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06.08.15 Robertson Davies' Whore Commission Shawna Lampi-Legaree

“Robertson Davies’ Whore”, 14×14 inches, Watercolour, Commission

On Sunday I brought over this painting to the person who commissioned me.  She is one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders!  I am very pleased to say that the peony painting was very well received.  Nothing better than a very happy client/collector!  That made me smile for a long time afterwards.

Here is a little bit I know about why she named the painting “Robertson Davies’ Whore”.  William Robertson Davies  (August 28, 1913 – December 2, 1995) was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was one of Canada’s best known and most popular authors, and one of its most distinguished “men of letters”, a term Davies is variously said to have gladly accepted for himself and to have detested.

In  his novel “What’s Bred in the Bone” he had a young character become aware of the world

“The little boy nodded at the peony and the peony seemed to nod back. The little boy was neat, clean and pretty. The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty.(…At this point in the text there is something about the flower being a whore) Every hour is filled with such moments, big with significance for someone.”

I hope to have it available at my Show in November so those who are close by can see it in person.

So how do you commission me to do a painting?  You can check out my website under the title of COMMISSIONS.

Ahoy Matie!




06.01.15 Pirate bdayAhoy!, 8×10″, Watercolour

I haven’t painted a new painting for my Celebration Card Series in a while.  Here is the first one of the new set!   I had fun using one of our very grown up son’s toys in this little still life.

I have been working very hard on the commission, which is nearly completed!  I hope to post it soon.

Now that summer is upon us I plan to post once a week.  Ian and I are traveling in just a few weeks so I am trying to get a few paintings accomplished for my November show called “Beauty in Moments”.  Oh I am sure that I will tease you with bits and pieces as I work on them. ;)

I hope you have a great week!


41505.26.15 Raman Stika How Old is God

Well it turns out that I am All About Them Books!  I received Raman’s book of poetry.  I have to say I have had the electronic version but I just struggled to sit at the computer to read it.  I received it in “real” book format and I have really been enjoying reading a poem here and there while I sit outside enjoying our magnificent weather.

A Canadian used book store, The Bookman, did a great parody of Meghan Trainor’s song “I’m all about the Bass”.

To honour that I am All About Them Books I hope you enjoyed the video!

I started a new painting.  I won’t be putting many photos up because it is a commission.  But here is a peak of a bit of it.

05.26.15 latest painting

See you on Thursday!





It was a glorious Wednesday morning this week…actually all week has been amazing.  I am sure we have broken temperature records this week.  The walking group decided to go to Cameron Falls which is about an hours drive out of Yellowknife.

05.20.15 Cameron Falls Hike


The walk starts off easy enough on a walking trail but ends up with some challenging terrain.

05.20.15 Cameron Falls hike2

I had a chuckle with the “Almost There” spray painted on the rock.  :)

05.20.15 Cameron Falls

The water is very low this year, and there is still ice and snow on the falls (as you can see from the photos).

05.20.15 Cameron Falls Group

My attempt at a group photo.  I should have moved closer!

So have I been painting…well yes and no.  I am having a hard time being in my studio with the weather being so magnificent.  Not that you can blame me after a long winter.  Here is a sneak peek of what I have been working on.

05.21.15 Butterfly painting

As I am typing this up there is a thunder storm starting to come through and some much needed rain as well.  I am off to watch the storm at 11:41 pm!

Have a great weekend and I shall see you on Monday.


I am playing a bit right now with doing some small acrylic paintings…some are successful and some are definitely in the “Oh-I-am-learning” category! ;)  Here is one I completed on the weekend.

05.18.15 Danger doll

Danger the dog doll, 15x15cm (6×6″), Acrylic

Somethings worked and somethings didn’t but it is all learning.  Ultimately that is what it is all about. I will have a range of these types of paintings available at my 3rd Annual Open Studio Art event in November. I won’t be showing them on internet until the show is completed.

05.18.15 BrushesOne day when I was doing the finishing touches on one of the very small paintings I needed a very small round brush and I only had one and it has a very soft nylon bristle.  I couldn’t believe how well the paint flowed off of it.  So when I was on my girlfriend only trip I picked up a range of  brushes in a variety of brush types: flat, filbert, round. I am using them just at the very end of the painting process.  I can’t believe how helpful this soft brush is at that point.  Glad I figured that out.

