Tarja Barton Illustrator

Begonia Rough Sketch

Earlier yesterday, I had stopped at the local garden center to pick up some salad and pickled beets, when I noticed this Begonia by the cash register. I couldn’t resist, I knew I had to draw it! So home it came and today I spent part of the afternoon drawing it. Line drawing is done with 2H pencil, lettering with Tombow Dual Brush black marker.

Now that I have a line drawing, I can use it to transfer the drawing to other surfaces like vellum or watercolour paper. Haven’t decided yet.

Begonia Illustration WIP


Birds etc

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I was sketching in the back patio for several hours this afternoon May 27, 2018, and had my camera set up on a tripod. After I had filled the bird feeder and replaced the water in the birdbath, I finally caught the attention of a few birds. The Cardinals have been doing flybys for a few days and today they decided to stay for a few minutes.

Around the backyard

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Robins in the backyard




Pair of Doves

Caught these two flying around our backyard.


Pine Cone Sketch

Took advantage of the beautiful weather today and sat on our backyard patio with my sketch pad, 2H pencil and brushed tipped marker (and a glass of Baileys Irish Cream).PineCone wLettering_web

Common Rosemallow Illustration

Illustration created with Prismacolor Premier Art Markers. Lettering using Tombow Dual Brush marker.


Geese are here to stay


Apparently our neighbour’s pond won over our rolling hill (with the annoying humans). I just hope that they don’t decide to stroll across the busy road. For some reason, they seem to think that they own the neighbourhood.

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Garlic Illustration

It’s another rainy day at the latter part of April that couldn’t turn in to snow, or could it? Good grief, I hope not! While stuck in the house, I had a sudden urge to illustrate. After picking out a few items, outside (in the rain) and inside, I decided to try to illustrate a garlic. Surprisingly, I have not tried to draw one before. The drawing itself is done with 2H and 4B pencil, while the lettering is done using ‘Tombow’ Black Dual Brush pen. Illustrating is a great way to learn about the object itself and in this case the latin names.


New Neighbours

Seems that we have new neighbours moving in.


Sunset Feb. 12, 2018

Raced home to capture this sunset. Love the colours, but so done with this winter! Is it possible that we still have 7 weeks of possible snow?



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