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03.16.15 My Plan and LIFE

I  am sorry haven’t been here in a long time.  The last time I posted life was going smoothly like the upper graphic…that is until 2 days later when it became like the bottom graphic.  So we are still sorting out our world but I am starting to feel more settled. Everyone is fine and no one was hurt. This we are very thankful for.

 The Yellowknife Watercolour Society brought up  Gerry Thompson from BC to teach a watercolour painting class.   It was fabulous!

03.16.15 Gerry teaching

Gerry demoing on Darlene’s piece.

03.16.15 Gerry Ragged Ass Road

Gerry and I touring around…bet your town doesn’t have a Ragged Ass Road!

03.16.15 Gerry

I made sure that Gerry was completely warm!  :) It was so great to get to know her and spend time with this amazing artist.  Thanks Gerry for saying yes when I emailed over a year ago.

I will be back but not for a week or so.  We are off to see our grandson and meet their new puppy Danger.

03.16.15 Danger and Burke

Here is a photo after Danger’s bath!  Burke was holding his baby!!!  :)

See you soon.  Thanks for dropping by.


When I first started planning to teach last year I asked Eric “Geezer” Brown of “Geezer’s Garage” woodworking shop if he would make me some small easels.   So now these fabulous easels are available for sale in Yellowknife.  Just head over to my website to order.

Tabletop easel

40 cm x 40 cm (16x16in) these sturdy, well constructed easels are ideal for small paintings while you sit comfortably at a desk or table!

Tabletop easel sideThe easels fold down to quite flat. There is an easily adjustable shelf that moves up and down with the turn of the knob.

Thanks for dropping by.  See you soon!


1134 Cherished Shawna Lampi-Legaree

Cherished, (13x19in), Watercolour

Artist Statement: “This past summer when the sun was shining and the sky was clear I received a phone call from local artist/gardener Janice Daly saying that one of her dahlias had bloomed. I was greeted by this glorious flower filled with so much beauty in the form of colour, shape and shadow. It was a joyful reminder, especially this summer, that though summers are short here in Yellowknife there can be such exquisite luminosity around us.”

I would like to that thank Darrell and Diane Vikse of PSAV Architects Ltd for purchasing “Cherished” and then donating the painting to the be auctioned off at the Yellowknife Community Foundation’s annual Valentine’s Day Gala that is being held this Saturday night!  Darrell and Diane are very generous Yellowknife community supporters in so many ways, both through their business and in their private lives.  I feel deeply honoured that Darrell and Diane have done chosen my art.

See you after the weekend.  Hey did I tell you that I ADORE teaching.  :)  More to come on Monday.


1144 Girl Announcement ShawnaLampi-Legaree

Girl Gender Reveal!, 8×8, Acrylic, $100 Available

I thought this would be a totally fun way for a young couple to announce the gender of the baby that they are looking forward to. Imagine giving their parents an original painting for an announcement…or the young couple opening it up at their party to find out that they are having a girl or a boy!   So I painted this just because it was such a fun idea. I love how the flower bracelet worked out.  I left that to the very last and I was delighted that i could capture the multi-faceted nature of it.

 I don’t know if you remember that I did the boy gender reveal painting a few months ago.  Here it is.  Now I will hang them side by side at my house  until someone decides that they want to surprise someone with an original work of art when they make their big announcement.

07.04.14 Boy Gender Reveal

Boy Gender Reveal!, 8×8, Acrylic, $100 Available

Though I would love to get baby items from the expecting parents and to do a painting with their treasures.  Now that would be so fun!

Thanks for dropping by.  See you soon!


It seemed the perfect thing to post for my 400th blog entry.

01.30.15 Designing Still life

I spent 5 1/2 hours on Friday setting up a range of still life vignettes around the whole table so folks would have many options!
01.30.15 Final Still life vinettesHere is the one side.  I didn’t get a proper photo of the other side.  Sad, because Pepe le Pew was on the other side on the backside of the tulips.   :)

01.31.15 Warming up our minds2

I have structured the class so that there are 3 – 2 hour sessions of skill building, then the last class is 6 hours long.  I am sure folks were worried about how they would manage that much time but wow it was a great session.  The morning we started with a “warming up your brain” exercise.  There were two more skill building exercises before lunch.

As part of the course I make homemade soup and sandwiches and while the students were eating I transformed the table for our afternoon session.  It took about 1/2 hour to get all the still life vignettes set back up.

We spent the rest of the afternoon drawing.  First we did a musical drawing…which means you start your drawing, leave on the chair while you move to the next seat and work on someone else’s drawing.  :) 01.31.15 Musical Drawing results1They all signed each one.  That is when folks realized that they knew each others adult children!  I thought the results were great given the challenge of it.

