Plein Air Toronto – Days Four and Five!



The threatened thunderstorms never materialized on Thursday but we were ready for anything! Our site was the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto’s Don Valley and there was lots of overhead shelter, had it been needed. The Brickworks is a former industrial site that now combines a lovely regenerated natural environment with old and new buildings dedicated to various environmental programs.

I kicked things off with a 1″ flat angled brush and a lot of creative licence.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

Everyone got to work and found some interesting outdoor studios.




Truer words were never sprayed onto a wall. Everything, and anything, is possible when brush touches paper. We found a shady and fairly private spot for our critique at the end of the day.



Friday was our last day of a great week and Riverdale Farm was our venue. The Farm brings back memories of childhood visits and it still hosts summertime programs for kids. I demonstrated in front of the farmhouse before the artists spread out over the property and the adjacent Toronto Necropolis, a shady and pretty cemetery.






We had a lot of fun and the group worked hard and rose to all challenges. The record-setting storm on Monday, more rainfall than Hurricane Hazel in 1954, had some impact on almost all of our sites. Another shady spot was found for our critique, although we really had to cram everyone in, and we divided up our drawings and paintings into two batches.

Thanks for following our adventures and your comments. Next stop, Grand Manan Island! We start in two weeks on July 28 and there’s still a spot available for you.




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2 Responses to “Plein Air Toronto – Days Four and Five!”

  1. brownjayadventures Says:

    Barry I love your settings for your art and how you see the world around us, Rick

    Sent from my iPad

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