As an artist, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to paint and draw without boundaries. My style is largely experimental with an emphasis on landscape, figure, portrait and abstract art. I never set out to replicate an image but instead strive to convey a mood or evoke an emotion using loose lines, rich textures and bold colours.
Calling all my TORONTO friends!!! Come out to see my new paintings... OPENING RECEPTION December 7th, 2-4pm cantine bistro + bar 138 Avenue Rd. Toronto The show runs all of December. Why not book for dinner? 416.923.4822 www.cantine.ca
Spring is still here.... "Five Bees" will be available for sale at The Cantine Bistro during the month of December. Opening Reception is just around the corner... and so is Christmas! What a perfect gift. "5 Bees" 18" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
... and I can barely turn around in my studio. Luckily I'm having an Open House Sun. December 7th between 2pm - 4pm at the Cantine Bistro & Bar, 138 Avenue Rd. TORONTO www.cantine.ca Pick up the perfect gift for Christmas!
This is a busy time for juried art shows. Back in September, The PineRidge Art Show requested the paper work including the name, size of painting and price. They get really off side if you try and change anything from the original paperwork. Well, since that time I have completed 5 paintings. This is the painting I entered. "Looking Up Through the Trees" (lol) 40" x 30" (Award of Excellence)
Well, its been a busy summer and now that the season is changing I'm feeling inspired by all the beautiful colours.
"Whiskey River" in Haliburton
30" x 40"
Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
I'm going to be spending the next few weekends in the studio...
there are a couple of juried art show coming up!
Finally, Marc gave Suzanne her gift! I've been waiting to post this portrait of Paige and Lilah for weeks. Paige and Lilah 32" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas Happy 40th Birthday Suzanne :) Those two are a couple of cuties and I had a great time painting them!
I entered and was accepted into the Colborne 2nd Annual Juried Art Show. The Show runs from July 12th to August 17th and the opening was on the weekend. There were 131 works submitted from artists as far away as New Brunswick and only 49 guest artist were accepted into this show. Mayor's Choice Award, Me and the mayor of Cramahe Township, Marc Coombs (Snowy Pines at Sunset) A picture of me accepting the award, taken by my mom, Maureen who was too polite to get a shot from the front :) The Colborne Gallery is an artist-run co-operative dedicated to building awareness of and accessibility to contemporary visual art as practiced by the members (currently 16 amazing artists) and guest artists. The Gallery is housed in a beautiful heritage building modernized to suit exhibition needs. Located at 51 King St. east, its worth the drive to visit this little gem! www.thecolborneartgallery.ca
Art in Public Spaces is a cooperative effort between the Arts Council of Northumberland and venues in the County that are interested in presenting the work of Northumberland Artists. I have been a member for a couple of years and received excellent exposure and great feedback. There are a number of us showing at the Northumberland Hospital until August 7th. "Look up Kid" SOLD! (right off the wall at the Northumberland Hospital) For more information on how to get involved with this great art initiative please contact www.northumberlandarts.ca
We had a great time in Warkworth on the weekend at the Lilac Festival.
Luckily the lilacs were just opening!! Its a beautiful area to visit and an excellent first of the year Plein Air event. Thanks Janet Figueira for organizing the weekend and to Keith and Sharon of the Ontario Plein Air Society for making the long drive.
Some of you are asking me how often I paint. I'm not always painting for a specific purpose but I am constantly entering juried art shows. I especially like to be creative when I'm happy... and when I'm sad I make myself feel better by painting! I like to always have a project in progress and this one I have just finished. Wild Garden 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas
The attached is a collage that I made on the weekend. It was in Warkwarth at Brian Smith's workshop on PORTRAITURE - Representation to Abstraction. See the face?
We started with a sketch of a live model (below) and abstracted it as a collage (above).
I am still experimenting with the painting... I will post it when its done.
