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Laurie McGaw’s 2011 Annual Portrait Painting Workshop was held on a grey weekend in May one of the studios at the Guelph School of Music.  Several regulars from years gone by and a few new faces were in attendance.  Laurie did a demo on the Friday evening before the workshop that drew in some familiar faces from Elora.  I was able to make good start on my painting “Jewels Reclining” in the 2-days of the workshop and finished in my studio.  Laurie’s husband Ross Phillips made us a terrific dinner at the Phillips/McGaw home and we all had a chance to relax a bit.  We had a good group, good time, a great model, and did some good work.

That's Jewels our lovely model 2nd from the left in the back row. Lauie took this shot.

That's Laurie at the bottom right. Jewels took this shot.

My painting of Jewels.


Link to Laurie’s web site  www.lauriemcgaw.com/

“Fields, Trees and Tides” opened at The Creperie in Elora, On. on Saturday evening February 19 and runs till March 28.

The evening of Saturday Feb. 19 was inclement to say the least with cold temperatures and blowing snow.  Never-the-less 100 plus souls braved the elements to attend the opening and we had a blast.

Jacques Dion proprietor of The Creperie has been hosting one man/woman and group shows of both art and photography since moving to his new location at 40 Mill St. West in Elora.  Art shows in restaurants are nothing new, but few have a curatorial staff.  Jim Reed a well known local artist and photographer Diane Cousins have taken on the roles as co-curators of The Creperie Restaurant/Gallery.

The show was made up mainly of field studies and studio paintings from the studies.

Rob and Heather Kerr and my daughter Jenny.

I had 30 paintings and drawings in the show.

Robyn is one of the favourite models in the area. We all draw and paint her a lot.