Sunday, June 4, 2017

Thank you Cheryl!

I enjoyed a great painting class at a "cottage" near Bayfield a few weeks ago, under the teaching of my artist friend Cheryl O.  I always come away from Cheryl's classes with a few inspired but unfinished paintings!  I finished this one over a week or so ago, and haven't even given it a title yet.  (It's harder for me to name a painting than it is to paint it.........)  We started this one with an assortment of items from the kitchen, and all of us came up with a different arrangement.  The purpose was to use a Matisse style that was loose and free.  You may notice a bit of a wonkiness about it.  I didn't worry about being exact, and it was way more fun that way!  

Cheryl teaches many different art classes in her home town of London, Ontario.  I highly recommend them!  You can see her website here.  

16 X 16 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tea and Oranges

Another recent painting lesson at my church was on a kitchen theme.  Some of the participants brought items from their own kitchen to include, and even took photos beforehand to have as references.  I started "Tea and Oranges" at home, to begin a demo, and finished it afterwards.  The title is from a song--  perhaps you remember Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne".  In the song there are the words "...and you feed her tea and oranges that come all the way from China".  And my favourite tea really is Earl Grey!   I was tempted to call it "Earl Grey--  hot".  Science fiction fans may recall Captain Picard asking his replicator for his favourite drink........  

"Tea and Oranges"
12 X 16

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Announcing Spring!

During a recent acrylic class that I was teaching I was encouraged by my demo to finish this crocus piece.  There are several layers on the background, because the participants and I wrestled with how to finish off the painting to make the crocuses shine!  I attempted to create sunshine from the left, landing on the crocus petals.  It's always a joy to paint the first flowers I see in the spring.  

"Announcing Spring"
12 x 16

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Great News!

I am so pleased to report that my latest painting "Saugeen Spring" was accepted for the 2018 Art Map Landscape Calendar!  It is such an honour for me.  The painting will be hanging at the Southampton Art Gallery by May.  Barb Pearn does such an awesome job organizing the calendar, contacting all the artists, arranging for the jurying of the submissions, having the paintings photographed professionally, etc.  It's a lot of work, and the finished calendar is an excellent quality.  I'm proud to be in it!  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saugeen Spring

I have finished a new painting that I've entered into the Art Map Landscape Calendar contest.  I don't get too excited about painting large spaces of green in landscapes, so it was a challenge to use this particular photo reference!  It was taken at a spot between Durham and Hanover, that I spotted a couple of years ago.  It was such a gorgeous sight in early spring that I stopped the car to take the photo.  The water and the sky were a brilliant, clear blue that took my breath away.  My dislike of painting pure landscapes (can't there be a barn? a house? at least a fence?) meant that I put off using the photo until I needed something exciting for the next calendar.  But there were all those cedar trees, looking the same except for their size.  I tried a couple of different styles for them, until I stayed with the shapes that you can see here.  Simple shapes.  Abstracted shapes.  Stylized shapes.  I like those shapes.  Simple shapes are good.  Even the reeds in the foreground turned into shapes.  Simple shapes.  Abstracted shapes.  Whether it gets in the calendar or not, I have learned lots by working through it.  But I still don't care for large spaces of green!  

Saugeen Spring
20 X 30

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