He who deliberates and moves the brush intent upon making a picture, misses to a still greater extent the art of painting, while he who cogitates and moves the brush without such intentions, reaches the art of painting. His hands will not grow stiff; his heart will not grow cold; without knowing how, he actually accomplishes it. Chang-Yen-Yuan c. 845
This spring, learn to paint in watercolours using the simplest of palette, brushes and paper to make lively sketches of your garden or even on your vacation! I am instructing a course in watercolour the last 2 Saturdays in May from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm., so join me by contacting the Pontiac School of the Arts. For more information regarding description, cost, location and materials, please contact the school at: http://www.artpontiac.com/artschool-2017/
Phone: 819 647 2291
My latest work, Meditation 1 is inspired by the Wildflowers of Ontario series begin early this year in February 2017. I hope it achieves the purpose of creating stillness and a sense of peace as you 'meditate' upon it. I will be showing the entire series at the Aylmer Art Association Spring Show June 2, 3, 4 at St. Paul's Church in Aylmer. You are invited to join me there!
I will be teaching a two-part Beginners' Watercolour course this spring, May 20, 27 with the Pontiac Art Association. They have an old schoolhouse they've renovated to make a home for the 'Pontiac School of the Arts' near Shawville, QC, and this course will be the first of the new teaching calendar for 2017. I invite you to learn some techniques and explore the medium along with me.
Join me by contacting me on this blog, leaving your name and phone number, or directly contacting:
Today I present the common Yellow Lily (Nuphur Advena) found on all our Ontario lakes. When summer months arrive, we sit in a canoe lazily stroking the water's surface as we drift slowly along. It is always an irresistible urge to pluck the flower off its comfortable pad. Instead, its is best to just enjoy the Lily in this watercolour.
Just as spring is making its presence known with warmer sunlit days, melting snow and wet streets, I dream of bursts of floral colour to follow in the coming months. Many may already know that I sold the farm in Milford, Ontario where I would take long relaxing walks on the acreage where there was an abundance of wildflowers there to enjoy.
Here is a new series inspired by the warm glow and colours of a summers day on the farm. An early pioneer writer, Catherine Parr Trail in 1868 wrote Canadian Wildflowers of Ontario with hand painted lithographs by Agnes Fitzgibbon. I thought how interesting it would be to revisit that theme of wildflowers but this time pushing toward sprays of colour and texture-Fitzgibbon abandoned!
These became first a series of 18 5" x 7"in. watercolour sketches, some of which were sent to the Pontiac Art Association, Shawville, Quebec. There they will be part of an 'Artists' Exchange' to be re-distributed to participants who offered their work.
I am developing a series of watercolours from those sketches that will be exhibited together in the coming months in the local area. They represent some new techniques that I am pleased to display here today. Let me know what you think!
Next comes my submission for the Reves d'Automne show that takes place every September in the Baie St. Paul area in Quebec.
Blue Vervain, 14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.) $175.
Bergamot, 14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.) $175.
Queen Anne's Lace, 14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.) $175.
The traditional skirt begins with 2 yards of 2 different kinds of fabric that compliment each other. Make sure the fabric is washed and ironed before your begin to cut.
Use an imperial measure tape, fold the first fabric and measure down 18 inches. Cut 2 lengths of 18 inches.
Sew 2 lengths together at the edge seam so that you have a very wide 'tube'.
At the top of the skirt, fold a small edge fold and iron. Fold again an inch and sew along the first fold. This will be the elastic casing waist band. Leave just enough room for the elastic and a safety pin to make its way through.
Measure a piece of elastic that will suit your waist. Place a safety pin at one end and make your way through the casing. Join the ends, sew and close up the opening. The waist is complete.
Next you will add a contrasting width of 3 widths of fabric 12 inches wide. Once they are cut, sew them together to make a large closed up width of fabric.
Now it is time to baste stitch the top of this fabric by making a double line of the widest stitch you can make (by hand or by machine). Gather it to fit the bottom of the first length of fabric.
Sew the gathered fabric onto the skirt top placing right sides together, pinning, then stitching.
Topstitch the bottom of the skirt top section.
Now cut 3 widths of fabric in the first pattern you used but this time 6 inches in length. Sew the sides together so it is ready to add onto the bottom of the skirt.
With right sides together, pin and sew this bottom trim onto the end of the skirt for a finishing. Add a border, ribbons or simply hem the skirt as you wish and you have successfully finished the traditional skirt.
While working in Nunavik, northern Quebec in a small Cree village, I decided to respond to a call for artists to assemble a show at Stone School Gallery in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec. I am pleased to tell you all that the show is now in progress and is titled 'Disguised Fragility'. I am most grateful to the gallery team at the Pontiac Art Association for their support in getting this show underway.
The opening was July 18 and it will progress until Sunday, August 10, 2014. The gallery is open from 11-4p.m. or by appointment. Please call me at 613 315 2753 to arrange this.
You will see a collection of taiga landscapes that are at once desolate but yet rich in expansiveness. There are watercolours of sunsets of Hudson's Bay, large shimmering Canadian shield rock faces and stunted, weathered black spruce. See encaustics that are responses to many of the watercolours but have their own richer earthy textural surfaces.
On Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m., I will conduct an Artist's Talk describing the techniques I use in the encaustic process. I invite you to come and, at that time, see the final day of Disguised Fragility.
This gateway to the Far North, Great Whale River is a picturesque coastal town set in the combined regions of the Boreal Forest and the Tundra of the Far North in Quebec.
What better place to paint! So a small group of us from different backgrounds all gathered at my place on Sunday afternoons this past winter to paint in watercolour.
Here you'll meet Helen Moore, Raymond Memiumskum and Melissa Dempsey as we learned about the characteristics of certain colours, tried new brushstrokes and waded through techniques to achieve some exciting results. Our fuel was the will to improve our techniques, and plenty of cups of laughter and tea!
Our results are included in this small sampling. Every Sunday session resulted in a new watercolour for each of us. Bravo, my watercolour friends. I wish you much success in your creative endeavours!
Below: Melissa Demsey; Raymond Memiumskum; Helen Moore
Works by Melissa, Raymond and Helen follow.