Painting week at OCAD

Posted: June 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Life Painting | No Comments »

OCAD hosted its annual Painting Week last week. I was very excited to have the opportunity to paint the figure on a daily basis even if only for a week — I never get to paint the figure with my Humber teaching schedule. If I could afford it and if I had the time, I would only paint figures — it truly is my passion.

I forced myself not to paint a portrait. I usually spend too much time on the head and then miss out on painting the body. Nonetheless, I could not let it go and did work out her big proportions and got a ghostly likeness there. I also tried to resist fussing with the paint. Another painting done this week lost its freshness as I tried to polish and smooth out all the paint brush strokes. I need to learn to just let it be!

Here is one of the paintings I did last week. It’s a 6h painting of Kit.


Open life painting at the TSA

Posted: June 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Life Painting, TSA | No Comments »

The Toronto School of Art started hosting an open life painting session on Friday nights a couple of months ago. Because I usually paint portraits with friends on Fridays already, I haven’t been able to attend the TSA sessions. I did go for the past two weeks and it was great! The model, Ben, posed for two sessions of four hours. It was quiet, we had lots of space, and it was very collegial. I really enjoyed it. Here is the 8h painting of Ben.