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Plein Air Toronto 2017 – Last Two Days!

28/06/2017

Click on our First Three Days if you somehow missed the last post. Day four of Plein Air Toronto 2017 was Thursday of last week and the weather, which had been tricky all week, took a turn for the worst. I made arrangements for us to sketch in pen and ink all day long and without any concerns about rain. The catch was that our plein air artists were going indoors for the day. We met in the morning at the Gardiner Museum, which is dedicated to historic and contemporary ceramic art.

It’s a beautiful museum but it’s difficult to gather the entire group at once for a demonstration or critique. I handed out a prepared sheet showing basic pen techniques in the morning. Later, I gathered a small group of pen and ink novices and sketched a Pre-Columbian figure as I discussed my thoughts.

It was a great day and don’t forget the excellent restaurant when you visit the Gardiner. Friday was yet another challenging weather day. However, I don’t have almost thirty years of experience for nothing. We met at University College on the lovely downtown campus of the University of Toronto.

The College has a large interior courtyard surrounded, on two sides, by wide colonnades. We were high and dry and had plenty of subject matter through the arches. Even the arches themselves attracted the eye of our artists.

I brought in some examples of pen and watercolour studies, done on the U of T campus, to get the morning started. As the group worked, I began a watercolour of my own for a change. Several of the new students expressed interest in my approach and process. I began with a sketch to resolve a composition and then drew it up on a sheet of watercolour paper.

  

I wasn’t able to finish the piece by the end of the day as I had teaching responsibilities. I pulled it together later in my studio.

Enough about me! Let’s have a look at our day at University College.

Eventually, it was time for our last critique of the week. The skies cleared just enough and we gathered one more time. What a great group! I thank them all for their cheerful participation and also thank you for following, commenting and liking the posts. Plein Air Toronto will be back next year. Now, for a look at the work from Friday.

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Critique b

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Plein Air Toronto – Day One!

08/07/2013

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Stately University College was the site for day one of our week of plein air sketching and painting. Each day, we’ll visit a different park or historic site in Toronto, Ontario. University College is situated on the main campus of the University of Toronto, in the heart of the city’s downtown core.

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It was a beautiful day but we were very fortunate to finish by 4 pm. Half an hour later the monsoon began. Toronto has experienced flooding and power outages this evening. Hopefully, everything will be restored for tomorrow.

How could we have known? Here are some of our artists innocently enjoying the historic architecture and the leisurely pace of summertime campus life.

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Several of our artists were new to outdoor work and spent the day sketching. Most of the more experienced went straight to their watercolours. We held our critique on-site and it looks like we’re going to see some exciting work in the week ahead.

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