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Festive Greetings

Happy Winter Solstice everyone, it’s a good day to celebrate, for me personally, and for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere where we can anticipate longer days from here on in.  Whatever you celebrate in the month of December, I hope you know that you are loved and I hope you receive a gift of some kind.

For me, it’s been a very busy year filled with working for IWS Canada, traveling, learning new things about me as a painter, and coping with a lot of physical pain and limitations that continue but will only last another year or so (I’m told).

One of the main things I focused on this year was painting en plein air, which was something I started doing more of the previous year but hadn’t done a lot of prior to that.   I’ve thankfully reached a point where I do feel satisfied with my results (small though the paintings may be)!  While I do have great admiration for those who paint outdoors, and have met some who paint in really extreme conditions, I have to admit I know now I will always be a studio painter.  My plein air pieces are quite special to me though, as they are filled with the memory of being there for an extended time, the sounds, the smells, the people who stopped to say something… there is definite value in that.

That being said, being a studio painter involves being in the studio, and I found all the computer work that was necessary for the IWS Canada volunteer work kept me out of the studio way too much!  In addition to this, it compounded the physical problems I’ve been having.  In contrast, when I paint, all the pain disappears for the duration of my painting session.  So, I have stepped down from my position as Publicity Director and am leaving it in capable hands, much to my relief.   It has been very rewarding working on the IWS Canada team for the last four years.

This coming year will be spent painting in the studio, creating fractals, and sorting through all the things I’ve been putting off sorting through.

I would like to take a moment and say a huge thank you to all of the collectors who approached me or went to any of my exhibits and purchased artwork this year.  You made everything easier!

In the New Year, I will sit down here and tell you all about my trip to Portugal, and show you some of my paintings from there.  In the meantime, please have a safe, happy, love- and peace-filled holiday season!

A Winter Dawn at the Farm. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Lianne Todd. Private Collection.

 

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More Watercolours inspired by Jasper

I’m getting ready for this weekend’s Oxford Studio Tour, and have now framed some more of my work that I just recently finished.  I thought I’d put the ones I have done of Jasper National Park, Canada, all together (except for the one that sold, and the one that is being juried for a show) in this post even though one of them (the last one in this post) has been featured before in my Happy Holidays message.

This first piece is of a view from our hike along the Maligne Canyon.  I don’t mention the name of the canyon in the title because this particular scene doesn’t really give you an idea of the depth and narrowness of most of the canyon.  I just really liked it.  I actually struggled with the title for a while, and finally settled on Canyon Creation, Jasper, because I think it shows how the canyon is at least partially created by the water flowing through the gaps in the rock, carving out potholes and other interesting features.  This one is done on gesso-coated paper, (Strathmore Aquarius II 80 lb paper that I coated with Liquitex gesso), so it looks a little different from the other two, which are done on cold-press Arches bright white 140 lb paper.

Canyon Creation, Jasper. Watercolour on Gessoed Paper. 11×15″. Artist Lianne Todd. $280.00

The next one is of Pyramid Mountain, which was my favourite mountain in Jasper because of all the colours of rock, and the sort of diamond-shapes formed by the rock.  I just found it really pretty.  We did the Pyramid Mountain hike on our first full day in Jasper, and were lucky it wasn’t quite as smoky from the forest fires in BC that day as it was on other days.  Beautiful hike, even though we went in a direction we didn’t at first intend to!  This is the same hike that had the birch trees you can see in my previous post Hopeful Ventures.

Pyramid Mountain, Jasper. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450.00

This one is of Fourth Lake, one of the lakes the Valley of the Five Lakes, which we also hiked on our first full day in Jasper.  Lots of beauty along that hike too!  And the lakes really change colour depending on which direction you are looking.  See my post titled ‘A watercolour inspired by this summer’s trip to Jasper’ for more about the hike and another painting which is already sold.

Fourth Lake, Jasper. Watercolour on Paper. 11×15″. Artist Lianne Todd. $280.00

All three of these, along with many more of my paintings and my digital art, are available at my gallery in Otterville.  I hope if you’re in the area you’ll consider coming out to see them in person this weekend during the 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour.  Maybe you need a little bit of art on your walls!

The Cats of Italy, number 2

As I mentioned in my previous post about the cats of Italy, some were definitely feral and others clearly had a home, like these two Kittens of Venice.  Venice was our last stop in Italy, so by then I was definitely on the lookout for all potential kitty subjects.  We had spent a late afternoon exploring on the north side of the Grand Canal, then were looking for a restaurant to eat supper.  We passed this window just as we found the perfect spot to eat.

Like most windows in Italy, there was no screen, so I was actually able to reach in and give their little heads a scratch with my fingers, and they were so sleepy they didn’t care.  I love the age of the brickwork, and the ornate wrought iron.   Everything in Italy, no matter how simple or practical its use, seems to have been made to look beautiful for hundreds of years.  We could learn a lot from this over here in North America!

During the Oxford Studio Tour, coming up May 5 & 6, 2018, this painting (among others) will be on display along with the previous one in the series, and a new one that I’ll be introducing soon!

Kittens of Venice. Watercolour on Gessoed Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450

And now, for a little context, here is where we ate, with this window next door.   It was very lovely, and the food was good, though now I can’t actually remember what we ate!   For anyone interested, it was the Trattoria Alla Palazzina.  These are two other views from our table:

The Cats of Italy, number 1

Everywhere we went in Italy, we encountered cats who seemed to have a great deal of freedom.  Some obviously had someone who they answered to, and others were definitely feral.  At some point during the trip, I decided I had to do a series of paintings centered around the cats of Italy.

This first scene is appropriately named Cats of Lucca, as that is its location.  Lucca is a beautiful old walled city, (the walls are very thick, with tree-lined pathways you can walk or cycle on all the way around), with many sights to see.  There are towers to climb, beautiful churches to see the inside of, an oval plaza on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheater, the Piazza Napoleone (a Green Day concert was being prepared for later that day when we were there), and lots of shopping!

But this is an ordinary street scene in Lucca, with the warm Tuscan sunshine angling in and cats lounging and gazing into the distance.  I hope you like it.  If you’d like to see the painting in person, don’t forget our studio tour here in Otterville is next weekend, the 18 & 19 of November!

Cats on the streets of Lucca, watercolour painting

Cats of Lucca. Watercolour on paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450.00

Under the Milky Way

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.

Opening night at Paint Ontario

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.

Paint Ontario

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:

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