“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gaiman

June 5, 2017

My poor neglected blog. Fortunately, I have done a little painting in the last month – the results are below. I’ve been playing around a bit and am looking forward to more experimentation with dark outlines.


Vase Family, Apr 1, 2017, Oil Stick on Canvas Board, 9″ X 12″


Banana Shoes, May 21, 2017, Oil on Canvas Board, 14″ X 11″

Pears in a Storm, Jun 3, 2017, Oil on Canvas Board, 14″ X 11″

Single Lonely Pear, Jun 3, 2017, Oil on Canvas Board, 6″ X 8″

My drawing a day project is going reasonably well – another 31 days completed.

For June, I’ve decided on two rules:

  1. All of my drawings will consist of a few items selected from 21 still life props with the addition fresh produce I have on hand if I choose to add it. I’ve photographed all the props together to better illustrate how distant the resemblances in my drawings are to their real-life counterparts.
  2. Any medium goes – as much variety as possible – it’s about being experimental and knowing that some (or most?) of these drawings will be atrocious! This is my chance to play with all of those art supplies I was so enamoured with when I saw them in the store but I really have no idea how to use.

Still Life Props, Jun 2017

And a few things on my mind lately:

  1. This post “Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think”
  2. Wondering how much difference it would really make if I woke up at the same time every day. It would be a bit of an undertaking to conduct a proper experiment, but I might do it.
  3. This post. “What if you didn’t need money or attention?”
  4. Lastly: “Part of a cure”


“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

May 1, 2017
Another month of daily drawing complete and another month of very little painting. My personal favourite was my folding chair from April 2nd. Here they are all together:
Other ideas on my mind lately:
1. From Malcolm Gladwell in the podcast Conversations with Tyler: “There can be something lovely about mediocrity.” I think this appeals to me now especially as I have such varying degrees of satisfaction with my daily drawings.
3. The concept of deliberately using mental models to understand the world around us, solve problems and make decisions.

“I’m only trying to do what I can’t do.” – Lucian Freud

April 9, 2017

Three months complete in my 2017 Drawing A Day Challenge! Here is all of March in one place:

Thoughts so far:

  1. My drawings take me anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to do and although I often don’t feel I have the time, I have continued to make it happen. Generally once I start drawing I stop thinking about time – generally. There are many days I struggle to get into it. And it shows in the quality of the drawing.
  2. What bothers me most about my drawings is the lack of accuracy. For April I will focus on improving on this.  I will work with diluted India ink at first and then darken up final lines when I feel I have them where they should be.

Aside from drawing, here’s what’s caught my attention lately:

  1. From my 14-year-old daughter: “Based on what I was exposed to as a kid, I had the impression that getting caught in quicksand and catching on fire were much more common problems for adults.” While I’m glad we over-prepared her for common adult dilemmas, I’m still trying to figure out where this came from.
  2. From Tim Ferris’s interview with Mr. Money Mustache on his podcast: when considering a purchase, instead of asking yourself it it will add to your life, instead ask if it will remove a negative from your life as that is a better indicator of how pleased you will be with the purchase in the long term.
  3. From The Chainsmokers and Coldplay: Something Just Like This

“One must go on working silently, trusting the result to the future.” – Vincent Van Gogh

March 6, 2017

So my February drawing challenge was to draw from photographs using black ink and grey markers. I had thought drawing from photos would be easier, and although the actual drawing was easier as everything is already flattened, I did not enjoy it as much. It was a pain to find images that I liked and I doubt I’ll do it again. The grey markers were to help me notice value more, but it wasn’t until the 13th that I clued in that I needed to shift how I was working and focus on the various values of the forms rather than drawing outlines in black and filling them in with grey. There are a few drawings that I like in the group, quite a lot that I don’t care for and some that I consider cringe-worthy. And that’s ok. It’s an experiment and it’s all good.

What I gained most in February was more ease in jumping in and being less precious about the result. I’ve reached the point where I care less about how each drawing turns out and more about the practice of drawing.

I completed the second and third lessons in my Craftsy class with the result of the third lesson below. And although I understand the point, I’m getting a little tired of painting the same subject over and over. Apparently I have a short attention span. We’ll see what lesson four brings.

2017 March, Paint & Palette Essentials, Lesson Three, 14″ X 11″

2017 March, Paint & Palette Essentials, Lesson Three, 14″ X 11″

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Syliva Plath

This past week has not been productive. And in the time I was working creatively, I was plagued by self-doubt. Regardless, it’s here to see.

Seven Apples WIP, Mar 20, 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48" X 36"

Seven Apples WIP, Mar 20, 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48″ X 36″


Stencil One WIP, Mar 20, 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas, 6" X 6"

Stencil One WIP, Mar 20, 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas, 6″ X 6″


Stencil Two WIP, Mixed Media on Masonite, 8" X 10"

Stencil Two WIP, Mixed Media on Masonite, 8″ X 10″

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” – Oscar Wilde

May 10, 2015

After a short vacation, I’m back with another blog post. I spent last weekend in Vancouver, BC running my sixth half marathon. It went well – it’s been two years since my last half marathon and I didn’t have high expectations. I surprised myself and ran my fastest race yet finishing in 2:06:55. Vancouver is a beautiful city and I enjoyed the trip very much. I have not painted at all for a couple weeks though. I haven’t had the chance and I haven’t really felt like it. I really need to find some new subject matter to inspire me. In the meantime, here are some drawings that I’ve done recently.

Recent Drawings May 10 2015