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

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Life Drawing Exhibition Opportunity at Oceanside Arts Council Gallery in Parksville, March 2012

Mehdi Naimi and the Oceanside Arts Council would like to invite the artists in the Lifers Group or any other regional life drawing groups to take part in a nude/figure art show at the Oceanside Community Arts Council art gallery (http://www.oceansideartscouncil.com/) in March of 2012.

'The show will run for the whole month and we can have a reception on the first Friday evening in March. So the show will be semi-informal in the sense that not all works have to be framed. But they should be ready to be hung. We can tack or stick works-on-paper to the wall. We will have to limit the number of works depending on the numbers and the works can be for sale. (The gallery takes a commission of 30%) . Anything else you need to know? Ask me.'

Mehdi Naimi email artandplay@gmail.com

(See Mehdi's professional website in Lifer's Links down below)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Horse-Drawn Vehicle for Visual Expression

Please find attached information and map regarding an interesting drawing opportunity on MONDAY DEC 12th that could become an ongoing event if there is continued interest. Apparently there are the required number of artists committed to showing up and paying the modest donation to the Therapeutic Riding Association. If there are others out there interested in getting on board contact Pauline Battle at:
Thank you for your patience. I was waiting to hear from everyone before booking the date.
I have yet to hear from one last person, but as time is flying by we will book the MONDAY Dec12th at the barn 4:30 - 6:30

Show up at the barn, come inside and gather at the long table. We will collect the $10.00 fee and have a sign in sheet. Dress warmly, Laureli will put the heat on for us and we can sit close by the heat source or we can place our chairs around the subject in the indoor ring. No supplies are included so bring what you require. We will have a horse stand for the first part of the session and can also l put him on the lunge so he will be in motion. You may bring a camera and take photos if you require.

THE BARN IS AT 4839 HEADQUARTER RD. IN COURTENAY, behind and over from the Curling Rink (across from Vanier). Your drawing fee will be a donation to the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society. If this session works we can book another session or make it a weekly or monthly event.

Thanks for your support.
Pauline Battle



Monday, November 28, 2011

Nov. 28th, drawing at the Muir.


I am glad I made it for the life drawing session at the Muir this morning. We started promptly at 9 and drew til 11 with a short break. Just the start I needed on a Monday morning.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Drawing Cancelled on November 24th due to parent/teacher interviews at the school!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Possible daytime drawing at The Muir Gallery: info from Brian Buckrell

The Comox Valley Arts Council has begun evening life drawing classes
in Muir Gallery . I went there for their evening session this week. Good set up. Good lighting.

I don't enjoy going out at night to paint so I discussed a daytime session. They are willing to do a trial - a life drawing session on Monday mornings- the day the gallery is closed. I suggest 10 people limit to see how it goes. They are willing to run a three week trial beginning a week Monday - Mondays Nov 28, Dec 5 and 12 from 9 to 11 AM. To make it work for them we are asking $30 to pay for the three sessions ($ 10 for each of the three days - covers model and makes a contribution to their overhead at Muir). It insures stability and makes the effort worth while for them. You could trade off your day with someone else if you could not make it.
It looks like we have 5 committed. Need 5 more to make it go. If there was interest, we could discuss how best to organize it for the New Year. I wouldn't mind one session periodically with longer posses and clothed ( even partially) for painting with colour and some for portrait painting.

Anyone interested please contact me back at bbuckrell@shaw.ca as soon as possible. First come first served.
Thanks.
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Brian Buckrell

Monday, November 14, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Scott Hamilton's Drawing Project



Scott Hamilton lives in the valley. He does fine woodworking and furniture design, which you can see HERE. He also has a drawing project underway. 100 drawings in 20 weeks...you can visit his blog HERE and if you leave a comment he will apparently draw you from any profile pictures you have online.

