Sunday, September 07, 2014

Sumo, reworked.

The original black and white sumo portrait was completed last year, but I wanted to add some colour to it. I wanted to break out of the tighter style that the portrait was rendered in so I took a leap of faith and splashed some colour on it. I think it turned out ok. There are some parts of it that feel like it was drawn in a style that I would use in my sketch book. That's a good feeling.
Maybe my future paintings will go in this direction.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Lately I've been obsessed with painting black and white portraits of sumo wrestlers. With my latest trio of images, I think I've reached the completion with the actually portrait portion of the images but they all need colour. Not just any colour but some colour that contradicts the tightness of the painting style. I'm working my way up towards just loading a brushful of paint, like a bright red and arbitrarily applying a swath of colour. Like I said I'm not there yet. I have to work myself up to that point. Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 02, 2014


back story: I ate a pizza and a family size bag of tostitos last night. I felt like a slug this morning.
Today I decided to do a cleanse and as a test of my commitment to it I walked through Kensington MArket and had a coffee at Moonbean cafe. While on my way there, I walked by a Jerk chicken place, my favourite beef patty spot and other places that were emitting amazing smells. I survived the walk without caving. The cleanse continues.

Monday, July 14, 2014

WIP, I think....

I completed this last night, but I have plans to paint the left side of his face, 3/4pose, to the left of this image. So as  whole, the painting is not done, but this particular pose is.... I think.

Monday, July 07, 2014


It was a "put as much ink on the page" day today. i think i did that.
I was sitting at a large communal table at Balzacs today and while I was sketching the lady on the bottom right, a woman, sits right in front of me at the table. Well, let's just say all my stares at the woman at the next table made the woman in front of me a little nervous... i think. It made me nervous, that's for sure.

Sunday, July 06, 2014


An afternoon at Balzac's coffee house.

Friday, June 27, 2014


On vacation in Vancouver, a friend and I decided to take a coffee. He was on the computer. I was in the sketchbook.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


It was the bug. Then the mini. Now the fiat. But I guess I'll have to do with my bike for now.

Some sketching down at the St. Lawrence with a friend.
(I depicted her with football line backer shoulders, but I assure you she's a lot more slender than that).

Sketching some St. Lawrence MArket people. Actually having sketched these people, it sparked a potential idea for my next set of paintings. What do you think of closely cropped images of people eating?

On the subway ride home tonight. I love it when people are so absorbed with their smart phones! Perfect model. Thank you, sir.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Some pre-aikido sketching at Timmies. A 49er? Nahhhh, it's Old Blue... with a tablet.

Monday, May 05, 2014


Coffee and sketching at Timmies.

I missed a few stops to get this guy down. I should have missed a few more to get his reflection... next time!

Friday, April 18, 2014


Going up to my dad's place today. I promised myself I'd sketch whoever was in front of me, regardless of whether they were awake or sleeping. (Thank god, they were all sleeping or looking at their smart phones).

I call this spread "subway people and man eating a donut".

Coming back from my dad's place. I have to say, I prefer sketching on the Bloor line vs. the Yonge line because I think it's a lot smoother.

Final sketch on the train (Bloor line). I was tempted to miss my stop to keep on sketching this man because he was a great model! He knew I was sketching him, but he didn't flinch and kept on reading his paper.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

sketchbook... no more steam

Some post work sketching at my local...library. I lost a bit of steam towards the end and my model was getting fidgety. I think he sensed I was drawing him. So I think the signs were all there to call it quits.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

sketchbook - water and coffee

It was a beautiful day in Toronto and I had to get out to do my first outdoor sketch in hopes of quickening the arrival of true spring weather... (didn't work because it was still a bit too cool for me). However, I did go down to the waterfront and found a nice spot to sketch some armour rock and a beautiful uprooted tree.

After this, I need to warm up a bit so I went to one of the many ubiquitous indie coffee shops on Roncesvale and had a coffee, scone and some sketch time.

