Reimagining the Garden – Painting with Ink

Usually, I paint from life. It is a thrill to study the subject in all its aliveness and life energy. But this time as I was looking for a scrap of drawing paper, I pulled open a drawer and my eyes landed on a sweet little crayon and watercolour sketch that I’d made a few years ago of Bee Balm in July.

I really liked the composition of it – that off-centred bloom and the undefined green in the background.

But can I translate it into an ink painting?

Yes and no.

It won’t be a duplicate of the original which was also not a duplicate of the scene I first sketched.

The sketch will become a jumping off point for an entirely new work.

This is the beauty of making little colour sketches, or charcoal drawings or any other kind of impression on paper. That original can inspire a new, different work that is a variation of the original rather than a copy of a copy.

Here is a little video that shows you the entire painting process. You’ll see how deliciously the inks blend on the canvas and create a look and feel that is unique to this medium.

The inks are Liquitex Acrylic Inks and the canvas is 10″ x 10″.

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Art Making in a Pandemic

During this pandemic, I have been super privileged with being able to stay home with Larry. There is a silver lining to being a ‘senior’. And yet, it’s been disturbing to guess the future of the world and to see the misery the pandemic has brought worldwide to many. I’ve missed meeting with friends and family and all our regular routines now seem like out of another lifetime.

And yet, I have my painting practice and I’ve appreciated that, very, very much.

This winter, the Teichert Gallery in Halifax asked their artists to create paintings with the theme “Stay the Blazes Home”. This phrase was used by Nova Scotia’s Premier in one of his many online pep-talks to encourage people to self-isolate during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Using that theme, I created a collaged painting and have made a short video about the making of it for you.

Social Distancing
© Flora Doehler, 2020
16″ x 16″
Watermedia Collage on Birchwood Cradle Board


‘Social Distancing’ is a contradiction in terms. To be social means to be with others. To be distant means to be alone. This pandemic forces us into a solitary, confined space which may be necessary for our physical well-being, but is a challenge to our mental equilibrium.

And although this person has a lovely hot drink and flowers, there is no-one to share it with. Instead, there is just a longing for life beyond the window.



Earth, Air, Water and Fire

elements idea - 1
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.

Like millions of people around the world, we are concerned with our natural environment and its preservation. Our show is titled The Elements : Earth, Air, Water and Fire and it runs for a short, but impactful 3 days. Continue reading

A Chance to Join a Printmaking Studio in Annapolis Royal – meeting Jan 19, 2020

Please note that due to a snowstorm, this meeting is rescheduled for Jan 19. Same time, same location. – Flora

Last summer in July’s heatwave, Artist and Printmaker Bonnie Baker set herself up outside of Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery to show us how she makes her gorgeously haunting cyanotype prints. It was so fun to watch AND to see her Printmaking exhibit that was showing at Sissiboo’s Gallery. 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!

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

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