Art Blog

“Evolving Perspectives in Painting: A Journey of Self-Discovery”

September 20th, 2012

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Talk by Deirdre Mccay: “Evolving Perspectives in Painting- A Journey of Self-Discovery”

Provided for Journee de la Culture: Sunday September 30th from 2-3p.m.

Location: Galerie de la Ville, Civic Centre, Dollard des Ormeaux. 12001 boul de Salaberry.

The talk will be a retrospective of my artistic oeuvre, from my late teenage years until the present. I will show slides from each era and share the preoccupations and interests that motivated my subject matters. The slides document my interest in the technical aspects of painting (in the early years) and the more spiritual concerns of my later years.

Using a Meditative Approach to Drawing

September 15th, 2012

“USING DRAWING TO CREATE A SENSE OF WONDER” (Back by Demand)

Lachine Waterfront Date: October (exact date to be determined), 8 weeks

Location: Lachine

Time: TBD

For more information, contact me at: 514-639-6157.

Course Description:

This is a course that will help both students with or without drawing experience.  We will use a meditative approach to learn drawing from observation.  We will draw all types of subject matter, and work both outside and inside, depending on weather.

The methods of teaching are well proven, and oriented to learning how to allow the hand to slowly record what the eye perceives, without naming the thing to be drawn (ie: a portrait, a leaf, a tree etc.).  Using a techniques found in books like “The Zen of Seeing” or “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, we will first start drawing only looking at the object being drawn, and not the drawing itself.  This method stops the ‘judgement of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in the brain and puts the emphasis on SEEING.

Slowly we will transition into looking at our drawings from time to time, always putting more attention on the object being drawn (as this is where the information is).  This is done in silently (needed for drawing) and very slowly.  This process slows down the whole body and mind and brings focus and peace to the drawing experience.

Technical aspects of drawing can slowly be incorporated into this method.  Concepts of perspective, light, cross-hatching techniques, composition, and positive/negative spaces are touched upon to increase drawing accuracy and create more original works.

The course usually has the effect of helping individuals acquire a new way of looking at and appreciating everything that we see.

Announcing a New Two-Person Exhibition: “Energies”

September 12th, 2012

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I am thrilled to announce that in 2013, I will be having a two-person exhibition called “Energies” with creative photographer Jean-Benoit Rainville. Here is a glimpse of my new work – centered around the “Nest Egg.” More to come…

Beginner’s Oil Painting Class JUST ADDED

September 6th, 2012

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Over the last few months, I have had many people show interest in taking an Introduction to Oil Painting class.

Due to the demand, the Dollard des Ormeaux Centre for the Arts has graciously offered me a Wednesday night time slot to teach this course. It will be a small class size with a lot of time for personalized attention. The course would be approximately 8 weeks long (October and November). Registration ends September 26th. 3 spots left. Contact me if you would like more information.

Course description:

In the first few lessons, student will learn how to buy and maintain oil painting equipment, correct oil set-up procedures (including how to make your own painting mediums and varnishes), and colour mixing theory and techniques.  In the following classes, students will experiment with the ways that light (value), colour, shape and texture affect the composition and feeling of their paintings.  They will be taught the proper way to layer oil to achieve different effects and permanent results.

Subject matter will involve both realistic and non-representational elements.  The teacher will demonstrate how design elements (pictorial language) are common to every style of art work.  Students will be encouraged to research the painting methods of many different painters to generate ideas for different painting methods.

Sale on “The Water Beckons Series”

July 25th, 2012

The Water Beckons Series: #7

Original Framed Drawings: Graphite on Stonehenge Paper

WAS: 400$

NOW: 95$ (professionally framed with black wood and white acid-free mat)

(Picture at right: The Water Beckons Series # 7)

See the ones that are still available here.

4 Week Workshop: Using Drawing to Create a Sense of Wonder

May 20th, 2012

zen-of-seeingDate: June 6 – 30, 2012 (Four weeks)

Location: Centre Holistique Om West
46 Ave. Sainte-Anne #3, Pointe Claire, QC, H9S 4P8
www.omwest.com

Time: (2 classes of 2 hours/week): Tuesday evening: 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Sunday afternoon: 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Cost: $160.00 + tx

Course Description:

This is a course that will help both students with or without drawing experience.  We will use a meditative approach to learn drawing from observation.  We will draw all types of subject matter, and work both outside and inside, depending on weather.

The methods of teaching are well proven, and oriented to learning how to allow the hand to slowly record what the eye perceives, without naming the thing to be drawn (ie: a portrait, a leaf, a tree etc.).  Using a techniques found in books like “The Zen of Seeing” or “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, we will first start drawing only looking at the object being drawn, and not the drawing itself.  This method stops the ‘judgement of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in the brain and puts the emphasis on SEEING.

