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
“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.
an introduction to Watercolouir at Arts Etobicoke’s Storefront Studio
The program explored watercolour techniques and skills with the goal that participants take control, and make their pictures better with a simple, but not easy medium.
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
Magda, Michelle, Irene, Isabel, Marie, Larry, Carol, other Michelle, Robyn & Gwen all proved that theses mediums enhance each other.
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.
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".
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."
Here they are "In full flight".
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
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
See how the familiar 2 dimensional picture guides can turn into a very handy tool.
The little book that introduces, challenges and intrigues all ages has new soft cover. It speaks to our Muskoka shores as it hides neatly in unexpected corners waiting to challenge, tease and inspire all ages.
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
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.
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.
No membership fees. Parking is FREE
Contact the Willowdale Group of Artists for the Winter 2019 Schedule
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.
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