Another fantastic year at the Toronto East Rotary Arts and Crafts Show! I had cards and crochet birds bookending my table of oil paintings. ; ) I'm very happy to say that many items have gone to new homes.
I had an absolutely awesome time with the Toronto Urban Sketchers on Friday. We were invited to draw the Bangarra Dancers, from Australian, as they warmed up the morning of their performance. Then, some of us returned that evening for the actual performance, called "Spirit", which celebrated their 30 years as a dance company.
I used charcoal pencil and newsprint and just drew as fast as I could! They did not stop moving. Their idea of an hour warm up was a work out like I've never seen. Truly spectacular dancers! Very inspiring.
12x12" oil painting This painting will be displayed on the Square Foot Wall at the upcoming Don Valley Art Club Show. Every artist contributes one 12x12" painting, each hanging 1" from each other, floor to ceiling. It always looks super cool! Here are the step by step pics and a flyer for the upcoming show. I'll be there for the opening on November 20. Come by and say Hi!
I'm busy getting a few more portrait paintings under my belt before my upcoming portrait workshop. When I'm not painting, I'm organizing and updating my handouts. I'm getting excited about the class. Just a week and a half away!
Here's the rough draft in charcoal pencil, which I did before painting. It's a mess but it's a necessary step. Also, a few pics of the painting process along the way.
There are a few spots left in my upcoming portrait workshop. It's here in Toronto, in the Finch and Bathurst area. I've been busy making lots of handouts and I'll be doing demos in watercolour and gouache. I'm super excited about it. All levels and materials are welcome
$90 - original 12x6" oil painting on 1"deep wooden panel
My second piece from the awesome Peggy's Cove (just south west of Halifax, Nova Scotia.) I titled it 'bejeweled' since there are so many hidden little wonders amongst the boats. Below is a pic of my thumbnail sketch done in charcoal pencil on newsprint. My thumbnails are usually actual size, so this sketch is also 12x6". ; )
This portrait sketching exercise is about drawing fast, using as few lines as possible (I tried to stick to 20...) and using both the point and side of the pencil. I loved this process. I wish I did them on artist quality paper. They are on newsprint and I have yet to learn the lesson, always use good paper! ; )