McMichael Canadian Art Collection En Plein Air Competition

I am honoured to join 80 other plein air artists from Saturday, August 28 to Sunday, September 26 in McMichael’s En Plein Air Competition. Artists will celebrate the legacy of the Humber River by responding to the natural and cultural heritage through art in two distinct mediums: canvas/panel and/or paper. Successful applicants for the 2021 En Plein Air Competition will be able to return to the grounds over the course of a month to capture and share their unique vision of the Humber River Valley, village of Kleinberg and McMichael’s grounds. The final group of 15 shortlisted artists will be selected to display their works in-gallery as well as online. The in-gallery and online exhibitions will be on view from October 30, 2021 to April 3, 2022 and will feature short artist statements.

Colour my World: Pastels for the Beginner Artist II Level 1-2 – Fall 2021

Explore the potential of pastels to portray the colours and light of different seasons. By experimenting with different colour schemes and underpaintings and exploring layering of colours, we will discover how to create dramatic nocturnal paintings as well as mood and depth in fall and winter scenes. We will also build on pastel techniques using still life. Although this course is meant to build on skills developed in Colour My World part one, artists new to pastel are also welcome and encouraged to discover the potential of this wonderful medium. The instructor will provide photographic references, but students are encouraged to work from their own more meaningful landscape photographs. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment.

8 weeks in person starting Thursdays October 7 – November 25, 2021, 1pm to 4pm

Course S2-124: Fee: $250   Members: $220 Oakville Art Society, 560 Bronte Road. Oakville, Ontario, L6L 6S1

To register click here and scroll to S2-124 Colour my World: Pastels for the Beginner Artist II

Paint Ontario Art Exhibition and Sale

Paint Ontario is Ontario’s Foremost Show and Sale for Representational Painters at the Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend. A production of the Grand Bend Art Centre
Inspiring Creativity in the Community, the show attracts visitors from all over Southern Ontario and beyond. All monies raised in commission go directly back into the community to support arts initiatives through the Grand Bend Art Centre.

Held from September 3 to September 26, 2021, “Snow Dogs” and “Fields of Goldenrod” will be on display at this year’s show and sale.

Click here to book your visit at the Lambton Heritage Museum.

Snow Dogs
Fields of Goldenrod

Burlington Artscape “A Leaf for Life”

Happy to donate my “Leaf For Life” painted aluminum leaf, “Summer Fun at Spencer Smith Park” for the fundraising initiative in support of Joseph Brant Hospital.

Art will be sold to businesses and residents in Burlington for $750, with all proceeds going directly to Joseph Brant Hospital.

There will be a public display of the work of the 50 chosen artists on August 8, 15, 22 on the property of Grace United Church, 2111 Walkers Line, Burlington at 10 to 4pm..

My painting “Summer Fun at Spencer Smith Park” portrays the fun that children and their parents were having on a hot summer day.  Spencer Smith Park’s waterfront playground is a welcome respite, especially after a year of the restrictions of Covid.  The children are having fun: playing and socializing outdoors, enjoying the playground equipment, riding their bikes and scooters and meeting new people, including those who are disabled.  The two Moms enjoy the park as a safe outing for their young children as well as a way for much needed conversation.  

“Summer Fun at Spencer Smith Park"
Starting off with the primed template
Scale of finished art work
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Colour My World: Pastels for the Beginner Artist Workshop – Spring 2021

Warm and Cool Colour Blending Still Life

8 week course was held from April 29, 2021 to June 17, 2021 on Thursdays 10am to 12pm

In this beginner pastel course, students fell in love with the colours of pastel. Students learned a variety of pastel techniques to draw and mix colours to portray form, light, texture and depth in still life and landscape paintings. Class demonstrations and individual instruction were provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment.

30th Annual Purely Pastel Open Juried Show

Snow Shadows

Honoured to have “Snow Shadows” part of the 30th Annual Pastel Artists Canada “Purely Pastel” Juried Show.

On display from May 3 to May 16, 2021 at the Federation Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC and on-line at the Pastel Artists Canada website.

Also, as a result of this being my third juried acceptance with Pastel Artists Canada, I achieved my PAC Signature Status.

Show and Tell Virtual Art Exhibition

Show and Tell Art Exhibition

Artists featured in this exhibition included Catherine Lorraway, Sumita Pal, Bridget Poole, Lisa Smith, Gunta Sturis and Rose Ann Vita. They broke new ground by reflecting on the scope of their work and their unique concepts. They explored new territory in the virtual space and underscored the importance of the exhibition space as a site to exchange, connect and advance an artist’s career trajectory.

During their time together in an online class, they dissected every aspect of exhibiting art from formulating a theme, promotional material, layout design and how to follow up after closing. This show is the realization of what they learned and discovered; it marks a new viewpoint as they continue to show and tell.