Just Horses, at the CNE Horse Palace, January 16 to March 2018

This winter a group of artists is trying something new., figure drawing from live horse and rider models. It's 12 weeks of drawing horses & riders. It's challenging and fun. Drawing horses is easy, make a mark on a surface. By making those easy marks with simple tools; paper & pencil, later water soluble graphite, makers etc, mostly on paper, mostly from live models, you will learn to make a final satisfying picture.

Horses do not do a 20 minute sustained pose. 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.

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

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Just Horses is built 50 years of making pictures and conducting workshops.The program includes "Making Better Picture Book One: Just Horses"  with its 24 practical lessons drawn from a lifetime of experience drawing horses from life.




The Horse Palace exercise ring is a similar feel to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Its skylight provides wonderful directional light. Stands surround  the ring. They give many view points plus a handy reference grid.

Vibrant Coloured Pencils, July program at Visual Arts Mississauga

Coloured pencils have been around for a lifetime. The possibilities are endless with this simple portable medium. No water. No muck. No huge bag of stuff to lug around. Just Paper, or another dry surface and the pencils. They never wear out. Never dry out. Never get stale. Some of us have coloured pencils from our childhood carefully saved in their special pencil case, complete with memories of creating an imaginary world of...? Newly rediscovered colouring books have given permission to indulge in the joy of working with our pencil case again. BUT, when the colouring book is done, or we seek greater challenges, what to do?

Draw! Use those non soluble, available, portable, convenient, in-expensive vibrant coloured pencils to make any image come to life. Vibrant Coloured pencils have come alive for audiences across the GTA.

Participants feedback " 'I really enjoyed the class. Now I want to draw and colour too.' 'Not enough hours in the day.' ' Thank you Nola, ... the fantastic class yesterday !' 'You have different techniques ... that has encouraged me to keep drawing.
Please keep up the great work and encouragement, ...everyone can draw!' 'I wondered why you were giving us these little scraps of paper. Now I know why. I learned, a lot. Thank You'"

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Register soon for this multi-week summer program from Visual Arts Mississauga

Questions? Please contact the studio.

ABC Muskoka, is back

The little book that introduces, challenges and intrigues all ages has new soft cover to speaks to our Muskoka shores as it hides neatly in unexpected corners waiting to challenge, tease and inspire all ages.

As part of Culture Days 2017 Nola wasl be at Gravenhurst's Bethune House in late September introducing ABC Muskoka to and international audience..

In the meantime the ABC Muskoka is available through from the Studio in Toronto and at Muskoka Place Gallery      

1182 Foreman Rd., Box 172, Port Carling, ON P0B 1J0

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The Banbury Group Weekly Studio

Toronto's weekly DAYTIME Watercolour program

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

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

Notes are good

Notes are good

it's simple,  easy with water

it's simple,  easy with water

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.

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. No membership fees.

Parking is FREE


Look, our upcoming presenters

Look, our upcoming presenters

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

Do you get intimidated and thinking that Detail means Overworkedt? That Details are sort of hard to do?  On November 2 Banburyites discovered that details can be approachable,  and way more fun than they thought, in watercolour,

Liquid Mask, whites without gouache.

Liquid Mask, whites without gouache.

Flats make square marks.

Flats make square marks.

A stick pen makes???

A stick pen makes???

Perfect Presents

Tess the Visula is a lovely dog, a very dignified princess. Her shiny textured short haired coat is a huge range of colour .....reds, oranges, pinks and browns..

PG's comment "I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful job you did with Tess's watercolour. I was extremely surprised and amazed


Boscalla is a very serious mare. Her companion Zireya sports a Trillium star. The duo was gifted by an understanding husband to his very surprised wife. Surprises are good.

PG's wife needed a really good Birthday present for the man who has everything plus an extensive very good collection of visual art.

Tess 16" x 11" watercolour on 140 lb Arches Cold Press.

Tess 16" x 11" watercolour on 140 lb Arches Cold Press.

Boscalla 2016 16" x 11" watercolour

Boscalla 2016 16" x 11" watercolour

Zireya 2016 16" x 11" watercolour

Zireya 2016 16" x 11" watercolour


SW gave herself a present. Flat Coated Retriever Rowansgaard Vita is a wonderful example of one of the founding breeds of both the British and American Kennel Clubs. Her piercing gaze is always searching for that next pick-up from the field. She was Susan's best buddy.


Brandy, Memory Lane is a recent wedding present from the group of stable friends. 

Brandy's kind eye spoke to her lovely nature. She was everyone's friend.

 Dl's comment on this perfect present "Brandy" was a huge success! Thank you again for your amazing talent

Summer Wanderings

Summer means getting out of the studio, under a tree anywhere with a sketch book and mark makers. Doodling, drawing from the subject ... anything goes

Muskoka, the Toronto Waterfront's People, Riverdale Farm, just doodling, in the country with the retirees, Earl Bales Park.

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