Tuesday, May 14, 2019

My April - May Update in Photographs

April and May have been incredibly busy and there has been little time for posting on my blogs so here is a brief summary using just photos of some of my art activities and adventures.
Sketching on May 11th at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (photo courtesy of Diane Duford)

Schmincke and Holbein 
Watercolour Demonstrations
It was great meeting Anke Heintz yesterday (all the way from Germany) in Ottawa at DeSerres to talk about Schmincke watercolours.  
I attended the Holbein artist demo at Wallack's with North American rep Jamie-Lou
I purchased a primary-colour set of Holbein Acryla Gouache to experiment with.
Platinum Carbon Ink

Testing Platinum Carbon Ink on some of my watercolour papers

More testing Platinum Carbon Ink on more of my watercolour papers
  Life Drawing at the Rooster 
I attended Life Drawing at the Atomic Rooster ... 2, 3, 5, 10 and 20 minute poses from three different models. I love experimenting and playing with different papers & materials : pencils, watercolours, gouache and fountain pen.

Travel Sketching

Galway sketch in my Molskine Watercolour Journal
Postcards Arrived

My postcard order came in from VistaPrint

Mark Patton's Art Show

It was great to help my artist friend Mark Patton with his first art show and it was an amazing success! I can't wait to see what is next for this amazing artist!

Urban Sketching

Our April sketching event was at the National Art Centre

Our May sketching event was at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Monday, April 1, 2019

Ottawa Urban Sketchers Featured “Drawing Attention”

I am delighted  to report that the Ottawa Urban Sketchers are featured in the
April 2019 issue of “Drawing Attention”

Drawing Attention April 2019 https://issuu.com/urbansketchers7/docs/drawing_attention_april_2019/
Drawing Attention, the official monthly zine of the Urban Sketchers organization, 
communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiums, sketchcrawls, news and events; shares news about USk chapters ...

Drawing Attention April 2019 https://issuu.com/urbansketchers7/docs/drawing_attention_april_2019/
Congratulations to the Ottawa Sketchers who had their artwork included in this issue and thanks to Susan Rogers (Salt Spring Island, BC Urban Sketcher) for writing and organizing the piece.

Read the April 2019 issue of "Drawing Attention"

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Testing New Papers

I am in between sketchbooks at present and I have had trouble choosing a new one so instead I have been trying out various "new-to-me" papers.
  1. Bee Creative Watercolour paper
  2. Fabriano Watercolour Paper
Bee Creative Watercolour Paper 

This watercolor paper was quite inexpensive ($21.99). The paper is acid free, natural white, cold pressed, 140 lb. (300 gsm) watercolor paper. European milled. 100% cotton paper for watercolor.

Hong Kong, Ink and watercolour Bee Creative watercolor paper.

The sketch above was inspired by a photograph on Facebook posted by my friend Mike Skinner when he was over in Hong Kong. It was actually the very first sketch that I did on the new paper and I was immediately satisfied.

I did several other quick sketches on the paper. The most recent one was of the two blue spruce trees at Gilmour an O'Connor.

These beautiful, old spruce trees were planted in 1922 (?) and appeared on the school report cards in 1950 ‬!! https://urbsite.blogspot.com/…/more-favourite-limbs-two-blu…

Every time my Labrador retriever Lexie and I walk by these two incredible trees we notice how much the snow is melting away more and more each day.

Last year these poor old trees were smothered in  salt, grit and snow which was worrisome - but not this year thankfully http://www.centretownbuzz.com/…/hoping-for-april-showers-r…/

Two blue spruce trees on Gilmour at O'Connor
I'm really happy with the paper and how it handles my pencils, inks and watercolours and the only complaint is the double wire binding. I'm not a fan of coil binding for my sketch books but these coils do create a flat surface and the pages are also micro-perforated to true size for easy sheet removal.

Fabriano Watercolour Paper

I just purchased some hot press, 140lb (300 gsm), 25 % cotton watercolor paper and thought I would try it on a portrait I'm working on for a newsletter.

