Blue Heron Writes

Sharing to Inspire through Words and Pictures
Alicia's Poppy Field, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 60 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

Wendie’s Bio and Current Art Schedule

Rock, Paper, Scissors – It’s a Draw, Acrylic Paint and Mixed Media, 24 x 12 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Poetry, short stories, paint, ink, brushes and a vivid imagination fill my creative toolbox. My love of language – alliteration, metaphor and simile drive my passion to write and when words won’t do the job, I turn to my easel and a fresh canvas.


Paint, ink, brushes, poetry, short stories, and a vivid imagination fill my creative toolbox. As a writer and visual artist, I’ve learned a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Painting allows me to communicate my experience of the world in a way that words cannot. Most often, the endless beauty of Muskoka, Ontario, provides the inspiration for my acrylic, watercolour, oil and Chinese ink paintings.

When I’m at the easel, time loses all meaning, and, as if by magic, the brush draws forth images hidden in the fibres of the canvas or paper. My goal is to entice the viewer into the painting, to experience my story, or one of his or her own imaginings. I also hope my work increases awareness of our interdependence on the fragile, natural world around us.  To that end a portion of sales of all my artwork goes directly to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to support their rehabilitation work in Muskoka.

I invite you to visit, the Arts at the Albion Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 100 Muskoka Rd N, Gravenhurst where I’m one of 20 Muskoka artists sharing the space.

Please visit to view my artwork portfolio and drop me a note if you have any questions.

Thank you.   Wendie



This year you’ll find my work in two Muskoka Galleries. I was invited to submit a collection of my paintings to The Dabbling Duck Gallery in Port Carling, open from the May long weekend until the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. And I am one of the 20 local artists at the Arts at the Albion Cooperative Gallery, 100 Muskoka Road North in Gravenhurst where my paintings and cards are available all year round.

So far this year, I have shown work in juried shows in Midland and Bracebridge.

On June 24, I will be participating in the Spring into Summer event where you’ll find me painting in downtown Gravenhurst.

I’ve applied to the East Central Ontario Artists Association Annual Juried exhibition taking place in Belleville from June 8 to July 13 and to the Quest Art School and Gallery call for their upcoming show, Lessons in Play, opening May 25 – June 18. Updates on these shows will be posted here.

Then on September 30, I’ll be participating in CULTURE DAYS as an artist in the window painting at Up North Games, on Main Street in Huntsville. As well, I’m planning on creating colouring book images of Canada’s wildlife on a large canvas that the public can paint. Once completed I will auction it off with proceeds going to Apsen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Muskoka.

Along with 3 other artists, I’m working on paintings for a 4-woman show we’re calling, 4Skins, at the Chapel Gallery opening October 14, and running to November 11.  Here is an example of the work we’re doing. From Heaven to Earth is one of our collaborations but we are also preparing individual  2D and 3D pieces.

From Heaven to Earth, Acrylic paint skins, 24 x 24 inches, Collaborative work by Wendie Donabie, Janice Feist, Pat Whittle, Lynda Lynn

Throughout the year, I continue to keep a rotating selection of work at RE/MAX North Country in Gravenhurst, as well as Oliver’s Coffee Shop on Manitoba Street and Tea Infusion on Wellington Street, both in Bracebridge.

More updates will be provided as bookings are made. Stay tuned!

And thanks for stopping by.





  1. I love the light and shadows…they draw me in.


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