31 Days 31 Drawings. Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Jake Parker created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.

Day 1st: My first ink sketch. I should have stopped adding to it a long time ago, but I was listening to the amazing presentations at the second ever online Picture Book Summit. I mean how can you think/draw straight when listening to e.g. Jane Yolen?


I used Sennelier ink and two water colour brushes size 0 and size 10 on Canson Mixed Media Paper

What about you? Are you up for the challenge? Or do you rather resonate with Jane Yolen’s “A poem a day”?

During this inspiring month of October when nature surprises us with an ever changing palette, I guess we can afford to be creative as well. No pressure. Just be spontaneous. Or at the very least, how about you find something you are grateful for each day?  – I invite you to share in the comment section.

Wild for the Arts

Two weeks into the new school year, we are ready to go camping again 🙂 What about you?

What better opportunity than to go “Wild for the Arts,”celebrating Mac Gregor Point Provincial Park’s 40th anniversary! This festival puts artists, writers, musicians, and crafters on campsites in the Fox Way loop of the Nipissing campground. Andrea Zimmer and I will be hosting workshops on our shared campsite, Kids can have fun at the creativity site, the whole family can enjoy scavenger hunts and word games – and important: there will be food available to purchase on-site. Also: Free day use admission to the park. So if you live in the area, there’s really no excuse not to come out and check out what the crazy artists camping out in the rain (no, no, don’t believe the forecast!) and likely smelling a little smokey from their campfires at night, have to offer. The event is hosted by the tireless volunteers, the Friends of MacGregor Point Park 

When? This coming weekend:

Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept 18
Wild for the Arts Festival
MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Saugeen Shores (the only location I know of where wild birds sit on your arm and eat from your hands.)

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#218 Fox Way loop: Here’ll be our Art Camp! – We look forward to seeing you there!

Paisley & Area Art Show

13th Annual Paisley & Area Art Show and Sale is scheduled to run from August 27 -September 18, 2016 at Nature’s Millworks.

Over 50 local artists will show some of their work at this popular art show in a historic mill right next to the Teeswater River. Even if you happen to be not into art that much, you should still pop in to see Helen and Paul Crysler’s carefully restored heritage building, the former “Paisley City Roller Mills” that shipped flour around the world.

The mill that includes several acres of land and river is currently for sale; another good reason to check it all out.

Here’s one of my artworks I will be showing at the Mill:


mixed media/sculpted paper on wood panel

Inspiration is Everywhere

In my drawing classes the first thing I try to teach my students is that inspiration and motives are nothing we have to search for, they are everywhere. Don’t look too far, don’t look for big, when the things in front of you can be all you ever wanted. I had an art professor who only painted swans for half a year, because this is what she saw when she looked out of her apartment window. Other artists I know paint beautiful still lives arranging their everyday tools like scissors, pens and paint tubes. Ever painted your food? – You might annoy your company, but it’s worth trying when you eat alone…

I painted animals for years. I still do! Do you want to know why? – Because I love animals, but also because this is the view from my studio window:




Well, you could argue I only have animals so that I can paint them 🙂 … however, this is what the results might look like, depending on the view:


or my exploration mood…


What inspires you? Where do you find your motives?



Creating while Waiting for the Pleasure of it

I don’t know about you, but I have to wait – a lot … for the paint to dry for instance. Or the potatoes to boil. Or for the tractor to finish its row and I can pass the driver some food, or tools, or I don’t know what… I have to wait for the milk to cool to feed to the lamb, for the school bus to arrive, for the seedlings to grow, for the chicken to come in at night, for the acceptance or the rejection letter to appear in my inbox, for good news and most of all for my muse. You’d think with all that waiting I’d be good at it by now, but no, I’m not. I can’t even sit still for a movie to watch unless someone watches with me like a babysitter of some sort. So I doodle. Or drum a beat with my fingers and toes. I start dancing out of the blue, or furrow my forehead in deep thought. Sometimes I draw lines in the sand or arrange objects I find …





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I look at them from all sites…


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not even feeling the mosquito bites.


I paint the leaves,



arrange unusual treats

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integrate everything I find


until work calls me back, do you mind?

A Look into My “Wild” Sketchbook

The other day I found this little guy standing in the middle of the road:


Driving in my car I slowed down, slowed down, until I almost stopped. I swear this fellow was laughing before he finally turned and shuffled off the road back into the field.

Since I was almost home, I tried to capture his face expression in my sketchbook as soon as possible. He still makes me smile whenever I look at this sketch. So… did he have something to tell me, besides “slow down!”?

As so often I looked up his meaning and found it quite interesting. Among other meanings, listen to that: Groundhog: “Lessons associated with death, dying and revelations about its processes will begin to surface.”  – “Mystery of Death without Dying.” Isn’t that suitable considering the book manuscript I’m working on?! — I like his smile now even better, because even tough I think I have a message worth sharing, I’ve never taken myself too seriously. Since Adam and Eve nobody really has something entirely new to say, and “near-death-experience” – hasn’t this almost become something like a household name?

But since I believe we are here in physical form to help and teach each other and also learn from each other, and since I like to contemplate life and death and God and the world, I believe I owe it to the reader to put my  grain of insight at least into a good story. – So I’d like to ask you to be patient with me… just like the groundhog asked of me. If I don’t die over it, I promise you a good story in the end 😉

P.s.: The groundhog can hold an entirely different meaning for you. If you spot one and you think he “was talking to you,” look up its meaning, or see how he goes through life and learn from it or be fascinated. The meaning I mentioned above resonated to me in this particular time. And as I said, although I think everything has a meaning, don’t take anything too seriously. Most of all yourself or the opinion of others.

Have a lovely day! 🙂