Group Exhibit in Toronto

Posted: February 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Art Show, Competition, Drawing, Landscape Drawing, News | No Comments »

I made it into the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, DRAWING 2017 at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. I have submitted a large landscape drawing this time, which is unusual for me. In fact, it’s my first major landscape drawing, and it’s a study for a painting.

After moving recently to a neighbourhood in Ottawa near a conservation area, I enjoyed observing the transformation of the landscape from Fall to Winter. What caught my eye, in particular, was a group of cattails so tall that they obstructed the view of the small lake behind them. In the Fall they danced freely in the wind. But in the Winter, blankets of heavy snow stilled their movement creating a wonderful quietude. It is this wintry suspended stillness that I have attempted to capture in this drawing by contrasting the angular stalks with the soft snow.

Cattails in Snow

Cattails in Snow
charcoal on paper
50 cm x 70 cm


Landscapes

Posted: February 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Flowers, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

Here are a few paintings that I had a hard time photographing without glare. Not perfect, but an improvement on previous attempts. That shimmering quality in the photo, particularly the two top ones? That’s just the light bouncing off the paint and varnish when I photograph them. They were all started in plein air.

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers
8×10
oil on board
Kingston, Ontario


Fall Light

Fall Light
8×10
oil on board
Along the path near the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa

Dandelions 2
8×10
oil on board
Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Kingston


Recent Landscapes

Posted: July 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

Here are some of the plein-air paintings that I have completed in the past year (a few were reworked in the studio). My camera and photographing set up are primitive and I’m having difficulty capturing dark areas without glare, so I can’t post all that I’ve done. You can see this problem in the trees of Along the Deer Trail and the vines in Back Alley Walk for example. I’m working to solve the problem and hope to add a few more works in the days to come.

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Along the Deer Trail
9×12
oil on board
Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Kingston

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Into the Woods
9×12
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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Back Alley Walk
9×12
oil on board
Alley behind Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston

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The Old Tree
8×10
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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Apple Blossoms
8×10
oil on board
A tree in my yard

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Hazy Spring Day
8×10
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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At the Trail Junction
6×8
oil on paper
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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Rocky Shore
8×10
oil on board
Frontenac Provincial Park, Ontario

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Windy Day on the Lake
8×10
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

 

Group Show

Posted: February 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Art Show, Competition, Drawing, Portrait, Raphaël | No Comments »

The drawing of my infant son will be in the upcoming Drawing 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. I’d love to see you at the opening!

John B Aird Gallery Drawing 2016

I Am Here, charcoal drawing

“I Am Here!”
charcoal on paper
13×19


Dandelions

Posted: July 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Flowers, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

My backyard lawn inspired my latest painting. It began as a plein-air painting one afternoon with the intention of completing it the next day but my husband mowed the lawn in the meantime. I was forced to finish it in my studio.

Dandelions

[UPDATE February 9 2017: better image of painting]


Latest drawing, Upcoming Show

Posted: May 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art Show, Competition, Drawing, Portrait, Raphaël | No Comments »

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken the time to update my blog. I have been drawing and painting but did not have the time to photograph my work.

In the last month, I’ve been working on a portrait of my son. I certainly chose a difficult project — I used five different photos to compose the gesture and expression, each of which had a different light source and captured Raphaël at a different age. Those legs go from skinny to plump incredibly fast within the first few months!

Though it’s a portrait of him as an infant, I wanted to capture his personality as it is expressed at his current preschool age. Moreover, I aimed to portray the exuberance of life slightly coloured by a fear of the unknown and new. I think it turned out well in spite of all these challenges.

I Am Here charcoal drawing

“I Am Here!
charcoal on paper
13×19

You can see this portrait of my son in the upcoming Interact Juried Art Salon at the Tett Centre in Kingston, Ontario. The exhibit opens May 21st at 7:00PM and closes June 26th.


Birds…

Posted: November 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Birds, Drawing, Life Drawing, Portrait | No Comments »

Winter has arrived to Edmonton. You should see how much snow we have already! It inspired me to draw chickadees. Here are my first two.

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SOLD

Chickadee 1

A few 20 min life drawings from earlier this year.

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Three Drawings in a Show

Posted: June 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Show, Drawing, Life Drawing, Portrait, SOLD! | No Comments »

I will try to photograph some of my recent gesture drawings and post them soon.

In the meantime, here are three 3h poses completed from life recently. The bottom two are in the 21st Annual Naked Exhibit currently being held at Harcourt house, along with a 20 min drawing that I forgot to photograph before the show. The top drawing was completed after the submission deadline, so perhaps it will make it into next year’s exhibit.

Paul SOLD

The Young Artist SOLD

Woman I SOLD


I went life drawing!

Posted: October 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Life Drawing, Portrait, Raphaël | No Comments »

With Raphaël, I don’t have much time to draw, but I did manage to go to the Harcourt House open sessions a couple of times in recent weeks. Here are some of my better drawings, plus a sketch of Raphaël from when he was around 5 months old (I drew it in January).


Short poses from the Spring

Posted: July 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Drawing, Life Drawing, News, Portrait | No Comments »

I hadn’t been drawing for over a year, so the blog was quiet. My husband and I moved to Edmonton last June (he’s the new Composer-in-Residence for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra) and I had a baby in August.

Raphaël
11 months

There are few opportunities to practice life drawing in Edmonton. In the Spring however, The Harcourt House held a session on Monday afternoons which was perfect. Rob stayed home with the baby and I went to draw for the first time in over a year.

I was VERY rusty, but here are some of the better drawings from the few sessions I attended. Poses are from 1 to 20 minutes.