Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Boy Nature

I did this little drawing to test out a finishing wax treatment. The drawing is carbon, graphite, watercolour and guoache on watercolour paper. I brushed on melted parrafin wax and burnished it with a metal canning lid. I am opposed to putting glass over these mixed media drawings and this is an option for protecting the pieces- but I miss the texture of the paper and am going to keep trying different approaches.
The drawing is of my son and a dog called Charlie. We spent a lot of time just outside Algonquin park this summer (hence the infrequent posts!) and thinking about how being surrounded by the natural world affects our children.....  

Friday, August 21, 2009

My School

A few years ago I started this school out of my home. What began as a way to make a few extra bucks has become an exciting project that has taken on a life of its own. We started with 4 students and last term we had 20! This year we are offering new classes in book illustration (with my husband, Peter Mitchell), adult classes in oil painting and drawing and painting for life and our regular Saturday and after school classes for kids and teens. Classes are limited to 6 students and I have to say that every student who has come to the school, keeps coming back for more! Check out our new website and 09/10 schedule.