Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cabbagetown Walk

 Last weekend we went for a walk through one of our city's beautiful old neighbourhoods, Cabbagetown. We started off at St. James Cemetery, which has a lovely little chapel (at the top of the page) that was designed by the architectural firm Cumberland & Storm, in 1861 (Cumberland, who lived in the Cumberland House).

We made our way down Parliament to Winchester St., and then went east all the way down to visit the Necropolis (Toronto's pioneer cemetery) and Riverdale Farm. The Necropolis has a beautiful chapel (above) and some wonderful old architectural and sculptural grave markers (below).

We found this awesome treehouse being built on a property that borders on the Necropolis:

And directly across the street is Riverdale farm. Sorry, no animal photos today, but we love their old barn:

The houses and trees in Cabbagetown are worth checking out themselves, lots of heritage buildings, and well-maintained gardens.

As we made our way home, we walked along Carlton to Yonge, passing Alan Gardens. And we end the tour there, having spent a great day visiting one of Toronto's most beautiful historic neighbourhoods, and all of it was free.



Thursday, July 19, 2012


Here's a sketch I've been working on this week. The beautiful little church of St. Vigeans is just outside Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland.

Last summer I was visiting relatives and my aunt and I were lucky enough to get the key to the church so we could explore.

This is one of the richest sites of Pict stone carvings, and there is a museum dedicated to the work at the foot of the hill. The site itself dates back to ancient Pictish times, before Christianity, and people have been coming here ever since.

I'm thinking of trying out some coloured versions...


- Pat

Monday, July 2, 2012

"Dire Wolf": 32 second animation


I've been playing around with a few After Effects animation projects. Here is a quick one I did for the first 32 seconds of the Dead song "Dire Wolf." I have images and ideas for the rest of the song, maybe I'll do a full animated video for it later...