Saturday, January 14, 2017


Variations on the Theme of Rust
These are prints made from a rusty plate I found whilst walking one day. It was conveniently square and I beveled the edges so it wouldn't cut through the paper. I took a couple of 'blind prints' - without colour - which turned out great, but don't translate well in a photo. These were experimental pieces - I'm an occasional dabbler in printmaking. I love the process, but have trouble keeping things clean - not  a technician! 
I played first with water-soluble graphite - I like the Lyra-brand crayons because they're nice and dark. Then I added Inktense crayon colours, mixing them up with the graphite. The results were lovely and subtle - like granite rock or lichen. 



 I finished up with Akua Intaglio inks, first the magenta, then the Paynes Grey - taking two prints from each without re-inking between pulls. 
It was a happy and fortuitous day in the studio, just messing about with colour. 
These samples are just a few of several prints I made from this plate. Later, I may work into the surface, but I really enjoy the aesthetic of 'the found'.




Tuesday, January 03, 2017



Winter Classes Start Next Week!
It's January already, and Art Classes at Visual Arts Missisauga begin next week! So - not a whole lot of time, if you're thinking about signing up.
I'll be teaching Figure Drawing on Monday evenings. I have some great models lined up and looking forward to another fantastic session.
On Tuesday mornings - Introduction to Drawing - a great class for Absolute Beginners, or those getting back into drawing after a long hiatus.
I've had a lot of requests for a Pastel class, so here it is: Tuesday afternoons at VAM. Looking forward to lots of exciting drawing discoveries!
Check out VAM's offerings here: http://www.visualartsmississauga.com/programs/?type=adult-programs

Sunday, January 01, 2017


Figure Drawing Workshop
It's been a busy Fall session. Some of my classes didn't run, so I took advantage of the time and took a few classes myself. These drawings are from a happy weekend in Studio B at Neilson Park in a Figure Drawing workshop with John Leonard. Two full days of nothing but drawing from the model. It was so great!


Memory Drawing - First we did a quick gesture (grey pastel). We spent a couple of minutes just gazing at the model. Then we closed our eyes and did a contour drawing, trying to keep the second drawing as close to the first as we could.


                          

Two-handed Drawing.   


Cross-Contour.




Two-handed Drawing





10-30 second gestures


Two-handed contour drawing


Fast gestures.

Saturday, November 05, 2016





New PopUps

Deciding what projects to do for a workshop involves a lot of time in the studio, allowing my brain free rein to see where it will take me. A big pile of newly painted papers inspired these designs - using 'found' shapes to build structures around. It's an exciting process that opens up new ideas and ways of thinking about this art form. 

Friday, November 04, 2016


Pastel Workshop

Join me for a 4-day Pastel Workshop at Neilson Park Creative Centre. Thursdays, starting November 24 to December 15, all day, 9:30-4:00. Learn new techniques, hone your drawing skills and enjoy the versatility of this very exciting medium.

Sunday, October 02, 2016



Stones Series
I took a week-long workshop with Steve Rose through HSAD at OCADU earlier this summer. It was so great to have nothing to do but draw and paint under the direction of Steve's excellent tutelage. These drawings are the result of a busy week of drawing and conceptual exercises. They are painted on paper, then layers of chalk pastel and mark-making. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016


What's Left
A PopUp piece that was chosen for the Etobicoke Art Group Annual Juried Show in May.