Thursday, April 04, 2013

Spring 2013

An 8x10 sketch of The Quebecois.

A savage 8x10 sketch of a canoe/kayak rack from Cherry Beach.

An 8x10 painting from High Park.

An 10x8 painting of a water lily bloom from the Brickwork paintout here in Toronto.

An 16x8 painting of the tanker "Metis" from Cherry St.

An 10x8 sketch of car parked on Harbord St. from the other day.  Trying to experiment painting against the sun with this one.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Thanks "Who Art Thou!"

I was lucky enough to join a group show of local artists last week here in Toronto's Annex.  A special thanks to Angie Fong for talking (forcing) me into this!  Also, thanks to Monica Gupta and Dawn Vrablic who organized the event, deemed me worthy to join, and brokered the art deals!  It felt good just to show, and I was shocked and elated to sell 9 paintings in the end.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Cherry Beach

Here's a couple of sketches from Cherry Beach from the last two weeks. Both 8x10 oil.  Both about 2 hrs.

This was some sort of beach hut. Didn't get to the bells and whistles, but this caught something of it. 

This is a painting of a somewhat derelict boat moored near the shore. (Mental note to self.. check wind direction beforehand next time when painting anchored subjects!).  We ran into the new owner of this boat while finishing up painting. He said someone had just given him the boat for free (yeah, it was in pretty rough shape).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August Boats

I finally got out last weekend and had a crack at a few boats down by the lakefront.
This one was some sort of work or service boat moored at the mouth of the Don River. 8 x 10 oil/canvas.

An 8x 10 sketch from Queens Qauy of a covered small sailboat.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

First of 2012

It's been a while since I've actually done any painting outside or posted! Last week however I managed to get out to an OPAS event at Ashbridges Bay and though it was pretty cold and drizzling, I managed to park myself under a gazebo and pull or a small sketch of the beach and volleyball posts, nothing special..but It felt great to finall get outside in 2012!

A quick one of Toronto Island. 8x10 oil.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A couple of kids

Here's a couple of 6x8 portrait sketches of a friend's kids, Leo and Layla. I tried this more as an experiment than anything else to see if I could infuse some life in a portrait using just photos as reference. It's not something I found easy at all, and I'm not sure about the results which I feel look overlaboured.. but here they are anyway!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thornhill Paintout

Had a great outing last Saturday at my first OPAS paintout in Thornhill. The event had about 20 artists competing in a plein air event with the finished products being voted on by the festival public. The event started at 10:00 AM sharp. Artists then had 3 hours find a spot, create and submit their art for voting. I had a somewhat mediocre attempt in the field, but tried to rework the finished product here at home. All in all it was a great day, and nice to finally a few more passionate plein air painters!