Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Luminance, Caran d'Ache Pablo, Coloured Pencil, Exotic Birds, Faber-Castell Polychromos

Toucan Play…

What a difference a subject makes...not to mention the correct choice of medium! After the last monumental effort (for not a very good result), I was determined to choose a subject that I would really enjoy doing, and that usually means something avian. A photo that Mark took in Costa Rica, back in December of… Continue reading Toucan Play…

Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Coloured Pencil, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Flowers and Plants, Watercolour pencil


I don't know if this ever happens to you, but sometimes I start out on a picture, full of enthusiasm, and then it wanes. That certainly happened on this piece, but I've only once given up totally, so I powered through it, although it took longer to complete because of that. I had an urge… Continue reading Abstraction

Bird Art, Canadian Wildlife, Caran d'Ache Luminance, Caran d'Ache Pablo, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Drawing, Exotic Birds, Nova Scotia bird art

Big Brown Job

When we lived back in the UK, birders tended to describe little, rather nondescript sparrows, warblers, etc., as 'little brown jobs', or LBJs for short. I suppose it is a bit of disparaging term for these birds, many of which had caused major twitches when discovered, hopping about in shrubbery and confirmed to be something… Continue reading Big Brown Job

Caran d'Ache Luminance, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Coloursoft, Derwent Drawing, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Flowers and Plants

Porcelain Rose

I've been really enjoying looking back through those old photos and I have put quite a few on one side (figuratively speaking) for possible future art work. in particular, the flowers of the tropics obviously excited me with the camera, and I've been very pleased with some of the photo images I've found. When we… Continue reading Porcelain Rose

Caran d'Ache Luminance, Coloured Pencil, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Flowers and Plants


Now that I have your attention, in the week of Valentine's Day! I have neglected the botany pictures in favour of birds, etc., and that seemed a shame. Also, in addition to looking for bird pictures in amongst the holiday snaps of years gone by, I came across quite a few exotic flower studies. I'm… Continue reading Passion

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Coloured Pencil, Exotic Birds, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Watercolour pencil

Say ‘Hi’…

After a brief foray into boats and wharfs, I got back to my favourite subject matter, birds, for the next picture. After again looking through my older holiday pictures, I found another pleasing image that I was keen to try. This is a Cuban Screech Owl, a species endemic to Cuba (I guess you could… Continue reading Say ‘Hi’…

Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Inktense, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Watercolour pencil, Wharves and Boats


I wanted a little change from the recent series of exotic bird pictures (although I am certainly not tired of doing them!) so I thought I'd vary things with a wharf image. A change is as good as a rest, so they say. Anyhow, I had taken a photo during the last January that I… Continue reading Reflections