Sunday, 22 January 2012

Lady Marie Austin Turner Study

Study of Lady Marie Austin Turner by John Singer Sargent. Aprox. 5 hours.

Artway Invitational Gallery and the Police Artists of Peel shows

Recently I had work up at the Artway Invitational Gallery set up by Visual Arts Brampton in Brampton Ontario. I had a show with my sister Jean and then we later entered as sister artists in their "Runs in the Family" exhibit. Their website is and they're always looking for emerging artists to display. It was an incredible opportunity, I met some really great people through it. Thank you VAB for supporting the young artist community!

I actually met the coordinator of Visual Arts Brampton through another show I was in earlier in the year. That one was for the Police Artists of Peel show where they gave bursaries and a spot in their show to two young artists in the Peel Region. Their website is and they have the show annually. It's pretty cool to see two fields that seem completely unrelated brought together in one show. 

Monday, 16 January 2012

Digital Painting Study

So...I finally did a digital painting! It's a study of John Singer Sargent's Lady Agnew. I spent about 8 hours on it. 

I've been putting off digital painting for a few years now and have made a bunch of excuses about why I prefer "traditional media"...which was mostly because I just couldn't get the hang of it. Recently I realized that it was because whenever I tried to start a digital painting I would just jump in, with no references or experience and automatically expect myself to churn out a good painting. It hit me that I should treat it like any other medium that I've never used before and therefore I should practice and learn it before expecting to be good at it. With all the other mediums I'm comfortable with, like watercolours, oil painting, acrylic and even coloured pencil, I've spent years training to get to that point.  

So now I'm going to be doing a lot more digital painting studies (especially since I recently injured my tailbone and will be stuck in bed...and therefore will have nothing to do but paint!)