As a subject, I’ve always been drawn to the landscape and boats at gritty Dark Harbour, on the west side of Grand Manan island, where the dulse pickers keep their dories. Many also keep camps on the shore and rocky sea wall. While we were there for a two-week vacation following the workshop at the beginning of August, I worked in pen and ink as usual, and in watercolour too, after overcoming my inhibitions in Barry’s class last year.
We spent most of July and August along the St. Lawrence River and on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. I worked in my sketchbooks with pen and ink, also on toned paper with pen, ink and white charcoal. Here are a few samples:
We’ll be on the Bonavista Peninsula in Newfoundland for the month of June. Though the weather has been either rainy/blustery or sunny/buggy, the location is incredibly inspiring. We’ve been drawing and painting or exploring with our cameras every day.
My latest oil pastel on wood panel, Floodplain, is included in an invitational group exhibition organized by the Korean art magazine, 미술과 비평 (Art and Criticism) and curated in Toronto by Kerry Inho Kim. The show runs from June 14 to 20, 2011 and is being held at the Dosan Gallery, in the Korea Times building, at 287 Bridgeland Ave in Toronto. The opening is at 5:00 p.m. on June 14.
I’ve been participating in a regular life drawing class on Mondays, at Toronto’s Heliconian Club and have found the experience very valuable. We spend the mornings doing brief gesture drawings and longer poses up to 20 minutes.during the afternoon, the model holds one pose for two hours. Every year the sketch group mounts an exhibition of participants’ work. This year’s show runs from March 1 to April 6, 2011, at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto. There’ll be an opening reception on Saturday March 5 from 1 to 4, or call 416-922-3618 to drop by. I’m exhibiting RED JACKET, FUR COLLAR, an 18 x 24″ drawing in black and white charcoal pencil on toned paper.
One of my new oil pastel paintings is included in the “Scapes” exhibition at the Propeller Centre for Visual Arts. The show runs from February 2 to 13. The opening reception is Thursday February 3 and runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Propeller is located at 984 Queen Street West, Toronto.
Three of my pen, ink and charcoal pencil drawings are being exhibited in Salon V exhibition at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts that runs January 12 to 30, 2011. The opening reception is Thursday January 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. Propeller is located at 984 Queen Street West, Toronto.
Barry Coombs (my partner) is also exhibiting one of his exciting new works on paper in the same show.