March is here... that means that golf season is just around the corner. Over the years, I have done literally hundreds of golf course sketches and drawings. I have filled sketch books! Sketches on location, sketches from photos, drawings and paintings from her and her clients photo reference. From golf courses here in Ontario, Canada to South Carolina, Arizona, Dominican Republic, Ireland... and the list goes on. It is the best sport for exercise, fresh air, scenery, camaraderie and for some competition. If you have a favourite golf hole or a hole in one, and would like a piece of artwork to commemorate it, just let me know, I would be happy to hear about your golf experiences and create a lasting memento.
A recent article by Bryan Bicknell, CTV News London called "Buildings on the Brink" prompted me to revisit my "Save Me Series" from 2017. This illustration is based on my belief that old building have a soul. I combined my figure drawing, my love of architecture, my photo and an old photo I found on Toronto Public Library Archive site. If you look closely in the windows you will see "Save Me". I truly hope this building is repurposed and saved somehow. See more illustrations from the Save me Series.
Couple of process images
My normal size home portrait is approximately 4 x 6 inches, matted to 8 x 10 inches, which is small. But these are even smaller and I am calling them my "mini" home portraits. They are approximately 2 x 4 inches, matted to 5 x 7 inches. Based on the size they are much more simplified than a regular home portrait.
The Ontario COVID-19 "stay at home" order, which started January 14, 2021 is giving me more time to try new things. I am still going to work but evenings and weekends I am doing more artwork and enjoying this time very much! At home by myself in the studio, the joy of being an introvert.
Another benefit: using up small pieces of paper and matt board.
Sometimes an illustration gets in a pile of artwork and gets overlooked for awhile. This one "Camden Terrace (Front Elevation) was overlooked for a few years! Cleaning up studio and came across it this weekend. Illustration is from 2016 and in November of that year, the building was demolished. The building was located at 479-489 Talbot Street, and was built 1876-77.Second image is based on the architecture of Camden Terrace, in the window, it says "save me - you did not". The history of the architecture and the city is worth saving. Once it is gone, its gone forever.
This is (was) an example of "Terrace Housing". A 19th-century term for row housing, terrace housing refers to identical or mirror-image houses sharing side walls. Such terraces were a traditional British form of domestic architecture generally only found in the larger urban areas of Ontario. London has several examples. (Source: Jennifer grainger.blogspot.com)
Some notes from Architectural Conservancy Ontario, London Branch about its unique design:
What are the odds of getting a hole-in-one or ace? According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of the average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,000 to 1.
Some other interesting facts about hole in ones ...
Aces are rare, but the same golfer getting aces three years in a row, what are the chances? 2018 and 2019 aces were at Greenhills Golf Club in Lambeth, and most recent 2020, at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club near Barrie. One golfer. Three aces. Three years. Congratulations to him!