Friday, 31 August 2018

Art Tracks Resumes

Summer is nearly over, and Art Tracks is set to resume the second week of September!

Our weekly after school classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 12,  from 3:20 - 4:30 p.m.  Adult classes  resume Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

This is an open studio program offering techniques and feedback as you work in the medium of your choice.  Throughout the year, new students may join, provided there is space. All levels are welcome!  For further information, please feel free to drop me a line at:

Art Tracks 2018 Exhibition at Swansea Town Hall

Celebrating the accomplishments of our artists!    June 2018
Paintnigs and sculptures all up in time for June opening!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Group Project - Creating a flock of Seagulls for the Exhibition

Some of our group decided to create a flock of  paper mache seagulls for our annual spring exhibition.  Here they are, laid out to dry, about halfway through the process!
Flock of Seagulls in ProgressAdd caption

Exhibitors in 2018 Show


Drew joined us in the spring of 2018, and immediately set to work creating this luminous pencil drawing of an eye, using a mirror and his own eyes as a reference.   He was also an enthusiastic participant in the "seagull project", followed by a session on hand painting!   Nice work on all counts, Drew!

Eye - Value Drawing in Pencil

Seagull - Landing and Takeoff - There's a bird in the house!

Hand Painting!


Maaike is a master of patience!   When she settles into a project, there is no rushing her --- She takes her time and enjoys the process.  She has an excellent eye, replicating forms with detail and accuracy, as demonstrated by this elegant study of a rose.   Lovely work!


Rowan's bold creativity has lead her to explore a range media and art styles.   I love the diversity of her work, and inherent originality and confidence of her sculptures, paintings and a various mixed media pieces.  The pieces below were all featured in our spring exhibition --- Wonderful work, Rowan!

Story of String - Mixed Media - Ink, Salt, Spray Paint, String, Mat Cuttings

Seagull - Paper Mache

Fireplace -Acrylic on Canvas

Pumpkin Face - Mixed Media - Ink, Paint, Soap & Construction Paper


Lenny has been practicing watercolour techniques, including wet on wet, glazing and graded washes.  The lovely misty landscape below is part of a larger series she completed when working on colour washes. 
Lenny has an excellent eye for shape and form, as can be seen in this lovely still life, as well as her accurate rendition of the robin below.   Note how she has captured the (slightly stressed) expression, so typical of these little birds!

landscape study
Robin - Watercolour 

Ria's watercolour florals and landscapes shimmer with clear, translucent washes, crisp edges and subtle rendering of light and shadow.  She is also a skilled portrait artist, as shown by the beautifully modeled pencil drawing below.   Lovely work!   
Tulip - Watercolour
Small flowers - Watercolour
Winter Scene - Watercolour
Water - Watercolour
Forest in Winter - Watercolour
Portrait in Pencil


Sam is a very creative young artist who has explored a wide variety of media and styles.   Spray painting plays a big part in his recent artworks.

Last spring Sam shared the exciting news that he has been accepted to attend the Etobicoke School of the Arts in September!   Of course, we're delighted ---  It's always gratifying to see "one of ours" continuing in the arts!  Congratulations, and all the best in grade 9, Sam!
Turtle Eye - Acrylic paint & Markers
Tree - Watercolour & Ink
Watercolour & Ink
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic on canvas
Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on canvas


Maddie's artwork is full variety and energy, and her output is prodigious!   Her paintings explode with colour, her hand illusions exude fun.  And look at her rendering of light and shadow in the still life, "Fruit Bowl" --- Just beautiful!
Night Sky -Watercolour & Ink
Sunset Watercolour 
Goose - Painted hand against watercolour background
Fruit Bowl - Ink drawing & Wash


Kate's artwork is vibrant with colour!  She is a fearless experimenter who never afraid to try new media and techniques.   "Stars over Water" resulted from a combination of spatter, wash and spray techniques. "Galapagos" inspired by a holiday, began as a watercolour but evolved into a mixed media piece involving  plasticine, hot glue and acrylics!   Gorgeous work!
Stars Over Water- Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic
Galapagos  - Mixed Media:  paint/ plasticine/glue

The Race - by Kate and Maddie

  Love this hilarious collaborative piece by Kate and Maddie!   Look at their expressions --- Which one is the winning hand?   
 On your mark...

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Cake Painting! Celebrating our Last Class before the Summer Break

In keeping with our annual "tradition, Art Tracks artists celebrated the final class before summer break  making "edible art"!   The challenge is to turn a small cake into a painting, equipped with icing, food colour, sprinkles, and plenty of imagination!
Preparing the Pallet of Colours!
Circles!  Kate
Rainbow! Maddie
Drew's cake!
Maaike's cake!
KittyCake!  Rowan
Landscake! Alex

The results, as always, were fabulous --- though short lived!!!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Art Tracks Resumes!

Oh, where did our summer go!  I hope everyone has enjoyed this short, sweet season!

Art Tracks studio received a fresh coat of paint this week, and classes are now set to resume.   Our first  after school class of the season will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13th, running weekly throughout the school year from 3:20 - 4:35.  Enrolment is on a first come, first serve basis, but if  interest surpasses our maximum class size and numbers suffice, we'll open another class.    Potential time slots include Wednesday, from 4:45 - 6:00 p.m. and/or Tuesday, from 3:20 - 4:35.

Art Tracks weekly adult art class will also resume on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  This is an open studio program offering techniques and feedback as you work in the media of your choice.  All levels are welcome!

New students may enrol in classes throughout the year, provided space is available.  For more information, please feel free to drop me a line at:

Once again, I look forward to meeting with our marvellously creative artists.  (Scroll down if you'd like to see what I mean!)  Being surrounded by so much talent and enthusiasm is always inspiring!