Studies of Howard

Painting at the Ottawa Art Association earlier this year.

Howard is a stalwart of the local life modeling scene. Always willing to model, he invariably turns up with a selection of hats and recently he’s also brought his own folding chair – making sure he’s not at the mercy of the vagaries of the Ottawa School of Art’s admittedly funky studio “furniture”. Over the years, I’ve captured Howard in a variety of media and styles.

For this year’s annual Selections Exhibition at the Skenkman Centre, I’m showing a study of Howard that started as a demo for the Ottawa Art Association. I started this acrylic study with a low tone foundation that remains the underpinning for the image and was how I ended the demo. For a subsequent class, blocks of colour were applied thick from the tube, partially mixed, without water and a minimum of medium. I worked quickly to achieve an immediate “sur le vif” effect, as shown. A little work on the eyes afterwards and it was ready.

The Selections Exhibition runs from September 21 to October 17, 2017. at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 35 Centrum Blvd, Orléans, ON. K1E 0A1. The gallery is open to the public Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. There’s a Vernissage on
Thursday, 21 Sept., 7 p.m. (Unfortunately I may not be able to be there.)

Howard, Acrylic on canvas, 20″x16″, 2017

I thought this was a fine opportunity to put together some of my many studies of Howard and so created a gallery of work from the past few years.

Howard, everybody, I hope that you enjoy!