Monday September 25, 2017

If you keep at it, something good is bound to happen…… 2nd Prize at the inaugural Brant Colours Plein Air Event!!  After setting up my tent and easel, I painted the Ginseng field on Robinson Rd. in Brant County. It was a very hot day but I set up early enough to see the moist blues in the green grass surrounding the field.

Ginseng Rising-watermark


September 21-24, 2017

Join me in Paris Ontario where I will be a participant in the inaugural “Brant Colours” Plein Air Event. During this time artists will set up to paint in various locations along the Grand River where the Carolinian forest offers amazing views and beautiful autumn colours. The event will culminating in a show and sale on Sunday, September 24 at the Dominion Telegraph Bldg., 97 Grand St. N in downtown in Paris. The show will display the daily works created by each of the participating artists.

Here are some of my practice pieces as I geared up for this exciting event!


One Woman, 88 Countries

Sue Bullock, a dear friend of mine, has traveled all over the world and touched many people’s lives. Her health has been failing and as a homage to her, three local artists Susan Dupont Baptista, Colleen Thompson & myself have banded together with Sue Bullock to form the Enclave Project II.

Enclave is a safe haven surrounded by hostile territory. We chose this name because of the lack of wide spread support and appreciation for fine art in our community. Project is a dream with a deadline. This time, our dream is a fine art show that represents Sue Bullock’s life, travels and the people she has met.

Sue Bullock shared her stories and her photographs with us and with her permission, we made paintings from these photographs. These paintings are now hanging in Windblown & Weathered Studio Gallery Shoppe, 10 Division Street North, Kingsville, ON, for our “One Woman, 88 countries” fine art show running from February 16, 2017 to March 25, 2017. Join us for our celebration of Sue, life, love, travel and fine art during the Artist Reception Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 7-9pm.


Time is Precious, India

Making a living hauling palm branches to market. The man steers the yoke, the zebu tolerates the extreme heat to pull their load and the woman wastes no time, weaving while en route to market. This painting was developed from a photo taken in 1987 by Sue while on route from Delhi to Agra, India.

Blueberry View Artist Retreat

This year, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to attend at the Blueberry View Artist Retreat at 4040 Fikes Road, Benton Harbor, MI.

I put extra oil in my beater van and topped up the radiator fluid just in case.

Departing from Kingsville, ON, I arrived safely at 1:30 pm, enjoyed a grilled tuna at “Bread & A Bar” before purchasing enough groceries and beer to last me eleven days.

The Beater was finally parked at our destination where I was greeted by Mark Toncray & Janet Sullivan, two sculptors with a vision to preserve art culture and with the generosity to put me up so I could immerse myself in art.

With the help of a handy cart, I quickly moved into “my” studio apartment overlooking blueberry fields and a sculpture garden.

On day 1, I woke early and made my way to Sarett’s Walking Trails and settled upon the “Prairie” Loop to complete my first painting.


On day 2, I made my way to the harbour and after an hour of walking the Dunes of Silver Beach I liked the orange colour reflected in the rafters of the Beach Pavillion and completed my second painting “Nestled in the Dunes”


That night I was treated to a tasty tofu & mushroom stir fry by my hosts Janet & Mark. Mark suggested I go to Watervliet, MI where he caught a salmon from the river.

Day 3 was sunny and warm so I set up my gear on the banks of the Paw Paw river and painted “Willows on the Paw Paw”


On day 4, my hosts left early for a Ukelele Get Together, so I set up my gear at the foot of the walkway leading to their front door and captured the essence of my welcome to their home. “Welcome” was gifted to Mark & Janet.


On day 5, I returned to the harbour to capture Benton Harbor’s iconic lighthouse sitting at the end of the pier.


“Fishing From the North Pier”

On day 6, I visited Rocky Gap State Park situated on the southeast shore of Lake Michigan and painted the first sign of fall.


“Witnessing the Waves”

On day 7, I traveled far to find these people and their colourful kayaks setting out from the boat launch.


“In at Lake Paw Paw”

Later that night, I went down to Hagar Beach to watch the sunset and the people. Putting several photos together I composed “Aging Hormones on Hagar Beach”.


On day 9, I traveled to Coloma, MI to have my lunch at Contessa Estate Winery where I found these “Orchards & Vineyards”


On day 10, I cleaned my apartment and framed all my paintings to prepare for my art reception that Mark & Janet graciously organized where I sold “Witnessing the Waves” from Day 6.

Thank you for everything!

Mark Toncray & Janet Sullivan

Blueberry View Artist Retreat

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Monday, March 21, 2016

It is already the end of March and I am just now blogging for the first time in the “new” year.  That is not to say that I haven’t been painting!

Here is “Breakfast Time”, my story for “Stories Told”, an exhibition running at Quest Art School & Gallery at 733 King St., Midland, ON from Friday, March 18 to Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The Opening Reception is Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7 to 9 pm.


January 22, 2015

January has proven to be a very productive month…

2015-04-72 Watching Over the Neighbour

There wasn’t actually a man fishing from the dock I was painting, but there should have been. I put my dad into the painting because he always loved to fish. From my vantage point, it appears as if I am watching over him from a balcony garden, giving rise to the painting’s title: “Watching Over the Neighbour”.

2015-05-72 Sunlit Snow

It was the blue colour of this farm house that caught my eye on a run through the County, but it was the sunlit snow that I tried to capture in the painting. I think I should have stuck with one or the other… reason enough to keep on painting.