Flora Doehler Paints the Town

This past weekend I painted up a storm in the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal. The event, Paint the Town, is an annual fundraiser for the Annapolis Regional Community Arts Council (ARCAC). The resulting silent auction of  hundreds of paintings, sculpture and blacksmithing that are created also benefits the 75 participating artists.

My favorite colour combination.

 The fewer the colours in a painting, the better the harmony. This is always a challenge for me I love colour. 

Last year was my first time at the event and I blogged about it here.  It’s a wonderful chance to paint in heavenly surroundings and to meet artists from all over Nova Scotia.

My set-up at the Gardens.

Like last year, I spent the first day in the colourful Begonia labyrinth garden and the second day at the lower pond listening to the tiny waterfall and the wind in the trees. As relaxing as that sounds, I focused intensely on my task of painting many little canvases to be taken back to the gallery at the Legion for the auction.

Paintings from day 1: the begonias. (The iris were painted beforehand at home)
Here is a display some of my paintings from the weekend. You can see more detail by clicking on the individual image.
I used two different approaches to painting these small paintings. Either I mixed the paint with a lot of matt medium and scraped lines with my rubber-tipped tool, or I used a marker to draw a line-drawing on the canvas, then painted watered fluid acrylics overtop to create a soft, watercolour feel. Those paintings I sealed with matt medium.
All but one of my paintings sold. The painting with the blue blooms and the pink background came home with me along with a charcoal sketch.
I bought a beautiful monoprint from Nova Scotia printmaker Bob Hainstock. I love it.
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