This week is the last chance to see my Springy collection of flower paintings at Sissiboo Coffee Roaster Cafe + Dan Froese Photography , Annapolis Royal. I think the flowers will put a smile on your face. And the coffee is superb! The paintings come down on Friday, April 29. Continue reading
An exciting, painting opportunity presented itself this year.
The Bear River Board of Trade invited me and 6 other artists to paint large murals for public display in the village.
Wherever You Go, There You Are is the title of a book by Jon Kabat-Zinn (son-in-law of activist Howard Zinn). The book is about practicing mindfulness through meditation.
Buddhism and cognitive therapists teach us that our interior dialogues are always present, chattering to us in every situation.
So what does this have to do with painting? Continue reading
Next weekend over 80 artists, mostly painters, will meet in Annapolis Royal to paint their little hearts out for 2 solid days all over the town.
I’ve painted live at this event for at least 5 years now and it is one of the highlights of my summer. Continue reading
I have a little challenge for you. If you have an iPad, try out the kaleidoscope effect in Photo Booth.
Last week I borrowed a friend’s and got some enormous pleasure pointing it at plants and flowers.
This painting was an exercise in combining a calligraphic type of line with my usual broad brush strokes. Continue reading
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet
I just came back from a painting journey to Brier Island. The ocean and meadows were fabulous to experience.. and to paint. Still I couldn’t wait to come home to enjoy the rest of the iris and lupin season. Continue reading
Iris are my favorite personal flowers. The iris in this painting came from blooms in my grandmother’s garden in Toronto over 60 years ago. I paint them every year and think of my mother and grandmother.
My paintings always reflect my state of mine. While I worked on this, I brooded about a problem in my non-painting life that turned this into a very purple and blue painting. But as the week wore on I changed my way of seeing my problem and that’s when I (coincidentally) changed the focal point in the painting to an optimistic yellow iris.
I started this painting outdoors in front of my ‘model’, the flower bed. I have a wonderful pop-up screened tent to protect me from vicious black flies, who are out in full force in spring. The orange curtain is clothes-pinned to reduce the glare from the direct sun.
I bring in the work to refine it in the studio…along with some flowers.
Here you can get a better sense of the size of the painting.
Right this moment, the iris and lupins in my Nova Scotia garden are in full bloom. The landscape is green and purple. I am so inspired and want to share this with you.
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