Bill Tomlinson's Drawings



Also found that an old friend has just put up a website/blog of his lovely drawings, example above. Link HERE.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011




(click to enlarge)


As an adolescent in the '70's, I vaguely remember exploring this tome that belonged to a friends parents after we unearthed it from the bottom of a drawer when they were away. I remember being mesmerized...by the line quality of the exquisite and beautifully rendered figurative ink drawings. The original edition is celebrating it's 40th anniversary. Read about how the book was illustrated and view an interview with one of the illustrators, Chris Foss on the BBC...HERE.

Sunday, November 6, 2011



Remember, kids, Don't Drink and Draw. Always visit the Waverley Hotel after drawing and not before.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Duo Life drawing Sessions:


The Old School House, Qualicum Beach: - Friday, November 11th - Michael Ward & Kim Butler- 10am to 1:00 PM (Coordinator Dan Gray)


Nanaimo Art Gallery, Downtown Art Gallery: - Monday, November 28th - Michael Ward & Kim Butler - 10am to 1:00 PM (Coordinator Gerda Hofman)

Michael M Ward

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 27th drawing session




I am glad I showed up for last night's drawing session. The model was dynamic, even in repose. And there was good, creative energy in the group.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My daughter with a Roma horse in the south of France.


Not from a Lifer's session, but I thought I might show it anyhow. I'll post some of my session stuff shortly.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Michael Ward advises Drawathon 2011 is Cancelled for October 22nd and rescheduled for spring as 'Drawathon 2012. Will post more info closer to the spring date.

Tapestry Radio Program

Figurative artist John Newman is featured as part of a CBC program Tapestry. You can listen to the episode 'When Mind and Medicine Meet' HERE.


'...John Newman is a renowned Canadian artist and teacher who is celebrated for his depictions of the human form. But after a paralyzing stroke, he lost the only thing he says makes life worth living - his ability to draw. Now he is using sheer willpower to get it back.'

Newman is represented by the Kinsman-Robinson Gallery in Toronto and there is a link to his work at the Gallery Website HERE.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Call for entry for a figurative exhibition







(Click on the above images to enlarge and visit the pdf files online)


Hello,
I understand that your organization holds life drawing sessions, and would like to let you know about our call to artists for our annual international competition Au Naturel: the Nude in the 21st Century. If you would like to pass this information on to artists that you think may be interested in our competition, the guidelines for entering can be found at the following link:
http://www.aunaturelart.com/pdf/Au_Naturel_Prospectus_2012.pdf
For more information and to view images from previous competitions, please visit our website at:
www.aunaturelart.com
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you so much,
Kristin Shauck
Founding Director of Au Naturel
Clatsop Community College
1651 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
503-338-2472

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Cumberland Lifer Maryanne Kim-Coyle has an opening and show at Corre Alice Gallery


Life Drawing sessions at the Muir, Thursdays 7 - 9 pm, Oct 18th through to Dec 15th
The Comox Valley Community Arts Council is excited to offer weekly life drawing sessions at the Muir Gallery. These two-hour, non-instructional sessions are offered with the artists in mind - keep your drawing skills sharp with weekly practice with a live model! Bring all of your own materials - model and tables will be provided. Some paper available at a nominal charge.
Cost: $15 drop-in ($10 for CVCAC members. Not a member yet? Find out about our membership!). Donations to the Muir Gallery gratefully accepted.

Link HERE.

Thursday, September 15, 2011



Click to enlarge the poster and read details.

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Dan Gray

Life Drawing Sessions


Fridays 10:00 to 1:00

Starting Friday, September 16

$10.00 drop in

or prepay $112.00 for September 16 to December 16

All mediums, all levels, practice sessions with short and long poses, self directed, great comradeship with fellow artists.

The Old School House Art Centre

122 Fern Road West

Qualicum Beach, B.C

Phone: 250-752-6133

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer and Autumn Life Drawing Opportunity




For the love of life and beauty

Hello artistic people! I am a 24 year old newly engaged newly pregnant gal who’s got a flair for modeling (or.. staying perfectly still!)

