I was inspired by the Daily Paintworks Interiors Challenge for this one, which I drew while enjoying my morning tea. I usually ask for a little steamed milk with extra foam on my tea, just to jazz it up a bit. ; )
In 2009, an awesome artist named James Parker started InkTober. Everyone is welcome to join in and you don't have to post everyday, just whenever you can through the month of October! Here are the very loose 'rules'.
This is my first one, done in micron pen while enjoying this still surprisingly warm weather we are having!
I had a fantastic time painting these standing baskets with all the little fruits and veggies in them. I went with the Toronto Plein-Air Artists to Kensington Market for the last Pedestrian Sunday of the year. No cars... well, except for the one parked in the foreground of my painting.
I've never been a fan of yellow however, every once in awhile I try to embrace it and find the beauty in it. I think I'm starting to like it a bit more... It's just a difficult colour to paint with. ; )
Back to still life studies with my weekly fellow artists group called The Adrian Angels! I love these kinds of bottles, which I learned are called 'fiasco' bottles, and I've been wanting to paint one for some time. Happy to explore the chance!
Here is the Watercolour Demo I did last night for the lovely Willowdale Group of Artists. Biggest crowd I've ever painted in front of, with about 40 people. Lots of positive feedback. Thank you so much to all the member who came out to see me for the first meeting back this year!
I'm enjoying painting the Daily Paintworks Challenges again, like this one for 'Fog'. I did a wash over the charcoal drawing, which is unusual for me as I am not really a 'wash watercolour' kind of painter. However, this subject demanded it.
click here to buy Another painting I finished over the weekend while out plein-air painting with a group of artist friends. I liked the idea of the big foreground and the subtle background pushing the viewer's eye from front to back. : ) $60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
I spent yesterday plein-air painting with the wonderful artists from the Don Valley Art Club. We went back to Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough. It's a beautiful place with lots of subjects to paint! These tall sunflowers caught my eye. They are such lovely flowers, so majestic!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
Here's my paintbox. (I already cleaned my palette before I remembered to take the picture.)
I love this Asian tea pot in real life as much as I loved painting it! It was fun to do the little blue scenes on it. I also got a little creative with the way I cut the orange. I'm really enjoying adding so much 'stuff' to my still life set ups lately.
A few evenings ago, I did a Watercolour Demo for the Bayview Watercolour Society. First I spoke about my work as a daily painter, then about learning to draw from life drawing sessions and finally about being an urban sketcher. After the break I painted a small still life set up, which you can see in the bottom right.
Great wonderful intimate group. Thanks to everyone that attended!
Spent the day with the Toronto Urban Sketchers at an old downtown building, that is about to be demolished. The organizer of the group is putting together a book of our paintings, based on disappearing landmarks in Toronto. It's kind of a sad subject, but an important one.
Back from a wonderful loooonnggg vacation during one of the most fantastic summer's ever! It's been sunny with a cool breeze almost every day. Even the adorable dogs along the Humber River are enjoying it!
Continuing with my abstract art and really enjoying it! I always draw first then add watercolour paint however, this style has me jumping between drawing and painting... painting and drawing... just mixing it up. $60 - 8x10"painting close ups -