Spring is in the Air


"Saplings at Sunset," my painting inspired by B. Minnes' poem "Saplings"
“Saplings at Sunset” is my new painting inspired by a Writers Forum member’s poem titled “Saplings”

Even though the chill in the air today makes it feel more like winter, the days are longer, I’m seeing more of the sun lately, and the doves have returned this week to start making this year’s nest in our porch lamp – all signs of Spring coming, if it isn’t quite here yet.

A Writers Forum member has written a poem for my painting "Sun Shy;" can't wait to hear it!
A Writers Forum member has written a poem for my painting “Sun Shy;” can’t wait to hear it!

Could there be a better way to pass this in-between period, this “faux Spring”, than with a couple new exhibits?  This year’s Poets and Painters unveiling ceremony and reception is Saturday, Mar. 4th from 1 to 4 pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library on Victoria Avenue.  Each Writers Forum member has written a poem for a paired painting, and each of the local artists involved has created a painting inspired by a given poem.  Only the titles of the new poems and paintings have been revealed to all of the participants and we have yet to see and hear all of the new creations.  I can hardly wait!  It will be both memorable and inspirational.  If you have the time and find you are in Niagara Falls, make your way to the Rosberg Room at the Victoria Avenue Library after noon on Saturday.  Join us for light refreshments following the presentation. This special exhibit of paired poems and paintings will be up until the end of March – don’t miss it!

"Rocky Shore" is one of the paintings I will have in this 23rd Exhibit at the McMaster Innovation Centre.  Can you guess which other one?
“Rocky Shore” is one of the paintings I will have at the McMaster Innovation Centre until the end of June. Can you guess which other one I’ve entered?

If you’ve never been to the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton for one of the art exhibit receptions, you’ve been missing a great show!  The gala opening reception for the 23rd Exhibit is on Thursday, Mar. 3o, at 7 pm.  Admission is free but everyone is encouraged to bring packaged food donations for their regular collection.  There will be live music, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and lots and lots of gorgeous art on the gallery-style walls of the enormous and bright atrium.  I will have two of my Big Sky paintings on display there until the end of June.

In the meantime, I hope all of you enjoy the dwindling days of winter and the joyous coming of Spring.

Gumshoe at C’est What?


“Waterfront Lights” always reminds me of Hamilton
“Delight” looking great on the rough stones!

When the cold weather broke this week and the temperatures rose to delightful double digits, my husband and I found ourselves at our favourite pub in Toronto: C’est What? Brew Pub and Eatery on Front Street near Church.

We still have fond memories of when we first discovered it: we would tuck up by the big fireplace and spend hours reading a special new book that we’d just picked up on the way at Nicholas Hoare’s.  Even though Nicky Hoare’s is long gone, we still  love to go to C’est What? to shoot pool, play cards, and enjoy the craft beers – he likes Steamwhistle and I like the Royal City.  The aromas wafting out from the kitchen are to die for – I’m a big fan of their lamb burger and Mike loves the beef ribs.

“Gumshoe” debut at C’est What? Brew Pub and Eatery

This week, we did something new: we hung about 15 of my paintings.  They have live music on the weekends and I’ve got my paintings hanging in the couple rooms near the stage.  


The big news is that I finally finished Gumshoe, just in time for this exhibit.  Here’s a sneak peek at some of the paintings – better still, go and see them up close and make your own memories at this special “Toronto local” near the St. Lawrence Market, on until Spring.

IV. In the Garden
IV. In the Garden


Plus, If you find yourself in Milton and in need of some lunch, grab a soup and sandwich at Mama Mila’s Café in Thompson Square.  You can see my Touch of Love exhibit there, on through February.  If you see one that you like at Mila’s, you can have it for the special price listed there.  Let her know, and we’ll go from there.




Any Ole Port


"Any Ole Port," the 8th painting in the Big Sky series, by T. Clancy
“Any Ole Port,” the 8th painting in the Big Sky series, by T. Clancy

Introducing my latest painting, Any Ole Port.  It is the 8th in the Big Sky series of paintings.  Some people see a boat braving a snow storm at sea, others see a lighthouse.  Whatever the case, if you come out to Hernder Estate Wines this weekend for the Art Lovers’ Affair Show & Sale, you will be able to see it for yourself!

I was able to finish it just in time for this annual show put on by the St. Catharines Art Association in partnership with Hernder Estate Wines, just outside St. Catharines.  The early reviews are in – it is an incredibly beautiful show full of breathtaking original art.  Plus, there are gifts galore to be won by our wonderful sponsors.

Tickets are still available for the Live Art Auction and Celebration Saturday, Feb. 11th on Eventbrite (click here) – free wine, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, delicious sliders, jazz and pop standards by Tricia Cole, and our emcee and auctioneer for the evening, Joe Pillitteri.  Come for the art, the auction, and the action!

I have more news coming your way in the near future about my other exhibits.  Stay tuned!

When Sea Meets Sky…

When Sea Meets Sky (22″x18″)

Who isn’t thrilled by waves smashing into a rocky coastline, spraying water up to the sky?  

Shielding from the impending clash of hot sun and storm clouds over a raucous sea coast, hold your breath when sea meets sky in a mix of colour, majesty, and beauty.  