I highly suggest taking a workshop run by Brian. This is the 3rd workshop that I have attended. There are also books and DVDs by him available. He is an excellent artist, he is funny and entertaining and you will learn a lot. Check out his web site www.drawn2life.com
See Brian at work below :)
A very special thanks to Spirit of the Hills, all the volunteers and, specifically,
Diane Arsenault for a great weekend :) www.spiritofthehills.org
There is only 1 weekend left to visit the Kent Farndale Gallery in Port Perry! Why not make plans to visit this weekend and see if your favourite painting is still available? The show runs until the end of April. "Relaxed" SOLD!
Variety the spice of life for Clarington artist
Nancy Moore showing in Port Perry in April
Moments and DestinationsJason Liebregts / MetrolandNEWTONVILLE -- Newtonville artist Nancy Moore has a solo show, Moments and Destinations, at The Kent Farndale Gallery in Port Perry. It runs April 5 to May 1 and there's an opening reception April 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. March 30, 2014 By Mike Ruta
DURHAM -- Nancy Moore lives on the edge -- of Durham, that is.
The artist and designer lives in Newtonville, at the eastern end of the region in Clarington. For the most part, she has naturally looked east and north in terms of her involvement in the arts, including taking part in the Northumberland studio tour.
But she wants to start showing her art in Durham and you can see her work at Moore's Moments and Destinations show, running from April 5 to May 1 at the Kent Farndale Gallery in Port Perry.
A look at her website reveals that Moore likes variety. She works in oil, acrylic, pen and ink and is…
Port Perry is a beautiful place and worth the drive to ... say ... have lunch ... or walk down by the water ... or visit the Kent Farndale Gallery! Moments & Destinations is going to be there for the entire month of April. Why not visit and see if your favourite painting is still available? This is one of the pieces still for sale: Looking Up Through the Trees 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas
MOMENTS AND DESTINATIONS - April 5th, 2014 Thank you for all your support on the weekend, we had a great turn out. Remember that the show runs for the whole month of April and ends May 1st. Don't forget to sign the guest book and share your thoughts. Please leave your comments and email address if you are interested in receiving personal invitations to future shows. See attached photos that were taken at the show by Kristine St. Louis - Thanks Kris!
This is a photo of one of my niece, Danna. After the show on Saturday she decided to pick up a paint brush and get to work! I'm proud to be a positive influence for young artists. Hopefully we will be able to see her creations in a gallery in the near future.
Last night the painting Red Shoes was picked up from El Camino by her new owner, Doug. Therefore, Red Shoes will not be at Moments & Destinations Art Show on Saturday. Steven Sherman (owner of El Camino), Me, Doug Auer (New owner of Red Shoes), Carrie Severn (Inspiration for Red Shoes)
10 Days to go!! I have started getting my pieces prepared for sale by painting edges and stringing wires. Also, special for this show, I'm going to sign these pieces, lol. The problem I'm having now is that I CAN'T STOP PAINTING! I see a blank canvas and I have to paint it. The good news is that I still have lots of ideas. Here is a piece that I finished last night... Blurred Trees 12" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
I took a poll and it seems that you want to see teasers from time to time. (I was hoping this was the case) Remember, I love to hear your feedback! "Shining Through the Trees" 24" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas (nfs until April 5th)
So I'm having a dilemma, whether to show the latest paintings I have completed on this blog or to wait and show them at "Moments & Destinations", Kent Farndale Gallery (Port Perry) on April 5th. The problem is that I love getting everyone's feedback from each piece and it personally helps me to keep excited about painting and creating new things. However, I want to keep the element of surprise. I would like to show the people who make the effort to come out to my shows more than the ones who are at home on their computers. What do you think?? email@example.com I feel I have to include a painting so that you will read this blog... So .... here you go, "Icicles" 20" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas (nfs - yet)
This is one of the abstract pieces that will be availabe at the Kent Farndale Gallery in April. Did I ever have fun painting this. It surprisingly took a lot longer to do than I thought! What do you see? "Garden Vine" 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas Currently on display (and for sale) at the Art Gallery of Northumberland 37th Annual Juried Exhibition. Feb. 7th - Mar. 8th