July 24, 2014

Art on the Street Plein Air

A week ago was Art in the Street in Guelph and since I wasn't participating as a vendor this year, I set up instead with my easel and paints and painted a small piece on location, which after a long hiatus of work outdoors, felt like the Tin Man getting a squirt of oil.

Here I am, looking down Quebec Street to the crowded fair.

And here people gather.  A good crowd of tai chi-ers showed up to do their thing.

I worked from 9 am to 1 pm, about as long as I could bare in the open sun.  18" x 24", acrylic and collage on board.

Strategies I used: way less people than the original, a narrower street and a tilt to it to give it more interest, exaggeration of colours to get away from all the greys in the original and to convey a sense of summer warmth.


July 8, 2014

Another successful TOAE

Good times at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition on the weekend, though a serious urge to sleep now.  The weather and turnout couldn't have been better.  Tonnes of hugs and help from old pals (thanks especially to A & R & J, M & C & E), and though I wasn't supposed to see my family, they couldn't resist a surprise visit on Friday.  I feel fortunate to be so supported.

I also had many a great chat with new friends and old acquaintances, found spots for a bunch of paintings, and was presented with many promising opportunities, including a few teaching gigs.  The staff of TOAE were amazing in making the weekend run smoothly and communicating with us artists throughout the buildup to it.  Kudos to the team!

Of course at a show like this, with thousands of people coming through, you get every comment in the world.  My favourite was from a small woman who looked to be in her 90s.  "You're a good drawer but your colours are vile, man."

Here's an image, courtesy of Olga Oreshnya

Until next time!