Friday, March 28, 2014


First time ever I nodded off while sketching. I stopped sketching and went home and took a nap.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

painting experimentation

acrylic on panel, 10" x 12"
"You a trekkie? Me too! Let's have some deviled eggs, shall we?"

Painting is still a chore for me. I really haven't figured out techniques, how to work with colour on a full size painting (hence the predominant b+w colour scheme) or just using the brush the way I can with a pen. So after completing this painting, I wanted to get all the residual anxiety out by having fun with the nonsensical title for this painting.

Stay tuned for the next nonsense titled painting.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

sketchbook- Bloor Gladstone Library revisited, for a thrid time... or maybe, fourth.

Another go to place for sketching, the Bloor Gladstone Library.

I came to a realization when I started sketching the photocopy machine: I start a details level and work my way out to bigger components. This could be said about how I start any drawing. For the most part it works for me, but the photocopy machine looks like disparate parts drawn side by side. I think I need to start on a large scale, and work down to the details. Broad strokes first.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

sketchbook -- Simply Sundays, Tequila Bookworm

I spent two hours today with a group of like minded creatives at the Tequila Bookworm. Some sketched, others braided. It was nice to meet some new faces.
The main subject (I forgot her name) of this sketch was braiding, I think a wrist bracelet.

sketchbook - "Stan the Man #4"

A.K.A. my dad. Another installment in the Stan the Man series.

Friday, February 28, 2014

sketchbook- Bloor Gladstone Library

Some afetr work sketching at the Bloor Gladstone Library. Toronto has been hit with a cold spell for the last few days and there's only so many places along my toute back home that I could sketch in at. The B/G LIbrary is one of them.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

sketchbook- at work

It took me two 15min. breaks to get this down on paper. I was sitting on my work table drawing my trolley where I hold all my supplies to frame pictures.

Monday, February 24, 2014

sketchbook- a TTC day

I spent a lot of time on the TTC today. So I sketched.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

sketchbook- a day of sketching

Early morning ride on the 505 Dundas East street car to the dojo.

 Some post practice sketching at Cafe Uno in the Distillery District.

 I met up with some Toronto Urban Sketchers for some drinks at the Queen and the Duck (or was it platypus?) pub.

… And then for some dinner.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sketchbook- Dufferin Mall Food Court

I went to the Dufferin Mall after work to do some grocery shopping and a bit of sketching. Death and taxes are the two things that are guaranteed in life. I'd like to add a third. These retired Portuguese men congregated in the food court chewing the fat. They are the new mall rats.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sketchbook- Bloor Gladstone Library.

Took a sketch break after work today at the Bloor Gladstone Library. I imagined people who study at the library would make good models, but these 4 guys were the most fidgety. Maybe they were uncomfortable from me openly staring at them. I will never know.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sketchbook-- St. Lawrence Market

Warm up sketches of people around me.

The man in the foreground sat right in front of me while I was sketching the man reading his paper. Serendipity? Anyways, he was a trooper and didn't fidget, look my way or show any thought to me. I'd say he made the perfect model.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sketchbook, Jet Fuel Cafe revisited.

I had some time today to sketch at the Jet Fuel Cafe. Here's the other sketch I did of Jet Fuel a few months back.

Sunday, January 12, 2014



Sketching at a local coffee shop. I wonder what I look like to these people who I sketch?

Monday, January 06, 2014


Sketching some people while I wait for my train back to Toronto from Ottawa.

Ferme Mariposa Farm

Jana and I spent four days at Mariposa Farm's guest cabin in the woods. It coincided with new year's and the cold spell that hit most of Ontario.


Jana catching some sun and chilling with a book.

The warmest spot in the cabin when the wood stove was pumping out heat to its maximum capacity. That's where I sketched Jana reading.

The wood stove was our only heat source as well as our cooking source. Now I know how the Ingalls felt... well, not really.
The first two nights hit -20ºC and Jana was a gamer and would get out of bed to feed the stove in the middle of the night. The third night hit -30ºC and that's when I felt an elbow to the rib cage in the middle of the night...