Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The pansies have arrived....

The final spring flower painting is finished, and completes the foursome.  Pansies are such a happy flower, especially since their petals form a delightful "face" looking at us in the spring, and sometimes far into the summer.  It's a great accomplishment to keep pansies growing into the later months, requiring deadheading and careful attention to watering.  My own efforts this summer don't look nearly as happy as the ones in the painting!

Each painting is 8 by 14 inches, and I like this arrangement of the four:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

A spring series...... to be finished soon

I started this spring flower series when the first crocuses bloomed, way back in early spring.  Then Covid hit....... and I started Cheryl's online course (I'll tell you more about that another time!)....... and the fourth flower in the series was postponed.   It's time I finished it-- with pansies, which I still have blooming in my garden.  The paintings are done on small 8 x 14 wooden supports.  The flowers actually "bleed" on to the frame edges.  I love the way that worked.   It looks like they're coming right off the surface.

         Stay tuned and the fourth painting will arrive soon!  

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

If you are downtown Hanover............

Now that we are all feeling more encouraged to travel downtown, you may want to keep your eyes open for three large banners on display at the Heritage Park in Hanover.  My painting is on one of them!  They are about 6 feet high, and a great addition to the park.  (The original painting is on display at the Southampton Gallery, which is now open, with careful restrictions and protocol.)  While you're downtown, look for the banners up and down main street with other artwork displayed on them.   I have a couple of paintings on those as well.

Monday, April 13, 2020

There's bad news and good news.......

The bad news is that most painting classes, including mine, are cancelled for this spring. 

The good news is that most of us creative types are quite happy to have more time to work (being in social isolation) at the projects we love the most.  I have managed to finish one painting of an orchid I saw while visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with my daughter in January.  The orchids were spectacular!   I chose this view from many photos I took that day.  Although some days it can be difficult to muster the motivation to paint, I hope we can each have some interesting work to share when our classes are able to start up again.                                                                      
                                                           Happy painting!

Atlanta Orchid
12 x 16

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Walkerton Juried Art Show is coming up!

For artists in the area, here is some info about submitting your work to this show.   Get working on your submission!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Acrylic Classes coming up.......

Spring is coming, and so are lots of creative opportunities!  I have set some dates for my acrylic classes, for those who are interested: 

At Chesley Community Church, the second Tuesday of the month-  April 14, May 12, and June 9.

The same class will be offered at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Hanover on the second Thursday of the month- April 16, May 14, and June 11.  

Check my blog page "Classes" for more details, as spring approaches.   That makes me think of painting flowers for the first class!  Maybe tulips??  Wildflowers??

Sunday, February 2, 2020

A Backward Look.......

Every year I wonder what I have achieved in my painting efforts, and each year I surprise myself!  This year was no exception, as I looked back at 2019 to see a whole year's work at once.  I actually completed 30 paintings, from an 8 x 8 inch nuthatch to a 20 x 40 inch farm scene!  Here is the last painting of 2019, a view of Lake Kagawong from the front of the cottage where I stayed with family last summer, on Manitoulin Island.  This painting brings back many terrific memories.  

"Lake Kagawong"
20 x 30
I also found out that I sold a total of 14 paintings throughout the year, 5 of them at the Saugeen Artists Christmas Store.  I'm encouraged to keep painting, and learn more about my craft.  My latest study has been about colour, the pigments of paint, and the skill of mixing them.  I'm using the reference book called "Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green", by Michael Wilcox.  The title alone piqued my interest.  Here are some of my trusty colour charts I've recently made, which will help me in my 2020 efforts ahead.  It's amazing how many colours can be mixed from 2 pigments plus white!