Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Painting Classes

After a long, busy winter, with the Saugeen Artists Store participation before Christmas, and lovely family time in the south, I am back at my easel!  

I have also decided to offer painting classes again, at my church.  A few local artists have been enjoying some informal lessons with me, and there seems to be enough interest to expand these so that anyone can attend.  Tuesday mornings at Chesley Community Church have been "Open Art Studio" days, where anyone can bring a craft, a painting, or even a knitting project to our Craft Room where we work together, drink coffee and have lots of laughs.  These are open to anyone, with no charge.  We talk about our work, and share the results.  

The three lessons I'm planning will be a little more formal, and last from 9:30 to 3:30.  The dates are April 4, May 2, and June 6 (the first Tuesday of the month).  There should be time to finish a small painting, or at least know how to finish it at home.   Or bring it back the next Tuesday!  Each day there will be a different painting theme.  

If you are interested, please email or call to reserve your space.  See more information under the "Classes" tab of the blog menu.  

I think the first class should be on flowers.......
but which one???

Friday, October 28, 2016

Can you tell where this is?

I have changed some details in this painting that may make it difficult to determine where this little general store is located. It seems to be a piece of history that stood still, especially with the phone booth nearby.  I can't remember the last time I used a phone booth!  I did many layers of paint in the sky during this painting, hoping to make it a dark sky at the end of the day, after the store had closed.  But it seemed so top-heavy.  So now it seems to be more like early morning.  You, as the observer, get to pick whatever time of day you like!  

                                             (By the way, the store is in Clifford, Ontario.)

"Corner from Antiquity"
16 X 22

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Inspiration

There is lots of inspiration at this time of year for putting paint on a canvas!  Here are some leaf and sunflower pieces, all of them quite small but delightful to work on.  The sunflowers were part of an afternoon demo and lesson I did at Wasaga Beach for my previous art group.  It was so great to see some of my art colleagues there and catch up on our lives!  

"Fall Away"
12 X 12

8 X 8

"Floating Fire"
6 X 6

12 X 12

"Sunny Triplets"
12 X 12

12 X 12

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


My latest commission is done, a painting that commemorates two special parents who were indeed "Soulmates".  It was very special to be a part of that process!   It will be travelling to Calgary this week.

18 X 24


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Summer painting commissions!

My summer commissions were quite varied!  The first was a real estate house portrait.  (These are such fun!) 

The next ones were even more fun, because they were for my two grandsons in Alabama!  Wesley will get to know these as he grows up and sees them on his bedroom wall.  He is still only 2 months old.

Three-year-old Carson told me which vehicles he wanted painted, and even made suggestions about the details.  They are on his playroom wall.  

My next commission isn't quite finished, so you can't see it yet.............stay tuned! 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

It's Cottage Time!

This painting is of the cottage where my brother and I spent most of our summers growing up, near Perth Ontario.  It holds happy memories of swimming, boat tours around the lake with Grandpa, picking raspberries, frog-hunting, BB guns, and hammocks.  During a cottage painting retreat with Cheryl O, I chose a photo reference from years ago and tried out a style similar to Emily Carr.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on it, which has taught me how important it is to choose a photo reference that is meaningful.  I doubt I will ever sell it!

16 X 24

Monday, June 13, 2016

Four Months Later..............

The past few months have included a trip to my daughter's new home in Alabama, and my son's wedding!  No wonder I haven't kept up with my art activities here........  I have actually been painting during these adventures, and here are the results:

 This is a painting I did from a photo I took in Yorkville, Toronto, while I was enjoying an afternoon of gallery-hopping.  It has been purchased from the Southampton Art Gallery already, and is now residing in Calgary! 

"Yorkville Treasure"
24 X 24

Next came another Yorkville painting.  I seem to be taken with the colour red lately.............

"Red Doors"
24 X 18

This was painted from a photo I took of one of the flower arrangements after my son's wedding.  I loved the backlighting.

"Celebrate With Daisies"
12 X 24

All of these paintings have been shown at the Southampton Art Gallery.  If you are in the area, it would make a worthwhile visit for you to explore their new facilities and see some great art pieces there, including 3D work.  Click on the image at the upper right to get to their website.