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Nova Scotian Trick-or-Treaters (2018) — Oct 31, 2018

Nova Scotian Trick-or-Treaters (2018)

Nova Scotian Trick-or-Treaters
Nova Scotian Trick-or-Treaters

It’s time to be spooky! Continuing from the last exhibition, it’s time to see the Nova Scotians in their Halloween costumes out in action!

To keep things a little simpler, I didn’t include all the costumes from the previous artwork, but a select few which I thought were the scariest or the most Halloween-ish. The kids all carry pumpkin pots, ready to collect any treats which they hope to collect from willing neighbours, while the adults join in the fun with costumes of their own. Night scenes are somewhat difficult because everything is darker, especially when drawing traditionally, but on top of my Bonfire Night artwork from last year, it’s good practice.

In case you’ve forgotten who’s who, here’s a small-ish rundown, going from left to right on each row:

  • Halifax – Old Clock Tower
  • Westville – Georgie from It
  • Dartmouth – zombie teacher
  • Jollimore – Hawaiian vacationer (his legs must be cold with just those shorts on!)
  • Tatamagouche – cow
  • Parrsboro – dinosaur
  • Joggins – archaeologist
  • Pictou – Highlander
  • Port Hawkesbury – witch
  • StellartonStellarton Starman
  • Wolfville – grapevine
  • Oxford – blueberry
  • Berwick – apple
  • Kentville – pumpkin
  • Mahone Bay – scarecrow
  • LunenburgBluenose II
  • Riverport – sea captain
  • Liverpool – witch
  • Cole Harbour – hockey player (modelled on Syd Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins)

Before I leave you to enjoy your stash of candy you’ve probably been going trick-or-treating for, a little history lesson:

Halloween has its roots in a Celtic festival called Samhain – pronounced So-when – which is when the spirits of the departed were said to come out and roam the world of the living. Halloween itself is a shortening of All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day (first day of November), which traditonally marked the beginning of winter. The celebration of the dead is why Halloween is associated with spooky stuff.

With that all said, have a very Happy Halloween – and don’t overdo the candy!


Riverport’s Rambles: Chapter 1 — Oct 18, 2018

Riverport’s Rambles: Chapter 1

The amber sun peeked its blazing head above the horizon, shimmering golden rays illuminating the vast sea in ultramarine. It beamed through the front bedroom window onto Riverport’s bearded face, flashing behind his closed eyes.

“Oh, that must be the mornin’ comin’ in.”

He snorted loud enough to wake himself up, peeling back the covers and slipping his bare feet into his favourite pair of slippers – white and bright blue stripes with a golden anchor print. He went over to the window and opened it slightly, letting the cool sea breeze inside.

“Ah, nothin’ like good ol’ sea salt. Speakin’ of which…”

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Nova Scotian Halloween Costumes (2018) — Oct 12, 2018

Nova Scotian Halloween Costumes (2018)

‘Tis the season to be… spooky! 🎃👻💀

Halloween has arrived again, meaning ghouls, ghosts and goblins are all out in full force. Wacky costumes are making the rounds, and no-one’s more ready for it than the cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life.

I’ve concocted a witch’s brew of terrifying Halloween costumes that are set to make this scary season a memorable one, at least in the province of Nova Scotia. Each costume is connected in some way to their hometowns (with the exception of a few), furthering their purpose as geographical personifications. This work is split into two parts.

Part 1

  • Halifax – Old Clock Tower
  • Dartmouth – zombie teacher
  • Jollimore – Hawaiian vacationer (inspired by Life is a Beach) 🌺
  • Cole Harbour – hockey player (birthplace of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Syd Crosby) 🏒
  • Waverley – jellyfish
  • Sambro – Highlander
  • Peggy’s Cove – lighthouse
  • LunenburgBluenose II
  • Mahone Bay – scarecrow (annual scarecrow festival, usually held in September-October)
  • Riverport – sea captain
  • Bridgewater – lobster 🦞
  • Liverpool – witch 🧙🏻‍♀️
  • Lockeport – fish man 🐟
  • Yarmouth – lobster (largest lobster fishing grounds in the world 🦞)

Part 2

  • Berwick – apple (apple capital of Nova Scotia 🍎🍏)
  • Kentville – jack o’lantern (pumpkin festival 🎃)
  • Wolfville – grapevine (wineries 🍇🍷🥂)
  • Truro – train station attendant (railway hub 🚂🚆🚉🛤)
  • Masstown – lobster 🦞
  • Amherst – Esther Cox (the Great Amherst Mystery 👻)
  • Springhill – miner (former mining town ⚒⛏)
  • Joggins – archaeologist (fossil cliffs 🐚🦖🦕)
  • Parrsboro – dinosaur (Fundy Geological Museum 🦖🦕)
  • Oxford – blueberry (blueberry capital of Nova Scotia 🍇)
  • Pugwash – Captain Pugwash (get it?)
  • Tatamagouche – cow (dairy farms 🐄🐮🥛)
  • Pictou – Highlander (high Scottish population and heritage 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿)
  • New Glasgow – New Glasgow Nebula, from the Stellarton Starman cartoon and comic series
  • Stellarton – Stellarton Starman, of the eponymous series
  • Trenton – The Tin Man (steel mills 🔩⚙🔧)
  • Westville – Georgie, the boy who is kidnapped by the clown Pennywise in the Stephen King book and movie It
  • James River – beaver (because his last name is Beaver Meadow)
  • Antigonish – Highland warrior (Highland Games 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏋🏻⛳🏌🏻)
  • Arisaig – also a Highland warrior (as above)
  • Port Hawkesbury – witch 🧙🏻‍♀️
  • Judique – moose (high population of moose 🦌)
  • Campbell – Doesn’t celebrate Halloween, so he just wears his formal outfit
  • Lime Hill – Also doesn’t celebrate Halloween, so he just wears his formal outfit.
Inktober 2018 — Oct 5, 2018

Inktober 2018

I’ve decided to participate in this year’s Inktober!

(If you don’t know what Inktober is, I’ve written this handy post. It’s a couple of years old, but it gets down the basic facts about Inktober.)

This gallery will be updated as I draw for the challenge, which will eventually make a 30-day visual calendar of ink drawings. And as it’s also the season to be spooky, some of the drawings will also be Halloween-themed. 🎃👻💀

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