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Falling Asleep

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 in Creativity

1st SnowAs the earth falls into a silent gray slumber, it tugs the blanket of fallen leaves closer and patiently awaits the comforter of snow.

Cheryl O

Winter Dreams

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Creativity

Algonquin - Winter Dreams, acrylic collage, SOLD - Private Collection.

Algonquin - Winter Dreams

A Gentle Spirit

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Creativity

This painting "A Gentle Spirit" is available from the artist. If you or someone you know is a horse lover, it would make a lovely Christmas gift. Email me at for more details. UPDATE: Nov 21 - SOLD


Small Acts of Kindness and Love

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Quotable


Thanks, Bob Ross!

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Creativity

Always makes me smile...


Finally Moving On

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 in Creativity

Acrylic with collage 24" x 30" $855. + HST.

Finally Moving On

One Day

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 in Creativity

Cinque-TerreI've been seriously trying to live just one day at a time. It's all about attitude. Some people call this 'mindfullness', being in the moment. This is a challenge! I have a lot of things happening to keep track of, and this is a new habit for me to form, so I am not always successful. But when I am, I am lighter and more thankful. The day goes better - it's worth the effort. It seems to me that any creative mode is one of being in the moment too. I've been doing that enough years that it comes easily there. High time to translate that into other areas of my life.

What Would You Say?

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 in Creativity

Bouquet in BlueIf you could paint anything in the world, and paint it very well, what would you paint? It's really the same question as, what would you like to say - because art is a language. Georgia O'Keeffe wanted to say, "take time to notice these lovely little flowers", so she painted them huge on very large canvases. Perhaps you are passionate about a subject or a cause and you want to try to express that in your painting. Do you want to say, "look how beautiful .... is?" Or are you more philosophical, and want to say, "see how it feels to be sad." - or, "see how it feels to be joyful." When you begin to grasp the idea that art is a language, and when you identify what you want to say with this language, chances are increased that your art will have an impact on the viewer, and perhaps even on the world. I can't wait to see what you want to say!

New Eyes

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 in Creativity

One thing that is so wonderful about teaching art, is watching as students begin to see the world in a new way. Colours and shapes take on new meaning. It becomes almost impossible to be bored. I have happily studied the negative space shapes in waiting room plants. I enjoy pondering the soft and hard edges that happen in clouds. I find continual delight in the changing of colours in our Canadian seasons. To discover painting is to find new eyes!


Another World

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 in Creativity

PlanetArt classes are like an amazing world unto themselves. Walking into an art class is like going to my happy place - everytime! You might be thinking - really? Are you kidding - everytime? Yes, really, everytime. Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Creative people are supportive people, not critical people. When we get together, it's a chance to cheer each other on. It's a place where encouragement happens all the time.

2. Art is about you, not about me. That means I want to encourage you to find your own unique expression in art. Your personal approach to art is what makes it great. Just like your signature is your own, your art style will become your own too. I am not in the business of making clones!

3. Art class is a guilt free zone. Life gets in the way of art often - for all of us. When you come to my art classes, I'm very happy if you have had time to do some work during the week but if you haven't - absolutey no guilt! Zero. If your life is busy and all the time you have to paint or draw is the 2.5 hours of a class per week, then I am happy to facilitate that for you.

4. When you really get creative, you leave every worry and concern behind. It's like an instant holiday for your brain - but without any expensive plane ticket.

5. I know what I am doing. I have been teaching art for over 17 years now. Right from the first I was aware that, as a teacher, my ability to communicate is just as important as my ability to make good art. Over the years, I've continued to hone both skills. If a painting technique or composition topic is difficult, I continually search for new ways to explain and reinforce it.

6. There is always something else to try, something else to learn. That applies to me too. It also means that art classes don't get boring. I would need several lifetimes to try all the different techniques and subjects that I would like to paint.

These are just a few of the reasons that I love art classes. It's a wonderful world!

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