Last weekend’s Welcome Back to Otterville studio tour was a great success. We had beautiful weather and a constant stream of activity in our galleries and studios. It was wonderful to meet so many newcomers! Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out.
Here are a few photos of my gallery last weekend, in case you’ve never been here or it’s been a while:
I have a new online presence at a site called ParkBench.com. They did a promotional video for the tour which didn’t exactly air prior to it, but if you’ve never met me… well, I am the one being interviewed in my gallery.
Here is my profile page on the site: https://parkbench.com/directory/naturaliart. As you will see, there are hours posted to the side for my gallery. Don’t be discouraged by the number of “closed” days – I am, as usual, open by chance or appointment after 1 pm on most days. But not all of them! I am starting a new part-time job which will take me away a bit more often. So, I am going to try to post “definitely open” times, on a week-by-week basis on the ParkBench site. They will appear at the bottom of the daily hours as special dates. You can also check my artist page on Facebook or my Twitter posts for these special times. Otherwise, just contact me or drop in if you’re in town and you would like to check out the art.
The long weekend is upon us and if you happen to live in Norwich township, Oxford County, Ontario, you might be thinking about going to the annual Canada Day celebrations which are in Burgessville this year. I just wanted to let you know, their volunteers have organized a venue for several artists in the township to exhibit their art! It will be in the barn at Malcolm Excavating, which is on the south side of Highway 59, east of the main corner. A big thank you to them for offering their space for this, and to the volunteers for coordinating everything, providing chairs and tables, etc.
The exhibit will be open for viewing after the parade, which begins at 11 a.m.
Happy Canada Day!
Here’s one of my paintings that is truly Canadian – it’s the view of George Lake in Killarney Provincial Park from the campground, in the morning. I’ll bring it with me!
“I remember when rock was young…”. Watercolour on paper. 15×22″. $475.00. Artist Lianne Todd.
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It is a pleasure for me to be a part of the local artistic culture of Norwich Township. For the next six weeks or so, a few pieces of my work, both watercolour and digital and a combination of the two, will be on display at the Norwich Museum along with the work of 27 other artists from the area. The show opens today at 5 pm. Why not stop by if you are in the area? You could also take a quieter day, perhaps with your kids or grandkids, and view both the exhibition and all of the other interesting things the museum has to offer!
There’s a new juried show opening, at the Elm Hurst Inn in Ingersoll, ON. It’s called Spectacular Skies. The title of the show immediately made me think of the night sky: in particular, the night sky in places where light pollution hasn’t destroyed the ability to see the Milky Way in all its glory. In spite of so many nights away from cities, I’ve yet to really see the night sky in its full splendour, and I hope to do that someday. I was pondering where, in the world, might be a good place to do this, and my mind went back to this lovely and somewhat isolated cottage at Glen Coe in Scotland. While thinking about all this during a car trip, I happened to be listening to SiriusXM’s 1st Wave channel, and ‘Under the Milky Way’ by The Church came on. Complete with bagpipes mid-song. So, that settled it, I was definitely going to paint this scene. I dug out my photos of the cottage, changed the composition a little (the photos were taken from a tour bus), imagined it at night, with the Milky Way above it, and got started.
I photographed my work as it progressed, and put all the photos together in this little video. I hope you enjoy it. If you’d like to see the framed finished piece, which is a full sheet watercolour on paper (22×30″), it is hanging at the Elm Hurst until May 17.
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If you haven’t been to the Paint Ontario exhibit in other years (I hadn’t) this is really an exhibit worth driving to. Such an amazing array of really good art portraying so many aspects of Ontario life. Some really large pieces, some quite small…. mine fell somewhere in the middle, size-wise. Maybe I should paint larger more often – the large pieces have such an impact. I loved all the bright colours in many of the pieces, and some of the innovative mixed media. Very inspiring. I was also especially glad to see some watercolour pieces winning awards – and congratulations to all the award winners regardless of medium! I don’t know how a juror would be able to choose, it must have been very difficult.
Anyway, here is a little picture of me with my two pieces. I was really happy they decided to hang them together.
I recently entered the juried show Paint Ontario with two of my paintings, and to my great delight, they both were chosen for the show. I’ve certainly been painting Ontario for a long time but this was the first time I’ve entered – partly because it’s a bit of a distance from my house to the venue, and in other years there wasn’t the option of entering online via digital photo – you had to physically bring the painting.
Aside: In the olden days 😉 juried shows often had you send slides of your paintings. Remember slides? And there was special tape to crop the slides with so that only the painting showed in the projection…
Anyway, the digital age is here and I’m really glad.
The two paintings I have in the show are ‘Four Chairs’ (which I posted in ‘A Beautiful Fall’) and a new painting ‘Resting, Killarney’, which I haven’t posted anywhere yet. I think I will wait to post it. I like to have people see the real painting first, sometimes.
Opening night is March 10 (this Friday) from 4-9 pm. Admission is free for the opening night, and there is a cash bar. Here is an invitation to the exhibit itself:
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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Please visit the following link to the poster for my upcoming show of just fractal art. Opens July 8, 7-9 pm. Save the date!