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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Pastel Workshop at Keshen Goodman Public Library
I will be teaching a FREE short workshop at the Keshen Goodman Library in Halifax on November 16 at 7 pm. If you would like to attend you will need to register through the library. All supplies included.Read More
The New Chicken Series!
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.Read More
The Girl in the Red Dress
This is one of the largest pieces I have painted. It takes up a lot of room in my small studio. I wanted to play with patterns in this one. This is the first painting in my new series "Striped Socks" I started with an underpainting or Grisaille in Burnt Umber and white. I put in the grey and blue wall as well at this point.Read More
I painted this collection of chickens during a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.Read More
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: $50Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 :)Read More