Toronto & Art



You are probably familiar with the fact that both of my sons, The Young Misters Walker, study, work and live in Toronto. They are very close and share an apartment. We are close as a family and modern communication provides us with ample opportunities to be a close long distance family.IMG_1072

But nothing beats seeing my boys for real and since their schedule is pretty crazy, I travel to them more often. And often Mr. Walker, their devoted father, travels with me.This summer we went there a couple of times and here some snapshots from the family album.

Toronto is a great city (apart from its crazy traffic!!!) We love going there and visit its many beautiful museums and pretty neighborhoods. There is always something beautiful to admire.


The AGO is our favorite museum. The building itself is already gorgeous, Mr. Walker took a long time taking some good shots….

…Youngest Mr. Walker and I got impatient and studied some dance moves. The Oldest Young Mr. Walker considered giving himself up for adoption.



Best cup of tea ever there…that to me is art every day!


Oh, and the Bata Shoe Museum!! A must see for every fashionista! The best of both worlds, art and fashion!!!



Finally saw Casa Loma…as a little girl I dreamt of having a bedroom like this! Maybe more towards the Kitsch here?


Fantastic food is every where in Toronto but I highly recommend Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Korean restaurant on Bloor street..this is the BEST food in the whole world and that is an art in itself! (they do not have a website)


Have a great weekend!

Love and Liefs, Johanna



Little important nothings of the goings on at the Walker Residence. Like the summer nights that gradually start a little earlier, now midsummer has passed. It’s really noisy with crickets and cicadas chirping and buzzing like mad.


Charley adorned with her favorite jewel is looking out for those cheeky raccoons!


And what a glorious feeling it was, to safe together with a neighborhood boy and two police officers 11 little ducklings who had fallen in the sewer. Mama Wood Duck had alerted us with running in circles around the grate of the sewer. Amazingly, once we started hauling up the little babies, she settled herself underneath a bush in the garden calling to and collecting her brood.  The long limbed lady in hat is me, the handle of the net was a bit short and my arms were by far the longest…


Summer baking..a lovely lemon pie and an upside down apple cake.


Experimenting with markers…that’s actually quite hard to work with!


Summer reading consists of revisiting classics like ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Middle March’ .But I also enjoy this delightful 1930 children’s book ever so much! I am certainly of a later date but it still brings happy memories!


Youngest Mr. Walker was here for a week, and Charley enjoyed going for drives even more!


And I always enjoy watching water striders. They have so many different names. In Dutch they are called ‘skate riders’ .


But the Stars of Summer in my opinion are these elegant water damsels.


De zomer gaat door, met steeds langere zomeravonden, samen met politie agenten en een buurjongen eendjes redden uit t riool , taarten bakken, lekker lezen, experimenteren met stiften , een bezoek van de jongste Walkerboy en leuke dieren in de natuur als schaatsen rijders en waterjuffers.

Love and Liefs, Johanna

Sketch Journal Project: Pigs!


07-27-2016001Summer’s heat continues and twice we reached 40C/ 100F last week. So not much to report from the outside world ;o) Instead I studied pigs. The Youngest Mr. Walker has his birthday coming up and he always had a fondness for pigs. In his kindergarten years, he always said he would become a pig farmer when grown up but he would put a sign at the start of his drive that would say: ” Butchers Prohibited”

So this year’s birthday card in honor of that memory! He does not want to become a pig farmer anymore but he is still a great lover of animals.  

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Och hemel, het is nog steeds te heet voor buiten activiteiten, van de week rees de temperatuur al 2x naar 40C! Dus heb ik binnen varkentjes bestudeerd. Toen de jongste Walkerboy op de kleuterschool zat, zei hij altijd dat hij een varkensboer zou worden maar dan wel met een bord op de oprit dat zei: ” Verboden voor Slagers!”. Hij was dan ook erg gesteld op varkentjes!
Binnenkort is hij jarig. Hij wil niet meer een varkensboer worden maar is nog steeds gek op dieren. Toch maar weer eens een gezellig varkentje op zijn kaart gezet !

Love and Liefs, Johanna



Tomorrow is my favorite day of the week! Charley wonders if the weather is good enough for a hike or if visitors will come?  Well what more makes a good Saturday ?

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Definitely a good breakfast! (best GF breakfast ever!)


A trip to Findlay Market…myohmyohmy the colors are so pretty there

We buy there the best tea and coffee and Mr.Walker’s sourdough breads.

How splendid can you look in a cowboy hat underneath one of the best signs ever?

Excellent healthy street food for lunch, sitting on a bench and watching other market shoppers go by…and they are watching us of course.

