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Bronze for Canada


I know I am a little late with this newsflash.  I waited until I got a little painting accomplished before blogging about what is happening here.

The other day I went to Gymnastics!  Wow to see it in person was very cool and I had a great seat!

07.17.15 Flying gymnast

The height that this Canadian got during her performance was AMAZING!


The pummel horse was very interesting.  It was so crazy how strong these men were.   But the apparatus that really caught the strength of these young athletes was the rings.  07.17.15 StrengthWow!

07.17.15 Brazil Wins Gold

The very last athlete from the rings group did his routine and just blew everyone else away!  Brazil was Gold!  There were a lot of Brazilians cheering him on.  Sorry I didn’t get the athletes names.

07.17.15 TORONTO

Here is my second little painting.  It is a 5×7 of the scene at Toronto City Hall.  The Toronto letters are huge.  You get a sense of the size in  comparison to the workers who were setting the letters up. The water was still and the reflection was very interesting to paint.

07.16.14 Ian

It is someone specials birthday…Happy Happy Birthday Ian!  :)

See you soon.  Have a great weekend.

Yahoo Canada!

07.13.15 Evelyn

My very special friend came in town today and we spent a glorious day talking and being tourists! :)  Thanks Evelyn for the fabulous day. 07.13.15 Waterpolo Canadian Women - Copy

The Canadian women’s water polo team getting ready for their game against Cuba.
07.13.15 Waterpolo goal - Copy

Just before the ball went past the Cuban goalie!  Cheer Canada!
07.13.15 Canada Team waterpoloThe team at half time.  :) Canada won and was off to the Gold Medal match on Tuesday night.  Good luck to all.

Yes i have been painting…but not a lot.  Here is the first small painting I accomplished.

07.13.15 Sandhill Crane

As we were leaving the NWT we came upon a pair of Sandhill Cranes with two chicks!  I got some great photos to work from.  So this is my second bird painting ever.

See you later this week.  Have a great week.







07.09.15 Exhibition

I spent a couple of hours at the Art Gallery of Ontario today.  This is my second visit since we arrived in Toronto on Monday.  The first visit was a scouting trip to see what is there and what I am interested in.  So today I went through the “Picturing the Americas” Art show. They had amazing works from the top of the Americas to the very bottom.

07.09.15 Shawna at AGO

I also found this painting. I have always liked this painting by JW Waterhouse – “I Am Half-Sick of Shadows,” Said the Lady of Shalott

07.09.15 JW Waterhousesm


I love that I can see she is tired of working on the tapestry, stretching back while she looks outside (the outside is reflected in the mirror behind her) longingly. Can’t we all relate on a glorious day when we have work to do but would rather be enjoying the nice weather.

Today I focused on getting decent photos of paintings and making notes about the compositional elements that I see that the various artists employed.  I will be teaching a range of old and new courses this fall and in January and February.  One of the courses will be on composition!  :)

I have been painting here. I hope to have a small painting finished here soon. It has a lot of details to paint! And we are having a good time here in TO.  Tonight we went to the dress rehearsal of the PanAm Games Opening Ceremonies!  The show is amazing but it is secret until after tomorrow night.

See you soon!



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.


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