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It is hard to believe that it is time to register for my fall and winter Art Classes.  Where has the year gone!?! I will be teaching a range of classes that are for beginner students. There are only 6 spaces in each of the classes.  The level 1 classes filled up in a matter of 36 to 48 hours.  Make sure you get registered as early as possible. Registration opens Friday September 1st at 12:01am.  (Yes I will be up at that time getting all the links prepared to go live)

For dates, times and more information head over to my website by clicking HERE

Below are some of the classes from last year. 🙂  And to read what some of my students testimonials click HERE

Watercolour 1 & Acrylic 1

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Acrylic 1 in the fallAcrylic 1 Art Class Yellowknife Shawna Lampi-Legaree.jpeg

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Drawing 2Feb 2017n Drawing 2 Collage.jpg

Acrylic 2Acrylic 2 Art Class Yellowknife Shawna Lampi-Legaree 2017.jpg

Watercolour 2

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Open Studio Advance Classes for AcrylicOpen Studio Advance Acrylic Classes collage.jpg

I hope you will join me this winter to begin to explore your more creative side!  See you soon.


This past May I put in a proposal to the City of Yellowknife’s call for painting various electrical/traffic control boxes around town.  I sent in 4 drawings like this one below.

When I was designing for this project I had a number of things that I wanted to consider.

1.  The final painting will be seen from a vehicle driving past (I had no idea which box I would possibly get) which meant that the design needed to be large and adaptable.

2. Winter lasts a long time up here, so I felt that the design needed to be something colourful and cheerful.

3. I love painting flowers, so painting something I know really well seemed to make sense.  Plus I could paint flowers that grows in profusion around Yellowknife – Wild Roses (one of my favourites). I got to indulge in one of my favourite colours – Pink!

4. And I wanted to address something that is of concern – aka the Bee population.

In the end there were 15 boxes to be painted.  I got allocated a box right here:

It was most likely the busiest corner in all of Yellowknife, which had its own challenges as you can imagine.

There were a lot of firsts with this project.  It was the first time I have painted outside.  It was the first time I have painted this large.  As well, it was the first time I painted on metal.

There were many challenges to deal with.    I had recently hurt my back, this meant that I really had to be mindful of how I moved while I was painting.  As soon as my back allowed I got to working on the mural.

The weather was hot this July and when I returned from our holidays in August.  I was painting outside in temperatures ranging from a very cool 10C (I wished I had long johns on that evening) to 30C.

Another challenge were the amount of interruptions that happened every time I was painting.  I enjoyed (for the most part) interacting with people as I don’t get to do that day to day in my studio, but I have to say that it took a lot of energy and then it added so much more time. It took me more twice as long (well maybe even more) to get the painting completed than others who’s boxes were in more out of the way places or even a few blocks over on Franklin.

The wind was yet another challenge that I hadn’t considered.  LoL!  It made the paint dry faster and made it hard to hold my image to see where I needed to go next.  Thankfully I figured out the ball cap to keep my hair from being in the way before I started.

The last big challenge was the constant beeping from the cross walks.  This nearly drove me batty.  Thankfully my son Sean borrowed me his noise cancelling headset so I could listen to podcasts and not listen to the beep, beep, beep, beep…

When I got the box assigned to me, I went down to check it out,  I discovered that the traffic control box has two smaller boxes attached to the large main box.  I had intended to wrap the flowers around the box. But this wasn’t going to work so well on this box.  See below a bit of the painting progression. I kept forgetting to take photos each time I finished painting for the day.

This meant that I had to put on my artist-problem-solving-thinking-cap on.  One morning I woke up with the idea of painting the sides of the small boxes pink and putting quotes on them.  Thanks to Janet at Signed for printing them for me and to my friend Henri Brown for helping to put them on!  

I also have to thank Kelly Bluck for coming to watch my stuff so I could take bathroom breaks, which allowed me to stay and paint longer.  🙂 I was limited to 2 hours until she came to my rescue.

I have been told that people stop at my mural and walk around the whole box to read the four quotes on the mural:  “When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.” ‘Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.’  “The Earth laughs in flowers.”  ‘A flower blooms for its own joy.’   That makes me smile.

Head over to my facebook page to see a short video I did of all 4 sides. ‘Like’ me while you are there.  There is a give away coming up real soon.

Here I am at the end.  I am happy with the results and also happy to have it done.  I do hope in February, when winter is in full swing, that my mural will cheer people up and remind them that indeed the wild roses will bloom again in a few short months.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you again soon.



Ok I am home and not settled down at all yet.   France Benoit did an amazing job. She and Gary Milligan did a fabulous job on her short films.  Gary is her camera man and the person who did the editing.  Why do we live in Yellowknife…go and check out the short films at Art of Giving.    France and Gary caught a magnificent sliver of Yellowknife.  The place was packed tonight. Some people that I know but lots that I don’t know (which is not a big surprise since I hang around in my studio all by myself most of the time).   Check out the photos that Kristen Murphy took of me working on the quilt…just click on “Sweet Secret” and the photos are underneath.  She really liked the photo of my pulling thread on my sewing machine.

