Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Luminance, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Coloursoft, Derwent Drawing, Exotic Birds, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier


Looking through older photos for uploading onto a new Facebook page ('Nova Scotia Birders Around The World', to be exact), has been great for finding lots of photos that spark my artistic interest. I have tended to stick with pictures of local birds, but there is no reason not to have a go at some… Continue reading Camouflage

Animals, Caran d'Ache Luminance, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Drawing, Derwent Watercolour, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Pets, Watercolour pencil


We recently looked after a cat whilst our friends were on vacation. She's a lovely old lady who was a pleasure to look after...she could teach our two a thing or two about being friendly! Anyhow, I wanted to have a go at a painting of her, because she has very cryptic markings. Not really… Continue reading Ivy

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

The Dark Side

In my last post I wrote about the black paper I had recently purchased, and how I wanted to give it a try, but I was scared (I know, quite pathetic!). On that occasion I shied away at the last minute and did the drawing on Mi-Teintes pastel paper, using a dark shade but not… Continue reading The Dark Side

Bird Art, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Coloursoft, Derwent Drawing, Exotic Birds, Faber-Castell Polychromos


For some time I have been admiring artists that produce images in coloured pencil on black paper. I have seen some lovely renditions of birds that pop against the black background. I thought I might have a go and so purchased some black paper on one of my Halifax visits. It is called Artagain, by… Continue reading Chicken…

Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Inktense, Derwent Watercolour, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Landscapes, Landscapes of Nova Scotia, Watercolour pencil

Down to the Jetty

I really struggle with landscapes. I don't think that they work well with my detail obsession and my preference for watercolour pencil work. I suppose the type of landscape I've always enjoyed seeing are those with wafts of colour that give the impression of the landscape structures, and I'm just not good at that (and… Continue reading Down to the Jetty

Bird Art, Coloured Pencil, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Nova Scotia bird art, Prismacolor Premier


I was looking for something to start off the new year of drawing. Nothing I had printed actually felt right, mainly because I had decided that this would be a coloured pencil piece, and I was stymied for printing out anything new because I'd run out of ink for my printer (I dislike drawing from… Continue reading Saw-whet

Animals, Bird Art, Coloured Pencil, Flowers and Plants, Landscapes, Portraits, Retrospective, Watercolour pencil

That was a year…

I thought I'd have a look back at a year of blogging, my first year doing this and, coincidentally, my first full year working with coloured art. I have drawn birds (and some animals, insects, etc.) for many years, usually in pen and ink. This goes back to the 1990's, when Mark used to publish… Continue reading That was a year…