The Wallack website says that the Fabriano Watercolour paper is ideal for watercolour, tempera, gouache, acrylic, ink and drawing and is:
 "...made of a valuable mixture of lignin free (cotton 25%) and cellulose pulp. The absence of acid guarantees the inalterability over time of the paper. Produced with 100% of E.C.F. pulp (Elemental Chlorine Free), F.S.C. certified from forests responsibly managed respectful of environmental, social and economic standards. It is sized internally and externally, guaranteeing optimal absorbance. "
At $13 (12 sheets), I may continue to use this paper for my field sketches. I will keep you posted!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy New Year and Happy New Directions!

There was insufficient time to post any news to my art blog in December 2018 for good reason.
Let me explain.

So happy that my painting " The Last Portage - Heading Home" sold with all proceeds going to support CPAWS-OV

I participated in three group exhibitions at the end of 2018:
Preparing my ink sketches for the "Seven Days in Inktober" Exhibition

I was invited to submit a proposal for an exciting teaching opportunity this summer (July 2019) and I worked to create some documents outlining the workshop learning goals, basic supply lists, etc.
Some pages from my 2019 workshop proposal
I also created my annual calendar that I send to my family for Christmas with some of my 2018 artwork.

My 2019 Art Calendar
New Year & Some New Directions

For 2019, I have a number of new and exciting plans already underway:
I also plan to blog more regularly and share links
to any new and exciting art inspiration that I read, hear, watch or see.
Here is my January 2019 installment of Inspiration Links

Art Inspiration that I have read
Playing with the FREE online background remover tool

Art Inspiration that I have heard
Art Inspiration that I have watched/seen
Mural on Bank Street (at Lewis)
Jerry Saltz's "How To Be An Artist - 33 Rules"

In 2019, I hope that your art takes you in new an exciting directions. Perhaps we could all give Jerry Saltz's 33 Rules (aka "Lessons") a try (and let me know what you think of them)

Checked off Jerry Saltz's Lesson 25: "Learn to Deal With Rejection"
I was surprised that my 8x8 "Frida Kahlo" did NOT sell at the Ottawa School of Art "8x8 Fundraiser"
Step One: You Are a Total Amateur
  • Lesson 1: Don’t Be Embarrassed
  • Lesson 2: “Tell your own story and you will be interesting.” — Louise Bourgeois
  • Lesson 3: Feel Free to Imitate
  • Lesson 4: Art Is Not About Understanding. Or Mastery.
  • Lesson 5: Work, Work, Work
Step Two: How to Actually Begin - An instruction manual for the studio
  • Lesson 6: Start With a Pencil
  • Lesson 7: Develop Forms of Practice
  • Lesson 8: Now, Redefine Skill
  • Lesson 9: “Embed thought in material.” — Roberta Smith
  • Lesson 10: Find Your Own Voice
  • Lesson 11: Listen to the Crazy Voices in Your Head
  • Lesson 12: Know What You Hate
  • Lesson 13: Scavenge
Step Three: Learn How to Think Like an Artist - This is the fun part.
  • Lesson 14: Compare Cats and Dogs
  • Lesson 15: Understand That Art Is Not Just for Looking At
  • Lesson 16: Learn the Difference Between Subject Matter and Content
  • Lesson 17: See As Much As You Can
  • Lesson 18: All Art Is Identity Art!
  • Lesson 19: All Art Was Once Contemporary Art
Step Four: Enter the Art World - A guide to the snake pit.
  • Lesson 20: Accept That You Will Likely Be Poor
  • Lesson 21: Define Success
  • Lesson 22: It Takes Only a Few People to Make a Career
  • Lesson 23: Learn to Write
Step Five: Survive the Art World - Psychic strategies for dealing with the ugliness (inside and out).
  • Lesson 24: Artists Must Be Vampires
  • Lesson 25: Learn to Deal With Rejection
  • Lesson 26: Make an Enemy of Envy
  • Lesson 27: Having a Family Is Fine
Step Six: Attain Galactic Brain
  • Lesson 28: What You Don’t Like Is As Important As What You Do Like
  • Lesson 29: Art Is a Form of Knowing Yourself
  • Lesson 30: “Artists do not own the meaning of their work.” — Roberta Smith
  • Lesson 31: All Art Is Subjective
  • Lesson 32: You Must Prize Vulnerability
  • Lesson 33: Be Delusional