As a lover of art and beauty I can’t imagine anything more beautiful or true than that of a transforming pregnant body. This sacred path from woman to mother is now profoundly represented in my pregnant body and I would love to share this with others who seek such beauty in form.

I am offering 3 drawing sessions over the next 3-4 months. The first at 23 weeks pregnant (5 months) the second at 29/30 weeks (6.5 months) and the third at 35/36 weeks (8 months)

The first of these sessions will be held on Monday, August 22nd from 6:30pm- 8:30pm at 237 5th street in a clothing store called Fiction. Bring a chair to sit on and a surface to draw on. (Location and date of future sessions to be discussed later on)

If you know this is something you’d love to be a part of and are flexible enough to commit to all 3 sessions, I am offering all 3 for $40. I will keep track with a receipt book and can refund if something comes up. If you can only commit to one the drop-in fee will be $15/per session.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer and that it doesn’t keep you from occasionally checking your email!

You can contact me by email ~ joyfrog@hotmail.com~

Thanks very much and talk to you soon J

Dallas

Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Tony Martin forwarded info on an article by Adam Gopnik on learning to draw the figure in the above issue of The New Yorker. You can find the issue at the library and read an abstract of the article here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Figure drawings in Victoria Group Show

at:

Dales Gallery

Janis Wood Sculptures
Sharon Thompson abstract paintings

and Louis Harding, figure drawings. Quite a number of lovely drawings from life on exhibit. Image below from gallery website.


Louis Harding drawing

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mark Thurman teaches life drawing in Toronto and runs the decades old open life drawing studio at the Toronto School of Art. He's worked as an illustrator over the years but his whole website is dedicated to his super drawings, sketches, wash sketches, and gouache paintings of the figure.

www.markthurman.ca


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Posted for Myshree







Monday, April 18, 2011

'The Model Within',

an article in 'In Focus' Magazine by Ian Lidster with photos by Boomer Jerrit provides insight into being a life model for artists. If you life draw in any of the valley's life drawing groups some of the people you draw are interviewed about the trials and rewards of modelling.

Look for the item in the current edition of 'In Focus' or read it online HERE.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

ECU at NIC BFA Grad Exhibit at the CVAG




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Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Comox Life Drawing sessions Monday, April 4 and April 5, 2011

I am hoping to fill the Monday sessions before taking names for the Tuesday.

Email Henri your preferences, 1st and 2nd choice, and I'll do my best to fit you in.

You might take part once a day over the two days,
one day only, morning, afternoon and/or evening session.
The fee would be a flat $10 per 2.5 hour session.

Reserving a space requires pre-payment to ensure that the model's fees are covered.

Monday and Tuesday

Monday, April 4, 2011
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Model booked
6-2 minute poses, 2-20 minute poses and 1-1 hour pose
1/2 hour break
8 participants


12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Model booked
6-2 minute poses and 3-1/2 hour pose
2-15 minute breaks
8 participants


Tuesday, April 5, 2011
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
6-2 minute poses, 2-20 minute poses and 1-1 hour pose
1/2 hour break
8 participants

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
6-2 minute poses and 3-1/2 hour pose
2-15 minute breaks
8 participants

info@marinerslookout.ca

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday March 17





20 minute sketches - Sofie Skapski

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Star Portraits

There is show currently running on CTV networks that involves having several artists paint or draw a portrait of a well known individual. At the end of the session the subject chooses her or his favourite drawing. Click HERE for a link to the show's upcoming air dates and also links to other info on the series.


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Friday, February 25, 2011

There is a fascinating TED presentation by facial surgeon Ian Hutchison that includes a slideshow with paintings by a Mark Gilbert that you can see HERE. Be aware that, as well as Gilberts paintings there are some potentially disturbing and graphic photographic images.

You can visit Mark Gilbert's website HERE.




CR Open Studio

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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