Monday, October 31, 2011

Won Commission by the 3M Canada Company and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Banff Springs Hotel in Winter 20"x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
I am so excited and honoured to share with you that I have been chosen by the 3M Canada Company and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to paint a picture of the Banff Springs Hotel. A framed print will be awarded to recipients of the 3M National Teaching Fellowships honouring exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities. The conference will be at the Banff Springs Hotel this year in November. I have chosen to paint a winter scene of the Banff Springs Hotel using Acrylic medium.  I am sure there will be snow on the ground when the recipients arrive . Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Artist Retreat Weekend with Cambridge Artists

Artists -( left to right) Nancy Brent, Jennifer Depencier, Laurie Wonfor Nolan and myself

It's been a week but I finally got a chance to post this fun weekend with my artist friends ( Nancy, Jennifer and Laurie) from Cambridge. With the sun shining and warm temperatures they arrived Saturday at noon .We feasted on a lunch of salads which included  baby greens , roasted peppers, tomato bruschetta, chick peas with couscous, and fresh organic bread from the "City Cafe". We finished lunch with a warm zucinni soup, yummy. Then we were off to the gravel pit to paint. 

The gravel pit has been a source of inspiration for me, my students and visiting artists. Nature has reclaimed this area with a variety of pines, cedars and soft wood trees. Inspiration  abounds with colours, shapes and forms. Every season offers a new perspective and feel in this landscape. I have enjoyed the unexpected appearance of various wildlife and birds, from deer to wild turkeys ,grouse and jack rabbits.

Jennifer captured a lovely woodland scene. 

The Ranger was used to transport our painting equipment from location to location.  Even Bailey ( my golden retriever) hitched a ride home with us. It was a funny site with all four us crammed on the bench seat.
 Laurie  painting  a yellow birch  on the upper ridge of the gravel pit.   Amazing how the last days of fall there were still leaves hanging on to branches.  

We called it a day before the the darkness fell. Gathered in the great room  and while I cooked a pasta dinner we enjoyed some wine and great conversation. After dinner Laurie lead an interesting conversation on art and artists and shared stories from her collection of art books. I didn't want the evening to end but we had to get to sleep so that we could get more painting in on Sunday.
After our morning walk along Pearl Lake Road we enjoyed a filling brunch of omelets, mango/ tomato salsa, black beans and apple pie. We had another successful day of painting and laughs. The weekend went by far to fast and I am looking forward to having them come up again this winter. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall Studio Tours- Explore the Bruce" Video by Gem Webb

If you are out and about this fall you should experience the Grey Bruce area Fall Studio Tours. There are so many artists, artisan's and studio's that you can come out to visit. Check out the "Explore the Bruce " web site-  Gem Webb  ( Content Developer) has put together some exciting video's of studio's and gallery's that he visited this past month in the Grey Bruce region. Thank you Gem for your support of the arts!
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