I've been teaching a watercolour class just west of Toronto and I've used the commute as inspiration for a few paintings. Fortunately, the GoTrain that I take just briskly coasts through the city, perfect for getting pen lines down and a feel for the landscape as it slips on by.
Well, thanks to this fantastic mild November we are having, lots of people were out enjoying the weather yesterday. The walk through traffic at our Toronto East Rotary Art Show was pretty constant. Great mood and energy all day. Made some new friends too! Until next year. Happy Painting Everybody!
I looked into my 'still life objects cupboard' and thought, I'd just like to paint a little something. And this cute creamer with turquoise stripes jumped out at me. So, I added a simple fruit and a few flowers and enjoyed painting it.
Awhile back I was fooling around with the SketchBook Pro app on my iPad. It's really fun drawing on the screen with a rubber tipped pen called a stylus. I'm also interested in incorporating pattern into my art more.
And now, off to the Riverdale Art Show for day two!
InkTober is keeping my on my toes with portraits! I'm drawing with an RSVP pen, which is quite fine, then adding a wash. Also, finished framing all my work today in preparation for the show this weekend. Super excited! Watercolours really shine once they are matted and framed.
Here's info for the Toronto Riverdale Group Art Show.
I'm really enjoying InkTober! It's got me doing 3-value portrait studies with an RSVP pen and wash, homework that is long overdue. It's easy to get caught up in the wonderful world of watercolour, but sometimes it's important to go back to basics. Also, I do love painting people wearing hats. : )
Here's my second line drawing for InkTober. I drew this one while at the library and it's so nice to see people with books in front of them, instead of computers! Still working on how to take a photo of a white piece of paper... looking a bit gray but the only alternative is over exposed. Any ideas?
I was inspired by the Daily Paintworks Interiors Challenge for this one, which I drew while enjoying my morning tea. I usually ask for a little steamed milk with extra foam on my tea, just to jazz it up a bit. ; )
In 2009, an awesome artist named James Parker started InkTober. Everyone is welcome to join in and you don't have to post everyday, just whenever you can through the month of October! Here are the very loose 'rules'.
This is my first one, done in micron pen while enjoying this still surprisingly warm weather we are having!
I had a fantastic time painting these standing baskets with all the little fruits and veggies in them. I went with the Toronto Plein-Air Artists to Kensington Market for the last Pedestrian Sunday of the year. No cars... well, except for the one parked in the foreground of my painting.
I've never been a fan of yellow however, every once in awhile I try to embrace it and find the beauty in it. I think I'm starting to like it a bit more... It's just a difficult colour to paint with. ; )