Coloured Pencil, Derwent Drawing, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Landscapes, Landscapes of Nova Scotia


Some times it is nice to do a simple subject, sometimes it is good to try something a bit more complex. This time I really wanted to challenge myself so I chose a subject that included three things I have always found a bit tricky; sky, sea and snow. I know, I know, I live… Continue reading Challenges

Animals, Canadian Wildlife, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Watercolour pencil, wild animals

Wild Cats

Wild cats! Well, not really wild, although they are probably pretty miffed. Quite a few years ago, when we still lived on the outskirts of Montreal, we visited the Biodome at the old Montreal Olympic site. It's a pretty good use of the old Olympic velodome; basically a zoo but with different areas devoted to different… Continue reading Wild Cats

Animals, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Drawing, Prismacolor Premier, Prismacolor Verithin, wild animals

Dear Deer

One of the many great things about moving to Nova Scotia has been the amount of wildlife in our garden, or 'yard' as it is more commonly called over here. It has become commonplace for us to see several groups of wild deer (White-tailed Deer) moving through the garden at different times of the day… Continue reading Dear Deer

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil

My Friend, Flicker

Northern Flickers are quite common in the garden at various times of the year. A form of woodpecker, they are usually to be found on the floor eating ants, rather than in a tree, or (more often than not), erupting from the ground in a flurry of wings and a bright white rump as they… Continue reading My Friend, Flicker

Bird Art, Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Watercolour, Nova Scotia bird art, Watercolour pencil


Back in 2014, when we were contemplating a move to (and retirement in) Nova Scotia, we made a lightening trip to the province to take a look and decide if it was a good idea. I had very little free time available so we made the drive from Quebec, in November (with an overnight stop in… Continue reading Grousing

Coloured Pencil, Flowers and Plants, Prismacolor Premier, Prismacolor Verithin


I keep meaning to have a go at flowers. Over the years I have taken quite a few pictures of flowers in the wild and have tried to identify them, with varying success. During my recent trawl through the photo archives from a few years ago, I came across an image of a plant that seemed attractive… Continue reading Botanizing…

Caran d'Ache Supracolor, Coloured Pencil, Derwent Watercolour, Insects, Prismacolor Verithin, Watercolour pencil

Here Be Dragons

Mark and I have long been interested in odonata, that is dragonflies and damselflies. Mark, in particular, will spend ages trying to capture specimens, either with a camera or actually physically in a net for closer viewing (it doesn't hurt the insects and they are released once identified and recorded). It's a good hobby for… Continue reading Here Be Dragons