A Weekend at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Yesterday I got back from a weekend long figure drawing workshop. I am thoroughly warn out! The weekend started with attendees arriving on Friday evening. We got to stay in an old farmhouse on the 178 acre property. I had my own small, albeit quaint, bedroom with a surprisingly comfortable bed. Friday evening we all met up by the campfire and got to work making the charcoal that we would use the next day from willow and vine twigs and branches. Saturday morning started with a breakfast of ...
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September…and Back to Life Drawing.

It's September, the schools are in, the weather is decidely chilly....and life drawing is back in session! Our sessions run from 10:30 until 1:30 pm. Last year we did mainly short poses, but this year we are getting some longer ones, which makes me happy. To be honest I was getting bored with just short poses over and over. I have been trying out my new Panpastels. I bought these in the summer and haven't really used them much yet. I really like the loose lines they produce. You can't get ...
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The New Chicken Series!

oil paintings of chickens
These little guys are all painted on 5 x 5 inch cradled birch panels. These panels are great for small work they make it seem bigger than it really is. I dropped these off at Argyle Fine Art today even though a couple were still not quite dry. Check out my Gallery to see them all. UPDATE: As of Friday September 23rd 4 of these have already been sold.  
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Pastel Workshop – Sept 1/2016

Pastel workshop for beginners Join me for the day and learn how to work with this wonderful and versatile medium. This workshop is suitable for beginners and requires no drawing ability. All art materials included for use during workshop! (I also have a small number of pastels for purchase) Small workshop with room for only 4 people. When: Wednesday August 10 Time: 10 – 2 pm (break for lunch) Cost: $50
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Wednesday’s Pastel Workshop

Yesterday I taught a small Pastel Workshop. I only had room for 4 students this time, but it was perfect because all my students got lots of attention! Here are some photos of the wonderful work my students did. Most of them had no prior knowledge with using pastels so it was a new, interesting, messy and exciting experience for everyone.       Everyone started with a different colour monochromatic underpainting giving all the paintings a different look. And a quick block-in unfini...
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Ten Days of Teddy Bears

Challenges are always...well challenging! I did 30 days of hands last year, then 30 days of chickens in January. The chicken challenge was tough. I had originally chosen pears, but after doing one, I realized that I would probably be bored, not to mention the challenge of finding a variety of different pears during the winter months in Nova Scotia! So onwards to my new challenge...Teddy Bears for 10 days. I actually only painted one teddy bear. This little bear was given to me by my Mom many ...
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Hares, Hares, Hares!

Hares done in ink and watercolor wash of Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber on my favorite Fabriano watercolor paper. All are 5 x 7 inches. The last one was scanned instead of photographed and I couldn't get the colors quite right. In real life they are all the same :)            
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