18 Sep 2009

Plein Air Landscapes with Gary or Did I Survive the Mosquitoes?

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

Plein Air Landscapes with Gary or Did I Survive the Mosquitoes?

 

Couple of years ago I took a phone seminar with Aletta de Wal of the Artist Career Training, covering the top 10 tips for artists to boost their art marketing. One of the tips was to take a mentor, someone who is in the business and can help and direct me. Out of an impulse, I asked Aletta if she knows anyone in Toronto. I had no idea that Aletta was actually from Toronto, but now living in California, and her answer was: “Go this weekend to the Riverdale Art Walk on Queen Street East in Toronto, and look for Gary Smith”. And that’s exactly what I did. Since then, Gary loves telling this story to everyone willing to hear it. And I have learned a lot from Gary. Not just formally in the painting classes I took with him, but also from his approach to the trade. Gary himself admits he is the typical artist, but he has a wonderful ways of finding business opportunities, and sharing them with all of his students.

Few weeks ago Gary arranged several days of Plein Air painting at Ward’s Island. Never painting outside, I decided it’s time to put some paint-stains on my never-been-used field easel, and I joined. Let me tell you, it was a wonderful experience! First of all, the day was beautiful! Lots of sunshine and Ward’s Island has many beautiful spots for inspiration.

After a short ferry ride from Toronto’s harbor front to the island, and settling our equipment down, Gary gave us a tour of the island, to start our creative juices, and basically to find a spot that will intrigue us to start painting. I decided to settle in a beautiful corner of the island, where one end had a small forest of trees, next to it a tiny beach, the city view across the water, and few charming houses behind my back.

“Boats on Ward’s Island” was the first painting I did, and it actually got Gary quite excited, which means I didn’t fail the test! J It was actually fun also to get comments from passers-by. I always thought it will be too intimidating, but the close interaction was quite exciting!

 

Boats on Ward's Island, Acrylic on canvas

Boats on Ward's Island, Acrylic on canvas

The day ended successfully with another painting of a small garden patch I named “Summer Memory”, and with about dozen mosquito bites!

 

Summer Memory, Acrylic on canvas

Summer Memory, Acrylic on canvas

Lessons to be learned:

1. Paint more outside! It’s a lot of fun…

2. Never forget to take bug repellant!!!!

The two paintings, as well as another olive tree study I painted during Gary’s class, are going to be participating in an upcoming group show, so I invite everyone to come and see it.

Plein Air Landscapes / Gary and students

Gary Smith and students new paintings

Showing September 22 until October 4

Opening: Friday 25, from 6 to 9 pm

LucSculpture School & Studio

663 Greenwood Avenue (2nd building north of Danforth, one block West of Greenwood subway)

Toronto Ontario M4J 4B3

To learn about Gary Smith’s, visit his site  http://www.escapewithgary.com

To learn about Artist Career Training visit www.artistcareertraining.com

To learn about LucSculpture visit http://lucsculpture.blogspot.com

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4 Responses to “Plein Air Landscapes with Gary or Did I Survive the Mosquitoes?”

  1. Nice article, Moshe. I just discovered the fun of plein air painting… and bug repellent is an absolute must.

     

    Doug

  2. [...] teacher and mentor Gary Smith, whom I met few years ago (you can read the story in my post “Plein Air Landscapes with Gary or Did I Survived the Mosquitos“) is the vice-chairman of the group, a network of local artists in Toronto and the area, [...]

     
  3. [...] teacher and mentor Gary Smith, whom I met few years ago (you can read the story in my post “Plein Air Landscapes with Gary or Did I Survived the Mosquitos“) is the vice-chairman of the group, a network of local artists in Toronto and the area, [...]

     
  4. [...] teacher and mentor Gary Smith, whom I met few years ago (you can read the story in my post “Plein Air Landscapes with Gary or Did I Survived the Mosquitos“) is the vice-chairman of the group, a network of local artists in Toronto and the area, [...]

     

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