Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Illustration Friday - Prehistoric

I've used this little guy before for Illustration Friday - but he's certainly not far removed from his prehistoric ancestors

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Illustration Friday - Sneaky

One of the best shows on TV in my opinion is House and the main character played by Hugh Laurie certainly can be sneaky. Having first seen Laurie playing British buffoons in Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster I continue to be amazed at how he well he plays this character and his mastery of the American accent

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Illustration Friday - Spooky

A detail from an old watercolour, I think it fits the topic

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Illustration Friday - Proverb

A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush

Monday, September 6, 2010

Illustration Friday - Dessert

You could make a tasty and healthy fruit salad for dessert from these ingredients

Friday, July 2, 2010

Illustration Friday - Giant

The giant land animal - the African elephant

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Illustration Friday - Trail

I have been so busy working at a computer programming contract job that I've done no painting for months. However this older watercolour of the Watchman Trail in Zion National Park fits this subject very well

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Illustration Friday - Linked

a quick sketch which I think fits the topic

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Illustration Friday - Dip

a moonlight dip in the ocean, somehow here it doesn't look very pleasant

Monday, March 22, 2010

Illustration Friday - Expired

I did this "self portrait" a while ago based on the photograph in a passport that expired in 1980

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Illustration Friday - Subterranean

"The subterraneans is a name invented by a poet and friend of mine who said 'They are hip without being slick, they are intelligent without being corny, they are intellectual as hell and know all about Pound without being pretentious or talking too much about it, they are very quiet, they are very Christlike'" from The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Illustration Friday - Perspective

I'm pretty sure there's a vanishing point in here somewhere

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Illustration Friday - Propagate

for this topic I immediately thought of Jay-Z's rap on P.Diddy's song Young G's, thinking back to his school days he says: "I hated algebra but I loved to multiply". Love that line and the whole song

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Illustration Friday - Adrift

a pastel I did a while ago of a swan on the Grand River near Elora, Ontario

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Illustration Friday - Muddy

The great blues singer and guitarist, Muddy Waters. Back in 1973 when I met my wife one of our first dates was seeing Muddy and his band at the Colonial Tavern in Toronto. He was already in his late fifties and sat down throughout his performance but his voice and guitar playing were wonderful.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

illustration Friday - Focused

A late night self portrait, for various reasons these late night efforts require more focus

Monday, January 25, 2010

Illustration Friday - Clumsy

some clumsy shading here though I like to think it was deliberate, and definitely a clumsy attempt to make this picture fit the topic

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Illustration Friday - Wilderness

the beautiful Pacific rain forest in British Columbia

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Illustration Friday - Confined

I originally did this pastel from a photo I took at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, I eliminated the cage bars for my pastel. For this topic I put them in using Gimp. I have mixed feelings about zoos, on one hand it's great to see th animals close up, on the other hand they are often confined to rather small areas

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Illustration Friday - Renewal

I had a hard time thinking of an image for this so I did a few Internet searches and discovered a pagan symbol for renewal, the eagle. Apparently for the celts the eagle symbolized renewal, courage and intelligence and teaches how to rejuvenate and renew one’s life.