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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Drawing and sketching

I have spent a lot of time on ferries lately - three visits to Vancouver in the last two weeks. It has meant a lot of time for sketching.

On August 27 and 28 I was in North Vancouver for the first ever Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Modern Quilt Showcase which was held at the PipeShop on Victory Ship Way near the Lonsdale Quay. My talented friend Megan had quilts on display, see her blog post, and I really enjoyed the show and getting together with Megan.

I did this quick sketch of Megan's swimming pool quilt:

And I attempted these two quick sketches of the Lonsdale Quay buildings:

I went back home, then came back to West Vancouver with my husband on September 2 and 3 for a family and friends get together.

While staying at our very generous friend's house (really, would you want the same house guest 3 times in 2 weeks??), I did a colour pencil drawing of a mug by Bev Severn, a Denman Island potter, that I gave to my friend several years ago.

Back home again, then into Vancouver September 7 and 8 for dinner with friends, lunch with my oldest friend, to buy a dress for a wedding coming up in October, and my monthly book club meeting. I love everyone so much, but that was a lot of travelling and visiting for someone (moi) who normally lives a pretty quiet life. 

I spent all those hours on the ferry back and forth from Vancouver Island to the mainland doing these two detailed fantasy ink sketches.

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