TWO . GATES . ART . STUDIO

 Toni Ciantar Poole  

 WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF ART

The pure, glowing colours and inner light of a subject rendered in watercolour always captivates me.  Watercolour paintings have intrigued me for a long while.  I did my first water-activated set of 'grown-up' pictures at the age of 12 and ever since then, I've been hooked.   Using acrylic is another enjoyable medium I use.  It allows me expression in a different way, but I always come back to watercolour.

God's beautiful creation is a constant source of inspiration.    Looking at everyday things I try to capture their unique beauty and colour and yes, even a fried egg still in the pan!  It had that special sparkle and it just had to be captured!  It sold; some else saw the beauty...  

Putting paint and brush to paper and watching the magic makes me wonderfully happy.     My hope is that you will see that wonder and joy in my paintings whatever the medium. 

 Watercolour Instructor at Art Gallery of Lambeth - call 519 652-5556 for class schedule 

and at Riverside Retirement Residence 

Toni Ciantar-Poole has been involved in different aspects of the arts for over 30 years; music, theatre and visual arts.  She has always been ready to share her experiences and knowledge with school children, teens and adults alike, whether as a vocal coach, or as a watercolour art coach. She herself is a consummate student and is always stretching her own creative boundaries. She understands what motivates one to want to learn something new. 

Toni is a giving and sensitive teacher.  Her clear way of communicating will set the beginner artist at ease.    If you are in the London, Ontario area, contact THE ART GALLERY OF LAMBETH for upcoming watercolour classes or contact the artist for class information. In the meantime check out her newest page - YES, YOU CAN PAINT! for a fun exercise and examples of class projects past and upcoming. You can request step by step instructions for several of these.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/twogatesartstudio and LIKE the page or visit Toni on her blog at http://toni-twogatesartstudio.blogspot.ca/ to see more examples of fun projects. (when she remembers to blog).  

 

You are an excellent teacher who sincerely cares that the participants find it comfortable and fun to follow your lead.  You demonstrate and explain each step thoroughly and observe how each individual builds their painting as if that student was your only artist.   I personally found your class very therapeutic.  And everyone there laughed and interacted with each other as if we've been long time friends.  Annette D.

Hi Toni
Thnx so much for a great class.  I truly enjoyed it.  I learned as much from my mistakes as I did from my efforts to accomplish a desired result.   I'm very pleased with my first attempt.  G

Dear Toni: I have spent the last week ‘finishing’ paintings that I once thought were already finished. I’m hearing the little Toni voice in my head ‘light next to dark, dark next to light’  ‘don’t paw’ and a few others.

All in all I think it’s working. I’ve never been happier with things I’ve done. Thanks for your help and encouragement…R

Thank you so much.  You are a wonderful teacher, I learned so much.  Looking forward to painting with you again.  LDR

A VERY FEW PHOTOS OF BEGINNER WATERCOLORI  CLASSES 

SENIOR STUDENT'S WORK