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.
This winter a group of artists had access to a special figure drawing studio, 12 weeks of drawing horses & riders from life courtesy of Toronto Police Service's Mounted Unit.
Drawing is easy, make a mark on a surface. Make those easy marks with simple tools; paper & pencil, later water soluble graphite, makers etc. Make them on paper, from live models. Make a final satisfying picture. It's challenging and fun since horses do not do 20 minute sustained poses. Horses + Riders, even less so. However poses repeat and repeat as Toronto's Mounted Unit goes through its training paces while moving in all directions.
Just Horses is built on over 50 years of making pictures and conducting workshops. The program includes your copy of "Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses". Practical lessons from a lifetime, drawing horses from life.
Just Horses groups are limited to 8 participants. NO cameras!
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.
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?
Draw! Use those non soluble, available, portable, convenient, in-expensive vibrant coloured pencils to make any image come to life. Vibrant Coloured pencils have come alive for audiences across the GTA.
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'"
Register soon for this multi-week summer program from Visual Arts Mississauga
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? 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.
$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.
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
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
"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.