This area down town is becoming more beautiful each time we go there!

Whilst we are downtown, we might as well visit the Cincinnati Art Museum…even the Bicycle Rack is artful there.

When home again, a good nap is in order!

And we finish the day with an excellent BBQ, all local food!

Wishing you an excellent weekend…what are you up too?

Love and Liefs, Johanna

ps very proud to finally manage to use the photos of my phone on my blog with google photos…I only need to figure out how to watermark them.



What happened in every day life at the Walker residence? Well, there was a fabulous tea party with a couple fabulous friends in honor of a birthday.  The weather was perfect…

Then the weather turned nasty hot and our backyard birds were so happy with our fountain.



I gave a lovely smart cookie of a girl a book and card for her 6th birthday and look what she send me for a ‘Thank You Note’ !! What a talent and a promise for the future!!!



It is always a secret wish of mine, to have chickens scurrying and scratching around in the garden. However, we travel too much and Charley loves chickens in different way (nicely cut up in her bowl…) So I am very happy with this jolly fat chicken, I found in a yard sale for 5 dollar and she takes care of herself!!!


Knitting these mittens is such bliss…at least when my hands are not too hot and sweaty.


And I finished and blocked this colorful shawl. Charley thinks it matches her coat very well.


Wat gebeurde er zoal in Huize Walker de laatste tijd? Nou bijvoorbeeld een gezellig thee partijtje met gezellige vriendinnen. Vogels die verkoeling zoeken van wel heel heet weer.Een bijzonder leuk meisje die een wel heel fraai bedankbriefje stuurde voor een cadeautje met kaartje. En ach…deze gezellige dikke kip!! Slechts 5 dollar op een garage sale en zij zorgt ook nog es voor zichzelf. Charley was teleurgesteld want zij ziet liever een kipje lekker in t pannetje ;o) Zij wilde wel even fotomodel zijn voor deze gebreide sjaal…en als t niet klef heet is, brei ik ook graag aan deze wanten.

Happy Canada day and Happy Fourth of July…a nice long weekend for all here in North America!
Love and Liefs, Johanna

New Years Resolutions and Sketchbook Project

schetsboek1001Midsummer has passed, so time for me to check on how I am doing with my New Years Resolutions. Well not too shabby, me thinks, even with my exercise program! 


But I am still slacking when it comes to using my sketchbook more…So I studied different books on the subject and I liked this one best. It encouraged me to start a Sketch Journal. I opened this post with an image of my first page, which clearly states the purpose of this journal ( as recommended by the book) and I will commit myself to use it once a week and show it here.


Here some sketches of one of my summer favorites : honey bees…because I am a honey monster ;o) I eat honey on my toast, pancakes, stir fry dishes, scones and much, much more. And the full moon on Midsummer was called the honeymoon

This photo is from last year. This is a bumble bee another summer favorite of mine. You can read the funny story attached to it here.

Juni alweer! T jaar half om , dus maar es kijken naar de goede voornemens van januari.
Niet zo slecht, zelfs meer beweging/sport gaat aardig goed. Alleen t gebruik van een schetsboek…oei! Dus ik heb mijzelf verplicht om 1x per week een bladzijde in mijn spiksplinternieuw schetsboek te doen en hier te posten.

Love and Liefs, Johanna


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This is a sketch send out for approval for a project that has been going on for a long time. It is for a children’s book.

This drawing I made earlier but I was requested to do it is again in Landscape. A good time to bring out my sketchbook again and practice with it. I still use it too little.

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Somewhere on one of the fabulous blogs I follow, I saw a collage with a flying fish which got stuck in my head. It inspired me to have a go at such a remarkable creature myself. Whoever you are…I am so sorry but I forgot which one and I would love to know and give proper credit ! Update 11 July 2016, it was the creatfuldodger!

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And after scaring so many people with my previous post, unintended may I add,  I tried to draw a sweet friendly snake…but so far I cannot get the head right ;o) 

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Love and Liefs, Johanna

Sketch, Fine Liner & Color


DSC_0979So back to work! One of my wonderful friends asked me to make a set of cards to compliment a tea themed gift basket, to be raffled of for a fundraiser.

Why yes, I loved to do that!

What fun it was and I must say, I was chuffed to bits to see them neatly printed.





Deze kaartjes heb ik gemaakt voor een lieve vriendin. Ze zijn bestemd voor een liefdadigheidsactie en worden verloot in een mandje met allemaal gezellige theedingen. Ik was erg blij toen ik ze zo netjes afgedrukt zag!

Have a great weekend!

Love and Liefs, Johanna