After a wet and dreary summer, we took a break and left Canada for a few weeks in Scandinavia. It was a hectic trip - and the highlight was a train ride to the mountains of Norway and then a boat trip into the fjords. Lots of painting material you say? Yes, but as soon as we got back to Canada, a beautiful Indian Summer began, and I got carried away with the rich golden and red colours that speak to me in the early morning light.
So, finally, on October 24, I began to paint again - back into my fall colour paintings. may of these will be seen at my next upcoming show "Holly Jolly Art Show" at Algonquin College in Perth, Ontario.
We did a trip to Vancouver Island in March. We hoped to get away from the dreary March weather in Ontario, but it was the exact same weather in BC; maybe a couple of degrees warmer.
Anyways, we were based in Brentwood Bay for the 3 weeks that we were there, and we did trips up and down the island. The highlight was our 3 day stay at Wickaninnish Inn at Tofino, where I photographed like crazy and came away with a ton of material. What a stunning location!
Since March, I have been painting larger works from those few days at Tofino: Chesterman's Beach (above), Long Beach and the Wild Pacific Trail at Uclulet. I'll be showing some of these works at upcoming shows, such as the Rideau Lakes Summer Show, in Perth in July, as well as the Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival in the Kawarthas at the end of August.
Looking forward to seeing you!
What's happening? Winter, 2017.
It's been a busy winter so far in 2016/2017! After my Open Studio in October, I did two (or three?) Christmas shows.........It's a bit of a blur!
And the Gallery on Gore in Perth moved across the street in Perth, Ontario into the most beautiful heritage space on the Tay River Basin. It's a must see when you have time to make the drive out to Perth. There was a gallery opening in December with wonderful wine and food and the gallery was packed for the evening. It was nice to see old friends and to meet the other artists involved with the gallery.
Since then, I have been painting full time - what a privilege to be able to do this! Going to work now involves walking across the yard into the woods and turning on the lights!
I have done a lot of small 8 x 8, 12 x 12 paintings, and then moving on to 12 x 24. They seem to sell before I can get them up on my website. But this week I am moving into larger paintings. The painting on this page is my first larger painting of the season- "Tay River at Port Elmsley", 24 x 36.
And the fun news is the Maple Run Tour coming up on April 1st and 2nd in the area of Pakenham, Ontario. I am showing my work at Studio 9 on the tour, which is the Cartwright Springs Brewery! How great is that? At the same location is the Jolly Hog Food Truck from Carleton Place, as well as Clement Hoek, my favourite potter. This is a must-see stop on tour - maybe plan to come around lunch time?
Maps for the tour are available in Pakenham at the General Store, as well as online at www.mapleruntour.com.
In the meantime, I'll be doing a two week trip to Vancouver Island. Imagine the material I will get from this trip. Can't wait!
It was another VERY hot day for the Art on the Grass show in Carp, Ontario. Thanks to
everyone who came out to visit - it was a very successful show. I think I sat down for 5 minutes and this is it! I will definitely be there again next year.
I'm now looking forward to the cooler fall weather and the changing of the leaves. You must come and visit for my Open Studio on Thanksgiving Weekend to see not just my art, but the glorious maples that surround my studio in the woods!
This is the first show in which I will be exhibiting since I moved to Perth Ontario. It's located at the Carp Farmer's Market just west of Ottawa. Let's hope the summer weather continues because it is an outdoor show.