Just Horses, at the CNE Horse Palace is Back!

Starting

January 15, 2019

we are invited for 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 repeated weeks with the same group of models you will learn to Look, See and Draw, horses from life.

Just Horses is limited to 8 participants.

NO cameras!

 Thank you Toronto Police Services Mounted Unit.

Thank you Toronto Police Services Mounted Unit.

Beginners to advanced, every level of experience is welcome.

Questions?

contact Nola at the Studio

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Just Horses is built on over 50 years of making pictures of horses and their people. Workshops making better pictures with all experience levels have led to this program.

First time participants will find your copy of "Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses". is full of practical lessons from a lifetime, drawing horses from life.

Just Horses is limited to 8 participants.

NO cameras!

Watercolour at Arts Etobicoke starts November 17

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.

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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

 4893a Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B2

4893a Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B2

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.

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".

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

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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.

CanAm All Breed Equine Expo 2018 Equine Guelph Donations

 On April 7, 2018 at the Markham Fairgrounds, the CanAm All Breed Equine Expo held it's annual auction in support of Equine Guelph. The Auction is an opportunity for everyone horsey support health research for our favourite four hooved friends.

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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.

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Detail "Seeing the Distance" 10" x 8"

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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.

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 Group Weekly Studio

Toronto's weekly DAYTIME Watercolour program

Tired of membership fees? Paid Parking? 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,

$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.

 Look, our upcoming presenters

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 fees. Parking is FREE

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