Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Self Portrait

Strange Little Girl
carbon and gouache on watercolour paper

So, it has been quite some time since my last self portrait- and I don't think I've ever done one looking straight at the viewer. That took some guts- I'm a pretty shy person. I am all over this piece, so it doesn't need any explanation (or maybe I'm not comfortable saying anything about it!)

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Mr. Monkey Legs
Carbon and gouache

Here is the second portrait commission I did in the past month. It was commissioned as a surprise, belated wedding gift for the parents of this lovely little guy (very thoughtful huh?!)
I had a great time doing these 2 portraits and I am putting it out to the world that I am now taking portrait commissions again!

Monday, April 12, 2010


I did this portrait of a lovely young sprite named Nomi. She has been a student of mine for the past few years and her parents commissioned this as a gift for her Bat Mitzvah. The characters in the foreground are based on her illustrations of a poem she authored. I haven't taken many portrait commissions post babies- but I have done 2 in the past 2 weeks (I'll post the second one as soon as it is delivered).

Thursday, April 1, 2010


I am teaching 2 workshops this summer at the Leslieville School of Art. Here are the outlines:

Painting From Life: July 5th- 9th
Learn how to paint a live model in this exciting 5 day workshop!
Limited to 7 students, you will learn how to mix a flesh colour palette, capture a good likeness, proper proportion and perspective and other secrets to making a life like painting. Paint and brushes will be provided and the workshop runs from 10am-1pm daily. This workshop is for adults and keen teens.

Sketching with Oils: August 23rd- 27th
Complete 5 oil studies in our new 5 day workshop!
Each day students will complete 1 oil study in a 3 hour period. Subjects will range from live models to plants and trees in our garden to drapery and still life objects. Students will learn colour mixing and fundamental drawing, painting and composition skills. Paint and brushes will be provided and the workshop runs from 10am-1pm daily. Ages 10 and up.

For more info or to register email sara@leslievilleschoolofart.com