Imagine my amazement, as a Canadian artist, when a grade three class from Alberta contacted me about my Hoodoo paintings. They were studying Canadian Art as part of Canada’s 150th, along with studying the Hoodoo rock formations- so naturally my work spoke to them.
Since they contacted me on April 11th, we have exchanged about a dozen emails, and we even met one another via webcam on May 12th. I believe it was a fun and exciting month for us all!
I was so amazed by their questions, their interest in learning about art, but also in creating art. They had so many ideas: to paint cheetahs, kitty cats, dinosaurs, dragons, and the elements. When they sent me photos of their final paintings (of the Hoodoos) it literally brought tears to my eyes, I felt so happy and proud of them for creating these incredible works of art (only in grade 3!!! Great work kids!).
Here is some of their work, inspired by our Canadian Hoodoos in Drumheller, Alberta:
This fills my heart!
I hope I have everyone in!
Thank you to Mrs.Turk (in my opinion the best grade 3 teacher EVER!), for offering your students such a rich experience of art at this young age. They are truly blessed! Kids- keep up the amazing work! You’ve inspired me too ❤
I’m a big believer in supporting our local community; whether it be shopping locally, investing in local artists, or contributing your services to others. Whenever possible, I love to share to my art- but if it can benefit others than that’s even better.
On Sunday, June 25th from 5-10pm, there is a Benefit For A Cause: For Kortney Matthews happening in Port Hope (click on the highlighted link to view details on the Facebook Page). Kortney is a young mother of four children, and she’s currently going through chemotherapy. I met her many years ago, and although we fell out of touch, I remember her as a happy person, fun momma, and strong spirited woman. It made my heart sink (for her, her husband, and her children) to learn she is going through this. Any support you can give them, I am sure is much appreciated.
My painting “Chippewa Falls, Lake Superior” will be there, and all you have to do is buy a few raffle tickets to get your chance to win it! You can view my other Lake Superior Paintings in the “North West Gallery” to see the price range on this series (this one is valued at $200).
Along with a raffle table, there will be a huge variety of vendors selling their merchandise, and live music! I hope you can make it, to help invest in Kortney and her family, and support our local community.
Please help us spread the word- share this blog with others or share the Facebook Event on your own timeline!
Since the New Year, this Little Library project has been consuming my head space, studio space and calendar space! I am so so so happy to have it completed, and so honoured to have been a part of this community project. Four other woman also donated their time and space to creating lovely Little Libraries, for local folks to “take a book, leave a book.”
I wanted my libary to have a Canadian theme: Not patriotic but just symbolic of our vast land, it’s natural beauty, and stay in tune with my personal style of painting (Canadian Landscapes). After a lot of brainstorming, I settled on the four directions, and chose the paintings and sides to coordinate to the compass on the roof.
North: Aurora Borialis
East: Atlantic Ocean/Light House
South: The Great Lakes
West: The Rocky Mountains.
Robyn organized the project, and reached out to a variety of local female artists to collaborate on the libraries. She is also the owner Maneki Neko Tattoo in Port Hope!
Jennifer is primarily known for her bold abstract paintings, but over the last year has been exploring her own style of “Northern Lights.” She is an artist located out of Colborne, Ontario.
Catherine has a soft, serene, dream like quality to her art. Keep your eyes open for her Little Library in Port Hope (it’s the four seasons).
Allyson is an art teacher; her library is full of colour and imagination!
I cannot wait to see these libraries up around town! May 15th they will start going up! If you see any be sure to post them on Facebook, and tag us artists if you can!
- Art Show – July 15, 2017 – St.Mark’s Church Port Hope
- Benefit for a cause: Kortney Matthews – June 25, 2017 – my painting “Chippewa Falls” will be there on auction, with all proceeds going to Kortney and her family.
- Yoga Fundraiser: 20 dollars – 20 minutes – 20 people – Stay tuned for details.