New model

Posted: June 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Life Drawing, TSA | No Comments »

The TSA had a new model on Sunday (it’s the first time I see her). Claudette did great gestures in the morning and held her pose beautifully in the afternoon. Here is some of the work that I did yesterday.


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Drawing of Murray

Posted: June 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Life Drawing, TSA | No Comments »

Here are some of my drawings from last night at the TSA. Drawing Murray is always a treat!

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Colonel Danforth Park again!

Posted: June 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Landscape Painting | No Comments »

This is another painting from the Colonel Danforth Park. This time, two trees with lots of character which presented the very big challenge of having LOTS of small barely visible branches.

When Don, John and I went out to paint last Fall, we thought it would be warm because the sun was out. What I’ve come to realize but didn’t know then, Colonel Danforth Park is often very windy. On that day, the wind was cold and cutting through our clothes. I was freezing and shaking and had stupidly chosen a spot in the shade. I was the first to give up after my first lay-in. John was in the sun and lasted a bit longer. He managed to complete a quick 1h sketch of Highland Creek (nice one too!). Don, also in the sun, was determined to paint his trees which he had started on a previous outing. He toughed it out the longest at 1.5h. By the time he gave in, he couldn’t feel his fingers anymore.

We jumped into his car and headed to Tim Horton’s for a hot chocolate!

In any case, I had worked out my colour scheme and taken photos. I did this one at home, trying to maintain the feeling of an alla-prima painting though it’s not. I consulted Kevin McPherson’s work for how to do the branches.

Trees in the Park

Trees in the Park
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Painting at the Brickworks

Posted: June 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

I went landscape painting at the Don Valley Brickworks today. It was a beautiful and surprisingly quiet day. I saw a heron, an eagle, a snapping turtle and many small birds and insects.


The Old Brickworks
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Practicing still life painting

Posted: June 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Still Life | No Comments »

Here is a little still life I did a week or two ago, Pepper and Parsnips 6×10. Forgive the glare in the photo. I’ll try to improve my photography technique!


Painting week at OCAD

Posted: June 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Life Painting | No Comments »

OCAD hosted its annual Painting Week last week. I was very excited to have the opportunity to paint the figure on a daily basis even if only for a week — I never get to paint the figure with my Humber teaching schedule. If I could afford it and if I had the time, I would only paint figures — it truly is my passion.

I forced myself not to paint a portrait. I usually spend too much time on the head and then miss out on painting the body. Nonetheless, I could not let it go and did work out her big proportions and got a ghostly likeness there. I also tried to resist fussing with the paint. Another painting done this week lost its freshness as I tried to polish and smooth out all the paint brush strokes. I need to learn to just let it be!

Here is one of the paintings I did last week. It’s a 6h painting of Kit.


Open life painting at the TSA

Posted: June 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Life Painting, TSA | No Comments »

The Toronto School of Art started hosting an open life painting session on Friday nights a couple of months ago. Because I usually paint portraits with friends on Fridays already, I haven’t been able to attend the TSA sessions. I did go for the past two weeks and it was great! The model, Ben, posed for two sessions of four hours. It was quiet, we had lots of space, and it was very collegial. I really enjoyed it. Here is the 8h painting of Ben.