Archive for the Illustrated Journals Category

Color Scheme Days

Some days arrive with a color scheme. You wake up and there they are. They start with a pale pink and creamy yellow carnation resting in a glass on the oak brown table and then all day long, effortlessly, you see those colors repeating, in the blouse of the women in front of you at […]

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Spider Gravy

illustrated journals

Today’s post is a Happy Thanksgiving salute to my American friends, who celebrate the day on November 26th. In Canada, we feasted over a month ago, on October 12th. It was a warm 14°C, requiring us to open the windows to release the steamy heat from the turkey filled oven. The story below demonstrates one of my favorite purposes of keeping […]

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Sketching Garlic Scapes

Drawing garlic scapes

Sometimes you don’t have to look far for sketching inspiration.  One day earlier in the summer, when strolling around the Metchosin Farmers’ Market, I came across a big bucket of garlic scapes, surrounded by hand packaged herbs and young zucchini. When I saw the beautiful, looping, snakes of stems and unopened flower buds of the hard-neck garlic, I had to sketch them, so […]

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Choosing to Dust Rather Than Draw

herons scoping the goldfish pond

I’ve been plodding along trying to complete my Canson™ mixed media journal. It’s not my favorite. My pens seem to drag across the paper, it absorbs paint too quickly and the colors don’t mingle the way I would like them to. The paper is fine when I paint small areas but does not perform well […]

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The Colors of Christmas Baking

Drawing vintage cookie cutters

I am not a baker. Christmas is the only time of the year that I fire up enough enthusiasm to generate a double batch of sugar free gingerbread dough and three loaves of braided fruit bread. I’m in awe of some of my family and friends who turn out exquisite looking holiday goodies with names […]

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Full to the Brim…

Beach observations

Some days I enjoy taking a sketchbook to the beach, sitting on a log and simply staring. Gazing at the seaweed, the shells, scrutinizing rocks, observing the birds, breathing in the sea air and listening to the waves is enough. Slowly I begin to relax and look more closely at my surroundings and the desire […]

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Delighting in Chaos

I’ve had the privilege of visiting with my daughter and her lovely family this spring. Each day with a newborn and a two year old bustles at a pace that I have not experienced for some time.  Although I once managed three children, aged five and under, I have long since taken my uninterrupted mornings […]

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My Unsympathetic Brush Pen

Sunny autumn morning art by patricia Bentham

In my last post, I mentioned that I intended to limit my October sketchbook by only using a Pentel Pocket brush pen and watercolors. I’m about half way there and am enjoying the bolder lines and added contrast the brush pen produces. The pen is not forgiving. Once I put the slightest pressure on it, […]

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Giving Thanks, Brush Pens and Joseph Low

Happy Thanksgiving

  The sun is shining over Victoria, BC on this wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving Day and the lawn just may dry out enough to get its last haircut of the season. A few weeks ago I was given a present of a delightful pot of orange, ornamental peppers that demanded to be sketched. Since I was […]

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Unearthing Memories

Random Items Drawing by Patricia Bentham

I find that drawing certain objects unearths a stream of memories.  As I draw each item, I try to observe it as seeing it for the first time, in order to notice its lines, values and textures but at the same time, I experience nostalgia, knowing that there is a story behind each piece. When […]

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Dragons and Stars

Dragon and Starfruit Together drawing by Patricia Bentham

Lately, I have been working hard at producing more effortless pictures (now that’s an oxymoron!), trying to make what appears on my pages look more like the images in my head. Completing value sketches before starting in color defined the darks and lights,  made it easier to get proportions right, and provided more time to […]

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Twists and Turns

Elephant Garlic

I love the twists and turns of Elephant Garlic, especially when the early morning sun creates shadows on the leaves. Absorbed in my drawing, I slowly became aware of a  racket from an upset crow in the neighbour’s yard. The peak of their house is just visible over the hedge and a heron perched patiently […]

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