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Mountain Man

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 in Creativity

This is a painting that was done in the recent Wet and Wild class - acrylic collage. It is available from the artist.

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Blue Moon

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 in Outside the Box

MoonTThe expression is "once in a blue moon" - so does the moon ever go blue? Apparently it can. I've seen some marvelous red moons, known as "blood moons". They are really spectacular. I've never seen a blue one though. Here's the science  behind it on: The Weather Network.

Fruit, Flowers, & Crystal

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 in Creativity


Don't be intimidated by the idea of painting crystal. In this 5 day course, Cheryl will take you step by step through one of her paintings that includes crystal - it's easier than you think! And if you love painting flowers, this is the course for you. More information here: Art Courses with Cheryl O

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Science Shows What Art Can Do For Us

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in Creativity

sun-spots290Art has many benefits. Studies show that an hour wandering an art gallery can reduce the level of hormones that indicate stress. You don't have to be an art history buff or artist to benefit. When viewing art, your brain automatically goes into a mode that has to do with processing emotions and activating pleasure and reward centers. And those who benefitted the very most? Those who actually made art. Definite benefits for the areas of the brain that have to do with introspection, self-monitoring, and (that biggie we all worry about) memory were found for those who made art. More reasons than ever to consider an art class! Although I don't mind at all if you come simply because it's a lot of fun.

Here's the full article at Arts.Mic. And here's the link to upcoming art courses: Art Courses with Cheryl O

Wet & Wild Painting Class

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 in Creativity

What a wonderful group of students last week!

Perfect is Not Going to Happen

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 in Creativity

AbFlor250I had it wrong. For so many years, I thought that I had to work hard to be perfect and then everything would fall into place. Ha! So many things are great about getting older. Perfectionism gets replaced with other more joyful things such as: honesty, passion, laughter. Giving up on being perfect is freeing! I suppose it is like an art journey. You start out wanting to paint the perfect realistic painting. Then as you gain strength with your art, it becomes less 'perfect' and much more fun and expressive. Yes! So I hope for you too, in life and and art, that the journey becomes more and more fun and expressive. Perfect is not going to happen, and that is more than okay!

Dream

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 in Quotable

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So Much Creative Fun!

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 in Creativity

AmmShine285Just loving the group of students this week in the Wet & Wild class! Paint pourings galore - so much colour - so much fun. I'll try to have some photos for you next week. And, yes, we really did need the gold foil that happens to be around certain types of chocolates. :)

Square Foot Show - Westland Gallery

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 in Creativity

I'm looking forward to the Square Foot Show Opening - this Friday July 17 at 7:30 pm. I will have 3 paintings in the show, including the one featured here. I'm also happy that so many of my students and previous students are participating in this show. Hope that you can drop in to see the art and say hi. If you can't make the opening, the show continues until August 15 at Westland Gallery in Wortley Village.

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Talking To Yourself - It's Good!

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 in Outside the Box

Girl2TI don't do it all the time, but I have actually come to understand that talking through something out loud - yes - to myself, can help to clarify things. Here's an interesting article. It mentions this, and other times that talking to yourself can be useful. It can even indicate an intelligent person who is more independent! Sounds good to me - literally. Here's the article: "People Who Talk to Themselves Aren't Crazy, They Are Actually Geniuses" from Elite Daily.

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