Sketch journal · What I saw

Moving

I’m moving the day after tomorrow. Boxes and papers are everywhere and everything feels half-finished, pending the dismantling, shredding, fixing, folding or packing of something else. There’s no end to the mess – which is why I’m sitting here at my computer – taking a break and doing my best not to look away from the screen.

This sketch is of a regular on the streets of Parkdale. I don’t know where he lives, but he’s often crouched on the sidewalk at King and Dufferin, quietly doing his thing.

Drawing and painting

Sandra Pratt

I’ve been looking at Sandra Pratt’s paintings ever since I stumbled on one of her landscapes on Pinterest. I like the simplicity and spaciousness of her work.

The swaths of mostly monochromatic colour that she lays down with her palette knife really capture a sense of place and time.

And evoke a mood about what she’s painting. This isn’t easy to do – it certainly doesn’t happen often in my work. I’m still too focused on recording what I see rather than capturing the essence or feeling of what I’m looking at. Pratt’s work is inspiring!