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Thank you!

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.

This weekend! Welcome Back…

Just a reminder – this weekend is our 23rd Annual Studio Tour here in little historic Otterville.  The weather has cooperated to make Otterville look exactly as it does in the image on the postcard. That was not my intention when I designed the postcard!  Sorry folks… but guess what?  The forecast for the weekend is – SUNNY!  So the snow currently present should at least look pretty.  And most of all, you shouldn’t have any trouble driving here!

Once you arrive (here is a map of where I am), if you haven’t acquired a postcard from the multitude of places we’ve all left them, or printed a map from either here or the website, just look for the yellow flags to show you where participating studios are.  There is no admission charge, and each of us will have some postcards available.   Sometimes there are extra places open in town just for the weekend, which is great too, but the yellow flags indicate those who have actually paid for our advertising, so we hope you will definitely visit all those with flags.  You never know what unique and perfect item you might find if you go, or miss if you don’t!

Just click on the image below, and then save and/or print:

Map of Welcome Back to Otterville Studio Tour 2019

Look for the yellow flags!

This is my most recently completed painting.  It’s what some of the countryside around here looked like earlier this fall.  I shared it on social media as soon as it was finished, and had interest from more than one potential buyer.  It has now sold, and they’ve chosen to frame it themselves.  They’ve even been kind enough to leave it with me until after the tour, so that I can have it on display.  Although… I’m not sure where I am actually going to do that, as I have so many other recent paintings and fractals to show you!  It’s been a very creative year.

Three Kilns. Watercolour on Paper. 11×15″. Artist Lianne Todd.  SOLD

 

Upcoming Shows in November

It’s been a busy and and also at times very difficult fall so far, so I haven’t been doing too much blogging.  But I do need to publicize some shows I’ve got coming up.

This year, I’m actually participating in Oxford Creates again.  It’s been a while – I just checked and the last time I did that show it was 2011!  Where did that time go?  This year Oxford Creates is two weeks before Welcome Back to Otterville, making things a bit easier for organizing.  It is also at a different venue, so if you regularly go to that event, note the new place.

I will be around for Welcome Back to Otterville this year, and we have a few new artists/artisans on that studio tour as well.  More on that later!  For now I will present you with the advertising poster and postcard for the two shows.  If you are on social media, we’d love for you to share these images.  You can also email your friends with the link to this blog post if you like, or share it as well.

Oxford Creates Art Expo is November 2nd and 3rd (see hours) at South Gate Centre, 191 Old Wellington St. S., Woodstock.

Welcome Back to Otterville is November 16 & 17, 10 am to 5 pm, at various locations in Otterville (visit our website for a map)

Oxford Creates information

 

A New Outlet for my Art!

Over on my other blog, at fractaliart.com, I posted yesterday about a new place my art can be purchased from.  Here’s a LINK to the post.  Please have a look!

Mama & Me, the Canadian Artisan Gift Boutique in Clinton, ON.

Meanwhile, don’t forget:  my exhibit ‘Discoveries in the Land of Discoverers’ is still on at Annandale House in Tillsonburg until September 10.

Algarve Coastline. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd.

 

An Exhibit overlapping the Oxford Studio Tour

It is exactly one week until I welcome tourists into my home gallery (MAP) for the weekend of the 12th Annual Oxford Studio Tour (MAP).  In the past I’ve had visitors from Port Dover, Aylmer, Delaware (ON), Dundas, Kitchener, Lambeth, Stratford, St. Thomas, Oakville, East York, London, Hamilton, Ilderton, Sarnia, Sudbury, and even Ohio!  One thing I always enjoy is the conversations, when they happen.  I’m not much for small talk, and I tend to leave people alone to enjoy their viewing in peace, but art has a way of stimulating the kind of conversations I like to have.  I hope all will feel welcome to express their reactions to what they see in my gallery!

I hope you will also visit all the other locations on the tour, as we have a huge supply of talented artists here in Oxford County.  There are 40 of us participating this year, at 16 locations.

