January 15, 2019
10 weeks of drawing horses & riders from life courtesy of Toronto Police Service's Mounted Unit.
Warning; the first week can be overwhelming, even for the experienced. The horses + riders do not do 20 minute sustained poses. But, poses repeat and repeat as Toronto's Mounted Unit goes through its training paces while moving in all directions
Over 10 weeks with the same group of models you will learn to Look, See and Draw, horses from life.
Just Horses is full with
First time participants will find Just Horses very useful. 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.
Saturday November 17 to Saturday December 15 Nola will be leading the Watercolour Class at Arts Etobicoke’s Storefront Studio
The five week program will explore various watercolour techniques and skills with the goal that you take control, making your pictures better.
Photos are good research tools. This programwill encourage working beyond the Photo Copy Trap to explore your creativity with a wonderful, simple to use 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
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.
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.
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