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.’ ’