Get your tickets here.

It can be yours at the Live Art Auction at Hernder Wines on Saturday, Feb. 11th.  

Tickets only $35. Don’t delay, get yours today.






Art Lovers’ Affair

Something great is coming, and soon… The Art Lovers’ Affair Show & Sale at Hernder Estate Wines, just outside of St. Catharines. 

If you missed last year’s fun and exciting Art Lovers’ Soirée, Show & Sale,  you don’t want to miss this year’s.  On from Thursday, Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, and renamed Art Lovers’ Affair, it is definitely bigger and we hope even better. 

Click here to get your tickets for the Live Art Auction & Celebration.

The big event is the Affair – the Live Art Auction & Celebration – on Saturday, February 11th.  For only $35 a ticket, you will enjoy the swinging jazz and pop vocals of Tricia Cole, hot hors d’oeuvres and sliders, selections of the Estate’s wines, compliments of the SCAA, and door prizes.  The featured event, the Live Art Auction, will start at 8 pm, and Joe Pilliteri, popular in the Niagara Region for his fun comedy routines, will be your emcee and auctioneer for the evening.  Doors open at 6:30 giving you plenty time to mingle, munch, and peruse the art on display throughout the banquet hall.  This includes the pieces that have been entered for the live auction as well as the art available each day in the Show & Sale on display boards and in the popular Silent Auction.  Something is bound to catch your eye!  Click here to see what I have entered for the Live Art Auction.

The evening promises to be memorable, so plan to come with friends and family to this 19 and over event.  Tickets are available online – click here.

And everyone is welcome to come and have a chance to meet the artists and have an early peek at all of the art at the complimentary Reception on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2016 – doors open at 6 pm.  

The Show & Sale will be on Thursday to Sunday from 10 to 5 each day.  The art is beautiful, original, of all varieties, and affordable. Sample Hernder’s delectable wines while you are there.  Go to http://www.stcatharinesart.com for more information, or visit us on Facebook.

I am looking forward to seeing you there!



Happy Holidays



‘Tis the season for … decorating!  

The house, the tree, the gingerbread, the presents – you name it, Christmas gives me an unquenchable desire to keep adding those special touches to everything in my home.

img_0035I love to bake cookies and my husband and I enjoy decorating the house and making it twinkle as early as mid-November. We have family who leave at the beginning of December for their place in Florida so it has become a tradition to celebrate Christmas with them on the third weekend in November.

It is a busy time indeed, but never too busy to keep me out of the Artcave for too long.

Cross-section of the Full Image: A small glimpse of the recently completed abstracts, as yet untitled

I have just finished a matching set of abstracts but have yet to name them, and have continued to work on a few pieces that I hadn’t touched since the summer. In a recent posting of a favourite blog that I follow, it was recommended that painters should be producing an average of 80 pieces per year. Somehow that number does not sound too daunting to me, but the thought of where to store them does!

img_0034Keep checking my website for updates of my latest paintings, and if you missed one of my posts, check Blog Posts under Easel Tales for an update.

And ’tis the season to reflect on what means most to all of us.  The very best to all of you this Holiday Season!  


Artful Treasures 2016 a Huge Success


Was it worth the drive to The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre this past weekend?

Mountain Spring - just Sold!
Sold!  Mountain Spring was showcased on a special easel and found a new home.  Merry Christmas!
Sold!  Through the Woods, a personal favourite, was snapped up minutes before the end of the Show.  Happy Holidays!

A resounding YES!

For visitors and vendors alike, the Niagara-on-the-Lake visual arts centre was a bustling hub of unique gifts, gorgeous pottery and woodworking, the softest cowls, beautiful art, and yummy goodies, too.  Tied into the annual Holiday House Tour, the Artful Treasures Show & Sale had it all this year.

To see more paintings like these two, click here.

See you next year!



Staying the Course

Just recently I have been graced with not one but two different buyers interested in a painting of mine.  

Staying the Course

“Staying the Course” was the first in my Big Sky Series and quite different from the ones that would follow in that I didn’t give this painting a shoreline.  The ambiguity of the sky and sea – and perhaps a storm? – make this one unique. 

I promptly went into the Artcave to try and make another one.  While that is not likely to ever happen, even with the best intentions, it looks like my Big Sky series, at least for now, is staying the course… I just may have another one in the series ready soon.  Stay tuned!

SCAA Bus Trip to the Distillery District

It is Toronto Christmas Market time again!

dd-bus-trip-imageThis year’s St. Catharines Art Association Bus Trip is heading down on Thursday, November 24th and everyone is welcome to join us – as long as there are bus tickets left, and they are going fast.  Just $35 for members and $45 for non-members, leaving from the Fairview Mall at 12 noon and returning in the evening.  For more information about the Bus Trip, click here.

It is your big chance to catch both birdies with one net: check out all of the great art galleries in the Distillery District AND have a chance to visit the great cabins, boutiques, and delectable eateries putting on the big show during the Market, not to mention see the gigantic Christmas Tree…

For more information about The Toronto Christmas Market, click here.

For more information about the Distillery District, click here.

For more information about the art galleries and more in the Distillery District, click here.

See you there!