In the meantime, and after the tour, there is another exhibit happening in Tillsonburg.  I had a chance to see all the pieces when I dropped mine off – very interesting interpretations of the theme!  I have one piece in it, featured here:

Announcing H2O Exhibit, OCCISample of art at Lianne Todd's GalleryPlease click on the image to visit our Oxford Studio Tour website and find full information.  While touring, look for the red signs to help you with directions.

 

 

Exhibit, demos, and more!

I am so looking forward to this Friday and Saturday!

Opening of ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ International Art Exhibit:

Friday Sept. 28.  Boynton House, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill.

(see map on home page of IWS Canada)

Official Schedule:

Booths and exhibition will be open from noon until 5:00 pm within the garden area of Boynton House.
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Welcome speeches and official ribbon cutting ceremony by the Presidents of IWS Canada, IWS Globe & CSPWC/SCPA on the porch of Boynton House
The following events will then take place in booths in the fenced garden area of Boynton House or on the main porch of Boynton House:
12:15-12:45 pm Demos of products/talks by QoR and Da Vinci
1:00-1:30 pm Demos of products/talks by Winsor & Newton and RockWell


1:45-2:45 pm Demos by IWS Master watercolour artists Ze Ze Lai (vice president of IWS Globe)

 

and Rainbow Tse (youth juror for our show)

 

2:30-3:00 pm Live music by the Hill Chamber Players on the porchway of Boynton House
3:00 pm Award presentations and speeches on the porch of Boynton House
3:45-4:00 pm More live music by the Hill Chamber Players
4:00-4:30 pm Demos/talks by Daniel Smith and DeSerres
4:30-5:00 pm Chance to talk to people at booths and see exhibition at your leisure.

Burr House Craft Gallery & Tea Room, 530 Carville Road, Richmond Hill.

6:00-8:00 pm: An informal gathering of artists and art lovers; a time to relax, socialize and see the rest of the exhibition. Watch the Burr House spinners, weavers and potters at work. Tea and scones will also be available at a small charge.

Saturday, Sept. 29.

Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5

10:00- 3:00 pm 3rd floor of library: Try your hand at watercolour, an activity sponsored by DeSerres, where we can give back to the local community. Connect with people from Richmond Hill and experiment with simple techniques for painting in watercolour.
10:00-10:50 am Watercolour demo by Michael Solovyev, IWS Canada International Director. Watch him create a painting and ask questions.

10:55- 11:50 am Watercolour demo by Atanur Dogan, IWS Globe President and Founder. Watch a painting come to life before your eyes.

 

 

 

 

12:00-1:15 pm Take in David McEown’s presentation: ‘Water & Light, an Artist’s Journey from Antarctica to the North Pole”. David narrates an entertaining digital show that merges painting, video and photography inspired from travels in the Great Bear Rainforest, Africa, Antarctica and the North Pole. Stories of chance encounters with many creatures including polar bears and emperor penguins are woven together with reflections on the environment, and the inner creative process of painting with watercolour.
2:00- 3:00 pm Watercolour demo by Vera Bobson, CSPWC

 

 

As you can see, there is plenty to keep an artist interested. These watercolour artists that are demonstrating, are some of the best in the whole world.  Almost like attending a workshop only without the fee!  Both days are registered Canada-wide Culture Days events.

Those are just the first two days of the exhibition.  All information that you could possibly want, including maps, are on the home page of the website iwscanada.ca.

I will be there for sure.  Gather a friend or two and have a fun field trip!!  Say hi when you get here. 🙂

This post is pretty much copied from the iwscanada blog post but that’s okay because I wrote it too 🙂

Local Exhibition

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!

Details below:

Art Exhibition Norwich Museum

Art in the Park today!

I promised more information about this event – and here it is!

Today in Woodstock, Ontario.  Click the link to get more information.

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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. $475.00

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).

 

Oxford Studio Tour next weekend

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. 15x22". Lianne Todd. Commissioned.

Venice 2015. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Lianne Todd.
Commissioned.