Posts Tagged ‘City’

Portrait of Lennox.

June 15, 2015

Portrait of Lennox

Portrait of Lennox

I typically don’t do portraits as commissions.     If I don’t get it right I am essentially giving them a painting of a different person.  However I find that painting children is easier than painting adults.   Someone told me once, I think it was my mother actually (she is no artist but she reads)  that children require less detail and this is why I am able to do portraits of children better than adults.  Lennox is my cousin’s grandson so I thought I would give it a try because they asked me.   I have to say I am rather happy about the outcome.

I was supposed to be better with the blogs but the last few months didn’t end up going according to plan.  In fact this was the first week where I took a few days off from painting since last September.    The Riverdale Art Walk was last weekend and so I decided to stop for a few days.   It was my first outdoor Art show  (well second, but the other one hardly counts) and I felt like my paintings were sub par in comparison to the work I had at my show in March.

I am  now preparing for the Queen West Art Crawl.   I have a bit more time and my goal is to work on some larger pieces.   Also I am interested in painting some more Toronto scenes that don’t necessarily feature streetcars.  We’ll see.



April 21, 2015

Beginnings of  the second painting.

Beginnings of the second painting.

Back to canvas for this one.   I haven’t given up entirely on wood however I do think it will take time to figure out how to make a great painting on wood.

My goal for these paintings is to work on blending the paint.  I want to give the effect of softness with these pieces.   The last group I wanted to emphasize more texture and chunkiness with the paint.    Actually, now that I am thinking of it, I think I kind of jump between both styles in my work.     So far my interest is just in painting rainy street-scapes of Toronto just for this particular group.    It looks like I might not be able to have as many pieces as I’d like in the RIverdale Art Walk.  Although I am certainly going to try to have at least 10 new paintngs.   Hopefully by tomorrow I will have the canvas covered.

Downtown Toronto in the rain taking photos.

April 10, 2015

A photograph taken from today.  Getting ready for the Riverdale Art Walk.

A photograph taken from today. Getting ready for the Riverdale Art Walk.

Up until this point I have been taking photographs with my iphone.   It is truly unbelievable what I’ve been able to do with a decent camera.   I don’t want to get into the whole thing about the camera in particular but it’s been amazing going around the city with it today.    Another observation- since taking this camera out on the town, it has attracted a whole new set of conversations with people I would otherwise never have talked to.   People want to talk to me about my camera.   Interesting.   Thing is, they all know much more about this camera than I do because up until last week I had no idea of it’s existence.  Either way, it’s a complete treat to have it and I cannot wait to see all the cool things I can do with it.   I took almost 900 pictures in the rain today and was able to get 20 decent images to use for paintings.   I have decided to use them as the focus for the paintings in the Riverdale Art Walk for June 6th and 7th in a couple of months from now.     The next couple of blogs will be about some of the paintings I will be creating over the next few weeks.   I cannot wait!!