for your £17 entry fee, this place never ceases to amaze me.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

An annihilation of time and space

From the window of a high speed train, the world becomes a smear that verges on the abstract. Thankfully, the angularity of human constructions - in this case wind turbines - provides some punctuation.

This is the ninth in a series of nineteen paintings.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

self-portrait with glove

I found a pair of huge buff leather cavalry gauntlets in a second-hand market in Florence, and just had to make a picture of myself wearing them.

It was done with china marker on a large sheet of textured paper. You can see the laid lines of the paper through the marker strokes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The view from Via Montalbano, Florence

Far in the eastern regions of Florence, above the loop in the Arno which enfolds San Jacopo al Girone, the Via Montalbano winds up into the hills.
One day in May I climbed it all the way to the dead-end, past ruined farmhouses, late renaissance villas, and the occasional lone cypress. At the top I painted this watercolour:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

3 academics...

...listening intently to a lecture on the early stages of the invention of the astrolabe.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

lonely all these years

Drawn from life at the cafe of the student centre at the University of Toronto.

Friday, June 27, 2014