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. 😉

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

Last Minute Gift of Art?

Do you still need a little art for the holidays? I have 5 little acrylic paintings of flowers in my studio that will add a touch of summer to someone’s home. $150 each.


These original small watercolours of mine are made to fit in a standard sized frame. They will remind you of summer days at the water. image size is 5.5 x 7.
$25 each.

If you live out of town, and if it’s too late to arrive by Tuesday,  I can email you a digital copy and description to ‘gift’ and post you the original.
Let me know! flora@floradoehler.ca

And thank you for your feedback about posting. I have read your comments and am working on some new posts and videos for the new year.
It’s touching to hear how much you enjoy getting my posts.

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas to you and your friends, pets and family. xo

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

Painting Tulips in a Room of One’s Own

This new painting is special to me for several reasons. For starters, I really like it! I always enjoy the process of painting and trying to solve the design problem, but sometimes the end result falls short of what I am trying to achieve. Ironically I believe this is a motivating factor to paint and to try it again. But this time I am happy with the look and feel of this painting; the spontaneity and lightness. Continue reading