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Holiday Handmade Market, November 3-5

Shop, Sip & Savour!!!!

Doesn’t that sound awesome? I’m excited to be part of the Holiday Handmade Market in Niagara Falls November 3 – 5.

Get a jump on your holiday gift giving at Niagara’s LARGEST indoor holiday handmade market featuring 1000’s of one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and artisan made products all under one roof. 

Featuring 180 Artisans from Ontario and Quebec, the 13th Street Holiday Café and Wine Bar, live painting with local artist-in-residence, live music presented by Long and McQuade, and Artists Alley where I’ll be with some new original oil paintings and limited edition prints.

Scotiabank Convention Centre Niagara, Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 from 10am to 5pm
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 from 10am to 5pm

Admission is $10 (Under 16 free). 

Hope to see you there!

Only one flower to go – Day 76

I completed another flower on the orchids painting this morning. That just leaves the one on the right to do. I didn’t have much painting time today since I was also getting ready to go away. My husband and I are heading to Niagara Falls and wine country for a little overnight getaway. The weather is supposed to be fantastic so we’re really looking forward to it!


Days 14 & 15

I’m back from a wonderful weekend with my husband and our friends Christina and Mike in Niagara Falls. We celebrated with some champagne which inspired my drawing on Day 14. I wanted to depict the bottle in as few brush strokes as possible and so I used Art Rage on my iPad to do this painting.

I did the painting on Saturday morning before we went out for a day of touring. We went to a number of wineries – Peller Estates, Hillebrand, Konzelmann, Stonechurch and Cattail Creek. We enjoyed the samples and brought our favourites home to enjoy. It was the first weekend of the Niagara Ice Wine Festival so there were a lot of people out and about even though it was a really cold day.

Christina and Mike have commissioned me to do the painting of a boat tied to a dock (one of the two I mentioned last week). When I got home today I pulled out a canvas and started sketching it out. The painting will be 16″ x 20″. Here’s the photo I’m working from.


Day 13 – All mixed up

I was up early again today to get some more painting done. I’ve always been a morning person and find that’s always when I do my best work. I did a bit more painting on the Muskoka chairs but it really was a little bit. I’m still dealing with the migraine so it was a bit of a struggle.

The nice thing was I still had my paint mixed up from the other day. Since I only paint part-time I have tried a number of ways to keep my oil paints for more than one day. After much experimenting I have finally found a way to keep my paints for a few days without having them dry out.

I mix them up on my palette and then transfer them to a paper palette which I have attached to a plastic ‘tray’ that fits into a plastic airtight container. I picked up the container at Walmart for a couple of dollars and the paper palettes are a few dollars for a pad so it’s an inexpensive solution too.

When I have my paints ready to go I don’t have any excuse not to paint!

I’m off to Niagara Falls this weekend with my husband for Winter Winefest and the Ice Wine Festival. We love that area (we were married there) and it’s great to wander around and see the sights. The falls themselves are spectacular but there’s so much else to see and enjoy.

My blog posts will be wi-fi dependent but if I can’t post while I’m away I’ll be sure to post each day’s drawing when I get back!