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

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Saugeen Artists Store is almost ready to open!

Members of my art group "The Saugeen Artists" have been working for days to get the store ready for the opening Wednesday.  It's so wonderful to see the artwork coming in the door!  There is jewelry,  pottery, metal work, cards, handmade journals, and of course paintings.  All kinds of paintings, and in all sizes!  

Here are a few of the new pieces I have ready for this year.  They are 11 X 14, using acrylic and collage.  
I love anything to do with lettering, so they were a lot of fun to make!  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A painting goes to a hospital!

I was pleased to find out that my painting "Nature's Cathedral" was chosen for the Momentos Juried Show which originated from the Owen Sound Hospital.  50 paintings were chosen to hang in several hospitals in the Owen Sound area.  It will be interesting to see which one it will hang in, for the duration of a year.  I submitted a short paragraph about my "Canadian Moment" as well, which will hang with the painting.  Here is the moment I chose:

On a warm, brilliant autumn day I go walking leisurely through our maple bush with my family.  Leaves rustle under our feet.  Squirrels scamper to their hideouts.  Our laughter rises to the tree tops.  Does life get any better than this?  But then we turn a random corner and come to a sudden stop.  Before us is a blaze of gold and red, that God himself created for us in our own maple cathedral--  this is my Canadian moment!

"Nature's Cathedral"
30 x 20

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My newest painting has found a home............ Medicine Hat Alberta!  This painting is similar to a previous one that had sold from the Southampton Gallery a couple of years ago.  My new art collector friend asked for a few changes, and this is what I created.  I find that I often miss a painting that is sold, and while I do miss this one, I'm pleased that it has already found a wall to call home.  Thank you, Leigh!  I hope you enjoy it!  

"The Family Farm"
18 X 24


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fall acrylic painting classes.........

Chesley Community Church will again host the next two paint classes that I lead.  Tuesday,  September 12 we'll be painting sunflowers.  I will try to bring some real ones as well as photo references.  It's always such a pleasure to paint these happy flowers!

Tuesday, October 17 we'll try autumn landscapes. 

Check out the Classes Page on my blog for more details and a list of supplies.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Another real estate home

I quite enjoyed getting back into some real estate painting for a local agent.  Here is the first one I've done for a long time.  I chose a natural wood frame that looked rustic, for this cute, homey cottage. 

These are painted with watercolour, over an ink drawing, on 8 X 10 Arches watercolour paper.  I frame them for a real estate agent to give to a seller, or sometimes even to a buyer.  I've done about 5 dozen of these in the past 10 years!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

South Grey News | Local art, food and wine

Last week, Friday August 11, I attended the Art Map Calendar Show and Sale reception.  What an honour!  Here is a coverage of the event. The photo below shows me on the far left, with two of my paintings peeking out behind me.   Thank you Barb Pearn for creating the Art Map calendar, and allowing me to contribute to it!

    Here is the painting I did that was chosen for the calendar:

It will soon be returned to the Southampton Arts Centre.