Elora Centre for the Arts — Botanical Art Workshop — October 2017

My last workshop of the year (October 28 & 29) was at The Elora Centre for the Arts in beautiful Elora, Ontario. It was Halloween time and the town was brimming with paranormal activity! Elora’s Monster March Parade is proof they take Halloween very seriously here in this town with hundreds marching in the annual Parade.

Below: HE wasn’t marching too far, however!

These scary dudes were a feature at the Flying Leap bed & breakfast where I stayed during my time in Elora.

The Town of Elora

Elora is a quaint little town in Wellington County (Ontario) with many of its original limestone buildings dating from the 1800′s. The town was settled mainly by Scottish pioneers who left their mark on many of the finely crafted limestone buildings. Captain William Gilkison, a sailor and land speculator from Ayrshire, Scotland, founded the town in 1832. Originally named Irvine Settlement, the town was renamed Elora in 1839.  It has maintained its old world charm, suitably contrasting with the natural beauty of the surrounding area — in particular the spectacular Elora Gorge and its 80 foot limestone cliffs descending into the Grand and Irvine Rivers. The town is a dream destination for artisans and tourists alike, with an abundance of galleries, live music venues, arts and crafts boutiques and restaurants.

Beautiful fall colours and pumpkins galore!

Elora Centre for the Arts

The Elora Centre for the Arts is a dedicated heritage building and charming, historical treasure. The building has been serving the community for more than 160 years and is located in a restored, three-story limestone school house consisting of 10 large classrooms converted to provide over 10,000 square feet of dedicated studio, gallery, and performance space. It is the vision of the ECFTA to “provide a facility that enhances cultural life in the region through the fostering of art practice and presentation, production and reception.”

Elora Centre for the Arts is located at 75 Melville St, Elora

Phone: 519-846-9698
Check out their website to see what is happening!

eloracentreforthearts.ca

The Workshop

Below: Classroom set up on the first morning and ready to go.

The Art of Botanical Drawing

The workshop featured graphite as a drawing medium in botanical art. Students were given step-by-step instructions along with exercises on gesture, contour drawing and blending techniques to produce realistic botanical drawings.
Above: Busy at work.
After completing a few exercise to get warmed up we started with the first project — drawing a Fuchsia in graphite (see below).
The drawing process  starts with a series of gesture sketches and exercises to establish a good composition. Once the basic composition of the subject has been decided on, the next step is to produce a simple geometric framework of the plant to help develop the drawing. When the sketch is completed a final contour drawing completes the process prior to applying graphite tonal values.
Below: Student drawing shown next to my Fuchsia drawing handout.
Drawing complete — Fuchsia “Dancing Ballerina”
The next project on the second day of the workshop featured my Cattleia Orchid (originally completed in coloured pencil).
Below: Contour drawing of the orchid at the sketch stage.
Below: Layer by layer graphite is blended to create a high contrast, monochromatic drawing.
Drawing in progress.
Coffee time…
… needed to get to the finish!
Below: Samples of the completed graphite projects for the weekend.

My next workshop titled Florals in Coloured Pencils is on February 7 & 21, 2018 in Clarkson, Mississauga  (for the Clarkson Society of Artists).

Contact Michael Spillane at 905-891-8422 for more information.

Email: michael@spillane-arts.com

Hope to see you all soon and happy holidays!

Michael Spillane

http://www.spillane-arts.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Toronto Botanical Garden Workshop — October 2017

It’s October at the Toronto Botanical Garden and the roses are still in full bloom. Although we have reached the end of summer they continue to produce magnificent pink flowers that compliment the mixed palette of shifting fall colours.

I was back at the Toronto Botanical Garden (October 14 & 15) for my second two-day botanical drawing workshop this year — Brilliant Botanical Portraits in Coloured Pencils. During the two days we focused on developing two botanical portraits, one an Alstromeria (Peruvian Lily) and the other, a glorious Cattleia orchid. My intention for the workshop was to convey to students the magnificent and versatile qualities of coloured pencils in botanical art.

About the Toronto Botanical Garden

The Toronto Botanical Garden is located in Toronto’s Edwards Gardens and is a gardening education and information centre. Termed “The little garden with big ideas,” the TBG opened in 1958 and features a superb collection of themed “city-sized gardens.”

