Plein Air Toronto 2015 – Final Two Days!


Black Creek Pioneer Village was our venue for Thursday of our outdoor painting week in Toronto, Ontario. It’s always a popular spot.

I did a fairly sustained demonstration at my easel. Once a week, I like to take the students through the process and decision-making involved in a watercolour painting. Generally, I worked ‘light to dark’ and ‘big to small’ and with a limited palette. I didn’t do much in the way of ‘soft edge’ washes for two reasons. First of all, the steep angle of my easel doesn’t favour really wet work. Also, the washes take a while to dry and the demo was long enough already.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

Pioneer Village has it all for watercolour painters, a great variety of subject matter spread over an extensive site and even lots of overhead shelter in case of rain. Fortunately, we didn’t need it.


Kim and Elizabeth at Work


Peggy at Work




Another pleasant day of sketching and painting wrapped up with our critique.

Thursday Critique A

Thursday Critique A

Thursday Critique B

Thursday Critique B

Thursday Critique C

Thursday Critique C

It was back to the beach for Friday. We met at the historic Sunnyside Pavilion. I brought in a few books for a ‘show and tell’ start to the day. We looked at work by Canadian artist, Toni Onley and French artist, Paul Signac. After the talk, everyone explored the Pavilion and area and found their spots.


PA-13Ian at Work


We had a very nice lunch on the sunny lakeside patio.


All good things come to an end. Eventually, we gathered for one last critique. Thanks for following, liking and commenting on our efforts. Next stop, Grand Manan Island!

Friday Critique A

Friday Critique A

Friday Critique B

Friday Critique B


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2 Responses to “Plein Air Toronto 2015 – Final Two Days!”

  1. William Brisland Says:

    It’s always such a pleasure to get your blogs, it lightens my day. So please keep them coming. My regards to all the Grand Mananers


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