Thursday, November 12, 2020

A great art auction has begun!

The Blyth Festival has partnered with artists from the community and beyond to come up with a fun and creative way to support the Blyth Festival while adding original works of art to the purchasers' collections. It's called "10 by 10 in 2020", an online auction of 133 works of art, all of them exactly 10 inches by 10 inches! I have entered a painting in this auction myself, which you can see below. This auction will be online from November 10 to December 10, 2020.

 Go to https://blythfestival.com/ and click on Shows for details and to see the art!

"Sun Swept"
acrylic
10 by 10

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Saugeen Artists still have a Christmas Store!

 But this year it's online.   This will replace our "bricks and mortar" store, which the Guild has been setting up for almost a decade in downtown Hanover during November and December.  An online store is a way to offer our regular customers some unique handmade items this year, in time for Christmas.  I have about a dozen paintings in it and several sets of cards on different themes.  Below is a sample of what I have posted.  There are many other artists' items to choose from, including jewelry and glass mosaics as well as paintings.  Shipping is free.  



"Lunch at the Cottage"
acrylic 16 x 16


"Country Caretaker"
acrylic 14 x 11 






Package of 5 cards
with a country theme



Package of 5 cards
with a winter theme 







Saturday, October 3, 2020

A reminder of summer days.......

 This trio of flowers, all of them from my own gardens, help to bring back thoughts of warm, sunny days from the summer.  I treated the canvases first with a layer of texture from tissue paper that was wrinkled and glued down.  You can see that in the photos.  Once that dried I painted some of my favourite flowers.  The texture makes painting quite unusual, and forces me to let go of my natural tendency to have hard and clear edges on the shapes of the petals and leaves.  It's quite freeing, actually!  They are all on a 12 by 12 inch gallery canvas.


Blooming Begonias
acrylic
12 by 12


Climbing Clematis
acrylic
12 by 12


Dazzling Daisies
acrylic
12 by 12


Saturday, August 29, 2020

For artists: A great online course is coming up!

I'd like to invite you to take a look at this amazing online course given by experienced art instructor (and friend) Cheryl O. I took Cheryl's last course in the late spring and loved it!  Her new one, called "Colour and Composition",  is more extensive, with lots of information, zoom meetings, community interaction, and demos every week for 14 weeks.  Here is a link to the information:   http://cherylo.ca/online-art-courses-2/  The deadline for application is September 4.  

Below is a painting I did as a result of one of her lessons.  

I hope to "see" some of you there, online!



Pink Peony
acrylic
12 by 12


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Leroy's hens are out!

 Here are two of Leroy's concubines, charging out of their inside pen to the outside run.  And run they do!  (They are likely trying to avoid Leroy......)   I thought the innovative system for the door was interesting to include.  It made for fun textures and shapes to paint.  


"Checkin' the Coop"

                                "Checkin' the Coop"

                                         acrylic

                                         24 x 12

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Introducing Leroy.......

 .........who rules the roost in our chicken yard!  He's very handsome, with iridescent blue and purple feathers between the black ones.   I hope those lovely colours come across in the photo.  At the end of his tail is another long black feather that waves theatrically as he struts around, herding his small household of hens.  My next painting will showcase a couple of the ladies.  


"Leroy"

"Leroy"
acrylic
24 x 12


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The pansies have arrived....

The final spring flower painting is finished, and completes the foursome.  Pansies are such a happy flower, especially since their petals form a delightful "face" looking at us in the spring, and sometimes far into the summer.  It's a great accomplishment to keep pansies growing into the later months, requiring deadheading and careful attention to watering.  My own efforts this summer don't look nearly as happy as the ones in the painting!

Each painting is 8 by 14 inches, and I like this arrangement of the four: