recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

simmer dim

Months ago, after I returned from the residency, friends were kind enough to remove my painting  ‘Simmer Dim’ from stretchers (no easy feat) and ship it from Shetland to my Niagara home. I have only now unpacked it and just finished stretching/hanging. It feels strange (a good strange) gazing at it in this environment, so removed from that ever-changing sea and sky.

The work unfolded in the Sumburgh Head lighthouse over many evenings during simmer dim. Time was elusive because it didn’t get completely dark and I worked well into night. (From mid-May to mid-July Shetland enjoys the 'simmer dim' -summer twilight-when the sun only dips below the northern horizon for a few hours)

You can see this painting ‘live’ at the open studio on December 10. Other works from the residency, as well as Niagara Escarpment paintings, will also be up-and for sale. 

For more info:

Monday, November 14, 2016

60 degrees north

a 'peerie' painting made in 'simmer dim' looking out my window ( assistant lighthouse keepers' cottage at #SumburghHead Lighthouse) in Shetland and it will be available at my Open Studio (Canada) on Dec 10.

This is the first time I'll be showing this body of work 'live'- made from two Shetland residencies so about time eh?. I'd love for you to stop by to take a look. info here:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Open Studio

wish I was here today.....

'But it cannae last'
oil / beeswax, 16x30in, Jan Yates, 2016.

This, as well as the other Shetland works, will be shown (for the first time) at my open studio on December 10.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cold Wax and oil workshop at Elora Centre for the Arts

oil/cold wax, 16x20in, copyright Jan Yates, 2016, available

Last weekend found me teaching a cold wax and oil workshop at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

It was a pleasure to be in this historic building with it’s vast studio, high ceilings and wonderful light- a perfect environment for learning, making and playing. (A big thank you to Bear and Jane)

Participants arrived open to possibility. They played, worked hard and pushed themselves, exploring ideas with tools and techniques. A few images from the workshop:

 The historic town of Elora is well worth a visit.‘Perched on the edge of a spectacular gorge and nestled along the banks of the Grand & Irvine River lies the enchanting village of Elora, Ontario’ The region is renowned for the spectacular Elora Gorge with its 80 foot limestone cliffs descending into the Grand and Irvine Rivers. It is a cultural haven- rich in live music, visual and performing arts as well as architecture, restaurants and one of a kind shops.’ ’

Monday, March 28, 2016

Shetland paintings, oil, cold wax workshops, Spring update

 Sumburgh cam, (Shetland) February, 
oil and cold wax, 8x10in, copyright Jan Yates 2016

I was surprised to see how many people still check in since I rarely post on this site. I really do appreciate the interest and feel somewhat guilty. I don't write as much as I used to which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just a shift.

 Sumburgh cliff cam(Shetland), March
oil and cold wax, 9x12in, copyright Jan Yates  2016

 If you'd  like to keep up with current works, classes etc, I DO post on facebook and can be found below.

 Mirrie dancers (Shetland), March
oil on canvas, 8x10in, oil and cold wax, copyright Jan Yates 2016

 As you can see, I have been making work...

 Shetland 22, January
 oil and cold wax, 10x20in
copyright Jan Yates 2016

Below is a 'peerie' update from my seasonal newsletter that is featured in it's entirety on my website here.

new work: Niagara & Shetland

Sumburgh cam1 (Shetland)
oil & cold wax on canvas
8x10in, copyright Jan yates 2016

I’m finally feeling connected between the parallel worlds of Niagara and Shetland, falling into a rhythm of making work in response to the different lands. The searching is constant, thank goodness. Work intersects but will not be as one and I like that. The ‘making’ process has now opened up an overlapping dialogue in the physicality of application - the tools I use for the Shetland seas are being applied to the escarpment trees. There are few trees in Shetland- Niagara has no seas…

I will be going back to Shetland for a June residency, this time in a lighthouse perched way up on a cliff—I’m excited!

Upcoming classes

I've met and worked with inspiring and talented workshop participants this winter and am thankful as it is the students that stimulate my creative energy -I hope I've enhanced thier own creative verve.

