January 29, 2015

A friend made Josie this lovely warm faux fur lined winter coat. Sometimes the hood falls over her eyes. When that happens she can't see so she simply lays down on the floor  - doesn't move a muscle but whines, moans and groans and once I thought I heard her cry "help" - until I lift the hood and she can Live again.  If she hadn't been born a dog I swear she would have been a clown!

Anja sitting for our Sunday afternoon drawing session 

My partially finished Charcoal on newsprint drawing of Anja 

January 22, 2015

This is an old old 12 x 12 that needs to be fixed or destroyed. I forgot to take a picture of it before I began painting over it - it was a woman holding a baby and it didn't work. My goal in my new studio is to either fix a great pile of rejects or dump them. Too many paintings under my bed!

I have no idea where she is going - if anywhere. I will see what she has to say for herself tomorrow.

January 19, 2015

I haven't decided yet - should I give her a turpentine bath tomorrow or allow her to live? Maybe I will know when I see her tomorrow?

January 16, 2015

CAN THIS PAINTING BE SAVED?? OMG it is so awful - it is only half finished [haven't done any work below the neck yet] but this woman needs some serious facial surgery! Everything is in the wrong place. I will let the paint dry and then go back at her. Sorry Anja!

January 14, 2015

Josie always saves SOMETHING for that rainy day!!

January 13, 2015

Josie was posing too!

January 12, 2015

Anja sitting for A Place to Paint

Dave Miller Sketching
Working on my portrait of Anja

We are working out the kinks - TIME CHANGE - we begin at 1.30 and work until 3.30. Anyone wanting to attend should be at the front door of the Edge Gallery after 1.15 - no admittance after 1.30 because the model is sitting in front of the door to the studio!

January 11, 2015

LIFE DRAWING TODAY AT 12.30 in downtown Barrie 
-Anja will be posing for us! Costumed. 12.30 until 3PM - $12.00 at the door. Email betty bishop@me.com before 12.15 if you can get there before 12.30!
Looking better?

January 10, 2015

On my easel. The first time I have painted in over a year - OMG I love it! So much fun. I don't worry about how good or bad it is - it is the actual process of oil painting that I love although I certainly hope I can produce something that someone would walk across a room to have another look at.

January 09, 2015

Barrie Art Club - I was late - dashed out my door with only charcoal and newsprint. Not even an eraser. Charcoal is so forgiving! I love it. Tonight is the first Friday Feedback at A Place to Paint [ aplacetopaint.ca ] but we are having a snowstorm so we don't need to worry about a crowd!

January 06, 2015

Further work on Ingres - his eye problem has been cured [?] and all and all I think he is looking "as well as can be expected". After all he is only charcoal on newsprint.

A quick sketch of him again. Now he is on a panel which I have gessoed and then sandpapered to make the surface less slick. I hope to start painting him tomorrow? 

             I haven't been painting or drawing for a while which makes me afraid to even try painting or drawing! My studio is ready and waiting for me so I had to make a start. To be kind to myself I  plan to warm up by copying 10 images from this book. 

 The first one is from a photograph of Ingres [pronounced Anngruh] who was born in 1798 and lived for 87 years. He painted exotic erotic women.The critics said his odalisque [harem woman] had "too small a head, an abnormally long back and "no bone, no muscle and no life"!

I wonder what he would say about my first quick sketch of him? Something wrong with that left eye - something I didn't even notice until I posted him here! Back to the drawing board.

January 05, 2015

Hey! I managed to change my age from 78 to 80 in this blog! only took me 2+ years and a good part of this morning! other sites keep calling me and I have little will power!
Baby its cold outside!! Josie Hotdog wearing a Christmas present!

January 02, 2015

Josie is talking to me! Her food is in that blue container in my tiny laundry room - she would like me to put some in her bow. Will do Josie!!

December 31, 2014

I wish you a Happy Healthy Prosperous Peaceful New Year!! The same to me!!

December 30, 2014

The Geese are going South - over Kempenfelt Bay in Beautiful Barrie!

Walkin the Boardwalk with Josie.


December 29, 2014

A Place to Paint #2

A Place to Paint #2
We have artists, easels, art videos, art books, art supplies and good music!

PLUS - Sunday afternoon 12.30 to 3PM - Life and/or Costumed drawing sessions - $12.00

https://www.aplacetopaint.ca [some updating needs to be done but it tells you who I am]
email - tobetty@yahoo.com 

December 19, 2014

My morning laugh! Josie saves her Food for a Rainy Day so neatly!!

December 14, 2014

This is an old old painting which didn't work - part of my "100 Dolls" series that never got anywhere. Yesterday I painted the background gray [I LOVE gray!] at the suggestion of a friend. It looks better. It is something like 26 x 30.

Part of my studio as I left it yesterday. 

December 12, 2014

I have rented a studio in Barrie! A Place to Paint! I had a lovely storefront studio in Toronto for 5 years - it was called A Place to Paint. My new studio is also be called A Place to Paint. I will let you know when I have decided on and finished the website. This is my first painting from my studio - sort of a take off from a self portrait done by Mary Beth McKenzie who teaches at The Art Student's League in New York. I love her work. I can see faults in it but all and all I am satisfied. Oil on an 10" x 8" canvas.

November 23, 2014

The Art of Drawing Panel Discussion Part 4 of 4; Q&A

This is a panel discussion from the Art Students League in New York - Knox Martin was my teacher when I went there.

I have printed and am working on copying this Ingres drawing. A great learning experience! 

November 22, 2014

Yesterday's portrait session at The Barrie Art Club - the first time I have been there for a long time. Too much on my plate part of which is renting myself a studio space from December 1 until ? - looking forward to it as I haven't painted since I moved to Barrie. 

November 20, 2014

Josie and I are both lazy but I will get back to blogging as soon as I get back to painting! That will be soon because I have rented a large studio - it will be move in ready by December 1/14. Shall I paint a series of Pin Up Boys? 

November 07, 2014

Josie wonders when I am going to get back to Blogging ... 

October 01, 2014

Quick study of Sandy in Procreate - Procreate is a 4.99 App for the ipad. It is great and drawing/painting on the ipad is wonderful especially for older people like me. No muss, no fuss, no cleanup.

September 29, 2014

The other side of the Bay! Click the image for a better look.

September 28, 2014

By the Bay in Barrie - October sneaking in the back door.