Plein Air Toronto – Day One!

Monday demonstration sheet by Barry Coombs - PleinAirTO2014

Plein Air Toronto, our week of outdoor sketching and painting is back! Eleven participants gathered at my studio this morning for a discussion and a demonstration of some landscape basics. I later added a few simplification exercises to the sheet.

Monday demo at the studio - PleinAirTO2014

Following our indoor gathering, we headed to the Toronto waterfront. Our weather lately has been very hot and humid with lots of thunderstorms. The waterfront is usually cooler but today it was downright crisp. We benefited from the picnic shelter as an occasional shower drove us under it’s protective roof but, for the most part, the roof wasn’t necessary and we enjoyed working ‘en plein air’.

CN Tower - PleinAirTO2014 Pat at Work - PleinAirTO2014

Peggy at work - PleinAirTO2014

An interesting feature of our painting site was the restored Joy Gas Station. Sixteen Joy Stations were built in the 1930’s and are unique to Toronto. This is the only survivor and is slated to become a tourist information centre. It’s an example of Chateau style architecture and several of the artists made it their subject today.

Joy Gas Station - PleinAirTO2014

Laura at work - PleinAirTO2014

We wrapped up the day with an informal critique. Stay tuned over the next few days to see some of the fine work being produced in beautiful Toronto, Ontario!

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