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The calendar says spring but the frigid days still feel very much like winter.  And yet I see signs that the world is indeed beginning to awaken from its long slumber, especially when I see the soft pussy willow tufts begin to emerge from their tight nodes.Not only does this tell me it is time to cut and harvest the branches, but also that spring is truly here, and gardening and blooms are just around the corner.  Best get as much painting done while I can.

Saplings at Sunset, acrylic on canvas, 22″x18″ (framed)

These days, when I am not in my studio, you can catch me sitting at the  Niagara Shores Artists exhibit at the Holcim Gallery at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton (ACM), until March 31, 2018.  It is an exceptional exhibit of seven talented artists, all of whom have different styles but share common experiences and inspirations found in the landscapes and culture of the Niagara Region.

Citrus Spring, acrylic on canvas, 18″x22″ (framed)

Immediately following this exhibit, I will have two paintings in the From Heart to Hand member exhibit of the Fine Arts Society of Milton: Citrus Spring and Saplings at Sunset.

Alongside entries from over 25 other members, this varied and inspirational exhibit will run from April 2 to April 22, 2018 at the Holcim Gallery at the Arts Centre Milton.

I am currently planning my next painting, which is a “response” to the poem I was given for this year’s Poets and Painters event in October.  I have already begun by preparing the canvas with layers of gesso (which can only mean I am quite serious about it!).  Watch its development in Easel Tales over the next several weeks.

Delight, acrylic on paper, 21″x27″ (framed)

Meanwhile, a different poet is preparing her literary response to my painting, Delight.  As in the past, all of the poems and paintings from the 30 participants will be on display for a month, and a reception held at the Rosberg Room in the Niagara Falls Public Library.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Gumshoe, acrylic on canvas, 40″x30″

On April 21st, you can find me at the St. Catharines Public Library, Main Branch, from 1 to 4 pm, for the inaugural Paintings, Poetry, and Prose event, a collaboration between the Canadian Authors Association Niagara and The St. Catharines Central Library.

Everyone is welcome!

One of the member authors has chosen to prepare a literary response to my painting, Gumshoe.  I am quite eager to hear it!

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In the meantime, read about my latest art escapades in Easel Tales, find all the details on my current and upcoming shows in Exhibits and Shows, and keep checking My Paintings for the many new additions to my inventory.