Plein Air Toronto – Days Two and Three

PleinAirTO2014  Northrop Frye - PleinAirTO2014

Yesterday, we visited the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. Our main site was the St. Michael’s College and Victoria College vicinity. As you can see, there’s a very creative feel to the campus. The gentleman on the left is the famous literary critic and theorist, Northrop Frye.

We started off the day with a discussion about combining pen with watercolour. In this demonstration, I did a pencil drawing first and watercolour second. The pen work was the final step.

Step one of pen and watercolour by Barry Coombs - PleinAirTO2014  Step two of pen and watercolour by Barry Coombs - PleinAirTO2014

More rain! We expected a wet day and we got it. St. Michael’s College, however, has ample overhead protection and plenty of subject matter. We were able to start painting and sketching in the open but, eventually, moved to shelter.

Judy at Work - PleinAirTO2014

Evelyn at Work - PleinAirTO2014

After lunch, I demonstrated an approach to watercolour sketching that works well on a wet day. It takes forever for washes to dry, so I paint the basic component shapes first and leave spaces between them so they don’t run into each other. Can you see the white lines? Sooner or later, the first shapes are dry enough to add some details such as stonework. The Italian flag was one of many international flags hanging in a courtyard.


Our critique took place under cover. Given the space, we broke it up into three batches.

Tuesday Critique - PleinAirTO2014

Tuesday Critique - PleinAirTO2014

Tuesday Critique - PleinAirTO2014

Tuesday Critique - PleinAirTO2014

Black Creek Pioneer Village, a wonderful historic site, was our venue for Wednesday. It’s a great place to paint and the weather actually cooperated. My morning demonstration sheet dealt with questions and ideas that had surfaced over our first two days. I also discussed a few things that were particularly relevant to our site.

Watercolour demo sheet by Barry Coombs - PleinAirTO2014

Wednesday Demo - PleinAirTO2014

We settled in for a full day of sun-drenched sketching and painting, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this nostalgic remnant of a bygone rural Ontario.

Pat and Jane at Work - PleinAirTO2014  Tinsmith - PleinAirTO2014

Window - PleinAirTO2014  Laura at Work - PleinAirTO2014

Horse and Wagon - PleinAirTO2014

Elizabeth at Work - PleinAirTO2014

Sheep at Work - PleinAirTO2014

Everyone seemed tired but happy as we convened for our daily critique.

Wednesday Critique - PleinAirTO2014

Wednesday Critique - PleinAirTO2014

Wednesday Critique - PleinAirTO2014




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

  1. Lois Says:

    I so enjoyed the demo pages; and the lovely Photos of
    Toronto; as I problem will not get to see it in person.
    Thanks always for Sharing everything!!

  2. Sandra Florence Says:

    Wish I were there! Sandra Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:09:36 +0000 To:

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