Wednesdoodles: Messin’ with pen and watercolour



So I lied last post..I managed to make a post the night before I fly out and set it to post while as I’m busy making my way to the airport on the icy, icy 40 below roads of Toronto. It is SO DAMN cold here folks. I have barely stepped outside for two days!! I have a bad feeling about my flight tomorrow too…apparently a pile of flights have been cancelled due to the freezing weather, which means I may be facing a serious delay! I can’t really complain seeing as SO many people who had to travel this holiday season had it pretty darn rough, not to mention the huge amount of people who had no power for so many days here in Ontario.

Anyhow, moving along! I’ve had more than plenty of time to get work done these past few week’s I’ve been away from Halifax. I’ve sketched, doodled, painted, create a few new card designs for Double Dare, build a booth for our trade show in February with my Dad, and finished a book! PHEWF. When does vacation begin??

Here are just a few sketches I made while I was visiting in PEI.



Since I’ve been printmaking, I’ve noticed that I can’t really leave a sketch without colour. Once I get a drawing down I just have to take it to the next level. I find I get so much more out of my drawings when I bring them to life. Even though they are just sketches in my book, its nice to take that extra bit of time to add some colour. It’s also great practice for me to be working with colour whenever I can. I just love mixing colours. I’m pretty sure it’s one of my passions in life.

bchapeskie2While I was away I experimented a little while getting out of my comfort zone and sketching in a coffee shop. I thought, since I’m going to be spending some time in airports and on planes I might as well get used to drawing in public spaces. It’s really not something I’m used to at all. I think I prefer to work alone where there is no chance of interruptions and distractions.  Drawing in public, sitting at a table all by myself I felt a little self conscious!  I felt a little weird! It made it a little tricky to get into things and to let my imagination take over. I grabbed a giant latte and gave myself a decent amount of time to dig into my work. Eventually I came around and started producing some fun little ideas. PHEWF!



I recently finished this book (pictured above!) Daily Rituals. It really got me thinking about how I work in the studio, and under what conditions I work best. I guess that’s part of the reason why I thought I would experiment with my surroundings by drawing in a public place. The energy was definitely different than it is when I’m locked up in my little studio all alone. I think I’ll have to try it out at least a few more times before I decide weather or not the results were good or bad! This is a really interesting read though, and I’d recommend checking it out! It’s interesting to read about how great mind’s from the past and present work, and to learn what their schedules/routines are like. The next book on my list is Jim Henson’s Biography. I am so excited!

OK WELL that’s it for now!! I’m planning on making some changes to this little blog in the next little while so stay tuned!


18 thoughts on “Wednesdoodles: Messin’ with pen and watercolour

    • Thanks! I guess I sort of felt like I might as well get right into my work since there’s plenty to do! I had lots of spare time over the holidays so why not! 🙂

  1. I really like the lightbulbs with the “brighten your day”! Great job 🙂
    Drawing in public does sound difficult (well, I can’t draw at all so drawing anywhere would be pretty difficult for me!) Way to go getting out of your comfort zone!

    • Hey! Thanks for the kind words! I guess pushing yourself in whatever you do is the key to growth! 😀 It may be a little painful but usually worth it!

  2. I’m going to have to refer my fiancé to your blog. He loves sketching and anything to do with art really! He just doesn’t do enough of it in his opinion. I think he would enjoy hearing about another artist and he should probably check out that routines book! Great post 🙂

    • Oh awesome! Sounds so good. I think that is the hardest challenge when you’re an artist. Most people can’t make a living at it so they have to find the time to do it which can be so tricky with so many other things going on. It’s so worth it though to make that time! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words and good luck to your fiancé!

  3. 😀 love the drawings! I have been thinking about time and how to make the best of it, and I get your point. Late nights are my best times. I’m getting that book!
    I’ll be passing by more often.

  4. I’m new to blogging, and I’m having trouble finding like minded blogs (water colour and ink), but this is the most like minded blog I’ve found though… so I just wanted to say…THANK YOU! I shall subscribe 🙂 Best of luck with your book, “Daily Rituals”, sounds very interesting, I’ve started a new daily ritual myself…to blog a painting a day. Its day 10 now and I’m loving it, best new years res ever!!! It’s been 10 years since I painted and this challenge has got me pulling out all my old art books, feeling inspired every day, looking at things with a new curious impassioned view. Looking forward to your next post 🙂

    • Hey! Oh that’s so awesome to hear! It’s amazing what happens when you put yourself to the test. I’m sure you’re already noticing so many amazing things happening with your work. I’m so happy you are finding so much inspiration! That’s awesome! Thanks for reading and subscribing! I will totally check out your blog and see what you’ve been up to!

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