Author Archives: Brenda Hoddinott

About Brenda Hoddinott

Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

Katie the Lovable Pitweiler

Several years ago, John and I visited our local SPCA to adopt a companion for our Huskador named Timber.

TimberThe wonderful staff brought out every female in the shelter to meet Timber, but none were interested in our hyperactive, high-spirited canine genius.

Finally, a lady asked another: “What about Katie?” Katie was scheduled to be euthanized because she had failed the personality test. We weren’t bothered by this.

Well! The rest is history! She loved Timber and he loved her! Timber passed away a few years ago, but Katie is happy, healthy, and 16-years-old. She’s the gentlest, sweetest, most lovable dog we have every owned.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff who decided to give Katie a second chance! Katie2


Gordon Pinsent, A Gift to Last

Gordon Pinsent, one of Canada’s best-known contributions to the international entertainment industry, returned home to Newfoundland in 1978 to promote the second season of his highly-successful CBC television series A Gift to Last (also written by Pinsent). An article on Pinsent’s visit to St. John’s was published in The Newfoundland Herald TV Week, November 29, 1978.

In his honor, the CJON television station in St. John’s, arranged a reception during which I  presented Gordon Pinsent with my original pencil drawing (beautifully framed by CJON). This drawing was on the cover of their February 4-10 issue of the Newfoundland Herald TV Week.


Later, Gordon asked the station manager (Gary Anstey) if there was a quiet place where he could chat with me. Gary kindly escorted us into his private office. I was so starstruck, I don’t even remember the first few minutes of our conversation.

Then, Gordon mentioned that he also loves to draw! From that point on, I remember his kind comments, gentle nature, and well-informed questions about my drawing.

My1 GORDON PINSENT Portrait of Gordon Pinsent as Edgar Sturgess in A Gift to Last. An article on Pinsent’s visit to St. John’s was published in The Newfoundland Herald TV Week, November 29, 1978.

Yes! That faint handwriting on the right of the drawing is Gordon’s autograph. I used a Photoshop layer to overwrite the lines.


Coincidently, the very first episode of A Gift to Last was televised in 1976 on December 19 (my birthday).

More about Gordon Pinsent

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Theme song performed by Gordon Pinsent