September 27, 2009

Hanging Garlic

I liked the abstract nature of the partially dried leaves of the hanging garlic. A simple drawing, with lots of detail and lots of white space. A graphic influence with the addition of the botanical name of garlic. Drawn from photo reference taken at Orchard Hill Farms, near St.Thomas a couple of weeks ago.

Hanging Garlic (12" x 8", Ink and Graphite)

September 22, 2009

Hole in One

Artwork for a "hole in one" at Greenhills. I have drawn a couple pictures of this hole in the past, so my challenge here was to make it more interesting for me to draw. I happen to have a few reference shots of him, so I have added the ghosted image of him, drawn in the similar style as my KOLF series.

Hole in One, Greenhills No. 3 (6.5" x 9.5", Ink and Graphite)

September 19, 2009

Run for a Cure

Every year I participate in the CIBC Run for a Cure. I was out for a run this morning. It reminded me of this drawing and all that inspired it.

I typically run on the bike path in downtown London. Not only is running great exercise, but I find it to be a very positive meditative time. It’s a time to clear your mind and think positive thoughts. The beauty of the citys bike path is... you start off running by the tall buildings of downtown and soon find yourself surrounded by... nothing but trees and nature, The hustle and bustle of the city seems far away rather than just a few steps behind you. This drawing was completed last year.

I Run (Graphite, 4.5” x 12”)

September 12, 2009

The Club at Bond Head, No. 2

This is hole number 2, the North Course at The Club at Bond Head. There are extreme elevation changes throughout the 18 holes, giving spectacular vistas in all directions. I always like square tee boxes, a nice contrast to the graceful curves of the greens and fairways. Everywhere I looked was visually interesting; naturalized hazards, uniform cut lines of fairway, numerous sandtraps of various sizes and random shapes. In the distance, a barn and house, again the straight edges make an interesting contrast. A very picturesque but challenging course.

The Club at Bond Head, North Course, No. 2 (Graphite and Ink, 6.5" x 9.5")

September 7, 2009

Orchard Hill Farm

Saturday morning outing (Gallery Painting Group) to an organic farm near St. Thomas, complete with Suffolk Punch Draft horses used as their main source of horsepower. A step back in time, horses pulling wagons of hay, sheds full of hanging garlic, antique farm machinery, rustic buildings, interesting views and subjects in all directions. Farmers Ken and Martha Laing, also have Draft Horse Workshops in which they sharing their knowledge, skill and enthusiasm for these horses. This organic farm produces vegetables and fruit for 160 families in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden.

“CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In a CSA, farmers grow food for a predetermined group of consumers who pay an annual fee to purchase their share of the harvest. The CSA movement is a popular one across North America. Through CSAs, people are claiming back a connection to the production of their food. It allows farmers to be supported locally and for people to eat food grown in their own area, not shipped from across the continent. Consumers get back in touch with where their food comes from and receive FRESH ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE AT AFFORDABLE PRICES.” (** from Orchard Hill Farm website)

September 3, 2009

Artax and Falcor

The most important part of any portrait is the eyes ... in my opionion. When the viewer makes eye contact with the portrait, a sense of communication is established. Both dogs have great eyes and the reference photos captured them perfectly. That was my favourite part of this portrait to draw.