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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!

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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. $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:

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.

Oxford Studio Tour

May 6 & 7 is only two weeks away!  Some of you may have taken the opportunity to drive around the countryside of Oxford County, Ontario in previous years, so you know what a fantastic selection of original art can be found.  You also know how much fun a daytrip or weekend jaunt like this can be if you pair up with a friend or family member, or gather a carload of them.  We have 18 locations featuring 38 artists, and our brochures are available all over the county in libraries, tourist offices, and businesses, as well as at each studio.  Admission is absolutely free, and all you do is follow the maps and the red signs to get to each studio.  Then you just wander in!  The artists will be there to answer any questions you have (we love when you ask questions), and will leave you alone if all you want to do is enjoy the feast for your eyes.

Below is a small sampling of my own art, in case you are new to it.  I paint traditional subject matter with watercolours and I also do fractal art, all on various surfaces.  Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll stop by my open studio/gallery, at the back of my home which is Location #3.  I’m in Otterville, which is a little off the beaten track for many travelers but it’s worth the drive.  I’m easy to find, on Main Street near the historic mill and waterfall.  And my good friends Sue Goossens and Rhonda Franks, whose work I admire very much, are nearby at Location #4, along with Ashley Beecraft.  I’ve never met her but she makes really cool looking ‘misfit beasts’.

See you soon!

Lianne Todd Art Samples

Oxford Studio Tour basic information

A Beautiful Fall

We have been so lucky here in Otterville, as in many parts of Ontario this year, to have a beautiful fall.  We’ve had such warm temperatures and pleasant sunny days to enjoy all through September, October and November, right up to this past Friday, when I was out in my shirtsleeves digging up canna lily bulbs to put away until spring.  We reached a record high temperature that day – 20.7 degrees Celsius!

Well, that all ended on Saturday, as the rain came down and the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up.  I woke up early Saturday morning to the sound of our smoke alarms making the tiny beeps they make when the power goes out or comes back on.  In this case, it was coming back on, but that was not to last.  Pretty soon it went out again, and was out until about a quarter to 10 in the morning.  Back on just in time for our Welcome Back to Otterville studio tour to begin!  Quickly I got the cranberry wassail heating up in the crockpot, and the lights on in the gallery.

I didn’t have a lot of hope that many people would venture out on such a morning, but they did!  And many of them were new people who had never been on the tour before.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone who came out of their cozy houses and looked at what we had to offer.  I hope some of you, if you are reading this, will be back soon!

For those who didn’t make it out but who follow me here, I appreciate your ongoing support, and here is a new piece of my art that I had on display this weekend.  It features a portion of Otterville this beautiful fall.  I truly hope whoever owns these chairs has had a chance to sit in them with a coffee or a glass of wine once in a while and enjoy the sun.

Four Chairs.  Watercolour on Paper.  15x22".  Lianne Todd.

Four Chairs. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Lianne Todd. $450.00

Our 20th Annual Studio Tour in Otterville

It is that time of year again, time for Welcome Back to Otterville! It’s our 20th year, so we may have some special things to celebrate the event… no firm plans as yet.  Personally, this is my 11th one, since we moved here in 2005.  I feel so lucky to have moved to an area that is so conducive to creating, showing and networking with other artists.

Hopefully you will all mark your calendars right now and plan for a nice day out.  If you’ve been here before, you’ll know we are a very compact tour – it might take you an hour or so to get here from where you are, but once you are here all of ours stops are pretty close to each other, so there will be no worries about covering a lot of territory in a limited time.

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Here is a map of our stops, and we have an extra one too (see our website), added after the map was made:

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Postcards with this information on them are now available at some businesses around our region.  If you would like one mailed to you, please let me know.

I’m happy to say that my gallery is a tiny bit more accessible than it was before:  we have installed new patio doors which are much easier to open, and both doors can open so a wheelchair can fit through.  (The sliding door we had previously had too narrow of an opening).  The deck has a ramp leading to it from the stone garden path.  It isn’t the proper slope for an accessibility ramp, but it is definitely an improvement over stairs, if you don’t mind the trek down the garden path!