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Buckhorn Fine Art Festival this weekend!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is this weekend – August 12, 13 & 14 – and I can’t believe it’s mid-August already. It has been a busy summer and it always goes by way too quickly!

This is my fourth year at this show and it’s always enjoyable. There are so many talented artists with incredible work at this show and the volunteers are great – always helpful and friendly.

The opening night Garden Party on Friday from 7-9pm is my favourite. It’s a real party atmosphere with live music, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Garden Party ticket holders get admission throughout the weekend as well. The show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

If you are in the area I would encourage you to drop by – it’s worth it!20150814_111814



Upcoming Shows

It has been a busy spring in the studio and our gardens and now we’re busy preparing for upcoming art shows!

I’m excited to be at Art by the Lighthouse in Niagara on the Lake on July 30 & 31 (details below) for the first time. It’s such a lovely community and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is right on the water. That weekend also features the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and Canal Days in Port Colborne so there is a lot of entertainment to take in.

I will be returning to the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival for my fourth year. I love this show – especially the Friday Night Garden Party and catching up with so many talented artists that have become

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival 2015

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival 2015


My final show for 2016 is Six Degrees of Freedom in Etobicoke at the end of August which also features my father, Bruce Stonehouse. We had father/daughter shows in both Thunder Bay and Lindsay in 2011 and it’s great to have the opportunity to exhibit together again – this time with four other amazing artists!

Art by the Lighthouse 2016
July 30 & 31
10am – 4pm
Original Art Show & Sale at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre
247 Ricardo St., Niagara on the Lake

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
August 12, 13, 14
Friday night garden party at 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Buckhorn Community Centre

Six Degrees of Freedom
Exhibit & Sale at Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery
August 28 to September 27
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 28th 2 – 4pm
Participating Artists: Biljana Baker, Gail Backus, Nancy Newman, Doreen Renner, Brenda Stonehouse, Bruce Stonehouse

My latest painting – “Late Flare”

It’s a crisp, clear day in Western Canada when a float plane makes a bit of a hard landing (a ‘late flare’) into a crystal clear glacial lake deep in the wilderness.

"Late Flare" 24' X 48" oil on canvas Brenda Stonehouse

“Late Flare” 24′ X 48″ oil on canvas, Brenda Stonehouse

This painting, a commission for a pilot (who also happens to be my favourite..and only… brother-in-law), was a challenge due to it’s size and the subject matter since it’s quite different from what I usually paint. I’m very pleased with the result and most importantly the pilot is as well!

I started the process with a number of photos that he provided of mountains, trees, lakes and a specific airplane. I did a number of sketches and we agreed on the composition. The size of the canvas was chosen to fit the space above the fireplace mantle in his home.

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Once the composition was determined then I started the drawing on the canvas. I wanted to make sure I had the detail of the plane right as it is the focal point of the painting.


With the first layer of paint that goes onto the canvas I try to get an idea for colours and concentrate on the darks and lights. I’m not worried about detail at this point.




With the second layer (and third) I add definition to the edges, deepen the contrasts and add intensity to the colours.



And finally, after many months (another late ‘flair’ if you will) the painting is complete and ready for its new home! I hope you enjoy it Rob & Karen!




Exhibition at Kawartha Lakes City Hall

My paintings are currently on display at Kawartha Lakes City Hall at 26 Francis St. in Lindsay.

It’s beautiful Victorian architecture is a beautiful backdrop for a gallery! The Mayor has provided the opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work each month. It’s great to have another venue to promote and share our artwork in our community.

City Hall is open to the public Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm and my paintings will be up until November 13. Stop by and take a look!

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Renewing my focus

This fall I decided to renew my focus in my art business and I enrolled in an Art Biz bootcamp. It’s designed with weekly online modules that take you through the different aspects of marketing your art business.

One of the first tasks of the course was to commit to making art. It’s simple really….you need to create art so you have a body of work to market and sell. Over the past couple of years I have let my creative time go by, just painting here and there when I could fit it in. Other things seemed to take priority and it was easy to say ‘I’ll paint later’. Unfortunately ‘later’ doesn’t always come.

The homework from the first week of bootcamp was to set ‘studio hours’. Now each weekend I write out that week’s hours on a white board and I post them in my studio. Having set hours delivers the message that I take my art seriously andStudio Hours I am
willing to take the time I need for it. It keeps me accountable and productive and stops me from making excuses!

I didn’t realize how much I had missed painting regularly until I got back into it. It’s amazing how much momentum you get when you work at something consistently.

I’ll will be getting back to blogging on a more regular schedule too so I can share my work with you!

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

It’s Buckhorn Fine Art Festival time again! I’m busy putting the finishing touches on things for the show and I’m looking forward to being back at the festival for the third year.

The festival opens on Friday August 14 with the Opening Garden Party from 7 – 10pm featuring hors d’oeuvres and live music to enjoy while you browse through the artists booths. Garden party tickets are available online at www.buckhornfineart.com and also provide you admission throughout the whole weekend.

The show is open Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Don’t miss the youth art display, and art competition and the special Artists for Conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art.

Hope to see you there!

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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.

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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.


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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