Above: At this time of year hundreds of monarch butterflies can be seen at the garden. To help prepare them for their long journey south to Mexico, the TBG has come up with a program called “Monarchs on the Move,” a conservation initiative for visitors to learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies.

Edwards Gardens is a public park, owned and administered by the City of Toronto, whereas The Toronto Botanical Garden is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to disseminating horticultural and gardening information to the public. Alexander Milne, a Scottish miller, settled his family and built his business on the site that we now know as Edwards Gardens in 1817. The land stayed in the Milne family for over a hundred years. Subsequent owners made some improvements to the property, but the area eventually became over-grown and weed-ridden. In 1944, a Toronto businessman, Rupert Edwards, bought the property to fulfill his dream of creating a magnificent country garden with wide open spaces and plenty of room to move and breath.

Edwards transformed the property into a glorious garden, boasting one of the largest rockeries in Canada, a private 9-hole golf course and a safe haven for wildlife. Ten years later, when the city began to encroach upon the property, Edwards decided to sell. Wanting to preserve the estate as a public park, he sold it to the then Metro (Toronto) Council.

Above: As the seasons change from summer to fall, deep vermillion dahlias provide a striking contrast to the autumn foliage.

In 1956, Edwards Gardens was opened to the public and the Garden Club of Toronto shared Milne House facilities with The Federation of Ontario Naturalists. The Garden Club wanted to establish a facility which would provide horticultural information to the public and to that end, the Toronto Botanical Garden was established.

The Toronto Botanical Garden is located at 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie Street, in Toronto, Ontario.
Phone: 416-397-1340

The gardens are open year-round from dawn until dusk and admission is free of charge. Check out their website to see what is happening!

www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca

The Workshop

Brilliant Floral Portraits in Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencils are easy to use and convenient to store and replace. They can be used alone or combined with graphite.

Below: My completed Alstromeria in coloured pencil on hot-pressed watercolour paper.

Alstromeria or Peruvian Lily
Alstromeria, also known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, produces beautiful blooms ranging in colour from white, pink and salmon to bright orange, red and purple. Although the plant is poisonous and also a skin irritant, it is commonly grown for the cut flower market. Alstromeria is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are native to South America although some have become naturalized in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Madeira and the Canary Islands.

We spent the first day of the workshop developing the drawing and working from step-by-step instructional pages. Students produced a graphite drawing of the plant followed by a grey monochromatic (one colour) tonal base. The base undertone was rendered with grey coloured pencils prior to adding colour layers. I used Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils throughout the project, although some of the students came with Prismacolor Premier coloured  pencils which were cross-indexed to match the right colours.

The workshop covered techniques such as burnishing, blending and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and composition. I used detailed step-by-step instructional handouts, demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with students to complete the botanical portraits.

Below: Base tone and first colour layers.

Detailed instructional handouts make it easy to follow through to the completion of the project.

Below: Monochromatic undertone.

Work in progress.

Below: First layer completed with the second layer started on the lower leaves.

Almost completed.

Below: On the second day of the workshop we started the Cattleia orchid project.

First the monochromatic undertone drawing was produced before adding the first layers of colour.

Below: Developing project next to my finished orchid in coloured pencil.

My next workshop titled The Art of Botanical Drawing is on October 28 & 29 at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

75 Melville St. Elora

To register contact Michael Spillane at 905-891-8422

Email: michael@spillane-arts.com

Or: contact the Elora Centre for the Arts at (519) 846-9698

Hope to see you all soon!

Michael Spillane

http://www.spillane-arts.com

 

Guelph School of Art Workshop — August 2017

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I was back once more at the Guelph School of Art (Guelph, Ontario) on August 12 & 13 for another botanical drawing workshop. I designed the two-day workshop titled, Brilliant Florals with Coloured Pencils, for the botanical artist looking to further develop their skills using coloured pencil techniques. During the two days we focused on developing two botanical portraits, one an Alstromeria (Peruvian Lily) and the other, a glorious Cattleia orchid. My intention was to convey to students the magnificent and versatile qualities of coloured pencils in botanical art.

Below: Wyndham Art Supplies in Guelph — 125 Wyndham St. N. Everything an artist could possibly need!

The workshop was held at the Necessary Arts Company. (located just behind the Guelph School of Art on Douglas Street) in the basement of the Brownlow/Gummer building at 5 Douglas Street.

