Friday, March 31, 2017

Meditation 1

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:
Meditation 1                                  $290. Framed

Pontiac School of the Arts

Phone: 819-647-2291

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yellow Pond Lily

Yellow Lillies                          $290.
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.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wildflowers of Ontario

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.)      $220.

                                               Bergamot14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.)      $175.
Queen Anne's Lace, 14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.)      $260.

Black Eyed Susan, 4" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.)      $260.