May 31, 2017

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May 21, 2017

Heron Point Golf

Sketchbook ~ Heron Point, Front 9
Sketchbook ~ Heron Point, Back 9

May 11, 2017

Visual Fringe

The London Fringe Festival from May 30 to June 10 is unique theatre, film, and visual art. Fringe is dramatic, magical, camaraderie, comedic, musical and so much more.

VisualFringe features the work of 25 local and area visual artists. Meet and mingle with the artists and be the first to purchase great artwork. The exhibit will run throughout the entire Fringe Festival, closing on Saturday, June 10. Join us at our VisualFringe opening on Wednesday,
May 31st! at The ARTS Project.

April 19, 2017

London Studio Artist Tour

The London Artist Studio Tour is this weekend. The tour includes 37 individual artists plus some guest artists. Come on over to Studio #30 (The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas Street) and see some of Joanna Mozdzen’s beautiful sculptures. I am honoured to be guest artist at her studio. Hope to see you on the weekend! 

April 16, 2017

Arizona Golf Vacation

Sketchbook ~ Wildfire (Arnold Palmer Signature Course - Front 9) 

Sketchbook ~ Wildfire (Arnold Palmer Signature Course - Back 9)

Desert golf vacation in Arizona! Such unique landscape: desert, cactus, mountains, fairways and greens. Played 6 courses in 6 days. This was Wildfire Golf Course, Arnold Palmer Signature Course. Some drawn on location and some drawn from images taken with IPAD. Not quite finishing adding the watercolour yet. 108 holes is allot of sketching!

Stayed within a block of Old Scottsdale, so were able visit Scottsdale's Museum of the West and see the exhibition: The Taos Society of Artists (They shared a love of the regional location, local color and local people, especially the Hispanic and Pueblo Native American communities. Their paintings were characterized by dramatic landscapes, brilliant lighting, indigenous peoples and modernist techniques. The group’s groundbreaking artworks gave rise to a major school of American painting.)

March 25, 2017

Beaver Block - the process

The first step using my favourite ink pen, purchased while I was in Murano, Italy in 2011. I plan to add some architectural details and then I will give it a day to dry completely before I add watercolour. I have tried to rush it before and ended up with ink bleeding into the colours.

the second step ... adding the architecture...

the third step ... adding watercolour...

added finishing touches and framed ready to hang...

March 15, 2017

Female No 24

A simple line drawing in using india ink on pastel paper, finished with a hi-lite of white pencil. Appreciating the simplicity and expressiveness of a line.
Female No 24, india ink & white pencil on pastel paper, 9 x 6 inches, ©2017

March 8, 2017

Handmade Sketchbook

My new custom handmade sketchbook. Thank you Jan Taylor. Interior pages are 140 lb Arches hot pressed watercolour paper alternated with coloured pastel paper. Some pages fold out, which will be great for drawing streetscapes. Planning to try it out on my upcoming holiday. 

March 1, 2017

Figurative Sketch

Sketchbook ~ Figurative Line Sketch
i spent a great afternoon at the Figure Drawing Session (The ARTS Project) on Tuesday. Laura was excellent model, interesting poses, and she held them well. I did a number of small line drawings that will be add some colour to later today.

February 20, 2017

Figure Drawing

Untitled Female No 21, ink and watercolour, 4.5 x 3.5 inches, ©2017
Initial sketch at figure drawing session on Tuesday, inked on Wednesday and watercolour on Sunday. Just playing around with simple and spontaneous lines and colours.

February 15, 2017

Figure Drawing

Untitled Female No 20, ink and watercolour, 6 x 6 inches, ©2017

February 5, 2017

Home Portraits

Alex's Home, ink and watercolour, 3.5 x 5.5  inches, ©2016
This home portrait is now in Ottawa, Ontario, framed and hanging in the hallway. The challenge with this one was that there was a tree right in front of the house, so in order to draw the home, I had to flip back and forth between a number of views. The pattern and colour of the brickwork on this mid-century modern home was interesting but also very challenging.

For home commissions, the size that I typically work is about 4 x 6 inches or smaller with matt size being 8 x 10 inches. The standard size makes framing easy and allows the customer to choose their own style. I can work from photos, but I need good quality and a variety of views. I really prefer to visit in person, but that is not always an option. More samples of home commissions on my website.

January 11, 2017

My Name is Margaret Harman

Poster for "My Name is Margaret Harman"
This is poster I did for the play "My Name is Margaret Harman" written and directed by Jason Rip. All proceeds to the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project. Location The ARTS Project from February 8 to 11, 2017.

January 2, 2017

Female No 19

Female No 19, ink on pastel paper, 4.75 x 2.25 inches, ©2016