Blue Heron Writes

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Wendie’s Bio and Current Art Schedule

Rock, Paper, Scissors – It’s a Draw, Acrylic Paint and Mixed Media, 24 x 12 inches, Framed.                   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.


In 2018 I continue my involvement with 19 other 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.

Currently I have Autumn Apparition in a Muskoka Arts and Crafts Members Show at Bracebridge Town Hall, 1000 Taylor Court, Bracebridge, Ontario,  running from February 6 – March 29, 2018.

Autumn Apparition, Acrylic Paint and Skins, 40 x 30 inches, Framed. Copyright Wendie Donabie

Then from February 15 – May 15, 2018, Forest in Transition, will be part of the Muskoka Arts and Crafts exhibit at the Canada Summit Centre at 20 Park Dr, Huntsville, Ontario.

Forest in Transition, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Forest in Transition, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Framed. Copyright Wendie Donabie

From March 23-25, I will have three paintings included in the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Members Show at the Bracebridge Sportsplex. Here are the three I intend to include.

Fire Rooster, Acrylic paint and Acrylic Skins, 11 x 14 inches, Framed. Copyright Wendie Donabie

Heart Strings, Acrylic Paint, Skins and Mixed Media, 20 x 16 inches, Framed. Copyright Wendie Donabie

One Voice, Acrylic Skins, 16 x 20 inches, framed. Copyright Wendie Donabie

I expect to participate in the Spring into Summer event where you’ll find me painting in downtown Gravenhurst. This usually takes place the last weekend in June with the artists on the street on the Saturday. More info to come.

In 2017, I worked with 3 other artists, to create a 4-woman show we called, 4SKINS. All of our work was made in full or part from acrylic skins, thin pieces of dried acrylic paint. The successful exhibit ran for a month.

This year I’m focused on new work for the opening of Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery, here at my home in Bracebridge. The gallery space will exhibit a mixture of my older work and new exciting pieces I have planned to complete.  Weaver of the Universe will be part of my home studio collection of work.

Weaver of the Universe, Acrylic Skins on Canvas, 16 x 16 inches, unframed.                       Copyright Wendie Donabie

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 about shows will be provided as bookings are made. Stay tuned!

You can visit my website at any time to view my newest work!

And thanks for stopping by.





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


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