Inside My Painting Studio

Do you also feel the unsettling psychological impact of the threat of Covid-19 and of the isolation from others?  Even though the rate of infection is almost nonexistent in my little province – we haven’t had a single case in our village. – it is that imaginary threatening future that always hangs in the air.

Thankfully, I have my art and that is a constant and consistent norm. I also have a kind, loving husband and we have 2 faraway adult children with whom we are in fairly regular contact. All of these are blessings.

And suddenly, in the midst of all of this, Spring and life are emerging again and I’m facing actual deadlines!

I’m pushing that Sisyphus rock up the hill slowly, getting ready for hanging paintings in May in two different galleries. One of them involves reestablishing our co-op gallery in a new location…more to come on that soon.

3 weeks ago I made a video to show you whats happening in the studio along with a peek at some of my new paintings!

Since making the video, we’ve had some sunny and warmish days with no snow. I believe now is the very best time of year to paint outside.

The blackflies don’t come out in full force until the apple blossoms bloom in May so the next six weeks are perfect for sitting out by the Pond and sketching or painting.

Recently, I took myself out to the Pond along with my luscious French Sennelier oil pastels. 

Bear River’s Baptist Church, Early Spring, Oil Pastel on Canson paper. 13″ x 16″ ©Flora Doehler, 2021

This pastel painting has a bit of a sombre look. Perhaps it’s because of the royal blue paper I used and maybe its also to do with those “imaginary threatening future” thoughts .

I am fascinated by water reflections.  Its a better way of seeing all the dimensions around us.

Keep well and keep safe. And enjoy this gift of Spring.

PS: Expect to hear from me a bit more regularly as I prepare paintings for May viewing and try to effectively multi-task. 😉

Thanksgiving Coffee and Final Weekend of Art Show – Sat Oct 10, 2 – 4 pm

This is the final weekend for my Summer Garden show of paintings in Bear River.
I’ll be at the café sipping a latte and I hope you can join me on Saturday, Oct 10 from 2 -4.
for my last meet-up at this location.

View From the Studio ©Flora Doehler, 2020 Acrylic on canvas 24″ x 30″

I think this may be the best collection of pieces that I’ve ever put together for an exhibition.

Social distancing is in effect and the numbers have been low enough for everyone to feel safe.

Let me show you a 1 min video of the creation of “Summer’s Bounty”.  I think the warm orange tones in this painting make it my Thanksgiving painting.

Summer’s Bounty ©Flora Doehler, 2020 Acrylic on canvas 30″ x 40″

Some of the paintings move to Sissiboo Café in Annapolis Royal and will be on display from Friday October 16 until the end of November.

I haven’t planned any yet, but please let me know if you are interested in a meet-up with me in Annapolis.

And finally, THANK YOU to all who have and will come out to see what I’ve been up to; to those who have supported my art journey through social media, purchasing paintings, through your comments, your words or by just showing up.

And a big thanks to Erin and Jon Welch who have created a beautiful space at 2 Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery locations with delicious coffee in which to enjoy the artworks and company of others.

You can see all my exhibited paintings here.

How I Learned to Promote my Artwork while Living in the Middle of Nowhere*

“Left a good Job in the City. Workin’ for the Man Every Night and Day…” Proud Mary, John Fogarty 

Thirteen years ago,  my husband and I ditched our jobs in the big city and moved to this sparsely populated province. Our dreams were all about creativity and community.  I yearned for the luxury of having time to paint.  I yearned for nature. And I hoped I would be able to find a market for my artwork. Continue reading

Are You Up for a Coffee and a Whole Lot of Paintings?

I had a lovely time last week with the small, but enthusiastic art friends who came out to see my new paintings at Sissiboo Cafe in Bear River.

I will be in the cafe gallery again this afternoon, Friday September 11,  from 2 – 4pm and would love to meet you for coffee and to share my painting stories with you. Continue reading

Paintings Revealed – Exhibition of Art by Flora Doehler, daily until October 13, 2020

I am so pleased to invite you to my exhibition of new paintings at Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery in Bear River.

The 16 paintings celebrate the beauty of living flowers and gardens. All the scenes were created in my garden and studio in Bear River, Nova Scotia Continue reading

New Paintings, Soft Openings and the Love of Flowers – Sept 3 – Oct 13, 2020

I am so happy to be able to show you my newest paintings that will grace the walls of Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery for 6 weeks.  This summer we didn’t physically open our artists’ Gallery, Bear River Artworks. We just had a virtual presence.  It never seemed like the right time to open as we waited for life to go back to ‘normal. Continue reading

30+ Little Landscape Paintings on Display this Weekend

wc paintings cardsThis month I got out my watercolours and beautiful watercolour paper and painted  little landscapes and water scenes.
I love it when the dry painting still looks wet. This can only happen by painting watercolours into damp cotton paper.
I created these scenes for the Bear River Holiday Spirit Craft Show and Sale on Sat, November 30, (from 10 – 4.) They are perfect for framing and are a standard size. The images are 5.5″ x 7’5″.  They can be used as cards. Continue reading

Step Inside My Painting Studio

My art studio is buzzing these days. I have quite a few paintings on the go as well as new ideas for future paintings. It’s feast or famine in the art area. And as with any passion, the more time you can set aside for it, the more you want to set aside time. It’s a wheel that keeps on turning.

Currently, I do not have painter’s block, but I do have writers block. Every morning I think “this is the day I’ll send out a newsletter or a blog post. But first I’ll walk out to the studio for inspiration.” Continue reading