Group Exhibit in Toronto

Posted: February 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Art Show, Competition, Drawing, Landscape Drawing, News | No Comments »

I made it into the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, DRAWING 2017 at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. I have submitted a large landscape drawing this time, which is unusual for me. In fact, it’s my first major landscape drawing, and it’s a study for a painting.

After moving recently to a neighbourhood in Ottawa near a conservation area, I enjoyed observing the transformation of the landscape from Fall to Winter. What caught my eye, in particular, was a group of cattails so tall that they obstructed the view of the small lake behind them. In the Fall they danced freely in the wind. But in the Winter, blankets of heavy snow stilled their movement creating a wonderful quietude. It is this wintry suspended stillness that I have attempted to capture in this drawing by contrasting the angular stalks with the soft snow.

Cattails in Snow

Cattails in Snow
charcoal on paper
50 cm x 70 cm

Short poses from the Spring

Posted: July 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Drawing, Life Drawing, News, Portrait | No Comments »

I hadn’t been drawing for over a year, so the blog was quiet. My husband and I moved to Edmonton last June (he’s the new Composer-in-Residence for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra) and I had a baby in August.

11 months

There are few opportunities to practice life drawing in Edmonton. In the Spring however, The Harcourt House held a session on Monday afternoons which was perfect. Rob stayed home with the baby and I went to draw for the first time in over a year.

I was VERY rusty, but here are some of the better drawings from the few sessions I attended. Poses are from 1 to 20 minutes.