Saturday, May 19, 2018

What a fun group of painters!

My latest acrylic class had the theme of water and boats, on May 15.  Everyone had a  successful day!  Here we are:

Our second painting was a technique called "tonking".  After applying paint, by spreading colours on top of  lots of white, we placed saran wrap on the canvas and pressed down with our fingers in order to spread out the colours.  When we pulled up the saran, there was a beautiful abstract piece, ready to have some details added to create a landscape!  Here are some of our beginnings:

The next class will be June 19.  Watch my Classes page to see what the theme will be.  

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A tribute to Toronto heritage......

This painting is from a photo I have taken repeatedly when I  visit the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) in Toronto.  I love the long line of beautiful old homes across from the gallery.  I did another painting a few years ago of the house with the purple trim.  But I wanted to show it with its neighbours this time, and with a modern biker as a contrast.  It would be easy to ride past these regal homes with a familiarity that could make us blind to their history.  Many of them have been turned into retail buildings, including a couple of art galleries and restaurants.  I love painting buildings, with all the angles and posts and shapes.  It's a challenge!  I changed the perspective a bit to make the homes look like they are very tall and we are looking way up at them.  The biker really was there too, but further along the road.  I moved him/her where I wanted!

"Riding Past Royalty"
24 X 18

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A painting that will hang outside!

I was pleased to be accepted again this year in the Owen Sound Banner Project.  My painting "The Family Farm" will be on one of the banners somewhere near the harbour or on the main street.  The banners should be going up by mid-June.  Then my job will be to find mine!  All of the banners can be viewed at and most of them are available for purchase, to be picked up after they come down in the fall.

"The Family Farm"
and living in Medicine Hat!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Something to dream about...........

On April 14, a freezing rain warning and a new layer of snow.  Yikes!!  What a great time to post a new painting with a scene that we would all like to jump into!  This beach venue is from a photo I took some years ago at a church camp called Mishewah, which is connected to my church.  It brings back wonderful memories of swimming, sailing, games, children laughing and splashing, and adults lined up along the shore in lawn chairs carried down from the cabins beyond.  I tried to capture the feel of the hot sun and the deep shadows, and of course the towels thrown over the railings after the swimming lesson of the day.  I think everyone has just headed over to the Tuck Shop for an ice cream cone.  A scene we can only dream about today! 

Gone for Ice Cream
16 X 20

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ready for the Storm

It seems like the right day to publish a new painting of mine.  It's snowing and blowing outside on April 4th!  Here is a farm scene that is actually only a short distance from my home.  I love the way it is nestled behind the snowy hill, far from the road.  This picturesque farm calls to me to paint it as I drive by, any season of the year.  I tried a slightly different style here, using short, deliberate strokes, trying not to overdo them.  I think it gets across the idea of the sky during an evening, just before a storm, when all of the farm's occupants are safe and warm inside.  

Ready for the Storm
12 x 30

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Returning to Thornbury for a summer show!

The beautiful L. E. Shore Llibrary in  Thornbury has a stunning gallery, that I have displayed my paintings in more than once in the past few years.  I was thrilled to be invited to join with several other artists in a show coming up in July and August of this year, 2018.  I've been working hard to build up a new inventory to show there.  You will see most of these beforehand, right on this blog!  

Here is the first finished piece.  I wanted to do it early, while I was still enthused about a scene with snow.....

Under a Warm Winter Blanket
22 x 28

Monday, December 25, 2017

"Elvira and Friends"

What a fun painting to work on!  This was a commission I just finished for Diane and Gary Fischer, owners of Hoity Toity Cellars in Mildmay, Ontario.  These sheep took on personalities as I painted them.  I took lots and lots of photos of them on their home territory at Hoity Toity, and then had the challenge of rearranging them on the canvas to suit the composition.  They seem to be looking at us, at the same time we are watching them!  

"Elvira and Friends"
24 X 30