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Peterborough Garden Show April 8 – 10

I will be at the Peterborough Garden Show with my paintings on April 8, 9 and 10 at the Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Rd. – come by and say hi!

This is the first time I’ve participated in this show and I’m really looking forward to it. It is put on by the Peterborough Horticultural Society and the Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners. Proceeds from the show are used for scholarships to students studying horticultural related studies, supporting Master Gardeners in training and grants to Community Gardens.

There are over 100 vendors and exhibitors – gardeners, landscapers, growers, teachers, designers, non-profit organizations and artists. There will be garden displays and demonstrations, and garden experts speaking throughout the weekend.

I love this show because it means spring is here! This time of year I get itching to get outside into the garden and the show is full of new ideas and inspiration. I wonder what I will find for our oasis this year.

Show hours are Friday April 8 – 5pm to 9pm; Saturday April 9 – 10am – 5pm; and Sunday April 10 – 10am – 4pm. Admission is $8 for adults or $12 for a weekend pass. Children under 12 are free.

Hope to see you there!




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.



yellow and red

blanket flowers



burgundy lily

Working on a painting of irises

I’ve been steadily working away at my latest painting which is 3 white irises on a background of green leaves. It’s been a little challenging to do this first layer of paint since my dark green paint tends to blend in a little too well with the next shade down. I’m hoping to get the first layer completed this weekend. The second layer is when the contrast gets bumped up and things really start to pop.

We’re having family over on Saturday for Easter and I’m looking forward to that. The spring weather we’re finally getting is also motivating me to get started on the spring cleaning so that’s on the agenda for the weekend as well!


A weekend of painting

I’ve had a very busy weekend of painting! I have to make sure I have enough original work for both the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August and the Victoria County Studio Tour in October. Although over the past year I have been diligent at painting every day I haven’t been terribly productive when it comes to producing new work. I’ve been picking away at paintings an hour or so at a time but haven’t really carved out the time to spend making some good progress.

I’ve planned out 6 new paintings (with John’s help!) so far. Four are florals featuring our gardens and two are landscapes. Yesterday I got the first layer of paint completed on this one (it’s 11″ x 14″):


Today I completed the drawing on this one and got the first layer of paint done on half:

Pink lilies

Garden surprises! Day 231

I’ve been working away on the portrait I can’t show you (it’s a surprise) and the little fall landscape. They’re both coming along and I’m hoping this weekend to finish the portrait. I know I’ve said that before but this time I mean it!

The landscape is coming along nicely and I’ve finished the first layer of paint on the trees. I just need to finish the first layer on the rocks before I start the second layer which refines and gives more contrast.

We’ve been spending quite a bit of time outside this summer and we’ve gotten quite the bounty from our vegetable garden this year. The peas were great and we’re still eating all kinds of lettuce, green beans, tomatoes and peppers. We grew jalapenos this year and I’m loving them in the pico de gallo that I make. Yum.

We planted carrots again this year although we haven’t had very good luck with them in the past. John picked a few today to see how they were doing and found two intertwined together. What a neat surprise!



Welcome to the weekend – Day 160

Welcome to Friday! It’s been a great day – I worked only half a day and then spent the rest of it with my husband working out in the yard and the gardens. We’re planning out a bigger pond that we’ll install on our holidays…stay tuned on that.

This morning I worked on a palette knife painting of flowers in a garden – a slightly different technique from doing the trees last weekend. It’s taking a while but I think the final result will be good. I’m enjoying it and having fun which I think is the most important!

Here are the latest photos from our gardens:



I hope you have a great weekend!