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Sketch from Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night)

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A little sketch of Dionne Samuels, aka The Bird of Paradise, while she was performing last night (Jan 27th) at Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night). Fabulous performance; fabulous evening!

While I am satisfied with the drawing, it looks like her and she liked it and signed it last night, there wasn't enough time for me to properly draw that arm, which, as an animated performer, she kept moving anyhow. I do not take reference photos when I sketch at poetry readings ever. Then, I'd become obsessed and continue to work on them, wouldn't I.
©Brenda Clews, 21cm x 29cm, 8" x 11.5", 2015, Moleskine folio Sketchbook, graphite.
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The Butterfly Men, underdrawing (in-process)

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One of the small canvases I am currently working on. This is drawn in charcoal and then fixed with Golden's sizer, Gak100, which is very tricky to do without smearing everything. My plan is to add two more butterflies and lightly colour the painting in oils - I'd like to leave the underdrawing visible through colour washes.
The Butterfly Men, underdrawing (in process), ©BrendaClews, 16" x 20", charcoal fixed with Gak100 on 1.5" stretched gallery canvas. Two more butterflies are coming. ___

I WILL! I WON'T!

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It really is "I WILL! I WON'T!" Look at the body language of the two poses. Amazing.
There are a couple of gesture sketches from a January drop-in life-drawing session, and I am working on a 16" x 20" canvas of two of the poses I drew that day. I guess photographing is becoming more of a 'task.' Finally I took this drawing outside and snapped it.

I WILL; I WON'T. Sketch at Bampot Bohemian Tea House life-drawing, 11 Jan 2015. ©Brenda Clews. 18" x 22" Permanent inks on archival drawing paper.
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Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery next Saturday, Jan 31st

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Please do come out on January 31st, 3-5pm, to Urban Gallery where I will be hosting another beautiful Poetry Salon if you are in Toronto. Yummy hot apple cider and mineral water on the house. Pass-the-hat. Open mic. After we go to a nearby restaurant to have a drink, snacks or dinner, chat. It's a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Toronto's KAREN SHENFELD has three books of poetry to her credit, published by Guernica Editions: The Law of Return, (1999), The Fertile Crescent (2005) and My Father’s Hands Spoke in Yiddish (2010). Her poetry has been published in numerous poetry journals in the USA, UK, South Africa, Bangladesh and Canada. She won the 2001 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry and was long-listed for the Relit Award in 2005. Along with being a poet, Karen is a widely published magazine journalist, editor (both print and screen) and filmmaker. Her indie documentary, Il Giardino, The Gardens of Little Italy, screened at several film festivals, including Plan…

Rough draft of a small painting

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Because I would like to participate in group shows more often, I need some smaller canvases. So I have decided to begin a 16" x 20" canvas (on a 1.5" Gallery stretcher) during the final 40 minute pose at Bampot's drop-in life-drawing sessions. I am working on filling in the details on this one, of Amanda, that I began on Dec. 21, 2014. I also did a sketch of Paris a week or so back and, again, I put the 40 min pose, and a 20 min one, on the same canvas. I guess doubles and dopplegängers are my thing anyway. :) I took some photos of Amanda's (when I began charcoaling in some anatomical detail in the face and neck, it stopped looking like her) inside in sunlight from the window. Since I've hardly been sharing what I've been up to, I thought it was time to post something, even if it has a ways to go to completion (I turned the canvas, the foreground Amanda was sideways, lying down).

Travel as Interior Journey: Photographs by Lyndon Wiebe at Urban Gallery

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Lyndon Wiebe: Travel as Interior Journey by Brenda Clews

Lydon Wiebe, ‘Masai Tribesman, Tanzania’ (gallery photo)
Lydon’s first photography show is currently at Urban Gallery: LYNDON WIEBE: Lost in Travels: Solitary Confinement, from Jan 15 - Feb 28, 2015. He is the Head Chef at UrbanSource Catering, and while his hor d’oeuvres at the Opening were a visual and gustatory art, his photographs are not of food, but of people and animals and scenes in warm earth tones and bright colours from Asia, Africa, Canada and New Zealand.

Wiebe’s photographs are often meditative, sometimes humorous. He describes his photographic aesthetic as capturing a moment, and framing it in way that it might resonate with the viewer. His photographs are not cluttered. There is sparing but good use of bright colour in his figures and scenes. We gaze at a stillness, a moment of a person or animal or place in the world engraved simply and strikingly.

Wiebe photographs never show a subject looking at the camera; r…

Drawing & Some Thoughts on Bill Douglas' 'My Childhood (1972)'

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'My Childhood (1972)', directed by Douglas, on Mubi, which I watched last night, and then way too late in the wee hours thought I'd pause and draw... wrote some thoughts on the film into the image... https://mubi.com/films/my-childhood (runs from today's date for maybe another 28 days)