Blog contributers are members of The Cumberland Lifers drawing group and other drawing groups in the Comox Valley and between Qualicum Beach and Campbell River. Posts are drawings, info and notes or links to items of interest regarding figurative drawing and painting.

The current drop-in sessions of Cumberland Lifers meet weekly on Thursday evenings 7pm-9:30pm during winter until beginning of March. Cost is $10 usually, sometimes less depending on turnout. For more info and to get on our emailing list contact cpowsey@shaw.ca


If you are interested in drawing with the Comox Life Drawing Group contact info@marinerslookout.ca

If you are interested in the Campbell River Open Studio drawing group contact contact@crartgallery.ca

If you are interested in the TOSH Qualicum Beach life drawing group contact qbtosh@shaw.ca

If you are interested in life drawing at The Muir Gallery in Courtenay contact info@comoxvalleyarts.org

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Some super drawings by Chicago painter Donald O. Colley here and here.

Have put these links on the blogroll below as well.

Only two more drawing sessions left until Christmas.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Posted for Sherrill

Friday, November 6, 2009

I'm needing the practise!



Was good to be out last Monday... here were only a couple of my attempts that i could save!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

From last two sessions



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Male - Oct. 19

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Coverage in the Comox Valley Echo



Copy was again written by April Dyck, cheers April. Image chosen is one of Tim Gardner's watercolour studies. The ad for Brian's house portraits has been mutilated because my wife ripped out an ad for pilates class on the other side. Thanks to the two local papers for the coverage. Ruby Paulson should read Ruby Hettervig; sorry Ruby.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Comox Valley Record Coverage



Great item written by Lifer April Dyck, great quote by Lifer Julie Reynolds, and great painting by Lifers Julie Reynolds and Tim Gardner.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009



Thirteen Cumberland Lifers are exhibiting their figurative drawings and paintings at Tarbell's Cafe and Gallery in Cumberland. Click on the invite above to enlarge and read the information more clearly.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Comox Valley Life Drawing Group

Henrie, who organizes the Comox drawing group, possibly the longest running drawing group in the valley, has forwarded info on upcoming fall sessions. It's small studio that will only accomodate about 9 persons plus model, so it's not open drawing. However, Henrie says that there are openings on the Wednesday evening sessions, and some opportunities for Thursday during the day.

For more details contact Henrie at: beauguillo@yahoo.ca


Hi fellow artists,
Welcome back to those who are able to return to the Comox Valley Lifedrawing Group.
I've come up with, I think, as fair a solution to some of the issues encountered last term. The idea for me was to come up with a way to ensure that a good number of artists attend regularly and that we could always cover $50 per week for our model. We need to cover the added expense of heating the studio for the models and I am including one hour per week to cover the time that I spend hiring the models and preparing the studio for the group.

The fee per 4 weeks is $39.50 x 3 months
Wednesdays: September 23 to December 9, 2009
7:15 - 9:30 pm (15 minute tea break)
or
Thursdays: September 17 to December 03, 2009
10:00 am - 12:30 pm (1/2 hour tea break)
Total $118.50
I'm hoping that most members can pay the whole amount September 17 and if necessary I could do two equal payments of $59.25, a postdated cheque for October 22nd, 2009 could be given September 17, 2009. That way I won't have to take a lot of time checking and cross checking who has and has not paid.

For those who know they will be away some of the time, there will be a waitlist with names and phone numbers that I will email the group, so you can invite someone from that list. Their fee per week is $9.78 or if you want it to be an even $10.00, that is up to you. I'll have envelopes with your names on it for the payment to go into for your return. Please remind your replacement to ask about the envelope.

I will be paying the model with a pre-written cheque so members won't have to remember their cash every week, except for the person from the waitlist.

If you wish to continue as we did for snacks and tea (contributions from the members), that would be great.
See you soon,
Henrie

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Hail Life Forms; Life Drawing Resumes!

Cumberland Lifers life drawing sessions resume on Monday October 5th at the Cumberland Junior School Art Room...7pm precisely, sort of...and will run until Monday December 7th.

! Don't forget there will be no sessions on public holidays when the school is closed. That would mean Thanksgiving Day on Monday October 12th, !

We'll try for female and male models alternatively, two are booked already and will try to book the whole 9 sessions in advance this season.

