It is the time of year we reach out to friends, bring our families closer together if we can, and are extra nice to strangers. Even if we are remiss in some areas the rest of the year, at least we do it the once! And what a year it has been.
For me, it has been a good year. I have painted a number of paintings I am happy with, I am happy to have sold several pieces of my art, I’ve been lucky enough to do some traveling to far away places, I’ve made new friends, and I’ve been able to spend time with several of the special people in my life. I hope your year has been good too. But if it hasn’t, remember: a new year is coming, and when things are bad, they will get better. They will.
Now I am going to share with you one of the pieces I painted as a result of my trip west. This was a scene on one of our hikes. It was in the Valley of the Five Lakes – the same hike I talked about in “A watercolour inspired by this summer’s trip to Jasper“. This painting is called Fourth Lake, Jasper. It is amazing how the scenes change along a single hike and depending on the direction you look.
If by any chance you are still gift shopping and you wish to browse my gallery (watercolours and fractal art available!), please know you are welcome – just contact me here or send me a facebook message, or phone me (519-879-9903) (be sure to leave a message if I don’t answer!). Don’t hesitate to ask for an evening appointment. If I don’t see you, I wish you all the best this holiday season.
Fourth Lake, Jasper. Watercolour on Paper. 11×15″. Artist Lianne Todd. $280.00
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Last year was the first year of the Halls Creek Festival of Creativity, and it was a really good experience. It’s coming up again already this weekend, and I’m looking forward to it very much!
There are a lot of activities for everyone, over 60 artists exhibiting, lots of classes and demos happening, live music playing, delicious food to taste, and even an instrument petting zoo where you can try out all the musical instruments on display.
I will be exhibiting a variety of the art that I have currently available in my home gallery – traditional watercolours, watercolours on alternate surfaces, fractal watercolours, digital fractal original metal prints, even one of the scarves I designed. I’ll also be painting at my booth – might as well absorb some of that creative energy around me and put it to good use!
Check out the website for details – for some of the workshops you need to sign up ahead of time. Just a reminder – Ingersoll is only about an hour and a half from downtown Toronto, and only a half hour from London! Why not make a day of it?
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It is that time of year again and the studio tour begins one week from tomorrow! I usually blog about it before this, so I apologize if this is the first you are hearing about it. We do have posters and brochures out all over the place, and banners as well.
This year we have thirty-one artists on the tour at seventeen locations, so it’s a little more manageable than other years. Spring is finally here to stay and Oxford County’s fields are really greening up. You are in for a nice drive if you do venture out to see us. As usual, I’m at my home in the south end of the county. Here’s a map of the tour – I’m the purple pin near the bottom, Stop #6 on the tour, in Otterville. It takes about 45 minutes to get here from south London, 40 minutes from Brantford, 30 minutes from Simcoe, Ingersoll, or Woodstock, an hour from Stratford, an hour from Hamilton, an hour from Kitchener/Waterloo. So, a pretty nice day trip from a lot of locations!
I have new art to show and I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet more new people who have never seen any of my art before.
One piece you won’t see at my gallery is this one, which I’ve finally finished and which is being delivered today to the couple who received a gift certificate for a commissioned piece for their wedding. They took the reference for it on their honeymoon. I wish them many happy years enjoying the memories that will reside on their wall!
Venice 2015. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Lianne Todd.
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Summer’s over, and it was a good one. Many sunny days were enjoyed, my garden flourished, and I did a little traveling (managed to finally get across the pond!). I’ve got lots of inspiration tucked away in my brain and I hope to bring it to fruition over the next year. It’s time for me to get back to the studio and paint, paint, paint!
The Off the Wall, Off the Vine art show in July had a good turnout and we were really lucky for most of the day as the storms avoided us.
At Off the Wall, and Off the Vine Art Show this summer
Some of my paintings have been at the Ingersoll Public Library since the beginning of September – they come down tomorrrow.
Several of my fractal metal prints were up in the gallery at the Elm Hurst Inn over the summer, and they came down when I did another outdoor show this fall – a new one called Halls Creek Festival of Creativity. It was in Ingersoll also, and this was its first year. Here I am with them on September 12, 2015:
At Halls Creek Festival of Creativity with my fractal metal prints
I’ve been juried in to an international watercolour show as well, which is very exciting! It’s in Tirana, Albania. A blog post from the IWS Philippines branch is very informative for anyone interested. That show is in November, and my two paintings are already over there.
On a much more local note, we have, as usual, Welcome Back to Otterville coming up in November. I hope you will mark your calendars and come out to our little town. Postcards designed by moi.
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I am pretty much all packed up for the show tomorrow. Here’s hoping for no severe thunderstorms to complicate art tent occupation!
For your convenience, here is a map of the show indicating my location.
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Tagged creative entrepreneurs, exhibition, festival, local, original painting, Port Stanley, show, Sparta, Watercolors, Watercolours, winery
It’s April! Hopefully no one is fooling you today, or if they are, it’s all good fun.
There are still a few days left in A Fractal Universe at the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg. I’m not sure what their hours are on Easter weekend so if you are thinking of going, please check with them. They are not usually open on Sundays, anyway. I’ve been very pleased with the turnout for the show and feedback from my peers. Thank you to all who have taken the time to view it.
Soon, many of them will be home again, though a few have been designated for elsewhere. Then it’s time to get my studio and gallery ready for the Oxford Studio Tour! There will be a few new fractal prints ready for the studio tour, as well as some new paintings. I hope that many of you are making plans to come.
Here is the poster with some information. For more, please visit our website.
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