Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Back and Front

ink, charcoal, and pastel
30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

Another drawing done at New York's Spring Studio with limited supplies: a ball point pen, charcoal, and a few pastels.

Monday, April 28, 2008


11.4 x 8.9 cm (4.5" x 3.5")

C. watching television.
The sketch only took a couple of minutes. I quite like it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

View On Canadian Art has some information on the rejection, by the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, of A. A. Bronson, formerly of General Idea, as its' new director. You can comment on the subject with VOCA is you wish.
Nude with Red Stripes
charcoal and pastel
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

This drawing was done last Tuesday night at the Spring Studio on Spring Street in New York. The Spring Studio is a great place for life drawing. Models (excellent models) are provided six to twelve hours a day, seven days a week. All you have to do is show up and draw.

Since I was travelling and had limited materials, I wasn't able to do much with the colour in the scene. That I'll leave to your imagination.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


ink and gouache
31.8 x 29.2 cm (12.5" x 11.5")

An older work again. A sister, although not necessarily Queen Victoria's. This drawing reminded both the model and myself of images of Queen Victoria. The model was not amused.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

graphite, ink, charcoal, and pastel
27.9 x 33.0 cm (11" x 13")

This drawing is anywhere from five to ten years old. I can't remember where it was done.

Percy is a friend and fellow artist.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Reclining Pink
charcoal and pastel
21.6 x 29.2 cm (8.5" x 11.5")

Please don't look at this drawing upside down. Upside down the model's nose, or at least my drawing of the model's nose, is frightening.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Creature Comforts USA - Art

What is Art? Creature Comforts has the answer. No clichés here. This video comes via Art News Blog and colouring beyond the lines.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Portrait of C.

charcoal and pastel
30.5 x 22.9 cm (12" x 9")

Because of time constraints, I didn't get very far with this portrait. It's ok as it is, but it would have been interesting to have taken it further.

C. is a tall and talented member of Winnipeg's Artbeat Studio.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Birth of Venus
, 1923

Lovis Corinth

Musée d'Orsay in Paris currently has an exhibition of Lovis Corinth's work. It runs until June 22nd.

Corinth is an artist you can't help but admire. He suffered a stroke and had to switch painting hands. Corinth wasn't quite the same painter after the stroke as before, though after, he was a better artist.

The Birth of Venus is one of his after stroke masterpieces on exhibit. It's a wonderfully odd painting.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

On Her Side
ink, charcoal, and pastel
22.9 x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")

This is the same model as in yesterday's drawing. A drawing studio session Monday evening was her first modelling experience. She rather enjoyed it. This pose was her favourite.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


ink, charcoal, and pastel
45.7 x 27.3 cm (18" x 10.75")

The multiple ink lines give you some idea of the struggle you sometimes have to go through for a drawing. The drawing was done directly in ink, then the charcoal and pastel added. It took about thirty minutes.

Monday, April 07, 2008

M. Thinking

45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

Another drawing of another friend contemplating his sins. In this case, M. was probably wondering why he was contemplating his sins naked, in front of a group of strange strangers, each with a pencil in hand.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Rodger Thinking
22.9 x 41.4 cm (9" x 16.3 ")

This is an older drawing of a friend contemplating his numerous sins. If he wasn't contemplating his sins, he might have been asking himself why he was crouching in front of a comfortable chair, instead of sitting in it.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Riverbank, Lyndale Drive No.2
16.5 x 19.8 cm (6.5" x 7.75")

This is similar to Tuesday's painting. It's a scene fairly typical of Winnipeg in the spring.

The painting was done quite simply. After a raw sienna acrylic ground was applied to the paper, the darks were done, including the main branches of the trees. Then the mid-tones, the sky and the weeds, were painted, followed by the lights, the snow. To complete the painting, the final touches, the small branches of the trees and the hydro line, were added.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has a new director. Dr. Stephen Borys, a Winnipeg native, comes to the WAG from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. The WAG has the details.

The National Post has an article on the death of Exhibition Transportation Services, the Government of Canada's art shipping service, and its likely effect on Canadian museums.

Crossed Legs

charcoal and pastel
45.7 x 30.5 cm (18" x 12")

The model recommends Geek Love, a novel by Katherine Dunn. Sad to say I knew nothing of the book before she mentioned it. It's now on my to read list.