If you haven't joined us and wish to, the sessions are 10 bucks usually; often 5 if we have rent and the next weeks model fees paid for. It's all very relaxed, with a diverse range of artistic experience and styles and good company. You can email Clive for more information including directions to Cumberland Jr. School at cpowsey@shaw.ca

Hope to see you there, Clive

PS. Just got an email from Andrew Cahner, who is the author of The Art Model's Handbook who has also put together a list of open life drawing sessions continent wide, and he has a listing for Cumberland Lifers under BC right here. He wanted to check the details of our listing. His book itself looks extremely interesting, possibly a must-have for both artists and models, do check it out if you have a moment!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lisa, Will, John and Matt

We all know Cumberland Lifer Lisa Pasquil headed off to Bristol in the UK where hubby Dave works in Aerospace. I was just checking the blog of her life drawing group, Bristol Life Drawing, (on our links or see below) and the blogmiester Will Stevens has an interesting and insightful item on the John Berger episode of 'Todays Nude'. Actually, Will has lots of interesting items, it's a blog worth checking into occasionally. He, and presumably Lisa, have also had visits from a talented group of animation industry artists working in Bristol with Aaardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Grommit. One of them is a Matt Jones, who is well known in the animation blogosphere and superb drawer-er; I've often visited his blog to check out his drawings. Links below:

Will Steven's Bristol Life Drawing blog here.

Matt Jones blog here.

Blog of Aardman story and art dept's life drawings here.
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Montparnasse, the play



A quick post under the 'all things life-drawing and painting' heading. 'Montparnasse', a play written and performed by Maev Beaty and Erin Shields, ran during the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto back in August. I have a couple of friends who went to see it who really enjoyed it. It's apparently about two close female friends working as life models in Paris during the inter-war years with lots of reference to the heady arts and culture of the time. Click on the image above to read a review at 'The Panic Manual'.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Todays Nude

An interesting episode of a Channel 4 series called Life Class: Today's nude, can be seen on YouTube called John Berger on Life Drawing.

Click the titles to links to the series synopsis and to view the episode on YouTube.

Berger is the painter, art critic, art historian, author of fiction and non-fiction, and the filmmaker responsible for the television series and accompanying book Ways of Seeing that came out in the 70's. Slow paced and thoughtful. You can actually draw along with it if you go to the grainy full screen image...or just listen to it while you work at the computer on something else...
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Friday, July 10, 2009

BBC item on life drawing and modelling

There's not much written on life drawing or modelling in the press, but this lightweight item appeared in BBC Magazine online. Click here to read.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Plein Air Group


Theres a Comox Valley plein air group back up and running this year, organized by Marilyn Timms. If you're interested you can contact her to get the location. They also have a blog which you can view here, and you may see some familiar faces, locations and painting styles.
http://www.saturdaypleinairgroup.blogspot.com/

Sunday, May 31, 2009

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Summer Life Drawing Mid-Island




Life Drawing at the TOSH continues into June for those of you interested in a drive down to Qualicum.

Closer to home Lifelines Life Drawing is now running again in Courtenay area. Smallish group, 10-12 people, drop in fee of 10 bucks a session with the 10th one free. Tuesday mornings 10-12:30, with the possibility of a long pose drop-in session starting up soon on Thursday evenings. For more info contact Vicki by phone at 250.338.5725 or email awb@mars.ark.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Roger Plays



Hey, I went to see Lifer Roger H. sing, play harp, zither, and guitar for his Love is a Beast concert. It was great. He also made a great stand up and sit-down comic, as there were lots of laughs. Quite a big crowd, worth checking out next time he performs.

almost got it

!st sketch, last session

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

This coming monday, April 27th will be our last life drawing session until the autumn.

If anyone is travelling this across Canada this summer 'Modele Vivant' has put together a blog with links to life drawing groups across the country. We're on the list, and so is the Comox Drawing Group! I'll put the link below as well... Cheers Modele!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


tough elevated end-pose.
JZ

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Relaxing

top: Chalk& charcoal on newsprint
bottom: chalks on a toothier paper


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Late March Model



Both of these pieces are conté and charcoal.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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There will be no life drawing session on Monday February 16th due to spring break and the Junior School being closed; drawing will resume Monday February 23rd 7pm as usual. See you there.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Blog contributers are members of The Cumberland Lifers drawing group and other drawing groups in the Comox Valley and between Qualicum Beach and Campbell River. Posts are drawings, info and notes or links to items of interest regarding figurative drawing and painting.

The current drop-in sessions of Cumberland Lifers meet weekly on Thursday evenings 7pm-9:30pm at the The Cumberland Junior School January 20th to April 28th. Cost is $10 usually, sometimes less depending on turnout. For more info and to get on our emailing list contact cpowsey@shaw.ca


If you are interested in drawing with the Comox Life Drawing Group contact info@marinerslookout.ca

If you are interested in the Campbell River Open Studio drawing group contact contact@crartgallery.ca

If you are interested in the TOSH Qualicum Beach life drawing group contact qbtosh@shaw.ca

If you are interested in life drawing at The Muir Gallery in Courtenay contact info@comoxvalleyarts.org


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