01.31.15 Drawing the still life1At this time of the year we are all so glad to see the sun coming back!  It lit up the table and it was interesting to try to keep up with the changing light.

01.31.15 Teacher gets to drawEven the teacher got to spend sometime drawing.

01.31.15 Lesley Caroline Pat Laurie Shawna small

It was a great day and we missed the other two participants who had life that got in the way.  I feel that I was able to convey the basics of learning to draw in a clear and not overwhelming way.  :) Step by step we moved along and there was a real sense of confidence when we tackled the afternoon session.

Through out this class I have never asked the students to share their work.  When a person is beginning to learn how to draw it is really important to give them the space to learn without the worry of others seeing the early works.  But I did ask at the end of the class if they would be willing to share one image of what drawing they were the most pleased with how it turned out.

So here are the drawings that they were most pleased with.

01.31.15 Drawing 1 favourite drawings

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a great day!  I am off to get ready for the second session of the Acrylic 1 class. Maybe tonight I will remember to take some photos.


02.02.15 01 Plein Air tulips


Plein Air 01 – Tulips, 5×7, Acrylic

So I did an experiment today. I set up my portable easel in the living room and I had a vase of tulips to paint.  So like Plein Air painters I painted with the sun moving along while I was trying to capture the light and shadow of the tulips.  But unlike the Plein Air painters I was cozy in my house…cause it is way tooooo cold out there to even attempt to paint (-30C something).

So here is the challenge…the light kept moving.  I was painting faster than I have ever painted.  I am pleased with how I captured the vase.  I think that the leaves were very busy and maybe too much for a first attempt at this kind of painting.  The tulips came out alright. Values are not really quite correct.  I don’t have the lights light enough…

What did I learn?  Well I learned to keep very focused, to look at the overall but still at each section and that I need to practice painting faster more often.  :)

February is the perfect time to do this.  The sun is shining, but it is low enough in the sky that it lights up the still life objects in an exciting way.  It will be interesting to see how far this experiment can go before the sun is just too high in the sky to shine properly in the living room.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope that February brings more light to your part of the world!  :)  See you soon.


getting prepared for classes.  :)  This week is filled with teaching.  Last night was the 3rd session of Drawing 1, Thursday night is the 1st session of Acrylic 1, and Saturday is the 4th and final session for Drawing 1.  I am working a lot of hours doing prep work.  It is interesting I spent a great deal of time preparing for my Drawing 1 class and found out that really I need to prep for one class and then see where we are before preparing for the next week.  So now I am doing this for Acrylic 1 as well. I have a number of exercises ready for Thursday night.  I am having such a great time teaching!

01.28.15 Complimentary colour

Today the sun shone!  I spent a really fun afternoon doing a photo shoot using beautiful sunlight, rooting through my fabric, checking to see that we could create the colours with the two paint colours and white!  Oh this is going to be fun!!!!  Ian came home and I was just a chatter box about the amazing set ups I had come up with and can’t wait to paint for the Acrylic painting class. :)

So I am being consistent…just not at blogging or painting for myself.  That will come soon enough.

See you soon!


01.20.14 5x7 coming along

So today was a great day.  I had my first fabulous session in my studio in a long long time.  I was completely focused which means my painting started to flow!  :)  This makes me happy.

Tonight I introduced light and shadow to my students.  Lots of excitement and everyone left smiling!  I forgot to take a photo or two.

Next week we move from boxes to containers!  Then we will build on to our last session which is a full 6 hours next Saturday.

Thank you so much for dropping by.  See you again soon!  Maybe with a completed painting.


01.14.15 In Progress


Work in Progress, 8×8″, Acrylic

A while ago I started this painting…actually to be truthful I started it in early August.  It is great to be able to get back to it.  Last Christmas my nieces Natalie and Madeline chose out this very special Barista doll. (Their brother Xuanni most likely didn’t have much of a say in the choice)  They just knew I would like to paint it.  :) And they are right.  She is very fashionable and I do love, love her classic black and white dress!  I am about 1/2 way through.

Hope you have a great weekend.


On Tuesday morning early Ian changed the furniture around and put up the folding table. The rest of the day I sorted, cleaned and set up for my inaugural art class!  I was nervous but I knew everyone who was taking the class in some way so that helped.    It was a fun night.  After two hours everyone’s brains were fried.  It is hard work learning something new.

01.13.15 Laurie Pat Caroline copy

Caroline, Pat and Laurie concentrating!  It was quiet when they were all  working.

See you in a few days!



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