Back to Sketchbook Skool Homework!

I enjoyed the first semester so much that I’ve signed on for another semester of homework at Sketchbook Skool (and no, I haven’t forgotten how to spell).  This term is called “Seeing”.

The online school was founded by Danny Gregory based in the United States & Koosje Koene from the Netherlands so for fun anything normally spelt with a C gets a K to give it some “Dutch Flair”.

The structure of the sketching and journalling courses the teach is: 6 different teachers in 6 weeks. I find this a great way to try different techniques and mediums while getting to know different teaching styles. The sketchbook homework is also simple enough to be done in a portable sized book.

In the first semester called “Beginnings”, I learned from some wonderful and inspiring artists:

Sepia India ink and watercolour on watercolor paper.
First assignment from Danny Gregory, Learning to see: Toast
Assignment from Danny Gregory
Assignment from Danny Gregory
Assignment from Koosje Koone
Assignment from Koosje Koone
Assignment from Prashant Miranda
Assignment from Prashant Miranda
Assignment from Jane Lafazio
Assignment from Jane Lafazio
Assignment from Roz Stendahl
Assignment from Roz Stendahl
Assignment from Tommy Kane
Assignment from Tommy Kane

Tommy Kane

Traveling the world -virtually!

 

Nils Ericson Central Train Station. Watercolor and sepia, Virtual Paintout
Nils Ericson Central Train Station. Watercolor and sepia ink on 90 lb. hot press paper.

Gothenburg, Sweden is on the other side of the world from me &  I have never had the pleasure of visiting there but it is this University town where my brother in law lives & works which is why this months Virtual Paintout Challenge caught my attention.

“A good traveller is one who knows how to travel with the mind.” -Michael Bassey-Johnson

A few months ago I found this particular painting challenge which Bill Guffey began in 2009. The idea intrigued me and I have been meaning to try it but this month location gave me the extra motivation to finally put pen and brush to paper.

The general concept of the Virtual Paintout challenge is to use Google Street View as source of inspiration and reference for painting and sketching. No matter where in the world you live, if you are lucky enough to have access to the Internet you can cruise the streets from the view point of a camera mounted on the roof of a Google car. While you certainly have plenty of urban scenes to choose from there are also rural landscapes,  people or animals to be discovered too.

For the last year I’ve been practicing my urban sketching locally so I thought I would be up to this challenge. Once I zoomed in on the locale selected what I came across was very intriguing.  I was cruising the streets,  peering into alleyways and parks,  glimpsing people having lunch in outdoor cafés,  passing cyclists and wondering “Are they going to work or school? “. Part of the test is deciding on an image and while you can submit more than one entry they all that you limit it to three per month.

Shall I do another or wait to see what neck of the woods Bill chooses next?

Check out Bill Guffey’s site. :

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P.S. I came across this article after I did my painting.  They’re so tempting I’m going to need to try some of them too!

http://mentalfloss.com/article/51904/16-amazing-places-visit-google-street-view

Summer Flies By (with sketch experiments)

 

The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth
The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth

It has been both a busy and lazy summer so far. Here’s a sampling of some of the sketch experiments I’ve been doing:

Shortly after my last post regarding the sale of my painting at the Red Art Gallery in Mystery Art Show in June I took my proceeds down to Artworld, a locally owned & operated store to reinvest in a few basic supplies but also to indulge in some new toys such as several kinds of non-traditional paper, watercolour paper & some Magic Color pencils by Koh-i-noor!

I have been making great efforts to use a sketchbook to do a sketch experiment  in daily as it doesn’t have the same sort of pressure associated with it as a pricey canvas or large sheet of paper. In my book that I have with me constantly I have been having great fun with the Magic pencils. Here’s a few examples:

Tropical eyes
Eyes done in Tropical (yellow, aqua blue & purple) Magic Color pencil by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth.

 

Cupped palms drawn with Magic pencil America Red by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth.
Cupped palms drawn with Magic pencil America Red (red, white & blue) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth.

