Hey Everyone! I see it's been a while since I posted a new blog entry. I figure it's time to give an update as to the work that has been keeping me busy! One thing that has been keeping me occupied has been my weekly teaching job at Courtland Public School. This is such a great little small-town school. The students and teachers are are wonderful. At Courtland I have been facilitating classes with the Kindergartens, Grade 1/2, Grade 3, Grade 5, Grade 6, and Grade 8 classes (and beginning in January I will be teaching the same lessons to the rest of the school). They have completed watercolour paintings, collaborative collages (well, they've done their part of the collage - I have to do mine now and assemble all of it), and are currently working on finishing up their paper mache sculptures (in addition to other random warm-up exercises/small projects). Once again, as when I was teaching with my OAC AIE Grant in 2016-2017, I am learning so much about teaching in general and managing a classroom of students with different ages and varying abilities. And I am amazed by teachers and all the hard work they put into teaching and into their students on a daily basis.
Once a week in my art studio I also teach art lessons to adults. I have learned so much through this experience, and it stretches me and inspires me to grow as an artist and as a teacher. I have learned so much from the people I teach, and I always look forward to our weekly lessons.
I have been also busy working on various commissions - most of which I cannot share images of as many of them are gifts for Christmas time ;) But I can share this image of a painting I finished in October. I am currently booked till approximately June/July 2019 with commissioned paintings.
Lastly, as I have the spare work time, I've been working on a few beach paintings. I began painting beach scenes in the summer when I wanted to try painting something 'different' (different for me). I quickly fell in love with this subject matter, as I absolutely love spending time at our beautiful local beach on Lake Erie. I personally find it so peaceful and relaxing just sitting on the sand, listening to the waves and feeling the warmth of the sun. My computer is now full of photos that I took to use as references for future paintings.
Take care! Thank-you for your interest in my work :) .
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.