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Inktober 2017

It is officially October 2nd and all the Inktober images are pouring into my Instagram feed (and I assume many an Instagram feed). Last week I told myself: “This is the year. I’m going to do it! Inktober here I come!”

Painting Paris

Religieuse à la rose. Chou à la crème. Macaron a la fraise. Quai des Tuileries. Maison de la Rose. Patisserie… There are so many beautiful sounding words in French. I also think they look pretty when they are written out, although I wish the spelling matched the sound a little better! Still, it looks and sounds pretty in each respective …

Painting Mushrooms

One day, with a blank sketchbook page staring at me, I decided that I was going to paint mushrooms. I had a film on in the background that prominently featured food as the lead characters were chefs and I found myself painting a black truffle. I meticulously painted in order to create the texture of the mushroom and I like …

Struggles with Gouache

Gouache. Guh-wash. Goo-wash? Gwash?  Even the name is a weird one. When I first saw it I never dared say it for fear of saying wrong. I patiently waited until I heard someone else say it first. So now that we’ve figured out how to even say it, what is it? Simply, gouache can be likened to an opaque watercolour. Whatever …

William Morris – Master Study

“I determined to do no less than to transform the world with beauty.” -William Morris Creatives of the 19th century always seem to be triple threats – no, quadruple threats! In any case, they often excelled in several creative endeavours. It wasn’t unusual to hear about artists who were also architects who were also orators/singers/writers/poets/politicians… You get it. There were …

Tree of Stars

It’s no secret I love doodling, sketching, and painting stars and galaxies – at least my version of them anyways. I think they are sublime. Space is terrifying and beautiful at the same time, which feels like a perfect metaphor to embarking on a creative journey. In this video I had the challenge of creating a sketchbook cover. Instead of the …

Paris 2016: Vlog + Time Lapse Painting

Last year I got to visit Paris for the fourth time in my life. Paris in the fall is brisk, bright and beautiful. It’s beautiful any time of the year but really, autumn holds its own special kind of magic. I fell in love with it so much that I took a job interview and nearly moved there. Of course every …

Edmonia Lewis – Master Study

In university, I was fortunate enough to study something I really loved: art history (although it took me a while to get there from engineering; but that’s a story for another time). It was a fabulous degree to have taken. More recently, I was inspired by a video Minnie Small made on master studies for your sketchbook. In an effort to …

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