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New Eyes

We just held the 11th annual Oxford Studio Tour and I welcomed visitors from many places over the course of the weekend.  Thank you, everyone, for coming, it really means a lot that you used your free time to come and look at my art.   And welcome new blog subscribers!  I hope you’ll enjoy my posts – I don’t post on a daily or weekly basis but I do like to introduce my new work and announce upcoming events, as well as occasional helpful tips for other artists.  This is one of the best ways you can support me as an artist, even if you aren’t in the market to buy art for yourself.  As with all types of social media, your subscription, your visits here and around my site, your ‘likes’ and your comments will all drive more new traffic here, putting new eyes on my art and helping me reach those who would be interested in buying.

Dear readers, if you missed this weekend, please know I would welcome your visit on another day.  My gallery remains set up all year.  Right now there is plenty of art, but that can change over the course of the year as shows occur or new venues become available.  Actually, the best time to come and visit would be in the coming week, as my schedule this week is fairly open and my prices will all be increasing next weekend.  It has been some time since I raised my prices, but with rising costs of materials and general rising costs of living, I feel that I must do so now.  So, don’t delay if you were thinking of purchasing in the near future!

Here are a few photos of my gallery from Saturday morning, to give you an idea of what to expect if you’ve never been here.  I think there is something for everyone!

 

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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 3

On the Friday of our week at The Watermill at Posara, our hosts took us to the village of Monte dei Bianchi, the home of an old monastery.  We were surrounded by old stone buildings of every shape and age, flowers everywhere, and mountain vistas.  Every direction you looked, a beautiful scene you wanted to paint awaited you.  However, we didn’t spend a lot of time painting there, just long enough for a demo by Keiko Tanabe and a little watercolour sketch by me, in the yard by the monastery.

My tiny sketch. I made sure to include the ever-present swifts.  Not the best photo, but you get the idea!

Then we explored a little bit.

While the village seemed mostly devoid of people (or perhaps they were just indoors on the hot day!), we did find this independent seeming cat who led us around.  Here, in this latest of my series of The Cats of Italy, she seems to be beckoning to us from down the slope of this alley, to follow her out into the sunshine and see the part of the village that faces the valley below.  Which is exactly what we did.  This cat may be featured twice in my series!  More painting-worthy scenes awaited us there.

Cat of Monte Dei Bianchi. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450.00

After we said our goodbyes to the cat, we walked down the road to the Ristorante Al Vecchio Tino for a gourmet lunch.  It was delicious, and way too much food!  It seemed like it would be a very pleasant and peaceful place to stay.

If you’d like to see this painting and the other Cats of Italy I’ve done so far, in person, put the weekend of May 5 & 6 on your calendar if you’re in Southwestern Ontario.  We have the Oxford Studio Tour happening that weekend and I’ll be welcoming everyone into my gallery/studio to view my paintings and my digital fractal art.  I am at Location #4.  Hope to see you – please let me know if you regularly read my blog!  Also I’m terrible at remembering names and faces, so if we’ve met before, please remind me.

Here I am with Cats of Lucca… photo credit for this one goes to Jeff Tribe.  Thanks Jeff!

Me, with Cats of Lucca

Oh, and one more thing – you still have until April 30 to vote for my paintings or any others you choose to vote for on Facebook in the People’s Choice Awards album for the entries into the Symphony of Watercolour Exhibition that is coming this fall to Richmond Hill, Ontario.  It is a joint exhibition of the International Watercolour Society of Canada (IWS Canada) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC).

 

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:

Happy Holidays!

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

Welcome Back to Otterville

It’s November again and the next couple of weeks will be busy with finishing up paintings, framing, cleaning house, and that sort of thing as I prepare for this year’s studio tour in our little town of Otterville.  Where is Otterville you ask?  We are quite close to  Norwich, Delhi, and Tillsonburg, not far (half an hour) from Woodstock, Ingersoll, Simcoe, and Brantford.  And we are easy enough to get to (about an hour drive) from London, St. Thomas, Stratford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge,  and Hamilton.

Otterville has changed a little bit since last year – we have some new landscaping by the falls, generously donated by members of the community.  Our beloved corner store, Otterville Variety, closed at the end of summer.  Now we have a new store there which just opened a few days ago – Market by the Falls.  I haven’t even been in there yet but it looks really nice!

Here is our press release for the tour (composed by Shirley Hokke, Sue Goossens and myself).  If you keep scrolling, you’ll find a condensed version of the information and a map of the tour – all contained on our postcards which you’ll find at kind local businesses, libraries, and tourism offices.

Welcome Back Studio Tour Press Release 

The artists of Otterville invite you to experience a full range of unique artistic visions at the 21st Annual ‘Welcome Back to Otterville’ Studio Tour November 18 & 19.  
This year, the artists highlight traditional paintings, original mixed media pieces, photography, art cards and jewelry that represent an artistic vision for the meandering spirit. Functional bird houses, outdoor furniture, and engraved items all encompass a wonderful lead in to the winter holidays.  You will be pleasantly surprised to find diversity, yet warm hospitality, in the historical village of Otterville.  The warm scent of hot apple cider or cranberry wassail brewing, and home baking at some of the studios, adds that extra welcoming touch.

Trudy Verberne creates one-of-a-kind greeting cards often with matching envelopes. She is exhibiting with artist Linda Hoffman. Located just minutes away is Shawn Pinnoy, owner of Stix and Skids, selling up-cycled décor including wreaths, bird houses, barn-board signs and much more.
Ralph Moore & Sons specialize in birdseed and seed mixtures. They offer a variety of bird-feeders including Droll Yankee, Squirrel Buster, Perky Pet, Pinebush, Going Green, Chapelwood, and some handcrafted by local artists.
Nordale Woodworking specializes in the production of solid wood furniture and outdoor poly lawn furniture. (They are not open on Sunday.)
There is a new studio on the tour this year. Tammy Gould does creative laser engraving. She creates gifts on glass, wood, and metal. Custom designs are available.
Jillian and Kaleb Driedger, owners of In Bloom Designs, create handmade bright and earthy jewelry. Their designs feature beautiful gemstones and mixed metals along with exotic and recycled woods.
Sue Goossens, Shirley Hokke, Mae Leonard, Linda Hoffman and Lianne Todd are professional artists compelled to create with completely different styles – artists who welcome you into their home studios to share their passion.
Sue has a large collection of watercolours both on paper and canvas. Landscape, architecture and a few florals!
Shirley paints from her heart in conceptual oils and watercolours.
Mae puts her whole imaginative spirit into her acrylic paintings.
Linda paints with watercolour and oil on canvas and has a unique creative outlook.
Lianne skillfully explores nature’s patterns with vivid watercolours and digital art, in many different and surprising ways.

All are welcome to visit each studio in Otterville on November 18 & 19 from 10am to 5pm. Watch for yellow flags at each location. Maps are available online at www.WelcomeBackToOtterville.ca, or pick up a postcard at local businesses. A special thank you is extended to the Township of Norwich.

Canada 150 celebration in Woodstock this weekend

Tomorrow, I will participate as an exhibitor at ‘Pavlo in the Park‘. It goes from 2 pm to 9 pm in Woodstock Ontario’s Victoria Park.

It has been a pretty busy summer, and I’ve put together a post on my other blog telling all about it if you’re interested.  It has filled me with inspiration and I’ve been itching to get busy in my studio.  After this weekend, I finally can.  The paints await!