Gallery Opening on Saturday May 28, 2022

I wanted to let you know that Bear River Artworks Gallery which I am part, is opening for the season on Saturday, May 28. On this first weekend, all the artists decided to be there to hang out with whoever drops by and to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

You see, it isn’t until we actually hang the gallery that we see what each other has created over the winter. That leads to lots of conversation and diversion from the job at hand and so it takes at least twice as long to hang as planned.

A new painting of mine is having its debut showing at Bear River Artworks Gallery “Nighttime Conversation”. 30″ x 36″

I’ll walk you through the gallery in a video when it’s all jazzed up.

But oh my, I forgot how many details there are to get a gorgeous space ready. We have….3 main rooms on the ground floor of a Victorian building in Bear River. Next to Sissiboo Coffee, yum, yum. So even for people who aren’t interested in art, the inside of the building is alone worth coming for. Gorgeous hardwood floors, a sweeping, curved staircase (to a private residence) and lovely crown molding in every room. And stone fireplaces too.

The lighting has been updated from over 100 years ago. Copper enamelled earrings by Larry Knox.

We are the last gallery in the village to open this season and are glad to align our open days with the Flight of Fancy, Blue Mind Gallery, The Bear River Artists Studio Tour Trail, and the gorgeous exhibitions at Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery. That’s a lot of art and fine craft for a small village, and this is quite the creative place.

This Saturday and Sunday, our whole crew will be present from 1 – 3 pm.

My regular day will be Thursdays. For now our regular open time will be Wed-Sun, 10 am – 4 pm

This timing is perfect because the siberian yellow iris are about to bloom, the purple lupins are telescoping upwards and starting to show colour and I have a garden to plant!

It feels like the opposite of the slow, long winter.

So, please take the time to see what made-with-love beautiful things are being made here.


A reminder that my solo show of paintings, “Courage My Love” ends this Saturday in Annapolis Royal. Lucky Rabbit is also open from 10 am to 4 pm. See all the paintings here.

Inventing a Blue Flower While Breathing

If you love flowers, you’ll know that actual blue flowers are rare. Horticulturalists try to develop true blue blooms, and sometimes they come up with a purple and call it blue. And even though some flowers are blue, like a Cornflower, a Delphinium or a Forget-me-not, you can’t find a blue Zinnia or Daisy.

Except if you are a painter, and you can imagine it. You can paint the flowers any colour you want to.

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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.

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Earth, Air, Water and Fire

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Painting on paper. Acrylic and ink. ©Flora Doehler, 2020.

I belong to a Co-op Gallery that I co-founded with other Artists in this village in 2015.

This year, for the first time, The Bear River Artworks Gallery has invited artists across the province to join us for a special ‘Leap Year’ Exhibition. 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