So as I said in my last post, I want to paint/sketch something everyday until my next trip to build this habit of movement and observation. Today I ventured to the east side of town, popping into shops along Leslieville ended up at St.James church on the corner of King and Church. I'm not really a religious person by any means but there is just something about churches I love so much. Most likely the sheer detail and craft you can't find in modern day architecture. So I was compelled to stop and sketch this beautiful building. Challenged myself to span it across two pages, but unsuccessful in fitting the complete tower in the picture. Maybe next time.
Since returning from my trip around Europe, I've been trying to explore my own backyard while I'm still here in Toronto. Sketching the church across from my friend's fire escape, taking in the master works of Tom Thomson and others at the AGO, venturing to the Toronto Island for the first time since I was a child, and joining some cool dudes at Futures Pen club last Wednesday. Its age old tale, practice makes perfect. In this case I dont really want perfection, I want variety and volume. I feel the struggle to keep up my daily practice, so I've decided to post a painting everyday, from whatever it is I'm doing that day. This is an exercise to build a habit in preparation of my trip to Southeast Asia in the new year. I think it will be challenging and exciting, maybe even annoying at times, but 100% worth the effort. So do your stretches and I'll do my sketches. Artist Gym Membership anyone? Work that drawing arm! Build that muscle of perception! Sweat out the good stuff all over the paper!