Nova Scotia Bobcat

January 24, 2010

Nova Scotia Bobcat

The colored pencil drawing of a Bobcat begun earlier this week is finally complete.  Earlier stages of the image can be found at

Nova Scotia supposedly has the largest population of bobcats in North America.  They are Canada’s most common wildcat and keep the populations of small rodents and mammals such as Snowshoe Hares in check.  For photos of bobcat tracks, see my nature journal post  Bobcats in the Backyard.

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January 22, 2010

Here are different stages of one drawing of a Bobcat made with colored pencils. The first stage, shown above, was done on January 20th, and only reveals the Bobcat’s eyes.

The second stage, done on January 21st, shows more facial features.

The final drawing, completed January 24th, can be viewed at Nova Scotia Bobcat.

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The Baltic Wheel

December 12, 2009

baltic wheelsThroughout the ages, various cultures have created labyrinths to provide users with the opportunity to reflect while in motion along a given path. Their design integrates the circle with the spiral, two of the earth’s oldest symbols.

Forms are numerous, with applications in a variety of sizes and materials (stones, sticks, plants, fabric) created for either indoor or outdoor use. 

Scandinavian in origin, the Baltic Wheel labyrinth provides two paths to the centre: a long and a short.

The above drawings are preliminary sketches for a labyrinth that is presently in the planning stage for the MacDonald Park in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. The scarlet circles show possible placement of mosaic tiles. 

The hedge border will be Autumn Joy Sedum.

The Chess Players

April 4, 2009


Chess tournaments provide excellent opportunities for children to engage in a quiet social activity while exercising their young minds. With so many people sitting relatively still for long periods of time, they’re also an excellent place for artists to sketch subjects in thoughtful poses.

This drawing was created during such a tournament at Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre when my sons were younger. 

It’s drawn in black pen on manila paper.

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The cold waters off Canada’s east coast may lack the colourful wildlife found in warmer seas, but we do have Purple Starfish and Green Sea Urchins. I’ve shown the urchin without its spines in order to reveal the star shaped design found on its shell. 

This painting was done in acrylics on masonite.

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Asymmetry in Lobsters

March 31, 2009


Lobsters are a good example of asymmetry in nature.  Often, their claws are not only found to be of different sizes, but also different shapes.


Lobsters will regenerate a claw if it is broken off, but it takes some time for the new one to grow back to its maximum size.  This may also account for an asymmetrical appearance. 

The photo I used as a guide to paint the lobster at top showed the right arm hidden under its body at the point where it is attached.  Its left arm was also tilted at an angle to show its narrowest side.  Both of these positions exaggerate the discrepancy in claw sizes.

The painting at top was created on masonite with acrylics while the drawing of the lobster was made with a fine point black marker.

The image of a Lobster on Rocks shown at top appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of the Arsenic Lobster poetry journal. 

The original painting is at The Inn at Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia.

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Eastern Cougar

March 26, 2009


Cats’ eyes are among the most beautiful in the animal kingdom.  Their pupils change from narrow slits in bright sunshine to full circles in the dark.  These eyes belong to an Eastern Cougar, an elusive wild cat that lives in Canadian woods.

The drawing was made with coloured pencils on emerald green textured paper.

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