Saturday, July 31, 2021

Art is Alive and Well!

 During the last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of my friend and art teacher Cheryl O Art's painting membership, called Painters Creative.   What fun to be part of a large group of painters online!  We get monthly videos to keep, weekly challenges, and regular interaction with others and their latest work.  

During that time I have come up with a few new paintings that are now at the Southampton Arts Centre.  Several pieces of mine are also hanging in a new gallery in Cargill, called the Mill Pond Gallery.  It will be worth your while to see that lovely venue before it closes in September.

In spite of Covid and its restrictions, the world of art and artists is still alive and well!  Check out the invitations on the right.


Here are the newest pieces from my easel: 


This piece will be in the prestigious show called "Paint Ontario" which opens September 3.  This is the first time I have entered this show, and I was so encouraged that this painting was accepted!  


"Blossom View"
acrylic
24 x 36




"Cool Breezes"
acrylic
16 x 20




"Oh the Places You'll Go!"
acrylic
16 x 20

  

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Winter Memories!

 As I write, it's snowing outside!  So it seemed appropriate to post one of my new paintings completed this past winter, called "Sideroad Sunrise".  I don't mind looking back at those days when the fields were covered with a thick white blanket, because I know that spring really is here now!  This scene is one of a farm I have seen for years when I drive into Neustadt.  It appeals to me because of the view looking up to a hill with overlapping buildings and silos and lots of fences meandering around the property.  I may be inspired to do another painting of this scene based on a new season with more green than white.  Happy spring!



"Sideroad Sunrise"
acrylic
24 x 24




Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Feathered Friends

 Two fun bird collages came to life in my studio this winter, a commission that came about through the Saugeen Artists Guild online store.  Check out this opportunity to purchase paintings, jewelry and other handmade items online from several artists at https://saugeen-artists.square.site/  

These two feathered friends have been delivered to their new home where they join a lovely painting in a similar style.  When I painted these, I deliberately left a lot of original white canvas spaces and added coloured bands of bright warm colours that matched the client's original painting.  Normally I start with a very dark underpainting and add many layers that get brighter and brighter until I add the final highlights.  This was a fun challenge for me!



Moonrise Chicadee
Acrylic
12 X 16
SOLD




Sunrise Woodpecker
Acrylic
12 x 16
SOLD



SOLD

Friday, November 27, 2020

"Summer Spotlight"

This new painting takes me back to warm summer days when our chickens enjoyed foraging for insects in the fresh green grass near the barn.  I loved the way the sun made such a strong shadow across one of the barn doors and highlighted the resting shovel.  It was a fun setting to paint!  This painting is now at the Southampton Gallery, which has a brand new display of the artists' recent work for Christmas browsing. 



"Summer Spotlight"
acrylic
16 x 20

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