Below: Douglas Street, Guelph.

The original Brownlow/Gummer building was constructed c. 1870 with the top floor and additions added in the late 1890’s to early 1900’s. The building is built of locally quarried limestone and the façade at 1–7 Douglas Street is an excellent surviving example of 19th century stone commercial architecture (see photos above).

The property was first purchased by Jonas Ely from the Canada Company in 1843. William Brownlow, a carpenter owned the property in 1872 giving it its early reference name as the Brownlow Block. In 1905 Gertrude Gummer owned the building jointly with the Day family. Bertrum Gummer took on full ownership by 1912 and operated the Gummer Press, publishers of the Guelph Herald. Over the years the building has been used by barristers, insurance agents, retailers and artisans.

Below: The Red Brick Cafe on Douglas Street (opposite our workshop location) is conveniently open all day on Sundays.

Necessary Arts

Founded on December 1, 2012, Necessary Arts Company is a space dedicated to teaching arts and crafts and supporting local artists. The studio is fully accessible and child friendly with work spaces available, a large cutting table, home and industrial sewing machines, a knitting machine, data projector, free wi-fi, 24/7 access, design and art library, studio supplies, printer and copier — plus some giant white walls and lots of floor space.

Below: Necessary Arts co-op studio with 1,300 square feet of creative space available for artists, designers and writers.

Comfortable sitting areas as well.

The Workshop

Brilliant Florals with Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. They are easy to use and convenient to store and replace. The workshop covered techniques such as burnishing, blending and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and composition. I used detailed step-by-step instructional handouts, demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with students to complete the botanical portraits. We were also lucky enough to work from live plant material with a few Alstromeria plants on hand.

Below: My completed Alstromeria in coloured pencil.

Alstromeria or Peruvian Lily
Alstromeria, also known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, produces beautiful blooms ranging in colour from white, pink and salmon to bright orange, red and purple. Although the plant is poisonous and also a skin irritant, it is commonly grown for the cut flower market. Alstromeria is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are native to South America although some have become naturalized in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Madeira and the Canary Islands.

Below: Alstromeria flowers.

We spent the first day of the workshop developing the drawing and working both from step-by-step instructional pages and live plant material.

After completing studies of a single Alstromeria leaf and petal, students produced a graphite drawing of the plant followed by a grey monochromatic (one colour) tonal base. The base undertone was rendered with grey coloured pencils prior to adding colour layers.  I used Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils throughout the project, although some of the students came with Prismacolor Premier coloured  pencils which were cross-indexed to match the right colours.

Below: Base tone and first colour layers.

Developing the flowers.

Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils
The renowned German company, Faber-Castell, is the oldest pencil manufacturer in the world and its Polychromos line of oil-based coloured pencils has been around since 1908. Polychromos (meaning many colours) pencils come in a range of 120 colours and have excellent lightfast pigments that blend well and maintain a sharp point without breaking.

Below: Students working from instructional pages.

Below: First layer completed with the second layer started on the lower leaves.

Below: Detail showing the second colour layer on the lower leaves.

Work in progress.

My detailed instructional handouts make it easy to follow through to the completion of the project.

Below: Marina in deep concentration.

Step-by-step details.

Below: Hiding behind her masterpiece!

And again…

Below: On the second day we started the Cattleia orchid project.

Below: On the left, student orchid project in progress next to my finished Cattleia orchid on the right.

I will be teaching this workshop again on October 14 & 15 at the Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave. E. North York, Toronto).

To register contact Michael Spillane at 905-891-8422

Email: michael@spillane-arts.com

Or: contact the Toronto Botanical Garden at 416-397-1340

Hope to see you all soon!

Michael Spillane

http://www.spillane-arts.com

 

 

Southampton Art School Workshop — June 2017

I was thrilled to be back once more at the Southampton Art School & Gallery this June to teach another two-day botanical drawing/painting workshop. The workshop titled Floral Portraits in Pen & Ink with Watercolour, provided an interesting mix of mediums for the botanical artist looking to expand their horizons with something a little different.

One of my favourite places to sit by the lake for quiet contemplation in the picturesque town of Southampton.

Southampton Art School

Southampton Art School and Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Southampton in Bruce County and provides a wonderful teaching environment and gallery showcasing regional and local talent. The teaching facility has been around since 1957 and is an integral part of the art community of Bruce County. The gallery was established in 1999 and has grown to represent the art from over 40 local and regional artists from Grey and Bruce Counties and surrounding area in a quaint 3000 square foot facility.

Below: Enjoying the sunshine outside the school.

Below: Back entrance to the school. The school and gallery are connected by a quiet little courtyard garden.

Southampton

Southampton is located at the mouth of the Saugeen River on the shores of Lake Huron, in Bruce County, Ontario. It is a popular tourist and retirement destination and known for its magnificent sunsets. The original community was known as Saugeen by the early settlers but was later named Southampton after the English seaport when the town was incorporated as a village in 1858. It was later incorporated as a town in 1904. Southampton was also  one of the last communities in Ontario to use the Gaelic language in everyday speech; the language could still be heard by local fishermen as late as the 1930s. Just off the Southampton shore, the Chantry Island Lighthouse is a popular visiting spot for tourists. Boat tours to the island run throughout the summer months. As well as Chantry island, the town is close to Sauble Beach, Port Elgin and Saugeen First Nation.

The Workshop

Below: Getting ready for the first day.

Below: Botanical drawings and cookies!

Bearded Iris and Poppy in pen & ink with watercolour wash.

Irises were in full bloom in the garden courtyard so we were able to obtain a few live specimens for reference.

Below: Colour matching the iris to the live flowers.

We started out with a line drawing then progressed to a fully rendered tonal drawing in graphite before adding the ink layers (see below).

Students working on the graphite stage of the drawing.

Once the graphite undertone is established (see above), the first layer of ink is applied over the graphite (see below). With the pen & ink layers completed, a kneaded eraser is used over the drawing to remove any excess graphite. After finishing the pen & ink layers (two to three layers), colour swatches are prepared and the watercolour washes are applied over the pen & ink drawing. Micron (or Staedtler) 005, 01 and 03 ink drawing pens were used for the project.

Below: Building up the ink layers.

Below: Almost done!

Below: Four student projects at the pen & ink stage.

          

With so many irises in bloom in the garden we were able to match colour directly from the petals.

Below: Mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson, Payne’s Grey, Cadmium Lemon and Cadmium Yellow Pale.

 

Below: Nancy showing off her finished Iris project.

Below: Finished Iris project.

On the second day of the workshop, having mostly completed the Iris project, we started on the Poppy drawing in pen & ink as shown below.

Another glorious sunset! The beauty of Lake Huron is constant. I will be back again soon…

My next workshop, Florals with Coloured Pencils, will be at the Guelph School of Art —
125 Wyndham St N, Guelph, ON — on August 12 & 13.

Check out the GSA website for all course and workshop listings. www.gsaguelph.com

Telephone: 519-767-1317
Toll Free: 1-800-560-1970

I will be back at Southampton Art School August 21, 22 & 23 to teach a workshop on The Fundamentals of Botanical Drawing. Check out the website for more information.

http://www.southamptonartschool.com

Southampton Arts Centre
Art School & Gallery
201 High Street,
Southampton, Ontario N0H 2L0
Telephone: (519) 797-5068
Toll Free: 1-800-806-8838

Hope to see you soon!

Michael Spillane

http://www.spillane-arts.com

 

Toronto Botanical Garden Workshop April 2017

Spring has finally arrived here in Toronto and I am back at the Toronto Botanical Garden (April 22 & 23) for another two-day workshop on botanical drawing using pen & ink and watercolour washes — an interesting mix of mediums for the botanical artist looking for something a little different.

The gardens are bursting into spring blossom with Magnolias and spring bulbs in full show everywhere.

About the Toronto Botanical Garden

The Toronto Botanical Garden is located in Toronto’s Edwards Gardens and is a gardening education and information centre. Termed “The little garden with big ideas,” the TBG opened in 1958 and features a superb collection of themed “city-sized gardens.”

Edwards Gardens is a public park, owned and administered by the City of Toronto, whereas The Toronto Botanical Garden is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to disseminating horticultural and gardening information to the public. Alexander Milne, a Scottish miller, settled his family and built his business on the site that we now know as Edwards Gardens in 1817. The land stayed in the Milne family for over a hundred years. Subsequent owners made some improvements to the property, but the area eventually became over-grown and weed-ridden. In 1944, a Toronto businessman, Rupert Edwards, bought the property to fulfill his dream of creating a magnificent country garden with wide open spaces and plenty of room to move and breath.

