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.
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!
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:
There are so many Art Shows and Studio Tours during the summer and fall! You can check out many of them on the Art Map website here. If you scroll down on that page you can sign up for regular emails about upcoming shows and art events. I will be involved in one of them, on August 11 to 13. It's called the Art Map Landscape Calendar Show and Sale. My entry in the 2018 Art Map calendar will be there,
along with a couple of my other pieces. And, of course the calendars will be for sale! The show will be held in the Kimberley Community Hall. More details, including directions, can be found on the Art Map website, by looking here. I hope to see some of you at the reception Friday night!
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.
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........
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.