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 -
My aim for this piece was to keep the line and brush work as expressive as possible. This was done at the awesome Toronto Botanical Gardens when I didn't plan on being there, but was prepared to paint just in case!
click here to buy This little eyeshadow case that I converted into a watercolour palette is wonderful. It really enables me to sit and paint anywhere and at any time. $50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat Here is the location picture -
Here are a few pages from my sketchbook that I made for The Sketchbook Project. It is an art gallery in Brooklyn, New York that has sketchbooks from all over the world, from floor to ceiling. Proud to be part of it. Also, they have a bookmobile for the sketchbooks to travel the world! Here's the link to my sketchbook, all 30 pages! Big thanks to those that click on it. : )
Here are a few watercolour portraits from my last Life Drawing Session. The model was wonderful, but hard to capture. These short poses, about 5-10 minutes, were drawn with pencil, then I added watercolour to the shadow side, trying to keep it all one interesting shape.
I received my Certificate for 10 hours of gesture drawing from Quickposes today! It's a wonderful website that has photos that you can draw from. Of course, drawing from life is preferred, but it's not always manageable. So, quickposes.comis a great alternative. You can choose to draw nude, costume, male, female, both, hands or feet, then select a time interval from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. The program switches images for you as you sit and draw. If you sign in you can accumulate drawing time and they send you a certificate.
This is the watercolour demo I recently did for the wonderful Don Valley Art Club. They invited me to their artist's night to talk about my art and do a painting demonstration. I talked about the importance of daily practise. It went well and I had lots of support from fellow artist friends in the crowd.
I spent last Saturday at a Toronto Watercolour Society Workshop given by the talented and inspiring Mark Thurman. He's a famous Canadian Children's Book illustrator who now teaches Anatomy at Sheridan College. He encouraged us to work with ink and chopsticks (!), pen nibs and watercolour, from a live model. After many gesture poses, I did these 10 minute clothed poses. As often happens in workshops, we were all completely out of our element, but I certainly learned new things to apply to my way of working.