Monday, May 20, 2019

A Kitchener Art Show......... going up this week, at Frames by Verne's Gallery in Kitchener.  The Saugeen Artists Guild will have our work there for the month of June.  The show opens on Friday, May 24, and the gala reception is the next Tuesday, May 28 at 6:45.   If you're in the area, consider getting over there sometime in the next month!  

Here are two of my paintings that will be hanging there, along with the work of a dozen members of the Saugeen Artists Guild.  

Celebrate with Daisies

Waiting for Cruise Night

Sunday, May 12, 2019

An excellent art show in Thornbury............

The Saugeen Artists Guild will be presenting an engaging and varied display of our creative works in the L.E.Shore Library in Thornbury for the month of June.  I will have several new paintings there as well.  If you are looking for an enjoyable drive to an enchanting area of the country, plan to attend the reception on June 1, from 2:00 to 4:00.  There is much to see in Thornbury and in nearby Clarksburg, including a few more art galleries, gift shops and restaurants.  And the lake is right at the end of the street!  

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Owen Sound Banner Project

I was very pleased to find out that my painting "I Spy Pies" has been chosen to be on one of the banners for this year's Banner Project in Owen Sound  There are 75 works of art in different categories to be hung in the Owen Sound harbour area.  The photo reference for the painting was taken at Granny's in Neustadt, where there are baskets and baskets of lovely apples on display each autumn.  My husband came up with the title for it!  This painting sold within days of being hung in the Southampton Gallery.  Everyone seems to love apples!

You can see all of the banners at

"I Spy Pies"
14 x 11

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The "Creative Awakenings" Show.......... the Minto Arts Gallery, a collection of works from 12 members of the Saugeen Artists Guild, based in Hanover Ontario.   It will be on view for the month of April, with the official artists' reception on Friday, April 5.  There is a variety of talent to be seen in this lovely new gallery!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Challenge of Green......

After a quiet winter, art activities are springing up everywhere around me!  With three group shows ahead I have lots of motivation to paint.  Three pieces that follow a theme are now hanging in the Southampton Gallery.  Others will follow, to be displayed in Harriston, Kitchener, and Thornbury along with work from other members of the Saugeen Artists Guild.  I'll be sure to keep you posted here with information about these awesome shows!

My challenge for these three pieces was to work with all that green foliage!  I attempted to show the shapes of the trees and bushes, without including every little leaf.  I greatly admire Emily Carr, as well as many of the Group of Seven, for being able to paint trees abstractly as interesting and varied shapes.  

I hope to improve as I challenge myself with a subject that I find difficult.  You may notice though, that in every painting here I have added something as a focus that is man-made--  something definite and concrete and easier for me to paint!

"Down to the River"
24 x 18

"Along the River Trail"
24 x 18

"Recess Along the Trail"
24 x 18

Here's an example of how Emily Carr's "green" looked. Amazing!!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring classes are springing up!

Now that the weather is warming up, I am making plans for teaching some fun acrylic classes in the next few months.  I will continue to hold one class a month in the Chesley Community Church craft room on Tuesdays.  And now I can hold classes at the "home" of my art group, Saugeen Artists Guild, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Hanover.  Those classes will also be once a month on Thursdays.  The classes are all day, for a suggested donation of $30, plus materials if needed.  The first class at each venue will be flowers (of course!).  I suggest tackling one flower alone, similar to this one:  

There is an easy way we will use to create that papery look that is common to poppies!  Check out more details about these lessons on my "Classes " page on this blog.   It's such a joy to journey with other artists to create art and use our God-given interests and talents!

Monday, January 7, 2019

2018 in Reflection

The last two months have whizzed by, leaving happy memories of being at the Saugeen Artists Guild Christmas Store, as well as enjoying my family Christmas time.  At the end of the year I like to look back to see just how my painting efforts accumulated.  I found out that I painted 18 acrylic pieces, varying in size from 12 by 12 to 18 by 48, and 3 small house portraits.  I was delighted to tally up my sales, and discovered that I sold 20 paintings!  My latest one was a result of a fun class I led in November, to create a winter composition that could be used for a Christmas card.  

"Silent Night"
16 x 12
I'm looking forward to getting back to painting this winter!  I also plan to give more painting classes beginning in April, at Chesley Community Church (see my Classes page) and also at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Hanover.  Soon, I will be back to my easel!!