10.11.13 Art of Giving Crowd

I made a load of cookies last night in preparation. So at intermission trays of cookies were circulated and they were gone really fast…which is not a surprise if you have ever tasted them. They always go fast! 😉

10.10.13 Cookies Galore

Ian took photos with his phone camera…I forgot the real camera! Thank you Ian.  He got some great ones.  10.11.13 Sweet Joy and Shawna

Here I am with “Sweet Secret”!

10.11.13 ARt of Giving 1

I got to catch up with some of my favourite people!  😉  That is the absolute best part.

Here are photos of folks taking a closer look at the quilt.  “How did she do that?”  Can’t you hear them thinking that.

10.11.13 How did she do that

10.11.13 Getting an even closer look

10.11.13 Getting a closer lookThere were people there who have never seen my work before and it was completely fun that it was this piece that they saw!  😉

Well enough gushing.  It was a lot of fun!  Now to get back to watercolour painting tomorrow.  I am 5 weeks away from my Open House Art Show and Sale…November 15th isn’t that far away.  Not a good time to get distracted!

See you soon!!!!

Tuesday – Happy dancing


Oh dear I forgot to post!  How on earth did that happen?  Life has been far too busy…

02.26.13 Greeting a New Day

“Greeting a New Day”, 11×14, NFS for right now

I finally got the sunflower completed!  Which is why I am happy dancing.  It has been an interesting experience working larger during a very busy time.  After Thursday I will be done most of the items that I committed to do!  Then to focus on getting ready for a sale that will be held at the end of April or beginning of May.  Still working on a date!

We are now only days away from the end of the month. February whizzed past in light speed fashion.  So in a few days I will be giving away an original 5×7 watercolour painting and two sets of cards!   Do you have your name in yet?  To get your name in for the draw, leave a comment, sign up to follow my blog or sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter.  The more comments you make the more your name is entered!

See you on Thursday!

Monday – Award…


I received this notice that Tim from ForesterArtist that he nominated me for Beautiful Blogger Award.  Thank you so much Tim!  My very first award.  Very cool.

So here are the questions that go with this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you

I did. But thank you again Tim!

2. Post the award image to your page

There it is!

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself

I have lived in the Far North for most of my adult life.

I have three wonderful sons, one beautiful daughter-in-law and a grandbabe on the way!

I am the tallest of my siblings (and even beat my parents) at 6 ft tall. (2 of my sons are taller than me)

I have been married to a wonderful man for over 30 yrs.

I am very self motivated and try to structure my days as much as possible.

I live where we have 20 hours of darkness in the winter, and nearly 24 hours of light in the summer.  I love both extremes.

My favourite way to spend time is in solitude painting or drawing.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers, and let them know about the nomination

1. Jacqueline Gnott

2.  M.E. Bailey

3. Carrie Waller

4. Andy Smith

5. Ona Kingdon

6. Kara Bigda

7. Nita Leger Casey

8. Michael Reardon

9. Mattias Adolfsson

10. Nina Johansson

11. Elaine Quehl

12. Judy Coates Perez

13. Maria Elkins

14. Adrienne Trafford

15. Karen Werner



Last week I spent part of the afternoon outside working on the hanging apperatus for two of my journal quilts that I made in July. The weather in Yellowknife has been amazing this past week.  I hope it holds for a while longer.

The Studio Tour went rather well yesterday.  I had more than twice as many folks come than I had anticipated.  So today I thought I would  take a photo of each space in its entirety which called for the fisheye lens!  And my walls are not Dr. Suess-like. 🙂  Though that would be fun!


I hope to be back to quilting this week.

Studio C is downstairs.  I took this photo when it was dark.    My paint brushes are calling to me.  So in the morning I will get back to it!  😉

My “Happy Birthday!” cards and some paintings at now available through me or at Down to Earth Gallery here in Yellowknife

See you on Thursday.


Monday – Look what came in…


Here is the series I have been working on (intermittently due to other life happenings).  These cards will be available at the Studio Tour on Sunday and I hope to have them out in the community soon!

Tonight is the Yellowknife Watercolour Society meeting.  We are doing registration for a class and I am doing the meeting lesson “on how light falls on objects”.  I went to the grocery store and picked up a range of brightly coloured veggies and fruit.  Lots to learn but we will start at the beginning.

This week is a busy week getting ready for the Studio Tour!  I hope to have another painting completed before Sunday.

See you on Thursday.




The start of my next 8×8 inch acrylic painting…

A little further on.  The background is done.  Now to do the cherries and have them look right!

See you on Thursday.