Life Revival

I feel like life is reviving itself: Days are getting longer, we’ve had more sun and some mild temps. Things are moving, and getting done. Feeling good.

Be warned: I’ve been busy covering a lot of ground, this is like four blogs in one!

carol lynn wins hopewell rocksART CONTEST WINNER

First things first: Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Sharing The Love: Spring Equinox” art contest. There were some beautiful Canadian photos shared, and the winner is Carol-Lynn Mills (one lucky woman- I just finished a large custom piece for her, and now she’s won the custom mini-painting)!

This is her photo of Hopewell Rocks, when she drove out east and traveled through New Brunswick. What a perfect Canadian Landmark to be painted, cannot wait to get started!



This volunteer¬† project surfaced towards the end of 2016. I had the perfect vision for it, before I saw the actual “little library.” The original plan was to paint it like a 3D map of Canada- but the cedar shingle roof destroyed that vision instantly. So had to start brainstorming some new ideas. I really wanted to stay with my Canadian theme, but without it being too patriotic (visions of red and white, maple leafs, flags… not my thing). I love our land: Canadian wilderness, our natural resources, and the vast landscapes.

I decided instead of doing a map, I would focus on the 4 directions (North, East, South and West), with some sort of icon or landmark for that part of our Country. North would be Aurora Borealis; South will be the Great Lakes; East the rocky shores and light house; West the Rocky Mountains.

This is still a work in progress (will paint a compass on the roof, draw the outline of the Great Lakes on the glass door, and improve that mountain), but after sitting on it for five months, it feels good to have it going!


sweet soul the second


2017 has had me busy with custom art! This is my new favourite, inspired by the original “Surf” paintings, but modified to fit a tight kitchen space!

susan custom waves

Next on the list is this Canadian Prairies “Sinking” Church (Saskatchewan?). Such a cool photo, I’m excited to transfer this into a painting.

peggys crooked church


During the March Break I took a trip to Toronto, and had an incredibly powerful visit with my wise-old-soul-cousin Jessica. She’s been self-employed as a successful life-style photographer for over 15 years, and she had a lot of wisdom and ideas to share that certainly inspired me (below: photo credit and logo credit go to her).

Over the last few years I have kept my art separate from my¬† yoga business. However, between 2006 and 2010 I had my own studio space that I ran as a yoga AND art studio. It was a creative hub for the community. Jessica reminded me of this, and suggested I start collaborating the two businesses again. Since she planted that seed, there’s been so many other ideas growing.

Check out my fresh, new and improved, yoga blog: The Gentle Way of Hatha (also note the new ART tab there). You can find me on Instagram too, sharing photo moments of art, yoga and life.

Friends- Spring is here. Start planting some seeds to grow in your life, love, and passions! It’s time to revive.


Robert McAffee and Other Things Art

My personal online presence has been quiet lately. I have been busy working on custom paintings, delivering custom paintings, and struggling with ideas for my “little library” project that desperately needs attention. Since my last blog “Work and Play” I’m still mulling over all the same stuff… But this week I broke through my stuck-in-a-rut-restless feeling.


Visiting Robert McAffee early in the week helped re-inspire my drive to create. I was just planning on visiting the Coffee House (605 Brock Street in Whitby) and casually browse his work with a friend. When we arrived there was a meeting going on in his space, so we were sitting drinking our coffees when who walks in, but Robert himself. With some time to spare, we sat and talked about business. We looked at a few of his works hanging in the coffee shop, my favourite being the “Illuminated Sky.”


It was fun sharing stories, talking about shows and sales, along with the trials and errors of oil painting (my fails and his successes I suppose). Once again, I feel the pull to play with the oils I purchased last summer.

His work (also Canadian Landscapes) and personal motivation was highly inspiring. A reminder that I am doing okay, but still have a long way to grow as an artist; A reminder that we can succeed in this work if we are committed and open to growth.


Here are the new Lake Superior Cliffs I am working on (by request from the December show, you can see original little guy in center of first picture):

And here are the two custom works I finished in February:


I’m trying to grow my online presence through Facebook… and I need your help! The idea is to get as many LIKES on my art page Jennifer Anne Burke as possible, before the Spring Equinox on March 20th.

If you can help by liking and sharing my page, there is an added bonus: Post a picture on my page of your favourite Canadian Landscape, and I will put your name in a draw to win a free Mini Painting (8 x 8 inches) of your image. The value of the mini painting is currently $100 and I will ship it for free (within Canada only).

Here are samples of the minis I completed in the past:

jasper 4 in series cropped



Sharing The Love: Spring Equinox” is the Facebook Event Page where you can get more details. You can participate until midnight on March 20th and I will announce the winner of the draw on March 21st. I look forward to seeing everyone’s photographs of our amazing Canadian Landscapes!

Gratitude for participating in my artistic growth!