Tag: sketching

Barns and Trees

Red barns give the eye a fun resting place. And they look great in cartoons.

Small barns/farm houses in the distance add character to a scene. You don’t need too many details when its in the distance.

The next checklist (though I haven’t finished with barns) is to try some abstract trees and sheep.

Collage is calling me too. What is calling you?

Blessings to Paris today x

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


Inktober Round up

That was a fun month of sketches. I whipped up this collage but I’m sure there’s lots of sheep missing. Maybe they went for a stroll.


Happy Halloween!



#inktober2016 Flight and Fight


Fight for the right.


Flee with glee.


Soar for more.


Dine with a giant.

It’s been an interesting few days for the sheep and an interesting few days for my youngest. She ended up with a bit of a stick stuck in her cheek and the wait at the hospital was 6 hours. It was after midnight when we got home.

She’s fine now but I wish I’d just googled what to do like you do for everything else. Note to self get stocked up on butterfly stitches just in case.

On a more fun note it’s my bff’s 40th this week (yesterday) and she has a day off so we are going shopping yay!

A small deviation from hockey and painting. I feel like a real Canadian now I’m so into hockey.

Anyway back to sheep. Who can whip up a poem with any of these images?

Sometimes you aim for a poem and end up with a caption and that’s okay.

Have a great weekend!

Catherine 🎨






#Inktober2016 Day 4 Hungry


I saw a variation of this on the internet and thought it was perfect for hungry. Better than my first (applecore attempt) although I should have sketched the front sheep before doing the hay bale.


Here’s the prompt list for those who want to join in:


Happy creating!

Catherine 🎨



Muhammed Ali


R.I.P the great Muhammed Ali.

Check out Nina’s arty tribute too.

Catherine 💙🎨


Baa! It’s hot



Draw a #Bird Day: Canada Goose

As a stroke of luck, I sketched a goose a couple of days ago, so I’m using that for draw a bird day.


I used a copyright free photo for the reference. You’d think I’d have my own by now living here but I’ve only gotten this close:


This is just down the road. When we went to Barrie with my parents we got quite close to them on the beach. My mum painted the photo:


I love the honk honk when they fly over.

Look out for all the other birds around the blogosphere today.

Happy creating!


Polar Bear

Polar Bear


There’s something about Polar Bears that is quite magical. They are strong and silent.

At the zoo once I felt some real polar bear fur. It was hard on the outside and soft on the inside.

They are quite scary creatures which makes this video quite a nice surprise:

Happy creating!



Sweet Dog Shelter Story

I was so touched by this sweet story I had to share it today.


Happy Sunday!