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Chess Endgames

The game of chess has plenty of visual drama, perhaps most of all when it reaches the endgame. The field is cleared for the final contest, but stalemate is always possible if a king is cornered and cannot move without putting itself in check. These two pictures show two of ...
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False Creek Houseboats

This picture was drawn outdoors on 22 April as part of an Urban Sketchers Meetup at Granville Island. Choosing a gap between houseboats rather than a single individual one, I used a soft graphite pencil (9B) on laid paper, varying the pressure to create darker or lighter tone. The triangle ...
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Watercolour abstraction

Abstract art suggests for most people a large oil or acrylic canvas, but a smaller work in watercolour  has possibilities too. I am working on a series of pictures that express emotional buoyancy with an outburst of coloured shapes leaping up against a colour-contrasted background. The shapes are created by ...
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Horse and Cart

This drawing, made with black conte pencil on laid paper, is based on a still I obtained from a 1907 movie of scenes from Vancouver and Victoria streets, filmed from a streetcar. This empty dray, for carrying bulk goods, crossed the tracks just ahead of the streetcar. The conte strokes ...
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Rocking Horse

This drawing  was made on location at the Museum of Vancouver recently (December 2016) as part of a "Meet-Up" organized by Vancouver Urban Sketchers. This group assembles at a pre-arranged place (a museum, cafe, urban park, etc.) and then scatters to sketch for an hour or two. Then we reassemble ...
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Figure with Cell Phone

This figure is seated on a bench by a beach, with one hand holding a cell-phone to her ear, the other clasping her ankle. Black conté on laid paper is one of my favourite drawing combinations. The sound of the conté pencil moving over the grid of raised lines on ...
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Edwardian Ladies

The Museum of Vancouver shows an old movie, which is also available on YouTube as "May 1907 - Ride through Victoria and Vancouver, Canada (speed corrected w/ added sound)". It shows fascinating scenes taken from a moving streetcar, and includes many horse-drawn vehicles, a few early automobiles, and many pedestrians ...
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