Memories of Italy

Looking back six months ago, it is catastrophic how much the world has changed and how much we took for granted.

These are my sketches in and around Venice.


Sitting anywhere but the cafés was not permitted so I sketched quickly and coloured up later.


Vicenza is a small city full of Palladian Architecture, and a delightful square where you can sit and sip Spritzers while you sketch!


Every house in Murano ( a traditional fishing town near Venice ) is washed in a distinctive colour. A watercolourist’s delight.


It was a wonderful view and an enduring memory.


Ontario sketches

Last October we visited Ontario and I was able to sketch three buildings, one in Toronto, a second in Waterloo and a third in Kitchener, my home town.


The Gooderham building is an iconic flatiron landmark inToronto.


The post office building is seen duplicated throughout the small cities and towns of southern Ontario clad in stone or brick or as here in combinations of both.

The Market Square building sits on the site of the old Farmer’s Market where as a kid my family would shop for fresh produce and summer sausage from the Amish farmers and their horse and buggy wagons.

Sketching at Home

Hi All,

Like most of us I have been socially distant and staying at home. This time of confinement can be an opportunity to practise skills or just have some sketching fun.

I started sketching commuters from photos taken a couple of weeks ago to meet the oneweek100people2020 sketching challenge. I did nowhere near 100 people but got me into a daily routine of drawing people.


After using up my commuter photos I made up people.


Mechanical pencil, HB and 4B on watercolour paper.

Stay home, wash your hands but have a little fun!



COVID-19 Update: Postponing All Meet Ups Until Further Notice

Further to the post from last weekend, we will be suspending all of our previously scheduled meet ups until directed by the government, and are encouraging all our members to self-isolate at this time.

We hope that this hiatus is brief and look forward to when we can all safely sketch together again. In the meantime, it’s lovely to see all the posts of sketching from home (here and on our Facebook page). Keep them coming and stay safe everyone!

Challenge: Sketch From Home This Weekend, March 14 – 15

Janice, in a Facebook post, and Lucie, via email,  had a great idea to sketch something from home.  So my challenge to you, since our event is cancelled at Devonian Gardens, is to still take the 2 hours to sketch  plants/flowers or something in your home. When done (or not😉), send to my email on this website, and Sunday/Monday I will post an update like normal on this website.  Deadline to send your image is 4pm Sunday March 15.