Edwards transformed the property into a glorious garden, boasting one of the largest rockeries in Canada, a private 9-hole golf course and a safe haven for wildlife. Ten years later, when the city began to encroach upon the property, Edwards decided to sell. Wanting to preserve the estate as a public park, he sold it to the then Metro (Toronto) Council.

In 1956, Edwards Gardens was opened to the public and the Garden Club of Toronto shared Milne House facilities with The Federation of Ontario Naturalists. The Garden Club wanted to establish a facility which would provide horticultural information to the public and to that end, the Toronto Botanical Garden was established.

The Toronto Botanical Garden is located at 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie Street, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Phone: 416-397-1340

The gardens are open year-round from dawn until dusk and admission is free of charge. Check out their website to see what is happening!

www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca

The Workshop

The workshop featured botanical drawing with pen & ink and watercolour washes. Students were given a floral project (Iris) to work on, first developing the drawing using graphite as a monochromatic base, then adding pen & ink over the graphite, and finally adding subtle watercolour washes to finish. The workshop included a mix of experienced botanical artists and absolute beginners, so to keep everyone on track, I used detailed instructional handouts, demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with each student. My Iris drawing was the botanical subject for the two days. We started with a line drawing then progressed to a fully rendered tonal drawing in graphite before adding the ink layers (see below).
Once the graphite undertone is established the first layer of ink is applied. With the pen & ink layers completed, a kneaded eraser is  used over the drawing to remove any excess graphite. After finishing the pen & ink layers (two to three layers), accurate colour swatches are prepared and the watercolour washes are then applied over the pen & ink drawing. I used Micron (or Staedtler) 005, 01 and 03 ink drawing pens.
Below: Completed project in pen & ink and  watercolour.
 
Below: Students showing off their completed iris projects.

 

If you missed it at the TBG, I will be teaching the same two-day workshop on June 19 & 20 at Southampton Art School.

Southampton Arts Centre
Art School & Gallery
201 High Street,
Southampton, Ontario N0H 2L0
Telephone: (519) 797-5068
Toll Free: 1-800-806-8838

Hope to see you there!

Michael Spillane

http://www.spillane-arts.com

 

 

 

Guelph School of Art Workshop — October 2016

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I was back once more at the Guelph School of Art (Guelph, Ontario) on October 23  & 30 for my last botanical art workshop of the year. The two-day workshop was on botanical drawing using pen & ink and watercolour washes — an interesting mix of mediums for the botanical artist looking for something a little different.

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Although put on by the Guelph School of Art we had a different location to use just behind the school on Douglas Street.

Housed in the basement of the Brownlow/Gummer building at 5 Douglas Street, Guelph, is the Necessary Arts Company.

Necessary Arts

Founded on December 1, 2012, Necessary Arts Company is a space dedicated to teaching arts and crafts and supporting local artists. The studio is fully accessible and child friendly with work spaces available, a large cutting table, home and industrial sewing machines, a knitting machine, data projector, free wi-fi, 24/7 access, design and art library, studio supplies, printer and copier — plus some giant white walls and lots of floor space.

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Even the floors are painted with inspirational messages!

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The original Brownlow/Gummer building was constructed c. 1870 with the top floor and additions added in the late 1890’s to early 1900’s. The building is built of locally quarried limestone and the façade at 1–7 Douglas Street is an excellent surviving example of 19th century stone commercial architecture.

The property was first purchased by Jonas Ely from the Canada Company in 1843. William Brownlow, a carpenter owned the property in 1872 giving it its early reference name as the Brownlow Block. In 1905 Gertrude Gummer owned the building jointly with the Day family. Bertrum Gummer took on full ownership by 1912 and operated the Gummer Press, publishers of the Guelph Herald. Over the years the building has been used by barristers, insurance agents, retailers and artisans.

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Below: The Red Brick Cafe, opposite our workshop location, is open all day on Sundays. Perfect!

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Below: Always something interesting to see in downtown Guelph. A nice, shiny Volkswagen Beetle parked outside the Red Brick Cafe on Douglas Street.

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Below: Necessary Arts co-op studio with 1,300 square feet of creative space available for artists, designers and writers.

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Below: Comfortable sitting areas.