See you again on Thursday.  Oh btw…between traveling, getting resorted and the weather being unusually warm this May I have been a little distracted.  I hope spring has sprung where you are and that you are enjoying the increased distractions.

Happy Victoria Day!


I have to say that I do adore painting!

And I also have to say that it is wonderful  to be back at it.  So below is painting I finished today.  I started this painting as a life painting exercise but the tulips started to shift and fade.  Before I started painting it I had taken some photos just in case.  I am so glad I did.

04.23.15 Tulips in Vase

Tulips in Vase, Acrylic, 8×8″ (20x20cm) Available.

I plan to teach a painting class on painting flowers later this year!  So begins the practicing. Oh you know that it is just the excuse as I would have painted these flowers anyway!  :)

Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon.


Happy Tuesday!

All over Facebook people share mimes about all kinds of things.  One night I had an epiphany that I could make my own.  So I have been playing with quotes about flowers and my own paintings. It has been great fun to create them.

04.20.15 Flower Quote1 copy

04.20.15 Flower Quote5 copyI can’t wait to do more!  Now to search out more flower quotes to match with my paintings.  :)

Sometimes i just need to play.  Oh ya…I have been painting and look what is completed!

04.20.15 A Buds Promise SOLD

“A Buds Promise”, 15×22″(38x56cm), SOLD

Working in with such light and soft value shifts is an interesting adventure.  It often took 4 to 6 careful layers to get each petal to where I wanted it to be!  Patience and a very timid approach got the rose completed.

See you on Thursday.

Finally back to painting


Well it has been a long time since I have really been painting. I have gone from 0 to 100 km/hour!  I have 5 paintings on the go.  Three are 8×10’s as part of my ever growing Celebration Series.  It takes 4 or 5 days just to get the background to the value I want.  Actually it takes 1 minute each layer to do and 24 hours to dry so I can put the next layer on.  Then I can start to paint the cupcake and candle.  I will share them next week.

04.16.15 Rose3

This painting, still unnamed, is 15×22 inches…one of my big ones!  :)  It is at a particularly ugly stage right now.  I am never sure it is going to work when I get to this point.  I see that I have to smooth out a few of the petals.  It is interesting how one can see what needs attention once the painting is photographed and made smaller. :)  That is a tomorrow thing to do.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  See you next week on Monday!

Opportunity knocks


Over the years I have received a range of emails.  Opportunities seem to knock in unique ways and I have learned to respond to those most interesting requests. I have been published in two Art quilt books because I responded. :)

The most recently an email came from a fellow named Raman Stika, a poet from the US.  He had found one of my paintings (though I never did asked how he found it) and it would fit perfectly for the cover of his book of poetry called “How Old is God?: the meaning of life…and other stuff”.

Each time something like this happens there is a lot of learning because it is the very first time I have had to do this.  So Raman and I held our conversation over a range of emails, which lead to me building my very first Image Licensing contract.

Well I am very please to introduce you to Raman’s book of poetry.  Initally it was only in kindle format but now you can purchase a paper version.  I am ordering mine tomorrow!  04.03.15 How Old is God Raman Stika


Here is a page from the book:

04.13.15 Raman Stika partial poem


If you would like to chance to purchase this book you can order it from here.  I wish Raman all the success with this book of poetry and can’t wait to hold this book in my hands.  I am an old fashion girl, I love paper books more than digital ones.

Congratulations Raman!



There is nothing more gratifying to a teacher as to receive a surprise email with paintings that a student has done beyond the workshop.  So I have to commend Dorothy for taking what she learned in the Watercolour 1 class and going forward to create some fun images.  Here are a couple!  Well done Dorothy!!!  I am very impressed.  :)


04.09.15 Dorothy Mercer Portrait

A portrait of her grandson!04.09.15 Dorothy Mercer Roxy the CatRoxy the cat painting done with watercolour paint.

Congratulations Dorothy.  This makes me smile!!!!!


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