Seed Pod

I found this large, funky-looking seed pod beneath some trees.

seed pod

8″ x 8″, pencil, watercolour and pen & ink

I found this large, funky-looking seed pod beneath some trees near the corner of Adelaide St. E. and Jarvis near my home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Great brownish-bordeaux colour with the bonus of rattling when shaken.  There were many more on the ground for the taking and shaking.

Veggie Corn Dog

I had ready-to-bake, veggie corn dogs for lunch today.

veggie corn dog

5″ x 8″, pencil, watercolour and ink

I had ready-to-bake, veggie corn dogs for lunch today to accompany my homemade, butternut squash soup.

I baked the veggies dogs for about 22 minutes and then served them with squiggles of ketchup and mustard.  They were delicious, but not exactly healthy. The kitchen smelled like deep-fryer grease for a while afterwards.

Beethoven Hall Entrance

Here is the finished sketch of the Beethoven Hall entrance at 197 King Street East near my home in Old Town Toronto.

beethoven door

8″ x 5″, pencil, ink and watercolour

Here is the finished sketch of the Beethoven Hall entrance at 197 King Street East near my home in Old Town Toronto. Beethoven Hall was formerly an antique dealer and estate sales auction shop.  Also known as “Anthenion Gallery.” The shop shuttered its doors and cleared out inventory last fall, 2015. Near the end of its days it was also selling jewellery.

It’s funny how the actual sketch always looks more complex and interesting.  This was the best digital version I could produce.

Doorway Underpainting

Here’s my latest work in progress. So far this is the underpainting over my rough pencil sketch. The subject is the entrance to 197 King Street East in Toronto, near my home.

doorway underpainting

8″ x 5″, pencil and watercolour

Here’s my latest work in progress.  So far this is the underpainting over my rough pencil sketch.  The subject is the entrance to 197 King Street East in Toronto, near my home.

Spanish Olives Pitted Black

A sketch of a can of pitted black Spanish olives purchased from Domino Foods in St. Lawrence Market.

Spanish pitted black olives

2.5 x 5.5″, watercolour and brush pen

A sketch of a can of pitted black Spanish olives purchased from Domino Foods in St. Lawrence Market. Purchased when we couldn’t find our usual stuffed green olives from the same brand.

New Theme (Finally)

So here finally, is a new post to my sketch blog. The image is of one of my favourite posts of a set of watercolours done before the Don Lands were developed with a variety of condo project.

Old Olyf Site

This post could also be called, “Take Two” because I had originally posted it to the relaunched site using this current responsive template.  But somehow, the database rolled back and I lost the first two posts, which kind of discouraged me.  The database rollback is still a mystery.

Many thanks to my husband, Gary, who put in long hours investigating, customizing and working on my site.

So here finally, is a new post to my sketch blog. The image is of one of my favourite posts of a set of watercolours done before the Don Lands were developed with a variety of condo project.

Happy 2016!

Big Orange Spool

I saw this big orange spool this past fall in my neighbourhood. I didn’t realize just how big the spool was until I noticed the orange pylons sitting on the nearby park bench.

big orange spool

8″ x 5″, pen and watercolour

I saw this big orange spool this past fall in my neighbourhood.  I didn’t realize just how big the spool was until I noticed the orange pylons sitting on the nearby park bench.  The big orange spool of tubing was for use in the infrastructure upgrade on the street where I live.

Happy 2015!  This was my first post of the new year.  Wishing all five (5) of my regular followers all the best 😉

Taste of Spain – Can of Olives

This striking can of Spanish olives was purchased in Orleans, Ontario (a suburb or Ottawa) at an organic food store named, Farm Boy.

Taste of Spain Can of Olives

brush pen, watercolour, 8″ x 5 “

This striking can of Spanish olives was purchased in Orleans, Ontario (a suburb or Ottawa) at an organic food store named, Farm Boy.  I love olives, but thought that the olives in this can tasted funny: oddly, over-umami-tasting.  The taste was hard to wash afterwards, too.  At least the can looked great!  Wishing there were Farm Boy stores in Toronto (insert sad face here).