Just posted are  Spring workshops in oil, encaustic, cold wax and open studio classes. I'm in the midst of scheduling plein air and direct-encounter making workshop dates, so please stay tuned!

In the meantime you can keep up with current happenings by following me here on facebook or connect with me via email at

Anne's sheep
 encaustic on found panel, 6x12in, photo courtesy of Anne Macdonald, copyright Jan Yates 2016

thanks again for stopping by-and Happy Spring!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Niagara Icewine Festival

The Niagara icewine Festival is happening very soon. A true Icewine can only be made from grapes that have naturally frozen on the vine -hand-picked when the thermometer dips to -8° C or lower. Often this is done at night as timing is crucial.

The festival, with live music (Whitehorse YAY!), food and of course wine will be held in Jordan Village next weekend. Our gallery (The Jordan Art Gallery) is in the village right beside Cave Spring cellars. Come in and warm up-I will also have a few available Niagara Vineyard paintings on display including this one.

January, Remains of the Day (-8)
 oil on canvas, 12x12in
 copyright Jan Yates 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016


I finally took the time to photograph the whole of this painting-(rather than the snippets I've been sharing). I'm happy with it as it seems to culminate my time in Shetland.

Pending funding I have been invited back to Shetland for another residency-more to follow.

 Shetland 21 (a day with Anne & Mike)
oil/ cold wax on canvas
copyright Jan Yates 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Niagara Plein Air paintings

Thought I'd share some plein air paintings made in Niagara over the past few months....

I have been accepted for an international residency in 2016 and in order to raise funds for the journey, all paintings here are offered for half of the listed price: ie if you see a painting for 300, it is yours for 150.

oil & cold wax on canvas
8x10in 2015

December, remains of the day
oil & cold wax on canvas

the more things change
oil & cold wax on canvas
14x16in, 2015

oil & cold wax on canvas
9x12in, 2015

oil and  cold wax on canvas

oil and cold wax on canvas
9x12in, 2015

oil and cold wax on canvas 12x12in, 2015

October, remains of the day,
oil & cold wax on canvas

oil and cold wax on canvas 9x12in,2015

it's all right to fall
oil and cold wax on canvas, 8x10in

after rain
oil on canvas
16x20in, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cold wax workshops resumed

Yes I have disappeared from blog world. A house move and other projects have put the brakes on making, but after the life shifts are sifting in, they seem to be making their way into the work..

I also made a conscious decision NOT to take up extra time that could be used to make art so I've had to pick my battles. My current work is posted on facebook so if you would like to keep up with it, please 'like' my page, which can be found here.

I really do appreciate all who take a moment out of their busy lives to peruse my work and when it connects with even one of you than I am happy.

In the meantime I am still working with cold wax and oil and have just resumed teaching in these mediums. Info can be found here.

November, oil & cold wax on canvas, 9x12in
 copyright Jan Yates 2015, available

Friday, August 28, 2015

plein air, June

I am behind on this blog. This is a plein air painting made in June on the Niagara Escarpment

'Little June'
oil on canvas
copyright Jan Yates, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Shetland art residency update

in progress: St. Ninian's, Shetland
in progress: Sumburgh Head, Shetland
This body of work is new and I will be delving into it throughout the year-probably much longer. The series is evolving out of a recent (April 2015) residency in the Shetland Islands, of which I thank the Ontario Arts Council and those of you supporting me by purchasing paintings via the 'Wild in Shetland' crowd-funder. Those paintings were all made looking out to the sea, listening to the laughing gulls and lapping waves and breathing in the heady sea air-some were supervised by a seal.

in progress; St. Ninians

in progress: Scalloway walk 1

Since my return, beeswax (encaustic) has given me the freedom to preserve forever the things that have found me on the Shetland walks.

The plein air paintings below were made especially for the caring individuals who sponsored me via the 'Wild in Shetland' crowd-funder






above works now sold

Esheness: sold

Fare Well, oil and cold wax, 8x10in, private collection

all images and content copyright to Jan Yates, 2015