I was sitting in a Pub called the “G café” in Athens last year and we sat at a sort of “shelf” table that looked out onto the street… interestingly, the table height was about level with the sidewalk outside, so I got this great dogs eye view of this motorcycle and started to sketch. Finally – some 8 months later, the render is done… 🙂
This is an “International Harvester “Farmall” I sketched from a trip I took last summer – this was at a charming little farmer’s market just to the northwest of Fort Erie… thought it would make an interesting subject!
Series II E-Type
This is a sketch/render of a lovely Series II owned by someone I met through the Jaguar Club. He was kind enough to take me for a drive in his car prior to me buying mine, which was a big help as it allowed me to get an idea of what it is, because, although I know these by repute, have read much about them, this was my first ride in one… Thanks!!!
XJ220, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
In the “better late than never” department – This is a Jaguar XJ220 that I saw at a jaguar Show at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum last fall… surprisingly, there were two XJ220s there – the one illustrated and a yellow one that I da seen at British Car day a couple of years ago. Loads of XJs, XJSs and Es there too. Brilliant weather, brilliant cars, brilliant planes made for a brilliant day. 🙂
1971 Airstream, Blue Mountain
A quick sketch of “Oscar” – a 25′ (guess) Airstream Land Yacht that Evelyn and I booked this past weekend (Hallowe’en). Oscar was parked on a farm on top of Blue Mountain. The weather, as it turned out, was awful – we hit solid cloud (well – fog) at Orangeville and it only got worse the further north we went. We spent two nights here, but it drizzled the whole time. Interestingly though, this was loads of fun. Our 11 year old Labrador ran around the property like a puppy, and I felt like… let’s change the language – ME felt like MAN coz built FIRE! Ha ha. First time I’ve split logs in 25 years. Most satisfying. Had a great time, visited Collingwood, Thornbury and Clarksburg (lots of art galleries) and hiked – in spite of the weather! Great time. Here’s the link to Oscar.
A long awaited sketch from a brilliant show I went to about a month and a half ago. This was a show at the Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum in Hamilton, and it was a show dedicated to Jags, not planes, though Evelyn and I spent about half our time toddling through the amazing aircraft and watching the old planes taking off and landing with their paying customers… a brilliant day – made even more brilliant by this Jaguar XJ220 – I’ve seen one XJ220 in England and one in Canada – the Canadian one I had seen is a brilliant yellow and was at the last (2019) British Car Day – I’d taken shots of it but never got around to sketching it. This was a silver model, and was parked directly behind the self same yellow XJ220 (which I have excised from the sketch – along with much else to optimize the sketch). I’ve been working on a render of this, but it is taking oh – so long – and thus I give you the sketch. More to follow! 🙂
The rarity of these cars might be highlighted by the fact that I have seen two flying Lancasters – one when I was in my final year at the RCA and, having lunch one late April day on the open deck beside the RCA sandwich shop, saw a singles Lancaster, several Hurricanes and four Spitfires fly overhead heading southeast to Buckingham Palace to amuse the Queen – though I assure you, I, and my friends were likely far more excited. There is also a flying Lancaster out of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – and it is (at the time of this writing) one of only two Lancasters flying worldwide. Go see it.
But – my point? I’ve seen two flying World War Two Bombers (the only ones in existence) and three XJ220s. This should give you an idea of the rarity of these cars – the number of cars manufactured – as far as I know – is 275. Rare indeed. But not as rare as the Lancaster!
A couple of weeks ago they shut down power in our condo for 4 consecutive days (!) due to electrical upgrades. Evelyn and I thus, scooted off to an Airbnb in Elora to wait it out. We stayed at “Casa Elora”, and it was brilliant… it is right downtown and looks over the Grand River and even has a balcony where you can sit with a drink and watch the river flow by… Many thanks to Jonathan, our Airbnb host for a brilliant stay in a lovely spot!
The pen sketch was done on the spot, across from the apartment, and Evelyn had brought along some pencil crayons, so I added some colour that evening.
Joan Mir, World Champion
Joan Mir was the winner of the 2020 MotoGP season – he was also one of 5 riders to win their maiden race this season (more drawings to follow!). This is the first time that Suzuki has won the championship in 20 years, and I think that it’s safe to say that few were betting on this at the outset of the season. Many Congratulations to both Joan Mir and Suzuki on a well-deserved championship!.
I have been remiss
This is a Porsche Carrera 6 that I saw at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. This is one of those vehicles that one can only stand back and gaze at in awe, a true representation of what metal, alloy and fibre can be fashioned into that that leaves one gobsmacked and awestruck.
Mercedes 300SL Prototype
This is a prototype of the Mercedes Benz 300SL at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart. There are some noticeable differences from the 300Sl as released, but they are subtle. This took much longer for me to do than usual as I wanted to capture the colours of the car, and it was really unusual in that the car is “silver” but in the environment, it kind of glowed with a strange coppery colour. Tricky to catch.