Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

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!!

Transit Through Toronto Art Exhibition March 28th 2015.

March 31, 2015

The painting that I am recreating twice following my recent art exhibition.

The painting that I am recreating twice following my recent art exhibition.

I had my Art Exhibition just on Saturday.  I was very surprised by how well the show had gone.   The gallery opened at 10am and as soon as it opened people came streaming in.  The great thing about painting Toronto is that everyone has their own experiences with different areas and communities in this city.  There was one woman who knew so much about the history of Wychwood Barns, Hillcrest Village, Casa Loma.  The history of the old streetcar lines, it was amazing.   In fact I had learned so much about the history of many areas of Toronto by the people who came to see the paintings, I have a notebook of information I am going to be researching this week just from the people who walked into the gallery.  It’s given me a fresh inspiration for my next group of paintings that I hope to be showing at the Riverdale Art Walk in June.   I am still waiting to see if I have gotten in.

In the next coming months I want to blog about my works in progress and thoughts on my process through the paintings to the finished product.   What I’ve realized over the winter while preparing for the show is that as much as I have come a long way with my skill,  I still have a long way to go in both the technical and the communicative aspect of my work.    My goal over the next few years is to grow creatively and become involved in the Toronto Arts community.   It’s nice to be able to be at home and create.  However, I find I learn the most from engaging with others and I really felt that at the show this weekend.

The Show went so well that I’ve decided to have a show every year at this time at Peter MacKendrick Gallery, Wychwood Barns.   It was a great experience and I would recommend renting this gallery to anyone.  Not only is it a beautiful space with incredible light, the staff was extremely helpful and accomodating. There was such a flurry of activity going on with different events for the community at The Barns this weekend!  I had no idea!  It is really quite an amazing/unique place.  I’ve already booked for the weekend of April 2nd/3rd for 2016.

The painting above is of a street car passing the north of Trinity Bellwoods Park on Dundas heading east.   It was on a warm September evening in 2014 when I was walking with my husband and son home when I took the photo.    This was the one of the first paintings I sold at the show.   I am looking forward to capturing all areas of this city.  Right now  I think I may travel to the east side of the city and try to get some great photos for the next group of paintings.

The next few blogs will all be about my process.  I am going to take photos and talking about the paintings as I work on them.   Very excited for this new phase in my artistic journey!

Beginning Again.

March 18, 2015

My show is coming up in 10 days!   It’s hard to believe.   It’s been 4 years since my last Solo Exhibition.  I took time off painting when I found out I was pregnant.   I work with oils and I am not sure what effects/toxicity the paint could have so I stopped entirely.    I’ve spent the last few years raising my son and persuing creative projects other than painting.   It was very exciting to begin again.   Up until this point I wasn’t ready to advertise, I didn’t think I was a good enough artist.  After years of painting and making the decision that painting is to be my career I finally believe my work to be the best it’s been to date.

I am inspired by what I see around me everyday in Toronto.  Although my focus recently has been on streetcars I am looking forward to painting the bridges, alleyways, the bustling restaurants, little communites that make up this diverse city.   I have had the opportunity to live all over this city the last 20 years and each neighbourhood has it’s own feel and sense of community to it.

I am really excited to see how the show goes.  It’s at Wychwood Barns on Saturday March 28th 2015.  It’s a perfect venue since it is right around the corner from us and I am able to run the show myself.   We moved into this community a few years ago and I am always impressed and inspired by all of the creative events that are held at the Barns.

I am really looking forward to this show as the beginning of a new chapter in my life.