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My Random Happy Sketches!

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The worst seat in the house!

At life drawing on Monday (I’m going to try and make that a weekly thing) I found the worst spot to sit in. I had no idea until it was too late. The room filled up with easles and benches with their respected artists. The model got ready and the host turned on the light and that’s when I realised I was sitting right in the path of the spot light. At first your like nah it’s okay I can handle this but as the time goes by you pretty much start to go blind. So I gave up cause the drawings were terrible anyway since I could only look at the model for a moment. I ended up drawing the artists, blind contours style. After the break it’s long poses and the room usually clears out a bit so I got to move, yay. Not a completely wasted night.

All poses 20 mins each and with blue ballpoint pen.


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New prints + 15% off!

Quick update today. My print shop is offering 15% off all prints, frames and canvas today and tomorrow plus no shipping world wide.
I also put up two new prints!

Check out the shop here!


In the Vines


Up with the Birds

In other news, I finished my portrait commission and it is happily residing in Portugal (Sorry no pictures!). So, this now means I have time to work on some personal work! At least until the next commission comes along ;)

Stay tuned for a new painting!


Some Sketchy Things

I finally started a new moleskin sketchbook, its all empty and the cover isn’t ruined from being in the inside of my dirty purse. It hasn’t had coffee spilt on it and the corners have yet to be dog eared. Give it time.


Some wooded path at night, I was inspired by things I saw during a trip to Montreal.


Stop sign in Montreal, with random tree.


That is all!



Exploring Henry Moore

Today I spent my afternoon at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) free of charge. Last week my boyfriend and I got an incredible deal on a duo year membership that we couldn’t pass up. It worked out perfectly really, I’ve been trying to go to the free night on Wednesdays for so long to draw but something always comes up. Always… but now I can go whenever I’m free! My intention today was to draw a few creepy african masks but they were in the middle of preparing something in that room so I was forced to get inspiration else where. The AGO doesn’t seem to have a lot of classical sculpture on exhibit at the moment or at least not in a place that would be comfortable to hunker down and draw in. So I decided (begrudgingly) to go to the Henry Moore Room. Henry Moore is a famous English sculptor and artist (Born 1898-1986). He is most famous for his┬ásemi-abstract┬ámonumental bronze sculptures. He also has done a lot of bronze and plaster miniatures. He mostly focused on female form. Here is the wikipedia post for him. It even has a panorama of the exhibit at the AGO. I’m not afraid to say that I have never been a fan of his, in fact I usually speed right through that room. It’s not that I don’t like abstract, I do, but not his sculpture. Something about the texture in some of his works has always thrown me off or some of his forms just don’t excite me or draw my interest at all, or at least until today. I grabbed a stool and started drawing and suddenly I actually started to enjoy his work. The act of drawing his abstraction as accurately as I could suddenly made me appreciate the forms he had created. The more I drew and studied his work the more I could see where he kept his work organic or where he made deliberate and sharp shifts and the dramatic and subtle. Who knew there was so much wonder in that room?! *shrug*


My drawing of “Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 2: Bridge Prop” 1962 by Henry Moore

The “M” shape is actually separate from the back piece but I’m drawing it from the side.


My drawing of “Working Model for “Oval with Points” 1968-1969 by Henry Moore

Since I can no longer go to life drawing sessions I thought I would make drawing at the AGO a more regular thing. Don’t be surprised if you see more drawings of Henry Moore’s work.

Side Note : While I was drawing some shuffling photographer walked by, took some pics and then sat down on one of the stands and took a few of me while I was drawing. I’m glad I went to the salon this morning…

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The Neighborhood Creeper…

…is me, I’m sorry. In fact, if you live around the Danforth station in Toronto and see a girl with long hair, bangs and thick black glasses, taking pictures and or sitting on the curb drawing your house, that’s me. If you see me this week drawing your house don’t worry I’m not actually a creeper, I just appear to be one. All I’m doing is appreciating the diversity of the house designs and recording the moments in my sketchbook when the morning/evening light casts that perfect porch shadow across the siding.
So please don’t call the cops!

The reason for all this? I’m house sitting for my folks and taking care of their grumpy cat. (She’s cute, when she’s not hissing at me) I’ve always loved the neighborhood they live in and I thought since I’m going to be here for a few days I should sketch while I can.






Also, here is the cat Molly McBean. Seems she was sleepy and wanted to nap in the sunlight.