Slowly we will transition into looking at our drawings from time to time, always putting more attention on the object being drawn (as this is where the information is).  This is done in silently (needed for drawing) and very slowly.  This process slows down the whole body and mind and brings focus and peace to the drawing experience.

Technical aspects of drawing can slowly be incorporated into this method.  Concepts of perspective, light, cross-hatching techniques, composition, and positive/negative spaces are touched upon to increase drawing accuracy and create more original works.

The course usually has the effect of helping individuals acquire a new way of looking at and appreciating everything that we see.

Do You Feel Like Drawing this Summer?

April 12th, 2012

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Kamouraska (Quebec) Summer Drawing/Vacation

with Artist Deirdre McCay July 6 to July 13, 2012

My yearly drawing vacation (9th anniversary) in Kamouraska is fast approaching.  The registration for the course has begun.  I myself cannot resist the trip every year.  Kamouraska is a magical place full of wildflowers, sea air, beautiful sunsets and views across the majestic St. Lawrence River.  Picturesque Quebec towns dot the whole area. The town of Kamouraska has art galleries, spas, restaurants, an amazing bakery, and many boutiques and coffee houses.  All of these are in walking distance from the house. The house we stay in faces the water (and the sunsets) and has a studio and fireplace.  Mornings are devoted to the study of drawing (anything and everything) and afternoons are free. Each night of the week, one student cooks a meal for the others. In this way we can sample each person’s favourite recipes.  We end each day in sharing experiences and enjoying conversation.

Each year I adapt the drawing course to the participants. We decide together what to concentrate on. Beginners or advanced students will both be integrated into the course.  The house can house 6 students, but families can come up and stay in the many beautiful bed and breakfast houses in the town.  If you would like to join us this year, you can e-mail me mccay.deirdre@gmail.com or phone 514-639-6157.

You can read more about the Kamouraska trip here: http://www.deirdremccay.com/kamouraska/

Deirdre Invited to be a Juror

March 30th, 2012

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Deirdre Invited to be a Jury Member at Pastel Toujours’ 16th Annual Members’ Choice Exhibition

Vernissage: Wine and cheese, Awards: Saturday, April 28, 2pm to 6pm.  Gallery Sinfonia di Colori, 15758 Gouin W, Ste-Geneviève, H9H 1C4

Directions: The Gallery is located on Gouin Boulevard, across from Prillo’s Furniture store, between St-John’s blvd and St-Charles blvd. in the West Island. Ste-Geneviève is just west of Pierrefond and is picturesque with small shops in the area.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 6pm, Saturdays , 1 pm to 4pm., Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. (Open till 6pm the day of the vernissage.)

Visit the Website: www.galeriesinfoniadicolori.ca

Workshop

August 12th, 2011

STUDIES FROM NATURE: Drawing and Painting

One-day Workshops with Deirdre McCay

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These workshops are intended to help painters who usually work from photography to observe, draw, and paint nature outside so they can acquire visual experience from looking at the ‘real thing.’  This will enable them to better interpret photographs as reference for their work.

The workshops will also teach skills necessary to working outdoors.  Painting outdoors is very appealing to most artists, but has a certain range of challenges to overcome so the experience becomes pleasurable.

Each workshop will focus one of the following themes:  Rock studies, tree studies, water studies, exploration of picture planes in landscapes.

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Tour: Caravaggio Exhibit

August 10th, 2011

Tour with Deirdre McCay at the Caravaggio Exhibition (National Gallery, Ottawa)

with an overnight stay at the elegant Lord Elgin Hotel

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TWO DATES: Saturday August 27th (until the 28th)

or Saturday September 10th (until the 11th)

INCLUDED:

– Overnight stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel (private room with luxurious queen size bed)
– Full buffet breakfast
– A ticket to the Caravaggio Exhibit
– A 2 1/2 – 3 hour tour led by Deirdre McCay who will give background information about the artist and lead discussions on the work from the eyes of the painter
– Gifts: truffles, starbucks certificate

PRICE: $285 CAN
(significant discount if you are willing to share a room)

Not included:

– Transportation to Ottawa
– Group dinner at the hotel’s restaurant Grill 41 where we can discuss the exhibition and share ideas regarding painting

Why Travel with Deirdre?

Deirdre has been offering courses in Italian Renaissance method of ‘underpainting’ to her oil painting students for many years.  Caravaggio is one of the greatest Italian artists who worked with this kind of approach to painting.  This is an opportunity to share the experience of viewing paintings from a master from this tradition.

*This trip is open to everyone.