Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sketches @ Life Drawing Sessions




Paris posing at the Art Bar sketching group @ The Gladstone Hotel 23Oct2013, by Brenda Clews, 15" x 11", charcoal, conte crayon, water pastels, 130lb archival paper.
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Sketches @ Life Drawing Sessions




Paris Black posing at the Art Bar sketching group @ The Gladstone Hotel 23Oct2013, by Brenda Clews, 15" x 11", charcoal, conte crayon, water pastels, 130lb archival paper.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Figure Sculpture, Week 5


Forgot my 'art glasses' - blended tri-focals that enable me to see the model clearly and up close. So I used some off-the-shelf readers that are always in my purse. I saw outlines more clearly without details. This resulted in a serious re-working of the figure. When I viewed the series of iPhone 4 shots I took, I wasn't happy with the results and hence am only showing you one, with a photo filter added. Lol.

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Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar



Alex Boyd @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper.
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Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar



Roger Greenwald @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Gallery Photos - '5 By 5' Art Show in the Art Bar @The Gladstone Hotel

Here is a slideshow of the pics I've uploaded so far. I'll be adding to this album shortly, but wanted to get it up as time is slipping away.



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Friday, October 18, 2013

Figure Sculpture, Week 4 (4 photos)



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Week 4, still pretty rough draft of figure. She's maybe 16" high, sculpted with Klean Klay.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

This Saturday Afternoon! -Invitation to Gallery Opening of '5 By 5' in the Art Bar at The Gladstone Hotel

Hello Lovelies,

You are invited to our Gallery Opening this Saturday afternoon, October 19th, from 1-5pm in the Art Bar at the Gladstone Hotel. Nik Beat will be playing music, and there will be poetry readings (I'll be performing at 4pm). It'll be an even more glorious afternoon with your presence.

'Five artists, five visions. Jacques Albert, Brenda Clews, Jennifer Hosein, Anna Karoliina Koskinen and Greg Nordoff are largely figurative artists whose works explore facets of the strangeness of living in a world that can be inscribed in paint. Their paintings criss-cross realism and surrealism, poetry and myth, theory and what can be evoked of the depths of emotional crisis as it is expressed through the intensity of personal aesthetics.'



Gladstone Hotel

1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
(416) 531-4635


For your enjoyment, a couple of 'off the cuff' short poses that mimic or riff those in my paintings. And I think it would be fun if others wished to pose for similar photos ::smiling::
Hope to see you there!

fondly,

Brenda

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Installing Our '5 By 5' Art Show @ the Art Bar @ The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto


Greg Nordoff's, Jennifer Hosein's, Brenda Clews's paintings (from left to right) installing


My paintings installed


Greg Nordoff installing his paintings, and Jennifer Hosein's painting awaiting installation


Jacques Albert's paintings awaiting installation


Jacques Albert's and Anna-KaroliinaKoskinen's paintings installed


All done! View of Art Bar at The Gladstone Hotel from Queen Street West in Toronto

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Packed and Ready to Go!

Can't believe I'm done! Ready for installation at The Gladstone Hotel tomorrow! All my paintings are stacked, a coat of varnish now dry, corners stapled on for travelling; I put up a price list page at my website and emailed the info to Jacques, who's curating the show. The dog is walked. My walls look bereft and empty of their colourful paintings. As I get these paintings ready for transporting tomorrow, I wonder which ones will come home after, and which ones won't. Art sales in Toronto have not been good overall this year. It's been a tough year for Galleries. Yet I linger over my paintings with love and care. It'll be a terrific show! I can't wait to see everyone else's work! More pics will be coming.



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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Life-drawing: Paris Black @ Hittite Gallery on Nuit Blanche 2013




Paris Black @ Hittite Gallery on Nuit Blanche 2013, 7.5"x9.5", mixed media on 130lb neutral pH 25% cotton paper.

I haven't done any life drawing in awhile, and was hankering to do some. Can't really assess the drawing since many artists from the Realist school draw and paint Paris and their work is marvelous. I don't aim for anything close to a photograph, but I do like some likeness to the model. It's if-y here - he's older than he appears in this drawing, and yet anyone who knows Paris and the many drawings and paintings of him floating around Toronto would know who this is.

In one year, since beginning his own group, the Epique Lounge artists group, he was chosen as a top International model by The Louvre and will be posing there at the end of October. And in China he was picked as top model of the year and flown there for drawing sessions.

He's a talented rock star, a brilliant man, an artist himself, and his focus, he says, during the exceptionally long sits of modelling is to focus on the artists doing the very best work they can.

He's a great guy, and a friend.



Paris Black Posing @Hittite Gallery Nuit Blanche 2013 -photo by Luis Arellano

Here's a cell phone pic of the life-drawing event. That's my hand in the lower right corner. :)

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Figure Sculpture, Week 2 (more photos)

Figure, 2013, 17" or 18", Week 2, rough draft, Klean Klay (I think) iPhone4 photo. First time I have ever sculpted a figure, so be gentle!



The last image, posted yesterday also, was photo manipulated with a filter.
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