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.

Advertisements

#2

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!!