Getting Ready for the Market

Well, here goes....I'm all set up now down at Arts Market, and doors open officially at 11am this (Saturday) morning. I'm excited, and realistic, and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone who comes into this incredibly fantastic space this weekend. And, hopefully, I'll also still have time to check out the Beaches Jazz Fest once I'm done!

If you're in the area (1114 Queen Street East), please come by and say hello - I would love to meet you. Hope you all have a splendid weekend!

Arts Market this weekend

Hi guys! I just wanted to let you know that if you're in Toronto's East End this weekend, you should come check out the new Arts Market. It's being touted as Toronto's all-year-round artisan market, with all kinds of local crafts/art/clothing/jewelry for sale. And I'll be there this weekend, selling prints and cards! It's my first time doing something like this, so I'm very excited.

The Arts Market is located at 1114 Queen Street East (Queen & Pape) and it's open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 7pm. Drop by and say hello!

Is it cheesy to paint a drawing in Photoshop?

I am completely undecided.

Life lessons from watercolour portraits

I'm not normally a big fan of media where you can't fix your mistakes easily. Watercolours have to be the most precious of all of the colours: if you even look at your brush the wrong way, you'll have made a mark you can't erase. Some people think (an art teacher of mine included) that it's the mistakes that make the art special. I say that if you inadvertently get blue paint on your forearm and then make a big blue splotch on your paper riiiiight as you were putting the finishing touches on a fashion illustration that you were doing for the second time already because you didn't really like how the first one turned out, then that is indeed special. Very, very special.

That being said, however, with practice comes...not perfection, but at least more confidence. We have been doing portraits (from photographs) for the past two classes and although I initially balked at all of the steps involved (drawing the face onto a clean sheet of plain paper, fixing the proportions, outlining the shadows, covering the back with graphite, tracing onto the watercolour paper, fixing the lines, and THEN starting to paint - and I didn't even talk about preparing the watercolour paper) I see now that of course those steps are there to help you make fewer mistakes. The more patience you have with the structure and prep work for media like this means that your final product will be, inevitably, more satisfying. Though it won't necessarily guard against getting paint on your arm.
That can happen to anyone.