Plein Air Toronto – Days Two and Three!


Yesterday morning, we met at the Sunnyside Pavilion on Toronto’s waterfront. As it turned out, much of the city was still without electricity after the deluge and flooding of Monday night.  I got things started with a demonstration; a watercolour sketch stressing simplification and mixing whites and off-whites.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

Soon after my demo, we were informed that the Pavilion was closing. No power for the restaurant! What may have been a disaster for some was met with good cheer and resourcefulness from our outdoor painters. We jumped in our vehicles and went back to University College, our site from day one.

While at University College, I spent some time with a few of the group who were new to pen and ink. I drew in my sketchbook for them and discussed several elements of pen drawing.

Pen and ink demonstration by Barry Coombs

Today, we met at Black Creek Pioneer Village, a large historic site with all kinds of great subjects for painting. Everyone marched off to find their spots and I offered a watercolour demonstration to those newest to outdoor painting. We then settled in for a lovely day.









Critique time finally rolled around. We combined the work from Tuesday with today’s sketches and paintings. It was nice to get out of the hot sun but I’m not complaining! A rain-free day was just what we needed.





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2 Responses to “Plein Air Toronto – Days Two and Three!”

  1. Carol King Says:

    All your workshopers are either VERY talented or you are a very good teacher. I’m guessing both. I would still be sitting there talking and trying to figure out what to do.

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