I am showing a selection of paintings of my garden at the ARTsPlace Gallery in Annapolis Royal starting today. It’s a great feeling to see my work on display in such a sun-filled space. Continue reading
I have a little art show coming up in a few weeks at the Arts Council in Annapolis Royal and I am moving around my garden painting the September flowers for the show. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Occasionally I’ll read an article about some old Masters painting that was x-rayed to reveal another painting underneath. The writer will seem amazed and surprised by this. Oh, if those writers only knew how common this is for painters! Continue reading
|Charcoal sketch of field patterns.|
It’s absolutely gorgeous outside right now. There is a thick blanket of snow covering the fields, and the hills. With all the leaves gone it is really easy to see through the trees to the hills on the other side of the river. What I see is long stripes of trees that border fields, slashed diagonally by roads that wind their way down the hills.
|Looking from the Annapolis side towards Riverview Road.|
The colors now are so muted that it is a challenge for a color-loving painter like me to actually paint that scene in a monochromatic way. in fact it would be easier for me to use brilliant colors to depict the snow scenes around me–but I want to try an abstracted approach using muted colors.
|Acrylic on canvas.|
I start with charcoal drawings to get a sense of the shapes in the distance.
|Charcoal sketch of snow scene.|
|Larry is immersed in creating a pendant and is listening with me to a podcast from This American Life about the fictitiousness of money, starring the Federal Reserve.|
|Melted crayon on paper and charcoal.|
- anthraquinone (blue )
- burnt sienna (rust)
- raw umber (brown)
- titanium white
- carbon black
|These canvases are 16″ x 16″. I’m using fluid acrylics mixed with matt medium. This one was my favorite as far as the intensity of colour.|
|This was my favorite of the 3 canvases as far as paint texture goes.|
|Canvases drying on my new cushioned mats. (I stand when I paint).|
|The studio is like a giant playroom for Larry and me.|
2010 was the ‘birthing’ year for our Green Willow Studio. We started with an uninsulated garage and transformed it into a warm, walled and electrified studio! It took us some time to get everything arranged so that a silversmith and a painter could work in the same space. Together, yet apart.
Most of the time it works. We listen to music or to podcasts. We break for tea or coffee and either talk about our work or we go for a walk around the garden to get a different perspective.
It is a thrill for us both to have the luxury of such a well lit room (there are windows on all four walls!) and to be surrounded by garden and a wild field where pheasants live.
As part of the Bear River working artists studio tour it was essential for us to have our studio ready for the beginning of the tourist season in May. We set up a display area in the studio where people can buy our work. We have met some wonderful people that way and have sold some pieces.
|Tulips. Acrylic on canvas by Flora Doehler. SOLD|
My painting sales this year at the Flight of Fancy, at Paint the Town and in the studio were motivating and rewarding. A series of one-on-one art coaching and tutoring in painting has helped me to share my painting techniques and to practice teaching. Attending the Bear River Artists and Farmers Market nudged me to develop affordable art as well as gave people a chance to see my work.
Larry received jewellery commissions and is showing sculptural pieces at Art and Jules Gallery in Halifax.
|“Growth Spurt” hammered copper vessel by Larry Knox, 2010.|
|In the Begonia Garden by Flora Doehler, 2010. 8″ x 8″|
This past weekend I joined over 70 artists to ‘Paint the Town’ in Annapolis Royal. This annual fundraiser for the local Arts Council is a great opportunity for artists to show and sell their work and for collectors to watch artists at work and to buy art at reasonable prices.
|If you are curious about the contents of my painting kit, click on the photo and read the notes at Flickr.|
|The Artist entry fee is $12.|
The first morning I scouted around the park with its ancient trees.
|Surrounded by happy flowers.|
Wonderful until I realized that I’d forgotten to bring containers for my paint water!! I finished my treat and headed for the recyling bin where I found plastic juice containers! My sharp knife soon transformed them into water jars and it was smooth sailing after that.
|This was my largest painting. I used up all my matt medium on it.|
My Sunday problem was that I ran out of matt medium! It’s an essential part of my kit because I use it to get the scratching-in effect in my paintings. I searched out other artists in the park and was given some by artist Shannon Bell and when that ran out, a bottle of the stuff from Louise Baker, an artist with a love of colour who lives in Halifax. Thank you Louise and Shannon!!!
Here are the paintings I did in the Victorian Garden until the sun drove me away. (Click on the images to enlarge them.)
|The challenge here was to edit the elements down to make sense of the scene in a painting.|
They were visiting from Montreal and I told them about the silent auction. They later lost out on the bids for 2 of my pieces, but found their way to our studio the next day where they bought 2 paintings that I had been working on in my garden. Here is one of them:
|Nicotiana in garden chez moi.|
|The Pond sketch on 9″ x 12″ watercolour paper. ( The paper is actually white)|
|Acrylic paint brushed into damp paper.|
It was an exciting weekend on many levels – wonderful to meet painters, wonderful to have such a positive response to my work, wonderful to create in such an inspiring setting. And, wonderful to earn some money too which was just as well because our house water situation was failing while I painted.
See you next year at Paint the Town!
|photo courtesy of Trish Fry, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.|
|Cloud in Bear River East|
After painting exclusively with watercolours for years, I had discovered fluid acrylics and found them to be a logical extension of wet-in-wet watercolours. Fluid acrylics have both the translucency and brilliance of watercolours with the advantage of the flexibility of acrylic. I was so excited about this and I think that energy came through in the painting.
|Into the Light (sold)|
It is interesting to me how much more I get out of the flowers knowing they were lovingly grown by someone I know. If you get a chance to go to the Annapolis Farmer’s Market, stop by Cheryl’s booth and buy some old-fashioned blooms that last forever.