Mermay is swimming away, but before it disappears into the oceanic depths, there’s just enough time to revisit my mer-mazing art from this year. While I haven’t really drawn much compared to last year (given the current circumstances), I can guarantee you that Mermay 2021 will make a bigger splash!
Halifax Davison, Truro Deuville, Yarmouth Deuville & Sydney Lingan
Love is in the air, and my Nova Scotia-themed cards for Valentine’s Day are back! I’ve also made some new cards for the new year. 💌
To save these to your computer for writing on and sharing, simply click on a card, right-click and select “Save image as…” Then you can either print them out or post them on social media, and send them to your Valentine! 💝💘💕
The temperatures are coming down, and so are the leaves on the trees. Autumn has arrived! 🍂🍁
After the heat of the summer, cooler days are back again. But the cold of winter hasn’t set in yet, so it’s the perfect time to have some autumnal fun in the forest!
The Big Canadian Three’s Autumn Adventure
The Denoons’ Autumn Adventure
To celebrate the new season, I’ve drawn not one, but two artworks. While the characters differ between each one, they are basically the same, both being in the same forest. These are a sort of follow-up to the artwork I drew for autumn last year, but with more focus on the natural environment.
The first picture stars the big Canadian three – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. I’ve tended to be drawing them more in recent months, in an attempt to go beyond Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces. They’ve also received a major re-design – Toronto is now of South Asian descent, and Vancouver is of English and Chinese/Korean descent, which more closely matches their real-life demographics. Montreal, while still staying white, now has some Irish and Scottish in him in addition to French Canadian, and he now wears Montreal Canadiens hockey wear. They all have suitably warm yet breathy clothes for the cool autumn breezes. In his hand, Montreal holds a red maple leaf – the everlasting emblem of Canada everywhere. 🍁🇨🇦
The second picture stars the Denoon family – Pictou, Port Hawkesbury and Stellarton, Like Montreal, Pictou also holds a leaf in his hands, but it’s three leaves rather than just one. I like to think that there’s one leaf for each member of the family. 😁
All the leaves were drawn by hand, so no two are the same, giving each one a unique shape. They were also each coloured individually, vividly creating the fiery reds, oranges, yellows and earthy browns of autumn – the last burst of natural colour before the greys of winter.
I’m posting this on the first day of October, which means it’s also time to get spooky! 🎃👻
If you’ve been looking through my Instagram feed lately, you’ll have noticed quite a few pictures of crystals. I recently got back into crystals – possibly thanks to Steven Universe – and I’ve now started my own collection. (I say “got back into” because I’d previously been interested in gems when I was 10.)
Seeing all the different shapes and colours of crystals can be confusing to first-timers, so I’ve reblogged this useful post from Tumblr identifying many of the popular crystals found in collections. (This doesn’t include the commonly cut and faceted gems, such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.)