I set up my easel to sketch the SunLife Financial today at 12:30 p.m. in Waterloo with the intension of painting a larger watercolour for an upcoming show. What with the cold and wind, I decided to work out the proportions in my small sketch book and come back on a warmer day. Well, even trying a small sketch was too much for wussy me, so after only about an hour I decided to head to the warmth of the Heuther where I was able to scratch #42 off the 52 week challenge. By 3:45 the other hardier sketchers arrived for our throwdown.
Today I sketched a farm auction in the town of Macton. Freezing temperatures shortened my time considerably. Could only manage about an hour. A real hardy group.
Tuesday night at the Button Factory for a life drawing session. We start with ten, 1 minute poses, then three, 5 minute poses and then two, 15 minute and finally two, 30 minute poses for a two hour workout.
Marc Holmes has challenged sketchers to sketch 100 people in one week. So I have accepted that challenge. Day 3 and I’ve sketched 51 people. It looks like I have to pick up my pace to reach the final goal by Friday. Using a variety of instruments…..water soluble pens, micron pens, ink brushes, markers. Next I’m going to attempt to sketch with just a watercolour brush.
Last Tuesday I dropped in to a life drawing class at the Button Factory in Waterloo. I haven’t been to one of these in over 25 years. I found it was a real work out and really miss stretching my drawing skills. The first two sketches were 5 minute poses although I came in a little late, so the first sketch was more like 3 minutes. The next two were 10 minutes and the last two were 15 minutes. Hope to make this a steady workout.
I joined Trent, Karen and Marion in sketching the demolition of this bridge today. We were surprised how much was done…we thought we would be able to see more of the bridge but also were surprised at the number of machines at work. In spite of the cold we persevered for a few hours and then rewarded ourselves with hot chocolate and tea. I added a little more contrast once I got home. #usk_wr.
Joined with other fellow artists for a watercolour workshop today. Instructor Marion Anderson demonstrated first and then we attempted to replicate what she did.
This is my attempt as we blocked out what would be the birch trees. We added salt to the wet paint to make falling snow…neat idea!
My completed watercolour.
See how the salt reacted with the wet paint ?
In the afternoon I painted this scene looking out the windows of the studio on a much larger sheet of paper. There were some amazing paintings produced and a wonderful time spent with very creative artists.