The Banbury Watercolour Workshops Weekly Studio

Toronto's weekly DAYTIME Watercolour program

Tired of membership fees? Paid Parking? Evening programming with late night drives?

Come to the Banbury Community Center, 120 Banbury Road, North York, at noon Wednesdays

for the Banbury Watercolour Workshops Studio.

Banbury starts again Wednesday September 11, 2019. See you there!

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 personal guidance and critique.

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

Enjoy a 1 hour demonstration.

Stay for + 2 hours of painting guidance and critique.

Look, our upcoming presenters

No membership fees. Parking is FREE

Contact the Willowdale Group of Artists for the Fall 2019 Schedule

Renewing a website

Since 2000 I’ve been creating images that trace the development of the Game, be it football, baseball or hockey, through torso images of uniforms and the playing stadiums, ballparks and arenas they have been played in.

The over 1700 images, created by me since 2000, make up a huge part of my portfolio. Most of the images are in use in various products which retail across North America. Occasionally the plaqued posters show up in surprising ways. For instance in the background of a bar scene in a sports themed movie, an estate sale or decorating a lavish cottage in cottage country.

The torsos try to convey that an actual person is inside the equipment. This is especially important with football images. In football the players physically vary enormously depending on their position. There has been a trend towards larger bodies over the years.

An early Ottawa Senators hand knitted wool sweater.

An early Ottawa Senators hand knitted wool sweater.

Lawrence Taylor - Pro Football Hall of Famer

Lawrence Taylor - Pro Football Hall of Famer

A patriotic player

A patriotic player

As iconic as they come

As iconic as they come

A temporary home for the NFL Los Angeles Rams

A temporary home for the NFL Los Angeles Rams

See the entire Heritage Sports Art catalogue Click Here or www.heritagesportsart.com

BTW My favourite subject is still Horses, followed by everything else I can draw, or paint or sketch.

Further Adventures of the Artist

Imagine yourself out for lunch with a friend. You look over their shoulder and find one of your own works looking back at you. Recently this is just what happened.

 

Lady Di of Carp was the 3 year old Clydesdale Mare Champion at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1989. Her owner Stan Carruthers of Ottawa decided to have her win recorded with an original portrait. The portrait, in pen & ink + pencil crayon was only half the task. Next a smaller 8” x 10” black & white Ink version was needed styled for letterhead, business cards with a numbered edition of 25. This special image went to his associates in the Clydesdale world.



#23/25 Looking over a booth in Toronto

#23/25 Looking over a booth in Toronto

8” x 10” Lady Di of Carp, Champion Clydesdale Mare RAWF 1989

8” x 10” Lady Di of Carp, Champion Clydesdale Mare RAWF 1989

Discovered, a lost set of portraits

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In 1992 and 1993 Don Watt requested a series of head study portraits of his daughter’s horses. Her early junior hunters and later open jumpers. The images hung at the Watt residence in King Township for many years. Earlier this spring the two works turned up at auction in Brampton. There, they were advertised as “prints” [reproductions]. A Buyer loved the images, purchased both works., as “prints”.

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The Buyer then contacted me to ask about these “prints” [reproductions]. Since I do not do “prints” [reproductions] I was surprised. I immediately offered to examine theme. She had purchased two originals. All these years later the portraits are in exceptionally good condition. Fresh, clean with the reserved whites sparkling.

Growing up, we had two of E M Carr works in our dining room. Every night over dinner I studied them. Through this dinnertime observation Ms Carr taught me colour, to be bold, and to experiment with media, no matter what the subject. Years later the Carr works were sold to a very famous collection. Their new owner allowed me to make this copy of my favourite “Forest Landscape 1913”.

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Miss Carr loved watercolour, preferred it to oil. So do I. Inspired by Miss Carr my egg tempera and pencil crayon works often use her method. In the Watt portraits the background and underpainting is oil thinned to watercolour consistency with spirits. The works are on Museum Board, the feel of 400lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.

Betsy and Whimsy

Betsy 6” x 8” watercolour detail

Betsy 6” x 8” watercolour detail

Betsy is a rescue. She came to live at Absolute Equestrian’s Gracefield as part of the family. She is enthusiastic about her duties as alarm dog.

Betsy was shown the CanAM All Breed Equine Expo April 5, 6 & 7 at the Markham Fair Grounds.

Whimsy 6” x 8” watercolor detail

Whimsy 6” x 8” watercolor detail

Whimsy is a city dog who alternately strolls in the heart of downtown Toronto or country life adventures in the mud with the horses

Betsy & Whimsy are painted in classic transparent watercolour. They come alive using strokes that follow the textures and contours of their coats.

Just Horses

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Ten weeks of drawing horses & riders from life, courtesy of Toronto Police Service's Mounted Unit. We Looked, Saw and Drew the horses and their riders from life.

"Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses".

"Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses".

“Just Horses” 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.

Artists of all backgrounds are welcome at Just Horses. repeat participants comment that they can “see” themselves seeing more and doing more with each week, each session. This is an inside en plein aire workshop. Your. finished works are created in your studio, at the Horse Palace we sketch or study in pencil or portable water soluble mediums…or an iPad

To participate in an upcoming Just Horses just contact the Studio

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.

https://iwscanada.ca/exhibitions/a-symphony-in-watercolour/

”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".

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