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!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

New work for the Saugeen Artists' Guild Christmas Gallery

These four new paintings from my easel are on the wall in the Saugeen Artists' Guild Art Store that opens November 1 2018.  I hope many of you will take the opportunity to visit sometime before Christmas!  It will feel like a lovely gallery to peruse, not just a place to purchase something.  All 29 artists want to share their talents with you, hoping you enjoy seeing their latest work.  
Autumn Medley
acrylic and collage
12 x 16
(This piece and the one below also have real leaves collaged on them!)

Plump Sparrow
acrylic and collage
11 x 14

Sheep Dreams
12 x 16

Three Birches
11 x 14

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Saugeen Artists' Guild Christmas Store is opening again!

The members of our art group are busy this week getting our new location ready for this year's store.  It will be open for business on Thursday, November 1, with the Grand Opening on Saturday, November 3.   The members all take turns being on duty, so I hope to see many of you there before Christmas!  The store is right beside the Hanover Post Office, where a gift shop used to be.  Here is more information:

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A Wet and Wild Paint Week

I spent the week of August 20 to 25 at a painting course given by my good friend and fellow artist Cheryl O, in London.  The title of the course, " Wet and Wild and Collage", will give you a good idea of what the week was like!  Eleven of us could be found at various times during the week squatting in the grass over a plastic tub, pouring fluid acrylic paint down the canvas, spattering water and other colours, and watching the paint mix and flow in amazing ways.  Some of the results could be called "chance", but there is certainly a huge amount of skill involved in knowing how the paint and water will mix, and run.  For instance, too much Phthalo blue can be a disaster!  And mixing complementary colours produces lovely mud.  Here are some photos of the week.  As I continue to work on the ten paintings I began that week, I will post some of the best results.  

My first attempts.
Ready to spray with water.

Cheryl is demonstrating what to do with a poured painting next, after it dries.

I'm holding two paintings (bottom left)
that I think are finished.......

Friday, August 3, 2018

A video of a successful day for the Saugeen Artists Guild

Thanks to Olga Peregood for this excellent video of our recent day's art show at the Hanover Sights and Sounds Weekend, July 28, 2018.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sights and Sounds is coming up!

Every year our art group is involved in the Hanover Sights and Sounds event on the last weekend of July.  For the second year we will be setting up in St. Matthew's Church, just off main street where all the action will be all weekend.  Our event will be Saturday, July 28, from 9:30 to 4:30.  This year some of us will be demonstrating our craft in a tent just outside the building.  I will have my acrylics there (along with potter Maggie!) from 11:00 to 12:00.  It would be wonderful to see some of you there!  

Monday, June 25, 2018

My Upcoming Summer Art Show

There's nothing like a deadline to spur some creativity!  I was so honoured to be invited to be part of a show at the L. E. Shore Library in Thornbury for the months of July and August this year.  I've been working hard to produce a suitable body of work since March, and this week it travels to Thornbury for the show hanging.  There are four other artists involved, with a variety of work from abstracts to 3D.  Click on the photo to the right to see who is also in the show.  It will be up for all of July and August, with an official reception on July 7, from 2:00 to 4:00.  I'll be there, and hopefully will see some of you there too.  Here are some samples of my work that will be on the walls of this lovely gallery, which is part of the library.  The most interesting aspect of this venue is that it is beside the school where I taught for 13 years before I retired.  I walked over to storytime at the library on Friday afternoons with several classes of young students over the years.  It's a privilege to be showing my paintings there!

"Barnyard Gaggle"
30 x 36

"I Spy Pies"
11 x 14

18 x 48

"Spotlight on Geraniums"
11 x 14

"Spring's Promise"
20 x 20