Just Horses 2019, at the CNE Horse Palace is filled


January 15, 2019

10 weeks of drawing horses & riders from life

courtesy of Toronto Police Service's Mounted Unit.

Over 10 weeks with the same group of models you learn to

Look, See and Draw,

the horses and their riders

from life.

NO cameras

Thank you TPS Mounted Unit.

Thank you TPS Mounted Unit.

"Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses".

"Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses".

“Just Horses” very is built on over 50 years of imaging horses and their people plus 30 years of Making Better Pictures workshops with participants of all experience levels.

You Missed Crayon & Watercolour, together at McConaghy Oct 20, 2018

Lively vibrant works got even livelier.

Artists mixed it up with watercolour + coloured pencil at the McConaghy Centre in Richmond Hill October 20, 2018 in a full day workshop that explored how working together makes images even more lively, more vibrant. This one day workshop meant participantscreated and “rescued” personal images, using pencil crayon over and under other transparent watercolour glazes

Here's the link to the Richmond Hill Active Living Brochure www.richmondhill.ca/ActiveR

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Magda, Michelle, Irene, Isabel, Marie, Larry, Carol, other Michelle, Robyn & Gwen all proved that theses mediums enhance each other.

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You missed the IWS/CSPWC Symphony of Watercolour

This International Exhibit showed off 90 magnificent works from around the world. About half the exhibit by Canadians artists of note. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” was just one of the works on view.

Congratulations to Ona Kingdon and her crew for putting this wonderful exhibit together.


”In the Hall of the Mountain King” The early afternoon sun glows through the water's of Lake Joseph as the wave starts to plunge towards the granite shore

”In the Hall of the Mountain King” The early afternoon sun glows through the water's of Lake Joseph as the wave starts to plunge towards the granite shore

Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken

..as The Hunter

..as The Hunter

…falls Into the Gyre

…falls Into the Gyre

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".

Isabelle and Buckshot

The 2018 CanAm auction in support of Equine Guelph portrait was bought by the Culverhouse family of Kapuskasing. That's a long way from Toronto. Too far for a casual drive and still very snowy.. So, I captured a series of images of Isabelle while at CanAm. And, gave the family specific instructions on how to capture the reference photos needed to make a portrait. Lighting angles, quality of images, (no cell phone selfies), subject angles and details.  Following the instructions the family provided about 100 reference shots of Isabel & Buckshot.

The Culverhouse's received Isabelle & Buckshot Tuesday September 4, 2018.

"We received the painting today!

Thank you so much for this.  It's a great memory."

Isabel & Buckshot, In Full Flight 12" x 16" watercolour

Isabel & Buckshot, In Full Flight 12" x 16" watercolour

Here they are "In full flight".

Too bad you've missed Vibrant Coloured Pencils at Visual Arts Mississauga.

Write here…

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?


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'"

Registration is open

link https://www.visualartsmississauga.com/product/vibrant-coloured-pencils/


Questions? Please contact the studio.

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.

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 Watercolour Workshops Weekly Studio

Toronto's weekly DAYTIME Watercolour program

Tired of membership fees? Paid Parking? Late 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,

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. Those who stay receive their personal guidance and critique.

Sign the attendance sheet, put $10.00 into the cookie tin,

enjoy a 1 hour demonstration. Stay for + 2 hours guidance and critique.

Look, our upcoming presenters

No membership fees. Parking is FREE

Contact the Willowdale Group of Artists for the Winter 2019 Schedule