Tag Archives: sketching

early mornings

If I can haul myself out of bed early in the morning, I never regret it. Especially on a weekend. And when the humidity broke briefly this past weekend, I was thinking about all the great moments that early mornings offer.

  • Making a ridiculously precise cup of java and sipping it in silence outside
  • Walking the dog around the block before the neighbourhood wakes up
  • Doing a quick sketch to bring some creativity up to the top
  • Checking out the garden to see what is growing

Hope you have a great week!

CJR

cool combinations

Some things are clearly made to go together. Gin and tonic (of course), ripple chips and French onion dip, and maple syrup with well, anything.

Other combos might not be quite so obvious. But when you look closer, or try them out, they make for some natural pairings.

Yoga is one we’ve combined with other activities. Several years ago, we did a yoga and knitting workshop at Kripalu. Nothing really tying the activities together, but we did sit cross legged on the floor to knit, and I’m sure our stitches were loose and relaxed because we were.

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I did a yoga a kayaking weekend last year with White Squall Paddling Centre. The ability to isolate muscles and breathing in yoga made a huge difference to the buoyancy of the kayaking. And a little sketching thrown in too.

We recently did a little day hike and stopped for some scenic yogic poses.

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Hiking and food is an obvious. Tire yourself out and have someone serve up a delicious meal at the end of it all. And a personal favourite – the various Butter Tart Trails across Ontario. You could walk or drive to the next bakery featuring their version of the Canadian classic.

CJR

friday favourite – watercolour cards

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We are loving sketching on gift cards. Sometimes we find an image or pattern we like, and do a little production line of cards. We’ve already featured these little beach houses from an Australian wine label, but it’s one of our favourites.

Strathmore makes great watercolour cards in lots of sizes. The small gift card size is the least intimidating as it sits there all white and plain, waiting for a sketch. It’s this week’s Friday favourite.

CJR

friday favourite – online art classes

We are on our fourth online sketching class. And it’s definitely a new favourite. We’ve taken two through Sketchbook Skool. One with Jane LaFazio. And the latest with Sketchbook Skool teacher Koosje Koene.

It’s called Just Draw it. After three courses where we just jumped right in to sketching – with no real aptitude or skill – this class is about learning the basics.

If you have any interesting in drawing, sketching and buying cool watercolour sets, check out these online art classes!

CJR & HAR

borrowing beauty

I’ve worked in advertising and marketing for a long time…and you learn that there are very few truly new ideas. A different spin. A different angle. Some little thing to make it a new”er” idea. And since imitation is a great form of flattery, we were thinking about the beautiful ideas we borrow to find inspiration – for pottery designs, dinner and for our sketchbooks.

Wine labels are a great source of sketching ideas. Last summer I found an Australian white Summer Shack that had a playful, relaxed label with a line up of beach houses. Kind of the way they want you to feel after a glass or two:-). We turned those houses into sketching subjects, and notecards.

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Here are some recently spotted labels that we’ll be lining up to draw.

What inspires you?

CJR

friday favourite: Koi Water Colors

Sketching gives me a great excuse to buy more sketchbooks, Faber Castell PITT pens and watercolour sets.

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This is my new favourite Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box. Big name for a small portable pack with a removable tray, LOTS of colours, back thumb loop to hold and look like I know what I’m doing…and a watercolour refillable brush.

Thanks Maddie for the recommend:-)

CJR