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The Workshop
This workshop was on botanical drawing using pen & ink and watercolour washes. Students worked on floral projects first using graphite, then pen & ink and finally applying subtle watercolour washes. I included demonstrations, one-on-one interaction with students and detailed instructional handouts, so that everyone could benefit and get the most out of the learning experience. My Iris and Poppy drawings were the botanical subjects for the workshop.  We started with a line drawing then progressed to a fully rendered tonal drawing in graphite before adding the ink layers (see below).
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Once the graphite undertone is established (see above), the first layer of ink is applied (see below). With the pen & ink layers completed, a kneaded eraser can be used over the drawing to remove any excess graphite. After finishing the pen & ink layers (two to three layers), colour swatches are prepared and the watercolour washes are applied over the pen & ink drawing. I used Micron (or Staedtler) 005, 01 and 03 ink drawing pens.

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Work in progress.

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Above: Iris in pen & ink.

Below: Student, Christine Knarr applying pen & ink to her Poppy.

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Below: Student Poppy projects completed in pen & ink. Left: Christine Knarr. Right: Marina Henriquez.

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Below: Iris in pen & ink (4 student projects). All very different but rendered perfectly in pen & ink.

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Now to apply the subtle watercolour washes over the pen & ink drawing.

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Above: Students Christine Knarr (left) and Wendy Shearer showing off their completed Iris projects.

Below: Suzanne Hase showing her Iris project.

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Below: Two more finished projects in watercolour and pen & ink.

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Spray painted on the floor of the studio… could be true?

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Check out the GSA website for all course and workshop listings. www.gsaguelph.com

Telephone: 519-767-1317
Toll Free: 1-800-560-1970

Hope to see you next March!

Michael Spillane

http://www.spillane-arts.com

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Southampton Art School Workshop — August 2016

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In August I was back once again at the Southampton Art School & Gallery to teach another botanical drawing/painting workshop. This workshop was on botanical drawing using pen & ink and watercolour washes — an interesting mix of mediums for the botanical artist looking for something a little different.

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Southampton Art School

Southampton Art School and Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Southampton and provides a wonderful teaching environment and gallery showcasing regional and local talent. The facility has been around since 1957 and is an integral part of the art community of Bruce County.

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Southampton

Southampton is located at the mouth of the Saugeen River on the shores of Lake Huron, in Bruce County, Ontario. It is a popular tourist and retirement destination and known for its magnificent sunsets. The original community was known as Saugeen by the early settlers but was later named Southampton after the English seaport when the town was incorporated as a village in 1858. It was later incorporated as a town in 1904. Southampton was also  one of the last communities in Ontario to use the Gaelic language in everyday speech; the language could still be heard by local fishermen as late as the 1930s. Just off the Southampton shore, the Chantry Island Lighthouse is a popular visiting spot for tourists. Boat tours to the island run throughout the summer months. As well as Chantry island, the town is close to Sauble Beach, Port Elgin and Saugeen First Nation.

The Workshop

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The back entrance to the school.

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Getting ready for the workshop.

Class in progress!

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My botanical projects for the workshop included a  bearded iris and poppy (see below).

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We started with a line drawing then progressed to a fully rendered tonal drawing in graphite before adding the ink layers (see below).

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Once the graphite undertone is established (see above), the first layer of ink is applied (see below). With the pen & ink layers completed, a kneaded eraser can be used over the drawing to remove any excess graphite. After finishing the pen & ink layers (two to three layers), colour swatches are prepared and the watercolour washes are applied over the pen & ink drawing. I used Micron (or Staedtler) 005, 01 and 03 ink drawing pens.

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Below: One of the students shows off her poppy project completed in pen & ink (before applying the watercolour wash) and the iris completed with subtle watercolour washes.

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Various stages of the project.

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Poppies (below).

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Completed Iris with pen & ink and watercolour washes.

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Below: A couple of different projects: Bellflower and Cyclamen

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What a glorious sunset! The beauty of Lake Huron. I will be back soon…

I will be teaching this same workshop be on October 23 & 30 at Guelph School of Art
125 Wyndham St N, Guelph, ON

Check out the GSA website for all course and workshop listings. www.gsaguelph.com

Telephone: 519-767-1317
Toll Free: 1-800-560-1970

Hope to see you there!

Michael Spillane

http://www.spillane-arts.com

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