Saturday, July 2, 2016

It's Cottage Time!

This painting is of the cottage where my brother and I spent most of our summers growing up, near Perth Ontario.  It holds happy memories of swimming, boat tours around the lake with Grandpa, picking raspberries, frog-hunting, BB guns, and hammocks.  During a cottage painting retreat with Cheryl O, I chose a photo reference from years ago and tried out a style similar to Emily Carr.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on it, which has taught me how important it is to choose a photo reference that is meaningful.  I doubt I will ever sell it!

"Memories!"
acrylic
16 X 24

Monday, June 13, 2016

Four Months Later..............

The past few months have included a trip to my daughter's new home in Alabama, and my son's wedding!  No wonder I haven't kept up with my art activities here........  I have actually been painting during these adventures, and here are the results:

 This is a painting I did from a photo I took in Yorkville, Toronto, while I was enjoying an afternoon of gallery-hopping.  It has been purchased from the Southampton Art Gallery already, and is now residing in Calgary! 

"Yorkville Treasure"
24 X 24
acrylic


Next came another Yorkville painting.  I seem to be taken with the colour red lately.............

"Red Doors"
24 X 18
acrylic

This was painted from a photo I took of one of the flower arrangements after my son's wedding.  I loved the backlighting.

"Celebrate With Daisies"
12 X 24
acrylic


All of these paintings have been shown at the Southampton Art Gallery.  If you are in the area, it would make a worthwhile visit for you to explore their new facilities and see some great art pieces there, including 3D work.  Click on the image at the upper right to get to their website.






Sunday, January 31, 2016

A different creative pursuit

I did accomplish an artistic endeavour I'm proud of during 

2015, even if I didn't produce many acrylic canvases.  Every

 week I created a page for a Faith Art Journal, following a 

website called hiskingdomcome.com.   I usually used their

 premade scripture verse, and made a page around it.  It was

 very rewarding, and I would love to share a few pages of it

with you, that you might have a small glimpse of my daily

 walk with Jesus.  I am continuing the idea, with my own

 scriptures, for 2016, although I certainly haven't been able to

 do one a week so far this time!

 


 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2015 Painting Review!

The last six or eight months have been such busy ones for me, with wonderful family times, and many hours spent helping with church renovations in our new location.  But I was feeling so unproductive this past year, as far as painting goes!  So I took a look at the paintings that I have sold in the past 12 months.  I was so surprised to find out that I had sold 21 paintings!  They ranged  in size from 6" X 6" to 24" X 30".  Since the New Year, I've been inspired to clean out my studio thoroughly, and as of tonight I have begun a new painting-- the first in a long time.  It will be a series of buildings, which I love to paint.  

Here are a few of the paintings that sold in 2015:











Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall painting inspiration!

With a crazy-busy summer behind me, I had the opportunity to attend a week-long paint course in September, led by my talented friend Cheryl O from London.  (Check out her website at cherylo.ca)   We tried a new style or technique every day for 5 days, and when we weren't painting we were eating royally, laughing, and enjoying the beautiful warm weather, at a cottage near Bayfield.  It proved to be a great kickstart to painting this fall.  I hope to try a few different styles just for fun in the next few months, and see if I can incorporate something new for my work at the Southampton Gallery.  One of the many things I tried was a new red paint, with the pigment PV19.  It became the colour of the week, in great demand for those of us who had to borrow it!  Here are some photos of the work I tried, some of them copies of other painting references we were  learning from:





Here is the whole group of us, with our work-in-progress,
 on the last day:


Now I need to play with these fun and different styles!  I will post the results here, ASAP.  







Saturday, July 4, 2015

Back to paints!

After a long, busy time away from my easel, I have just finished a real estate house portrait.  It's good to be back!  I took photos along the way, which I usually forget to do, but which are interesting to look back on..........  

This property is so awesome, I was glad I wasn't in the market for a new home, or this one would have been at the top of the list!  A gorgeous pond, a 4-season sunroom......  I hope this painting gives the previous owners much joy, reminding them of many years of peaceful country living. 




The final result!
watercolour
8" X 10"

                   (But now I have just gone in again and added some paint and ink!)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Paisley Show is open!



Last night was a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists involved in Paisley's "Nature's Millworks" show called "Saugeen Spirit".  The way Paul and Helen Crysler hung and displayed the art really showed the varied, quality work of our art group!  We were all so pleased at the way the show looked, and at the good attendance for the evening.  The show is on until June 7.  If you're in the area, come and see it!  Most of the work is in the upper gallery, and there is some wonderful jewelry on the main floor you won't want to miss.