recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

plein air workshops in the orchard

You are invited to join me for  a few plein air sessions that are sure to be a lot of fun!

Spring and early summer
Workshops and Classes 


Plein Air Painting
for the outdoor enthusiast

held on the Niagara Escarpment, a Unesco world biosphere reserve

Paint amidst colourful orchards, vineyards, fields and beautiful skies in this painters' paradise. For those who prefer to paint structures, there are barns, fences and wonderful fallen down sheds for inspiration. You will work uninterrupted by passersby and all levels are welcome.

for workshop description, dates, times, fee and to register, please click here.
registration can be booked online via paypal. 

special plein air workshop:

In the Orchard

Orchards are only in bloom for a short period of time so you are invited to take this opportunity to paint them!
In this self-directed workshop, you will hike right into beautiful orchards and paint uninterrupted for 2 hours. I will work alongside you and guide all participants by attending to individual needs as progress unfolds. The last leg of the workshop will address completed work and include a group critique. Artists are responsible for their own supplies, paints etc. I will provide a suggested colour pallet and supply list upon registration. Some outdoor easels are available 

Wednesday, May 8, 10am-1pm or 4-7pm
or Saturday, May 11, 10am-1pm
Workshop fee: 40. per session includes GST
register here

Sessions are held on the Niagara Escarpment in Grimsby, ON with  quick and easy access from the highway if you are coming from Toronto or Niagara Falls.

Friday, April 26, 2013

voices of the air

A  new encaustic painting depicting my enchantment with friends returning.

voices of the air, encaustic etc with aluminum, 12x36in, 2013, available

On my walk this evening I reflected on the marvel of living on the Niagara escarpment and being in the midst of such varied bird species. 

 Hawks are playing in the thermal winds,  I am seeing the yellow flashes of finches lighting up the thickets, the red-winged blackbirds scold me, the mockingbirds are-mocking, cardinals show off for mates and the bobolinks will be back soon to nest.

The air is filled and I love it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

old friends: trees & blogs

Yesterday my annual Earth Day tradition brought me outside to hang out with an old friend.

April, waiting for May, oil on canvas, 8x10in, 2013, available
 I will be having a studio sale of all small plein air (painted outdoors) paintings, this one included. Will post info soon or email:
Speaking of old friends, I also wanted to mention a few artist blogs that I follow. Rhonda, Catherine and Katherine, as always, thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. Lately I have been negligent in leaving comments about your beautiful work, but I do visit and am so liking what you are doing! I highly recommend all to visit:

Friday, April 19, 2013

a little madness in the spring

"A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King."
-  Emily Dickinson

April, waiting for May, oil on canvas, 40x40in, available

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April flutter (sold) & encaustic workshop

April rains are the handshake guarantee of growth and renewal.

*And without them showers, there ain't no flowers!

The full image in this post is another vertical so included are four detail images with the full dimensions to follow.

flutter, detail, encaustic on mirror 

 flutter, detail

Flutter, encaustic etc on found panel, 6x30in, 2013, available 

This Saturday I will be teaching another encaustic half day workshop  at my Grimsby studio and there are openings. Please contact me if you would like to join us. The shorter time is a great hands on intro to this beautiful and forgiving medium and you are sure to knock off at least one masterpiece!
Please click here for info and to register.

Below, a few images of workshop participants and their encaustic paintings. I am not good at remembering to take photos when I teach- usually I am too engrossed with the gang. I will have to be more diligent in the future!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

silent meeting

When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeting,
 Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder,
 Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you'll be fairies all.”

 Emily Dickinson

April, waiting for May, encaustic on panel,16x20in, 2013, available

Saturday, April 13, 2013

art announcement

 see more constructions and discoveries here

Some upcoming art gigs:

City of St. Catharines juried exhibition

It is with great pleasure to announce that “LAND MARK” has been juried into the City of St. Catharines 2013 exhibition:
Beyond the Wall: Unpacking the Layers of St. Catharines’ Walls.

The opening reception will be held at St. Catharines City Hall on April 24, 2013, at 4PM. All are invited to attend.

For more information:
Jennifer Tupling
Culture Coordinator
City of St. Catharines


Upcoming Exhibition at Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton, ON

I am thrilled to announce that I have been invited to take part in a two person show with Dara Aram at the renowned Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton, ON.

Show runs August 9 – September 8, 2013, with the opening to be announced.

Upcoming workshop at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Introduction to Encaustic painting
Artist Jan Yates will introduce a new painting technique to the AGH Studio programme—the art of painting with bees wax. Participants will learn to control heat and pigment to create brilliant and tactile paintings.
Sundays: June 2, 9, 23
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

 To register please contact:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lucid dreaming

 Last night I had a dream that it rained all night and when I woke up, it was May

April, waiting for May, oil on canvas, 30x36in, 2013, available