Currently on my easel or recently completed or a little of both  ..........

This page will change fairly regularly with a bit of a story about what I am up to. 

November 2019...….

I am calling these the last two paintings of my Portland Scenes 2019 series in ink and watercolour that I have so enjoyed creating, as very challenging as they are. 

 

One is The Gallagher House Inn and Restaurant that loomed large and grand on Water Street until taken by fire in the late 1990's. The property is now owned by Rideau Lakes Township.  It is truly a work in progress, both painting and property. Having just received colour photos from the very kind owner, some colour tweaking is in order as well as many more layers to finish.

 

The second, a request from Diane Haskins of the Portland Historical Society, is the once existing Passenger Shelter on our Big Rideau public docks which they hope to recreate on the docks. Imagination is truly at work here.  Hoping to have both paintings completed by Sunday, December 1 for my Portland Scenes series open house.  Stay tuned.

 

   

September 2019 ........

It has been a beautiful but fast and busy summer; here I am thinking about different ways to express my art. So I turned my thoughts to our beautiful little village here on the shores of Big Rideau Lake in the Rideau Lakes Township. I am involved in different local activities and spend much time taking in our surroundings.  So I have decided on a different painting approach in creating a full series of images of some of our local flavour and architecture. Here are five of a planned eight.  I hope you enjoy these.   Prints and notecards will be available as soon as the series is complete. And now to focus on getting my September acrylic flow workshop ready.  

February 2019 ……….

Monday's Artist Gathering..... Venture into the world of the colour orange with the wonderful and famous Andrea Mossop.  Her talks are always so enlightening .  This is a watercolour to be mounted on birch panel and sealed with cold wax - no glass. And of course continuing my play with Claire's Imaginary Galaxies in flow acrylics and resin - what you are seeing is a small corner of a 30'x40' canvas...……. oh and also working on a giant 3' x 4' birch tree forest for display in my favourite spa with Stacey  (I'll post this one when it is done)

 

December 2018...….

What a crazy busy fall it has been.  I have had time to complete a great old barn interior, a wonderful Santa that can be personalized with your children, grandchildren's names and a Santa portrait that's not quite finished.  How do you like these...……...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2018...….. 

It's been a little while because of a very busy summer - more about that later.  For now my lovely Delilah completed and four crystal watercolours on the easel.  They certainly each have their own challenges but all are a joy to work on.  There is a fourth crystal that is still in the drawing stage with no colour yet so stay tuned...……………...  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2018............

Oh my! I have not posted here in a while.  Here is a sneak peak at one of the four new paintings I am working on and hope to have finished for my studio tour on Canada Day weekend which is nine days away now.  Beautiful waterlillies that smile up at you where hubby docks his fishing boat.  More layers and detail to come of course but I am very excited about where it is at so far.  Stay tuned for the final version........... or better yet stop in to see it on Canaday Day weekend.  Watercolour  22" x 30" - frames to about 28x36. 

 

Hmmm!  OK.  Here is two more on the easel.  These are oils, 30x30 and 18x24 and are not nearly as far along; the challenges are capturing the beautiful eyes and then the play of light through the old boards.  Yes I have my work cut out for me but oh what bliss.     

February 2018..........  

Working on another painting in celebration of our  upcoming Skate The Lake event February 17 and 18. Not quite ready to show you that one just yet, but very soon.  I am however excited to share with you this 30"x40" abstract acrylic painting.  Just getting ready to apply a resin finish.  

January, February.........

These winter months find me delving further into the world of flow art and immensely enjoying my Sunday Afternoon Delight.  I think that will be the new title for my acrylic pour classes at the Portland Community Hall.  A place, an activity, where you can leave all behind for a few hours, meet new people, allow yourself to create without judgement and just enjoy a splendid afternoon.........oh and then bring home your very own masterpiece for your walls.  See three beautiful creations below by "emerging artists" who had never done anything like this before.  

December 2017.............

This past summer had me very curious about acrylics flow painting.  Following several youtube viewings and facebook group postings, I decided to try my hand at this, not having worked in acrylics before.  It is a fun distraction from my regular focused art work, which I love of course.  But the magic, excitement and unpredictability of acrylic pouring has me currently addicted. And now I find myself teaching this beautiful escape.   First venture into teaching acrylics pouring was this past October. (This girl was not an acrylics artist!) I am teaching one or two classes a month since October and loving the spontaneity and interaction.  Teaching at a seniors residence, our Portland  Community Hall, a PD Day children's class (8-14) and now also working   with a few art groups.  If you can flip a cup, you can do this.  See classes/workshops page.  You would love it.........

 

 

Oh and we can't forget this fella ...............my 2015, 2016 and 2017 versions.  Hmm, maybe an annual thing emerging........ 

July..............

Completed this summer is this sweet young indigenous girl. This watercolour painting was initiated for a Canada 150 Celebration People's Choice Competition put on by Rideau Lakes Artists Association as part of the Paint The Summer 2017 Art Show. The inspirational references were numerous  images online. 

Title - "Canadian Since Forever".  Hope you like it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Springtime................

The sculptor (see below) is based on a wonderful photo that I took almost ten years ago during a trip to an art festival in Charlevoix, Quebec.  It was very cold and you could tell that this hard working sculptor was feeling the windy chill.  Such beautiful work he was creating. This is an 18"x24" watercolour on 140 lb cold press white paper. 

 

 If you have a look at my artwork page you will see the wood ducks finished, Shannon's roller derby painting finished and a pretty cool sunflower with a hummingbird.  That one is a full size sheet and frames up at three feet by over two feet.  Love it.

And my main studio is almost ready now. I will be starting with some large size family portraits in the works for a very long time. 

 

Stay tuned for some of my oil paintings as they develop even if they can sometimes look pretty nasty in the process. It's not about creating masterpieces, not that I would mind that, but it's about creating and capturing emotion and light and growing artistically.  It's always so satisfying when I nail the likeness rather than delivering a distant cousin lookalike!  There is nothing I would rather be doing.  Talk to you again soon.

The Sculptor

Lea

This is a watercolor sketch, about 14x20,  of a sweet little princess. The final image is now with her adoring grandparents in Florida..

Do keep coming back to view the final images and to see other paintings in the works. 

 

Do you like seeing this?  Do let me know on the contact page or on my Facebook page - also a work in progress.

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