This is a work in progress. I kinda like the white left in the background but I haven't decided if the piece is balanced. This isn't a painting of me, but it feels like me, as a university student heading home for the holidays.
$80 - original 8x10" watercolour painting I've been experimenting with my new Fude fountain pen. It's got a bent nib!
The nib allows you to move sideways across the paper with a thick strong line. It's actually quite heavy to hold, but it's wonderful. I got it on amazon. It's called The Duke.
The ink I used was not waterproof, so it's a bit tricky adding watercolour. It's from Scriptus '17 which is a Pen and Writing show held every year here in Toronto. The Confederation Brown was this show's handmade specialty ink. It's beautiful. It's olive green when drawing with it then a slight brown warmth emerges when it gets wet. Lovely stuff.
I believe waterproof ink in a fountain pen can cause it to clog up the nib, due to the shellac that is in it (which makes it waterproof). So, it was challenging to add water and colour to this free flowing ink. Fun though.
I got the photo ref from the awesome app called Sktchy.
On Sunday, at the awesome Don Valley Art Club portrait session, I got about half way with this one. I thought, just get the drawing right in the 25 minutes we have, since I can always finish painting it at home. Usually, as is the exercise, I try to completely finish the painting in the allotted 25 minutes.
I am very happy with the finished portrait. However, despite having a photo to work from at home, I really think finishing the painting from life at DVAC is the better choice. I think some slight kind of energy or freshness escaped the portrait. So, for now, I'll finish from life whether I have 25 minutes or 3 hours... ; )
$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame!
The pleasure of being an artist is being introduced to all the subtlties in life like... I never noticed the white blobs on tigers ears until I painted one. Wild cats markings are truly marvellous! The stripes were a joy to discover and paint. This guy has big meaty paws, one of the few ways to tell a male from a female.
The Don Valley Art Club show at Todmorden Mills Gallery ends this weekend. Last chance. ; )
We spent our Sunday portrait session at the Gallery instead of our usual studio. It was wonderful and challenging to be in this new setting. The space includes an auditorium so, during intermission, many of the audience members wandered past us as we plugged away at our 25 minute portrait sessions. It was great to combine all the arts together. The Don Valley Art Club is my faaaaaavourite art group in Toronto!
Drawn with pen and painted with watercolour, each 4x5"Rudolph card is one of a kind. I've been painting these cards for 3 years now and selling them at annual X-mas art shows. This year I decided to offer them online.
Yesterday was the 6th Toronto East Rotary Arts and Crafts Sale show for me, and the 8th running. Here's my table with many small original watercolours and my one-long-line drawings in colourful frames.
Also, me with my lucky Koala pin on!
The one-long-line drawings had a dog walking theme this year. I start with a big dot and then see where the line takes me.
Also, my hand drawn cards and my annual Rudolph Cards
People are always thrilled by the concept of the one-long-line drawings so they, and Rudolph, did well. Otherwise.... a slow show this year. Nonetheless, I'm already looking forward to next year's show. : )
Here's another piece I did during the Janet Rogers workshop. My goal for the three days was to see shapes. I'm a line and colour artist and, knowing how important it is to be able to make a clean decisive shape, I stuck with the program. ; )
Here are two quick sketches I painted during a wonderful 3 day workshop with the lovely watercolour artist Janet Rogers. We used 140lb Arches Cold Pressed, which I haven't used in years, since I use the slippery Hot Pressed paper. It was wonderful to get back to it however, I think I'll stick with HP since it takes pencil drawings so nicely. ; )
$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with acid-free 8x10"mat.
It's cloudy today so my mood took me in this direction. I'm trying to respond to the colours, which I put down first, when adding the simple pen lines. Previously, I've always drawn before painting and this reverse process is really stretching my artist muscles.
$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
I'm really enjoying making beautiful colourful washes, that only watercolour can make, with a new pad of cold-pressed paper. I'm still devoted to the hot-pressed that I've used for years but, to be honest, it doesn't take washes well. However, it does keep the incredible vibrancy of watercolours. I started watercolour painting with cold-pressed, as most artist do, and it's a treat revisiting it!