Category Archives: drawings


Recently I demonstrated my watercolour techniques at Opus in Coquitlam and had hoped to share the completed piece on my blog with those from the workshop. But things have changed rapidly in the last week or so. I am entering into a very busy, challenging time ahead. Selling, moving to a new home asap is the smallest part of the daunting journey ahead. When I come out the other-side I will be back on the blog (early 2018 hopefully) . Meanwhile here is an ink and watercolour pencil crayon of irises from my yard. All for now, more in 2018. Joy

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Posted by on June 18, 2017 in drawings, watercolours


Drawing Birds

great-horned-owl-drawingbird-drawing-annas-hummingbirdbird-drawing-house-finchIn a month I’ll be teaching a week of paper mask making to students. The theme is birds of BC. To get ready I’ve been drawing the heads of the various birds to help get acquainted with them and to have my own work to share with the students. Ink pen with watercolour pencil crayons is giving me the look I wanted. It’s very relaxing!

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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in drawings, watercolours


Seahorse Sketches 2016

2-seahorse-drawing-21-seahorse-drawing-2Lots of rain where I live right now, and finally a bit of free time again; to draw a bit. Watching videos of seahorses and sketching them was a nice way to spend an hour last night. Here are two of my pencil crayon drawings with aquarelle pencil crayons added for colour.

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Posted by on October 29, 2016 in drawings, seahorses, watercolours


To be a Tree

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Two of my ‘how to draw a tree’ handouts that I give to my students. And an unfinished painting of a tree in blue. I never tire of drawing trees!

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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in acrylics, drawings, miscellaneous, publicity


Drawing in a Sketchbook

hand drawing by JoyCleaning up the office for fall teaching means stumbling across quite a few art pieces that are ideas that never went very far. This pencil sketch of my hand is an example. Intuitively done I never did figure out what the next step was with this drawing. So there it is. One of a kind.

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Posted by on September 20, 2015 in drawings



Starfish Studies in Ink

Starfish ink and stickBack to drawing with ink and stick. Have been teaching this technique to my students lately and it’s always freeing and intriguing. So simple but unpredictable. Have to always remember that picking up more ink means that the next mark you make will be darker than those to follow. Instead of drawing the shape in a linear fashion you need to jump from area to area, working from the dark to the light. Colour is put on lightly with chalk pastel. The contrast between the ink and the chalk enhances the image.

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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in drawings, seahorses


Tag, You’re It!

Tag Info for GSLOnly a few weeks to finish preparations for an upcoming community Art Show, Tag – You’re It! at Place des Arts. There will be empty banners that will fill up with individually designed Tags (drawing, printing, and/or collage). Will also be working with schools, preschool, and teens to fill up the banners. One of them will become a permanent display in the atrium at Place des Arts.

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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in drawings, fibre art, mixed media, publicity