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!