A magazine cover!

My painting “Always Room for Friends” is featured on the Summer edition of The Link magazine! It is an arts, entertainment and lifestyle magazine distributed in Northumberland, Peterborough, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. There is also a feature article on me on page 5.

The magazine is also available online here: http://www.the-link.ca.

The Link

The Link article

Summer Shows

Spring is here and that means two things – it’s time to garden and prepare for summer art shows! I’m pleased to be returning to Art & the Garden in July and the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August.

Art & the Garden is on July 18 and 19 at 92 Colborne St. W. in Lindsay. Last year was amazing – the daylilies in bloom were just stunning. The event runs from 10 – 4 each day.

Art in the Garden 2Art in the Garden 14

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is August 14 – 16 at the Buckhorn Community Centre. This will be my third year at this fantastic show! See over 50 fine artists in a woodland garden setting along with live music and fine food. The festival begins with a Preview Night Garden Party on Friday from 7 – 10pm and the show continues Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

 

booth at BuckhornBuckhorn booth

A new painting

I’ve started a couple new paintings…..one is drawn out and ready to paint and the other I started painting a couple of weekends ago. I love it – a winter scene with all the shadows in the snow and the light through the trees. I’m enjoying this one!

Thank you to my Twitter friend Jerry Holder for the inspirational photograph – this beautiful spot is just minutes away from my house.

Winter Landscape

First completed painting of the year

I am pleased to have finished the first painting of the year! This one has been around for quite some time so it’s nice to have it completed. It’s 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas – “Algonquin Memories”. I have decided not to do prints of my new work so this is one of a kind!

Algonquin Memories

The past few months have been so busy I haven’t had much time for painting. I was seconded to a new position in September as a Process Improvement Facilitator and have been trained as a Lean Six Sigma black belt. The Globe and Mail published a great article on ‘lean specialists’ that explains the position pretty well. The learning curve has been steep and it has taken all my time and focus to complete the training, but the exam has been passed!

I didn’t make any formal resolutions this New Year but I will be getting back to painting regularly. I will be returning to the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival on August 15 – 17 and the Victoria County Studio Tour on October 4 & 5 and October 11 & 12 so mark your calendars! I’ve been busy this weekend filling out all the forms for those shows and getting everything ready to send off.

My goal is to have 4 new originals to debut at the Buckhorn Festival, so there’s only 3 left to go!

Unwinding in the garden

This past week I was trying to get back into work along with getting everything put away from the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival. This weekend I finally got to spend some quality time in my gardens with no deadlines, no worries and no pressure. Unfortunately there were lily beetles, mildew and aphids so that kept me busy!

I also took the time to take some photos since I have not been making the time to do much of that this summer.

basket

dahlias

yellow and red

blanket flowers

clematis

hosta

burgundy lily

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival was a great experience

This past weekend I was at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and it was fantastic! This was my first year and I didn’t know what to expect but I am really pleased with how things went.

John and I went up Friday morning (it’s about a 45 minute drive from home) to get the booth set up. We got checked in at about 8:30am and went to our booth in the Community Centre They have all the booths already constructed out of plywood and painted which is so great. It was pretty awesome to see my name at the top! I was at the end of the aisle and there were only two of us on the back wall.

Buckhorn empty booth

It took us almost four hours to set up but we took our time. We didn’t run into any major snags and only had to make one trip to the hardware store for a power bar for our lights.

Buckhorn set up 1

John had brought a tape measure and a level but we quickly discarded them and just went by eye.

Buckhorn set up 2

And we were all set to go!

Buckhorn finished booth Buckhorn booth

Friday night was the Preview Night Garden Party so I dressed up. We had all kinds of family and friends come – it really was a party!

Buckhorn Friday Night

The crowds were consistent all weekend and I there was a lot of interest in my work. So many compliments!

Buckhorn Saturday

I was lucky to have great neighbours – Bronson Smith from Peterborough, Julia Conlon from Windsor and Charles Leung from Lindsay. They were a lot of fun and offered great advice and support. Thank you!

On Saturday night there was a dinner for the artists and volunteers and we had a great time. It was great to meet Henry Fernandes, Yvonne de Viller, Dave & Jane Bigham, and Malcolm Madsen. We also got to chat with Michael Dumas and his wife Ellen who have been long-time volunteers at the festival (Michael wasn’t exhibiting this year). It was wonderful to hear about their experiences at this show and others and once again the advice and support were amazing.

Now it’s time to get ready for the Victoria County Studio Tour in October!

The countdown is on!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is only two weeks away! I’ve been steadily painting and I have two more paintings to complete before the show. I’ve also ordered a lot of prints that will have to be signed and framed and packaged. Good thing I’m on vacation next week from my day job so I can get everything finished!

I was excited to get the book for the Buckhorn show – it’s in gorgeous full colour on glossy paper and features one piece of work from every artist who will be there.

Tickets are still available for the Preview Night Garden Party on Friday, August 16 from 7-10pm. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, demonstrations and of course a lot of incredible art! Will I see you there?

Buckhorn book outside

Buckhorn book inside

I’ve finished another painting!

This morning I put the final touches on another painting! I’m pretty sure it’s done but I will hang it for a while and decide if it needs any touching up. I’m hoping it will also help me come up with a name for it!

These gorgeous oriental lilies bloom like crazy in my back garden….another week or so and they’ll be in bloom again.

Pink Oriental Lilies24″ x 12″ oil on canvas