Sunday, April 12, 2015

Another Art Map calendar is on the way!

The Art Map calendar for 2016 invited artists represented on the Art Map   (  to enter a painting again this year.  I entered the painting below, and it got in!

"His sheep hear His voice"
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This painting is hanging for the month of April in the L. E. Shore Library Gallery in Thornbury at our show called "All Things Bright and Beautiful".  The date for "Meet the Artists" is this Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 4.  I hope to see some of you there.  You will be able to see Aggie's and Sheila's work as well, and purchase Sheila's new book "What is Christmas?" for only $10.  We will also have cards available for purchase.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" is up!

Last Wednesday, I met my painting colleagues, Sheila Bannerman and Aggie Stretch, at the L. E. Shore Library in Thornbury with our paintings for the show.  We watched in admiration as two experienced fellows hung all of the pieces we had brought.  They did an amazing job!  Our "Meet the artists" date is Saturday, April 18, from 2:00 to 4:00.  All three of us will be there.  I hope to see some of you that day!  Aggie and I will have cards for sale, and Sheila has a wonderful book she has had published that you will want to look at.  It would make a perfect gift for any children on your Christmas list!  She calls it "What is Christmas?".  All of the illustrations are made with her own plasticene and watercolour scenes.  For only $10 each!

If you can't make it on April 18th, perhaps you can go to see the display between now and April 30.  

Here is some of Sheila's work, including both watercolours and acrylics:

Here are Aggie's colourful acrylics:

And some of my own acrylics:

What a joy it was to see our finished pieces displayed in such a lovely gallery space!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Summer in my Studio

A few weeks ago I went looking for good photo references to pour over for new ideas, and since it was early February the summer photos seemed to call to me!  The reference photo for this painting was taken at the Thornbury harbour a number of years ago.  I did considerable tweaking on it, reducing the boat parts, masts, ropes, etc, to simple shapes, and came up with this painting I called "Labour of Love".   I'm not a sailor, but if I was, puttering on my own boat would be part of my February dreams!  This painting will be on display at the Southampton Gallery, where there are plenty of other sailors waiting for this moment too.  

For those who might be affected, my April show "All Things Bright and Beautiful" has a different date now for the reception.  In order to have all three of the artists there it has been changed to Saturday, April 18, 2:00 to 4:00.  Perhaps part of your visit to Thornbury that day will include a drive down to this beautiful harbour to see the sailing season at its very beginning.

"Labour of Love"
24 X 18

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Counting More Sheep.....

I've been on a roll with the sheep theme in three more paintings.  If you really want to learn how something looks, try drawing or painting it!  Sheep are such interesting characters to draw.  It would be fun to do caricatures of them, but I have refrained.  They already have personalities.  These three pieces will be part of my display in the show "All Things Bright and Beautiful" at the L.E.Shore Library in Thornbury. The show will be from April 4 to 29, with a reception on Sunday, April 12 from 2:00 to 4:00.

The first painting is of a scene I photographed somewhere in Bruce County.  I stuck closely to the original composition, which I liked right away as it was.  The fence in the front is added, and of course the colours are creative!  I thoroughly enjoyed painting this scene.  The sheep seemed to give it a particular character, right from the beginning.  The painting is quite large, almost 3 feet wide.

"The sheep listen to His voice"
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The next two are smaller, a foot square.  They were great practice for studying sheep as individuals.

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"Looking to the Shepherd"
12 X 12

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A barn makeover........

After a November acrylic workshop I led using a photo of a local barn for our reference, I promised that I would let the participants know how I finished it.  Here is the original photo:

After working on it at home for a while, this is what I came up with: 

I had changed the roof colour and simplified the landscape, then I let it rest for a while.  I played with it once in a while in the next couple of months, but was never happy with it.  It was so boring!  Finally I got interested in adding sheep to it, and found lots of sheep photos in my references that I have always wanted to try out.  I still wasn't happy with it, until I went to a more whimsical style that I have quite enjoyed working with, and this is the final result:  It's so much more interesting!

It will be in the L. E. Shore library Gallery during the show I am doing with Aggie Stretch and Sheila Bannerman for the month of April this year, alongside some other sheep-ish pieces!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Commissions that get me looking for spring.......

My neighbour and friend, Deanne, asked me to do three happy flower paintings for her hall.  In the middle of winter, I was happy to comply!  These are only 10 X 10 each, but they represent a theme that she and I are particularly fond of....gardening!  I hope to continue the flower theme for a looooooong time to remind me that spring must be coming.  

Another commission that has been happily delivered this week is of a dear pet that had passed away recently.  His name is Cody-- a golden retriever-- which reminded me of my own golden, Max.  Max even sat for me in a photo shoot when I needed more detail!  (Did you ever try taking a photo of a dog profile when he knows you're doing it?)  The final painting is on a 12 X 12 canvas, which makes his face almost actual size.  His owners seemed very pleased with it, which is so gratifying for me.  It was a tricky one to do, since I have only done pet portraits in watercolour.  The hardest part was his lovely curls (which Max does not share).  

12 X 12

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A new painting

It's been such a busy fall, that I have only this one painting to show for my time in the studio!  I took the photo in Yorkville, when visiting my daughter and getting around to the galleries I know best.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and the shadows on the busy streets were strong and inviting.  This painting was a result.  It is very simplified, which I love to do, so if you happen to recognize the spot you won't see the usual details that are there.  I loved the contrast between the dark of the tree and street in the foreground, and the sunlight on the street and houses farther on.  I added a person from a different view, to represent the path that we are all hopefully taking in life--  from darkness into light.  From misperception into truth.  From bondage into freedom.  From confusion into faith.  Although the painting certainly doesn't look Christmas-y, it brings to mind the prophecy of the coming of Jesus in Isaiah 9,  "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light."  Added to the significance of the light, is my love of painting buildings, angles, and windows!

"Walking toward the light"
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