Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May 24 at TSA

After 2 weeks of male models at TSA, we finally got a woman!

I find women are much easier to capture in watercolour.

Some nice ones this week...

She had a lot of tattoos, but I didn't have time to include them except for this one:

I have been using blue for the negative space lately. My water gets unusable much quicker, but I find the finals have a much stronger impact.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The magnolias have already dropped their flowers. So sad to see them go!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Yellow Dress

I really wish this would scan properly...


From Sunday night at TSA. The model faced away from my side of the room for most of the poses. Here is one of the few that show more than just a bum.

Here is one of the shorter poses, done with a marker and some watercolour. I wish the ink would dry faster!

Friday, May 15, 2009

10 minutes in January

Here is a piece from earlier this year that I just entered into a juried show. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tall and thin

I will be taking jewelry classes of Tuesday nights for the next two months, so Rouge is out for a while. Here are a few drawings from the Toronto School of Art Sunday night session this week.

For a bit of a change this week, I did most of the gestures with a black marker.

This model's shape presented some interesting challenges.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fun with flowers

Rouge had some delightful flowers left over from their latest opening. We placed them behind the model stand for some interesting compositions.

I wish this had been a longer pose!

More April Life Drawing

Here are some more paintings from Tuesday nights at Rouge.

I like to use a mix of Winsor & Newton Opera Rose and Naples Yellow. My scanner has a bit of trouble capturing the vibrancy of the opera rose, and it certainly has difficulties with textured watercolour paper!
I like the negative space framing the foot above! I always have trouble with feet.

And here is an older piece from the Toronto School of Art - Sunday night open life drawing:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

April Life Drawing at Rouge Gallery

Denise Mader is a fantastic model. Her poses are always so dynamic! I have been taking my watercolours to the Rouge gallery life drawing sessions where she models on Tuesday nights. The gallery is on Queen at Broadview, and the $15 three hour sessions include delicious baked goods created by Denise herself!

Here are a few life paintings ranging from 1 to 15 minute poses.

Here is a really quick one from the warm-ups:

This pose had a lot of attitude!