Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Workshops 2011 UPDATED!

I am offering 2 workshops this summer, at my school The Leslieville School of Art. Here are the workshop descriptions:

Mixed Media Fun 
July 23rd and 24th. 10am- 3pm.

This workshop is for students of all skill levels. During this weekend long workshop Sara Sniderhan will lead students through 3 mixed media projects. Students will be introduced to oil paint, reduction drawing with charcoal and white chalk, hand tinting paper and mixed media drawing with a beeswax finish. Each project will also enrich basic drawing, painting and composition skills.
The cost of this workshop is $300.00 and includes all materials.

Life Painting Workshop

August 19 (10am- 1pm), 20th and 21st (10am- 4pm) 

Instructed by Sara Sniderhan, students of this 3-day workshop will create 3 oil sketches from live (clothed) models. Sniderhan will lead with demonstrations on how to mix a natural flesh palette, capture a likeness, how to render flesh and hair in oil paint and how to compose a dynamic oil study. One oil sketch will be painted outdoors to explore the differences of light and colour and to incorporate fauna into the composition.
The cost of the workshop is $350.00 and covers the model fee and all

To register or for more information please call me at 416.559.6189 or email

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Post show life painting!

Head study of Erica
8 x 10"
oil on panel

I got together with the fabulous painter Kristy Gordon last week for a super fun and relaxing life painting session. The model is actually my babysitter- a lovely young woman named Erica. It was great to get my brushes wet after the roller coaster ride that is a first solo exhibition! Kristy, Juan Martinez and I are working on a short outdoor, life painting video next week. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Studio shots

Some shots of my studio the morning I took my paintings down to Ingram Gallery. It was quite a thing to  work with all of them surrounding me. I took a few moments each night, after my kids were in bed, to sit on my couch in the studio and have a good look- it felt pretty great actually. I posted all of the paintings in my solo show here. I'll post some show installation and opening night shots soon....

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My solo show opens TODAY!!

My Name Is 
Ingram Gallery
49 Avenue Road, Toronto
May 5th- 25th

Wow, I can't believe the day is actually here. It is such a trip- working for several months on a group of paintings, in a 10 x 10 room, by yourself- then seeing it all hung, with breathing space and so much niceness in a gallery. 23 new paintings made the cut for the show and the good folks at Ingram did a great job hanging them. I am excited (and a little nervous) for tonights big opening- 5-8pm!