Sunday, 18 February 2018

TEMPLAR

The John B. Aird Gallery is hosting it’s 12th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition from February 8 – March 4, 2011.

I’m pleased to announce that my drawing, TEMPLAR, has been accepted for the exhibition.

TEMPLAR is a work in pen and ink over wash and resist. It is 28.7 x 20.6 cm. The drawing is inspired by sketches made on the island of Rhodes during a painting holiday I led there in 2007.

The John B. Aird Gallery is located in the Macdonald Block at 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley) in Toronto and is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am – 6 pm.

The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, February 10 from 6 – 8 pm. All are welcome.

 

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The teddy bears have been trying to get out of their box lately. I agreed to let them out if they promised to sit still for two classes yesterday.

The bears are a very different subject than last week’s ceramic objects but I suggested that we use the same technique. This involves wetting an area with a light wash and touching darker paint into the wet area. I divided my demonstration into individual components (arms, legs, ears, etc.). I separated the components, as you can see below, in order to make my analysis more obvious to the students.

The students didn’t leave the white spaces between the various shapes but did find it useful to paint the arms and legs, for instance, one at a time. It allowed more control over the soft-edge technique. However, it demanded other things. Enough paint had to be mixed, ahead of time, to maintain colour consistency in each bear.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

 

 

 

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What do you think of my brand new objects? I was at the Dollar Store and couldn’t resist them. As the students filed into the Tuesday classes, and I saw the expressions on their faces, I began to doubt myself.

I suggested that each object be broken down into it’s component shapes. The soft-edge technique of touching dark paint into a wet area of lighter paint was used for each shape. Attention was paid to the overall values of the different shapes. I’ve shown two steps of my demonstration below.

I stressed simplification, as I usually do. Also, it was important to pay attention to where the objects overlapped each other. Which was darker? I encouraged the students to trust the process and paint every shape in their image before returning to rework any areas.

Although there may have been some apprehension at the start of each class, everyone rose to the occasion.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

 

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WALLACE AVENUE

Patrick Donohue has reviewed the Salon V exhibition at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts on his popular website, Dilettante’s Diary.

Patrick made the following comment about my mixed media piece, WALLACE AVENUE:

“In a more urban mode, an exuberant Cubist-influenced painting caught my eye with its vivacious take on a city neighbourhood, even before the name of an artist I know caught my eye: Barry Coombs.

For the full review, click here and scroll down.

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I simplified the still-life yesterday and tried to focus on two things. One was colour. The other was the spaces between the objects, sometimes called negative spaces. It’s important to make these areas interesting although, when we stare at the still-life, they may not seem to have much visual appeal.

In the demonstrations below, I’ve varied the negative areas using ‘soft-edge’ techniques.

Some of the students had trouble with the apples and were puzzled because they seem like fairly simple objects. It might be because they are so round, shiny and unblemished that any mark out of place seems to stand out. Either way, it was a good day and some of the less-experienced painters made real strides in their work.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

 

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