Looking to the Past, Present and Future

“Past, Present and Future” is the title of the newest exhibition at The Colborne Art Gallery, which opened on Saturday, November 14. As artists, it’s an interesting exercise to occasionally review where we’ve been on our artistic path, where we are now and what we foresee for our future art. This is the idea behind […]

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Sketchbook to the Rescue!

So I was sitting around trying to think of a new blog post idea, waiting for inspiration to strike and feeling completely blank. It happens. I don’t know how people can write a post everyday — that would kill me! Once a week is challenging enough, but I hope you notice that I do manage […]

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A Turn Around the Turner Exhibition

On Friday, October 30 I had the pleasure of viewing the J.M.W.Turner exhibition, “Painting Set Free” at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Turner is considered to be one of Britain’s most original artists. His dynamic, amazing watercolours, depicting light and atmosphere in his unique, ground-breaking style sustain his reputation as a great watercolourist, perhaps the […]

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Musing on Sunflowers

There’s something about sunflowers that makes me happy. I’m sure many of you feel the same. How could you not feel happy when looking into that sunny face? They seem almost human, somehow. I decided if I was going to paint sunflowers, they needed to be big and exuberant. That’s because whenever I think of […]

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The View is Great from Here

This past weekend I attended the opening reception for fellow Colborne Art Gallery member Irene Osborne’s solo exhitibion, “Views from Here.” Irene’s beautiful artworks encompassed delicate and elegant renderings of natural landscapes as well as abstract pieces. But even though this might seem a disparate offering, common to both was her refined use of colour […]

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I’ve Got Connections

It’s amazing how much we rely on the Internet. This past week it was brought painfully home to me when I changed the hosting service of my website and ended up in a technical nightmare. For awhile there I lost access to the most recent version of my website and the old website from two […]

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Golden Days of Autumn

As I write this post, summer has turned a leaf and autumn is upon us once more. It’s a bittersweet time, knowing the warm days of summer are now over, and cool, nay cold weather is on its way. But autumn has its own pleasures, as the air turns crisp and lovely fall colours start […]

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When Birds Visit

I am very fortunate to have many bird visitors to my yard. The front yard, with its newly planted trees and admittedly weedy lawn attracts robins, flickers and jays. The back yard, with its endless cornucopia of yummy bird food (safflower, sunflower, peanuts, niger, suet and nectar) attracts a huge variety all year round. We […]

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Bunnies in My Yard

There seem to be more bunnies around this year than previously. We think we have at least one front yard bunny and a back yard bunny, but they could be the same one. Who knows? Other than size differences, they all look pretty much the same. However, the front yard bunny has a hole near […]

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New Art and More Fun Stuff

I’ve got a new, colourful piece on my website. Twirly was inspired by a rampant vine that lurks in our backyard ravine, busily smothering low bushes and running up tree trunks. Unfortunately, it’s a bit invasive and every once in awhile my husband heads out there, pith helmet and machete in hand (well, not quite) […]

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A Buzz of “Vital Energy” at The Colborne Art Gallery!

The new show at The Colborne Art Gallery features my fellow member Charles Funnell’s incredible jewellery, metalwork and mixed media pieces. Entitled “Vital Energy,” the show explores the concept of life-force energy and its central role in creativity. Charles’ work often blurs the lines among the functional, wearable and sculptural. Many of his jewellery pieces […]

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Cushions and Scarves and Totes, Oh My!

Today I’m excited to introduce my new RedBubble shop. What’s that, you ask? It’s a print-on-demand website where my artwork is magically transformed into a whole plethora of cool products. Do you enjoy my art but don’t want to spring for an original piece? Now you can economically order prints on paper, canvas or metal, […]

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What Inspires Me Now?

I find it easy to be inspired. There’s so much good source material all around. Nature, of course, is a continual source of inspiration, a never-filling well of wonderful imagery and material. But I also like to look at other artists’ work and spend quite a bit of time online, surfing through websites, absorbing the […]

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Music to My Ears

I love silence. I also like being by myself most of the time. After all, I have my painting to keep me company. Maybe this is true of most artists—we need our alone time and our dream time. That being said, I do often listen to music or lately, podcasts in my studio. In the […]

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The 3rd Annual Juried Show is a Great Success!

The 3rd Annual Juried Show at The Colborne Art Gallery is now ongoing, and what an exciting show it is! I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception on July 11 and the gallery was packed with participating artists, supporters and art lovers. Curator Linda Jansma, Senior Curator of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in […]

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More Art Greeting Cards

I’ve added more images to my line of art greeting cards. There are now 14 colourful designs from which to choose! These newest cards feature some of my most recent paintings, just added to my website. New paintings include “Serenity” and “Dance of Trees,” larger works that make a powerful impact on a wall. If […]

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