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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!




A new website!

Welcome to my new site! I’ve been working for a while on this….what do you think? I wanted a bright, clean and fresh look and I think it shows off my artwork well.

I’ve still managed to paint every day and I’m now working on the second layer of paint on the white irises. Here’s a look after the first layer was finished:


It’s supposed to be spring although Mother Nature seems to be taking her time with things. We’re expecting some nasty winter weather over the next couple of days so I’ll share these photos to remind myself that warmer weather is coming.




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!


Spring is coming!

I took this past week off work with the plan of getting a lot of painting done. Unfortunately my great-aunt passed away so my plans were changed somewhat.

My Auntie Marie was an extraordinary woman and I will really miss her. She was full of stories and was always bragging about family and friends. She encouraged me in my art career and she purchased a large painting after my exhibition in 2011, which hangs proudly in her dining room. If you were to visit her and my Uncle Doug she would be sure to show it off and tell you about everything I’ve accomplished since kindergarten!

Although it was hard and sad to say goodbye, it was nice to reconnect with family and friends. I got to spend time with cousins, aunts and uncles that I hadn’t seen in years. After the funeral we all met up at a restaurant and there was a lot of sharing and laughter. My aunt would have loved it.

I have still been drawing or painting every day and did manage to get some work done this week. I finished the second layer of paint on the pink lilies….it’s going to need another layer to really bring out the flowers, so I’ve set aside to dry.

I began a landscape yesterday and I already love it! There are more rocks on the right side and a small waterfall right through the centre. I like the contrast between the light green in the background and the darkness of the rocks.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here – sunny and 6C – so I spent a lot of the afternoon out in the sunshine. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I know spring is on the way! There are all kinds of bulbs coming up in our front garden – yay!

little waterfall




I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately so today I decided I needed some colour. I got out the little painting of the poppies again and I think I’ve finished it. I’ll leave it for a couple of days and decide if it needs any touching up.

I always find January and February are tough months to get through. Between the short days and the cold weather I just want to hibernate. I was looking through some photos and noticed our tulips from last spring. We planted a bunch more this year so I’m excited to see what comes up….and where, since the squirrels were busy relocating them in the fall!



Putting in some colour – Day 253

I got hit with a migraine yesterday that had me down and out, thus the lack of blogging! Although my head is still full of pressure today I’m feeling better. We’ve had some storms swirling around the area and it’s been raining all day. The wind has picked up and it’s cooled down significantly so it’s feeling like fall.

I started putting the first layer of paint on the trillium painting yesterday and managed to get quite a bit accomplished today. I’m really liking how this is working out so far!


A new canvas on the easel – Day 251

I’ve put a new canvas on my easel – the trilliums I have been drawing out now and then over the past little while.

It’s 24″ x 36″ with big white trilliums in the foreground, a split rail fence in the middle and large trees in the background. I took the photo last spring (in the rain) and have drawn it on the canvas using a grid.

Normally I would put a lot of detail into the drawing but since I’ve been doing the palette knife painting without any drawing at all I thought I would experiment with this painting a bit. I have a lot of detail in the trilliums and foliage in the front but have just drawn in basic shapes for the fence and trees. The detail will come at the painting stage with this one. I’ll let you know how it goes!