All the Paintings Revealed

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This Sunday, September 9,  I will be happy to visit with you at my afternoon art show opening in Bear River.

These paintings celebrate this summer’s heat and brilliant light on Brier Island and in my garden in Bear River.

For a virtual visit, please click on the image below to see all of the paintings in the show.
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And here is a quick recap of the hanging of the show, to give you a sense of the sizes.

See you on Sunday! xo

Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery, Bear River, is open daily from 8am to 4pm. During the week they serve delicious, locally sourced vegetable dishes. Try their rice bowl or quiche. Yum, yum!

Garden Ecstacy – a video of two paintings

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Garden Ecstacy #2 © Flora Doehler, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas 30″ x 30″ $1200
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Garden Ecstacy #1 © Flora Doehler, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
30″ x 36″
$1600

These paintings were painted side by side in the heat of July in my garden here in Nova Scotia.

I picked a big bouquet of flowers and set them up outside, where I prefer to paint. Fortunately there were two essential ingredients on that hot, humid day. The first was the shade of a cherry tree to cool the air,  and the second was a breeze to discourage the mosquitoes.

After painting, dripping and dragging the main colour fields into the painting outside,   I finished both paintings in the studio where I could have more control over the drying time and manipulation of the paint.

I often listen to music while I’m painting and I get lost in the music of The Sanctuary Trio’s Estuary album. It helps me to focus on the beauty, shape and colour of the flowers.

I am very happy with the luminosity and spontaneity  these paintings.

Enjoy this video showing some of the painting technique in these works of Ecstacy.

The paintings hang in my current show at Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery in Bear River, NS. Opens Sunday Sept 9 from 2-4pm and continues to October 14, 2018 daily from 8 – 4.

Hanging the Show with my True Love

Last night we (Larry) hung the show and I’ve made a little movie of it for you.

I’m dashing out the door for a couple of days with him on Brier Island and will resume sending you images on Monday.

Larry has been my support in my art journey since we met in our 20’s. His love and encouragement have lifted me for many years.

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Love, art, coffee and friends. What more could we ever want?

Floral Awakening

My exhibition will include new, luscious flower paintings.

When I returned From Brier Island, I was delighted to see the gladiolus and zinnias in full bloom. It took my breath away as both are new additions to the garden.

I dragged one of my biggest canvases outside and set to work. Continue reading

Pond Cove in August

I have painted Pond Cove many times. It’s my happy place on Brier Island. When we moved here from Ontario 11 years ago, on our very first summer we were invited to join an ever-changing Bear River group who had camped here for over 20 years. Since that summer, we’ve spent a few days annually with others camping at the end of Gull Rock Road. Continue reading