Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Garry Oak, Government House grounds, Victoria, BC

Threatened Garry Oak tree - Chadwick Estates, Oak Bay, BC

At 1972 Fairfield Road on the leafy residential borderland where Victoria meets Oak Bay, a heritage garden has been ripped apart by diggers and earth movers in preparation for the building of five houses in "Chadwick Estates." In the very back corner of the original garden, well out of sight of the road and the public, stands a uniquely beautiful mature moss-adorned Garry oak with spiralling branches and an amazing hole passing right through one of its stately limbs. The oak stands with an ominous disfiguring red X on its trunk, a sign that marks it as a prospective victim of the chainsaw.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Harpoon Rock, Harling Point, Victoria BC

Started a new sketchbook that's better suited to my fountain pen

Monday, May 18, 2009

Beverly Beach, Oregon

Great spot for sketching and photography with a terrific state park to stay in.

The cliff facing the beachTrees growing on a stumpThe beach is a great place to walk and search for fossils

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In West Bay Park, Vancouver, BC

This is sketched with fountain pen and white gouache on a scrap of cardboard. Much less intimidating than working on some high-priced paper. The ink I use is Waterman "Havana" - a beautiful brown ink that's not waterproof.

Friday, January 9, 2009

In Whytecliff Marine Park, Vancouver, BC

A favorite haunt to spend time sketching.

In Whytecliff Marine Park, Vancouver, BC

Farm near Fort Langley, BC

The area around Fort Langley is a bit like the U.K. - filled with sketching opportunities.