Part of what I have been enjoying the most about these pencils is the randomness of the colour placement which can allow me to think outside the box when it comes to color associations and their traditional uses.  While you are in control of establishing a general color gamut you just never know which is going to land on the line or how is will morph see during a long stroke where the angle of the pencil changes and the top wears down.

There are always a myriad of colour choices that will work in any situation, as long as the tonal value is appropriate. (Gaye Adams)

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Mystery Art Show Revealed!

The Mystery Art Show is now over!

Quadra Island boat painting, art show
“Quadra Island boat” is ink & watercolour painting on wood cradle board, 10″ × 10″. SOLD

I’m happy to say that my painting “Quadra Island Boat” sold yesterday via Red Art Gallery! I’m to see it off to a happy new home.

I shallook forward to participating again in the future and meeting many more local artists. 

Is like to extend my thanks to Bob & Marion for hosting this fun event!

 

Mystery Art Show Teasers

Mystery art show

In June 2014 there will be a Mystery Art Show at the Red Art Gallery in Oak Bay I will be participating! 

En juin 2014, il y aura un spectacle d’art mystère à la Red Art Gallery d’Oak Bay, je participerai!

Mystery Art Show teasers
Mystery Art Show teasers

The gallery of images up for sale during the Mystery Art Show is posted on the Red Art Gallery site.

La galerie d’images mises en vente lors du Mystery Art Show est affichée sur le site de la Red Art Gallery.

Can you guess which might be mine?

Pouvez-vous deviner lequel pourrait être le mien?

The show begins June 3rd with the sale on June 7th, 2014 at 2249 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC.

Le spectacle commence le 3 juin avec la vente le 7 juin 2014 au 2249 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC.

Red Art Gallery Third Annual Mystery Art Show

Mystery Art Show image
Red Gallery Mystery Show

 

 My work has been chosen for the Red Art Gallery Third Annual Mystery Art Show. There were 102 entries this year, but just 40 works to be displayed.

Mystery-Show
Red Gallery Mystery Show

I like the idea of this show because people would be buying the art because they loved it, not because of the name on the front.

I will post a picture of my painting once the “mystery” is over 🙂

New photos of various creations added

I have added a number of photos of new creations including: Paintings, Sketches, & Abstract Paint images. I’ll have them sorted into galleries shortly 🙂

You will have to experiment and try things out for yourself and you will not be sure of what you are doing. That’s all right, you are feeling your way into the thing. (Emily Carr)

My first Blog Post Ever!

I am new to this area of the web but I’m diving into my first blog post.

The first stroke on a fresh page can be very intimidating so I thought

“Where better to start than at the beginning -with breakfast!”

French Toast cut like a doughnut, with berries, kefir, maple syrup & mint.
French Toast cut like a doughnut, with berries, kefir, maple syrup & mint.

As I grew up one of the standard cook books our family would refer to if in doubt was The Joy of Cooking. When I moved away from home I was gifted my own copy from my mother and I’ll likely do the same for my own children when the time comes.

Last Sunday morning as I was doubting my memory of the correct ratio of eggs to milk for French Toast I turned to my trusted textbook. The answer was much as I suspected (1 egg to 1/4 cup milk, for 2 slices of bread) but I noticed in the method was the suggestion that the bread could be cut with a doughnut cutter! I had the time to indulge in the novelty shape but I had no cutter but have no fear, I was sure I could MacGyver a suitable tool.

With the help of my daughter (an aspiring scientist), we made out wonderfully (see below).

She insisted on cutting 1 slice at a time to assure the accuracy of the circles ;)
She insisted on cutting 1 slice at a time to assure the accuracy of the circles 😉

The remainder of the process was typical although after all of our cutting we couldn’t bring ourselves to waste the “doughnut holes”.

She was also quick to point out the radial symetry but I thought it looked more like a nuclear hazard symbol or a face. What do you see?
She was also quick to point out the radial symetry but I thought it looked more like a nuclear hazard symbol or a face. What do you see?

P.S. If your someone who doesn’t like the centers of the toast to be soggy, this may be the method for you!

“I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time” so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.” 
― Steven Wright