Sunday, August 27, 2017

horse gestures

Having a blast with pencil, drawing these horse gestures! I spent some time reviewing horse anatomy, from one of my favourite animal drawing books by Jack Hamm called "How to Draw Animals". Then, with the help of free images from pixabay, I drew as many as I could, as fast as I could. : )

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

run on home

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

This little guy only paused for a moment, looked back in curiosity, then continued to run on home.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

there's something'...

I'm very happy with this portrait, done from life last week. It's not quite a likeness but I captured somethin'.... I think I got the intensity that the model was putting out there. He didn't just sit, daydreaming or getting bored. Being an artist himself, he knew how to give us painters an interesting energetic, although still, pose. : ) 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

portrait study of a friendly face

11x14" original watercolour painting

It's been a very busy summer so, I haven't been painting as much as I'd like. However, on Sunday, I managed to make it over to the Don Valley Art Club for the portrait session. I was happy to capture this 25 minute study of a fellow artist, and a friendly face. : )

Sunday, August 13, 2017

the brook

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.

It turns out that the James Gardens in Toronto is quite the hidden gem! A bunch of us from the Don Valley Art Club went painting there on Saturday only to discover hidden brooks, a beautiful duck pond, and lots of frogs and turtles. The place is a painters dream.
Here's a pic of my paintbox with my watercolour palette in it and a 6x8" watercolour pad bulldog clipped to it. I've done a lot of plein-air painting and urban sketching in this trusty little box. 
; )

Monday, August 07, 2017

Berczy Park's cat

8x10" watercolour
I spent Saturday with the Toronto Urban Sketchers over at Berczy Park. The city just finished renovating the triangular park. About 30 life size dog statues now surround, and swim in, the three tier fountain. As well, there is one cat. That's what the girl in my painting is looking at. I think I'll boost up the colour and line of the foreground cat so she's a little bit more noticeable. ; )
In the last photo the fountain turned on, which was a nice sudden surprise! We really wished it was on when we first got there... a good reason to go back and paint it again.

Friday, August 04, 2017

cut through

$60 - 6x8"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.

I love this little passage way. I've been meaning to paint it for awhile and today I got the chance. : )