IWS Symphony of Watercolour

Just got the message this morning. In the Hall of the Mountain King has been juried into the IWS Symphony of Watercolour opening on September 28th 2018 at Boynton House (1300 Elgin Mills Road E., Richmond Hill Ontario)

 Early afternoon sun glows through the water's of Lake Joseph as the wave starts to plunge towards the granite shore

Early afternoon sun glows through the water's of Lake Joseph as the wave starts to plunge towards the granite shore

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Four works trace the magic colours of water over the course of a day. "Morning has Broken", in "The Hall of the Mountain King", as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", falls "Into the Gyre".

Summer Wanderings

Summer means getting out of the studio, under a tree anywhere with a sketch book and mark makers.

Just doodling, in the city, in the country.

CanAm All Breed Equine Expo 2018 Equine Guelph Donations

 On April 7, 2018 at the Markham Fairgrounds, the CanAm All Breed Equine Expo held it's annual auction in support of Equine Guelph. The Auction is an opportunity for everyone horsey support health research for our favourite four hooved friends.

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 study 10" x 16"

study 10" x 16"

A mare and foal repeated the spring time  theme, this time trotting  and cantering across the page. After spirited bidding this work went to a happy collector in Toronto.

 Detail "Seeing the Distance" 10" x 8"  watercolour, detail area

Detail "Seeing the Distance" 10" x 8"

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Nola's second work for the auction was a custom portrait. Sized at a 1/4 sheet to fit anywhere, subject(s) of the purchaser's choice. The more the bid the more choice the buyer received, up to two subjects and possibly up to a full sheet size.

A happy family from Kapuskasing will receive their portrait of "Isabelle & Buckthorn" later this summer

"Seeing the Line" is the reward for a PhD. This is a detail of a full sheet, 22" x 30". The reference was old, faded and much more complex, a background of Palgrave, wraps, boots, breastplate and running martingale, jacket and glove just a silhouette.

Just Horses, at the CNE Horse Palace

This winter a group of artists had access to a special figure drawing studio, 12 weeks of drawing horses & riders from life courtesy of Toronto Police Service's Mounted Unit.

Drawing is easy, make a mark on a surface. Make those easy marks with simple tools; paper & pencil, later water soluble graphite, makers etc. Make them on paper,  from live models. Make a final satisfying picture. It's challenging and fun since horses do not do 20 minute sustained poses. Horses + Riders, even less so. However poses repeat and repeat as Toronto's Mounted Unit goes through its training paces while moving in all directions.

 Thank you Toronto Police Services Mounted Unit.

Thank you Toronto Police Services Mounted Unit.

Beginners to advanced, every level of experience is welcome.

Question?

contact Nola at the Studio

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Just Horses is built on over 50 years of making pictures and conducting workshops. The program includes your copy of "Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses". Practical lessons from a lifetime, drawing horses from life.

Just Horses groups are limited to 8 participants. NO cameras!

Egg Heads at Banbury Watercolour Workshops

February 21 2018 Nola built some Egg Heads at Banbury Watercolour Workshops. Nola's Egg Head is a tool to make capturing structure in your painting easier

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 See how the familiar 2 dimensional picture guides can turn into a very handy tool.

The Banbury Group Weekly Studio

Toronto's weekly DAYTIME Watercolour program

Tired of membership fees? Paid Parking? Evening programming? Late night drives?

Come to the Banbury Community Centre,120 Banbury Road, North York at noon Wednesdays for the Banbury Watercolour Workshops Studio.

 Round table learning + supportive friendly setting,

Round table learning + supportive friendly setting,

$10.00 into the cookie tin three times per session, sign the attendance sheet,  enjoy the 1 hour demonstration + 2 hours guidance and critique. Your email address and those three sign-ins provide the Banbury Brief's revue of the presentation.

There's always something new to learn from practicing professional artists who give a one hour demonstration of their specialty, be it method, medium or subject.

 Look, our upcoming presenters

Our presenter stays, to advise us as we paint away the afternoon. We who stay receive their personal guidance and critique. Our participants receive the electronic Banbury Brief, an in depth review, of the steps in the week's presentation along with anonymous images of our critiqued works.

No membership fees. Parking is FREE

Check here at Merriweather Studio to get our winter 2018 line-up

Rescuing an Egg Tempera Work

"Parvedean The Governor", a Welsh Section D Stallion, lived at Relhok Farm in Muskoka, Ontario's cottage country. He and his driver trainer Jeffery Kohler were a familiar site on the Brackenrig Road. They competec throughout Ontario and the Eastern United States in combined driving events.

Every once in a while a work has challenges. Such was the case with "the Gov". "Gov" was badly damaged, from heat & humidity, after exhibition. The surface foxed and bloomed. In effect the work was destroyed. The gesso layer and carrying board was not affected. All digital reference files are gone,  the Gov had returned to Great Britain after his North American career. From a linear study and black & white record. Gov is completely new.

 

 Parvedean the Governor   11" x 14" Egg Tempera on tempered board

Parvedean the Governor 

11" x 14" Egg Tempera on tempered board