Our 100th Break-a-Brush Workshop!

Here we are with our 100th workshop Congrats card!

Last Saturday, we completed our 100th Break-a-Brush Workshop!

It hardly seems possible to have arrived so suddenly at this amazing milestone – these past 5 years have flown by so swiftly. During that time, we were honoured to have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful artists in the greater Ottawa area – and beyond.

Every step of the way, we were delighted to discover the extent to which art thrives in the soul of this beautiful Capital area. Your level of dedication, interest and willingness to share is, if not off the scale, simply world-class. We’ve seen fledgling artists who began with much trepidation acquire much skill, confidence and a sense of belonging in the art community. Such accomplishment. We’ve also seen many seasoned artists of top-drawer caliber escape for a day away of uninterrupted painting, sharing generously with fellow artists and still others joyously dusting off an artist’s soul after decades of life’s busyness having displaced the paintbrush.

We’ve learned so much together, shared many a happy moment and much laughter.

Artists from many backgrounds came together for wonderful Saturdays, idyllic 3-day Summer workshops in breathtakingly beautiful Wakefield, Quebec and exciting plein-air days around the capital, underscored with a gentle undercurrent of shared feelings for and about life.

The art which has been produced is absolutely astonishing in quality. Relentlessly amazed at the amount of work our participants push through every single day of painting and sketching, it’s small wonder we sometimes have a challenge to get artists to take a lunch break!

We are so very lucky to have shared such a marvelous journey with you, and are looking forward to more brilliant workshops. Many thanks for all of  the kind words and good wishes – they will resonate with us a very long time indeed.


France and David


A Bob Ross moment…

My Bob Ross Bobblehead

An artist-friend recently gave me a Bob Ross Bobblehead (with sound, eh!). Thanks again! Bob’s head bobbles of course and at the press of a button, I can now hear a few of Bob’s words of wisdom, including “lets make some nice little clouds that just float around and have fun all day”, “lets have a big ol’ tree rrrrrright about there, let’s give him a friend, everybody needs a friend”  and “That’s a good place for my little squirrel to live”.

I should say I never actually watched any of Bob’s “Joy of Painting” TV episodes when they ran on PBS (ending in the early 90s) however you can easily check these out online these days. No one would ever confuse our respective styles and WOW, I would not spray solvent around that way!

I’m invariably fascinated by truisms from different ages and genres. There are, not surprisingly, many of Bob Ross’s quotes about the internet. I’ve regularly repeated his upbeat gem that “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents” and I can relate to the underlying truism of “You have to have dark in order to show light, it’s just like in life”. And how about: “In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains”.  I smiled at “That’s a crooked tree, we’ll send it to Washington” and “Water’s like me. It’s laaazy … boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things”. However if I was to choose a favorite Bob Ross expression it would have to be:

 “Every day is a good day when you paint.”…Bob Ross

Some recent studies…

A favorite of mine, this oil sketch of a class model, Dot.

Each term, I invariably undertake a few demos and investigations in class – some serious,  others whimsical and I enjoy them all. Here’s a crop of classwork pieces I’ve collected this Fall:

Whenever I run a class on self portraits, it’s only fair that I do one too.

France says it looks a bit melancholy – the classic “why am I looking at myself in this mirror” look. Here’s another selfie, this time with marker on white board:

I’ve enjoyed doing a few caricatures recently.

Following are a couple of sketches of another David, a class model:

David, posing as Van Gogh, the first watercolour and ink, the second with a sharpie.

David’s hand (with my brushes) in pastel and charcoal.

And here’s a watercolour of another model:

James, in watercolour and charcoal.

I wrote about interpreting the masters in an earlier blog post…..not necessarily copying, although invariably respecting the original. Here are a couple of interpretations of a drawing by Winslow Homer:

The first with some wash and the second a modernist twist.

….and I’m fond of this impromptu tribute to Honoré Daumier:

Sometimes the simple studies are the most enjoyable!

Finally, I don’t need much tempting to study still life, it’s the availability and simplicity of the subject that intrigues:

Flower arrangement in pastel.

The enduring delight of the Sunflower, in oil.

The Third Anniversary Show at the Sivarulrasa Gallery

Three new paintings: Joy, Forgotten Dreams and Quiétude

I’ve just delivered seven new paintings to the Sivarulrasa Gallery for the upcoming Third Anniversary Show, starting November 24th. Looking around this beautiful gallery, in full flux of preparing for the show, it promises to be exceptional with some very fine quality new contributions from the gallery artists. I’m delighted to be part of the Sivarulrasa family of artists.

The opening is on December 2nd and it promises to be a truly great event, accompanied by a jazz band. Unfortunately, France and I can’t attend as we’ll be running a workshop that day, but don’t let that stop you!

You can find all the details on the Sivarulrasa website: http://sivarulrasa.com/exhibitions/3rd-anniversary-show/

My paintings can also be viewed on line at: http://www.davidkearn.com/blog/galleries/artwork-at-the-sivarulrasa-gallery/

Announcing Limited Edition Prints…

Limited edition giclée prints now available

David and I are very pleased to offer a series of limited edition prints of David’s floral artworks, on stretched gallery-style canvas.

Long, loose paint strokes, evocative of time-lapse transformation. Many of us have noticed how change happens so stealthily in a garden, or in a bouquet of fresh-cut blossoms. Painting flowers is a perennial challenge. The essence of their beauty lies partly in their changing energy, which David strives to capture in each of his works through a dynamic interplay between movement and light.

Having had the opportunity to both observe and hang David’s works over the years has fueled a desire to share his unique artistic perspective more widely with others. Limited edition canvas prints are now available. To check them out, Click here.