Tag: sketchbook

Portrait of a Legend

On May 1st 1994, I was out half the day at an open karate competition. Being from Tae Kwon-Do where you can only do touch contact it was going to be a tough competition. It was the first competition my grandma came to watch and I pretty much had my nose broken. Great. Thanks for coming Grandma. All those easy wins and you couldn’t show up to those lol.

On the way home I was anxious to catch up with the Grand Prix. I don’t know why we didn’t set it to record. Now I’m glad we didn’t. As I sat on the couch the news came on and gave me the biggest shock of my life. The rest is history but even watching the first part of this video I have learned something I didn’t already know. Senna used to live in England. Fancy that.

Every year I think I’ll do his portrait and every year I think I can’t do it. This was my first attempt this year:

Doesn’t even resemble him.

And this is my second:

I’m hoping a book I’m reading called Sketching in 5 Minutes will help me. I’m determined to draw the Leafs next. Inspired as always by Jill who is doing great with portraits and Nora McPhail who rocks the cafe sketching.

I know there are guys out there who only paint cows and even only use one medium, say oils, but it really is good to experiment and broaden your skill set.
If Senna had retired and turned to art, I bet he would have learnt it all. He was a master of focus, passion and commitment. His legacy will forever live on.

R.I.P. Senna

Draw a Bird Day!

Swooping in at the last minute with a two minute birdie.


Sometimes it’s better when there’s no time to think.

Have a great day!

Catherine 🎨


Sketching Sheep

There’s a lake not too far from Phil’s parents cabin called Ullswater with beautiful hills all around it. A few years ago it was where I first went canoing.

This time with the kids we stood on the beach skipping stones on the water. Near the car park was a field of sheep so I took the opportunity to stock up on photos. Feel free to paint them.


Even if I paint the odd abstract or other animal, I am contemplating only blogging about sheep stuff. Bring back a bit of poetry and a few sheep jokes.Blog about twice a week.

We drove past a small gallery in Windemere and there was a fabulous painting of a goat with splatters too. Goats are so close to sheep so they might make a small appearance.

Here’s some quick sketches by me:


Henry Moore is a famous sheep sketcher and sculptor.

It’s fun to draw sheep now that I’m back in Canada with no sheep around here just tomatoes.

Happy creating!
Catherine πŸ˜€


Muhammed Ali


R.I.P the great Muhammed Ali.

Check out Nina’s arty tribute too.

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨


#SelfieArt Day

As well as being Good Friday, it’s also #SelfieArt Day again.


It’s less scary sideways 😜

I used a Faber Castell marker in warm grey which is a bit more forgiving than black especially when you put shading in.

Next time I fancy trying a more scribbled look like my recent animal sketches.

Take a look at Yvette’s selfie which is amazing!

It’s supposed to be a solemn day today but I’m so excited to go to a King’s game again. To the castle😁!

Have a wonderful Easter! See you on Monday for Macro Monday.



Day Tripping Sheep


Looks like Sheepy is going to town just like that funny sheep movie, Shawn the Sheep The Movie. Anyone seen that movie?

We’re going to see Kung Fu Panda later after hockey. And speaking of hockey, Matthew won the puck throw last night at the Kingsville Kings game. It’s the first time we stayed to watch. How cool! They won 10-1 too. Fun times.

Hope you guys are having fun today.