More Tattooed Girls and Alligator Pie.

I have a little over 24 hours left to finish this drawing.  In the midst of this I do work a full time job.  Have I mentioned we, here in Toronto, are going through a heat wave?  I was just sitting around drawing in my apartment last night and my knees started to sweat.  My knees.  That is a thing apparently.

I managed to get a large chunk, literally, of the piece worked on last night.  I must tell you that those shorts took an entire 6B pencil.  Note to self, buy more 6B pencils today because I’m sure going to need them.  4B and 6B have always been my favourites to use.  Dark and contrasty. Just how I like it… albeit a little messy.

Art Drawing Tattoo 2

Speaking of drawing (like that segway?  I thought of it myself), I took the walking scenic route to work today and passed a little shop called The Paper Place at Queen St. West and Walnut Ave. just across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. On display in their window was one of my favourite children’s books with the most bright and comical illustrations I could remember as a kid, Alligator Pie. The poems Dennis Lee and illustrations by Frank Newfeld go hand in hand and stimulate the imagination. I might have to pick up a copy tonight on my way home.  If I’m lucky they might also have a copy of Garbage Delight.

“Alligator pie, Alligator pie

If I don’t get some I think I’m going to die

Give away the green grass, give away the sky

But don’t give away my alligator pie.”

photo 3

Captain Bucket.

I’m always trying to prepare for the next piece before I’m finished with the one I am currently working on (AND has a deadline).  I’m not sure if this is a good habit to have as sometimes I get too excited about the new idea and I start to lose interest in the old.

C’mon hands, work faster!

That being said, here is the sketch for my next piece, once I finish with “Tattooed Girls“.

I present to you, Captain Bucket.

150 Shades of Grey.











Paper to my left.  Paper to my right.  No doubt there is paper behind me. Do you know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by paper?  This is only a fraction of what I’m having to deal with right now.  Different shapes, sizes, material, cold press, warm press, heavy weight, light weight, prices… I could go on.

My conundrum at the moment is choosing the perfect shade of grey (insert witty 50 Shades of Grey joke here).  I’m in the midst of deciding whether I want a warm grey or a cold grey.  Maybe a creamier grey or a greener grey.  Should it be a little rosy?  Seriously, there are way more greys than you’d think (insert second witty 50 Shades of Grey joke here).

Here are some of the 50 shades of grey, none of which are very kinky:


Drawing doesn’t appear to be as easy as some would think.  There are many different areas in which one needs to make decisions.  Every detail is throughly thought over.  Should this line be 2mm longer or shorter? Is that elbow on the same plane as the hip? Does this need to be darker or lighter?  Because some drawing seems to be “simple” it is even more important that all decisions are taken very seriously.  Our work is very important to us.

Tattooed Girls.

New Sketch

With Time of the Month coming up soon and quickly (next weekend!) I’ve enlisted the help of Katie Barber, a wonderful artist and book maker here in Toronto (and one hot babe to boot) to pose for my reference photos.

Tattoos and booty shorts for the win.

This piece if going to be a little different than my usual subjects and I’m really excited to try something new!

Time of the Month v4

Time of the Month v4 oon July 20th, - Toronto CA

Time of the Month v4 oon July 20th, – Toronto CA

It’s time again!  After a brief hiatus in June (it’s summer, we all need a little vacation sometimes), TIME OF THE MONTH is back, version 4.

Time of the Month is moving from its original host  to a new home, HAVEN at 615A Brock (ever so slightly north of Bloor).  This time around we get a whole day of music and art from noon to 2am.

This month we coincide with the Big on Bloor Festival, so stop by, grab a drink, check out some wonderful artists (and maybe take some art home with you).

Snacks & bar available all day. The party starts at noon and goes til late.

Featuring work by:
Sena Gonulkirmaz
Kim Bot
James Higuchi
Emily Thiffault
Candace Forsyth

And more…
Tunes by:

Curated by:
Tiffany Alice

Send submissions for future parties to

Hope to see you there!

So, What the Hell Happened?

Yeah, Candace.  What the hell happened to you last week?
I do know that someone was definitely looking out for me.  It could have been so much worse.
I know many of you have asked and are still asking me this question.  My fellow Instagram and Facebook friends have been giving a photo show of the nasty progression of the swelling of my eyes and face followed by the bruising and blistering of my thumb.   I had an allergic reaction to medication.  The timeline is as follows (some photos might make some uncomfortable):
Thursday at 1pm – Medication ingested.

Thursday evening at 5pm – Swelling had commenced and was fully taking over my right thumb.  I already knew it was an allergic reaction as I had something similar, but less aggressive, the year before.

Thursday evening at 10pm – Face has swelled.  It didn’t get any worse that this.  However, my thumb swelled so much that it bruised because there was no space for blood vessels.  This probably happened because I was still using my hand throughout the swelling and aggravated it.


Friday morning at 8:30am – Face is still the same but I was able to cover most of the damage with makeup.  Thumb was still swollen and numb. 


Friday at noon – Blister begins.  I’m unable to bend my thumb still and it was numb.


Friday night at 10:30pm – I had already been to a walk-in clinic around 4pm.  The doctor was very confused and even googled my symptoms – Totally comforting.  I had already known from the night before that I was having an allergic reaction.  He couldn’t seem to understand that I didn’t hit my hand on anything.  At 10:30 I went to the emergency at Mount Sinai. They agreed that it was a (strange) allergic and decided to drain it.

Although I didn’t really feel it was a true “emergency” I am still glad I went to the hospital.  I was in and out within an hour.  Mount Sinai has been the best experience so far.  My poor drained thumb.  It is heavily bandaged as it is now an open wound.  It’s taking it’s time to heal and I expect a scar.  My face is still a little swollen but it seems to be tapering off.


Today.  I am a gauzy hand delight.

Well, this is what happened.

Men, be not squeamish… This one is for the ladies.  Ah!  Oh no!  Lady-bits problem!


I have an allergy to medication that cures yeast infections.  Yes, that’s right.  I just had a simple yeast infection that needed some help and it landed me in swelly, bruisy, oozy hell – all on my face and hand.  Many people asked me “What was the medication for?” and I would just say, “just… medication,” because who really wants to tell everyone that’s what is going on.  Ladies, you know exactly where I am coming from.

So ladies, I am now banned from all oral medication for cures yeast infections and am to be punished my creamy insert hell for the rest of my life… unless I feel like scarring my hand up some more.  I sort of need it.

PS Thank you free healthcare.