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Category Archives: Muskoka

Ventures into Abstraction


I’ve repeated on more than one occasion that I don’t understand abstract painting and thus would never do it… As they say, Never say never.

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Artistic Evolution


Working on material for a group show with three fellow artists this fall, I’m stretching and trying new things in my paintings. Although I feel I will always be a representational painter, I am working on loosening up my work and evolving into a more impressionistic style of painting. I continue to use photos as reference …

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How are You Marketing Your Artwork?


One of the hardest parts of any business is defining and reaching the market for your product. It’s the same for your art. People don’t buy artwork every day; the majority consider art a luxury item or at least something purchased only after taking care of the necessities of life. So, how do you find those buyers? Today, a …

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Close Encounter


Our eyes meet, time stops Creatures from different worlds A divine moment… Close Encounter was just accepted into the Huntsville Art Society, Spring Vitality Show, running at the Summit Centre from February 17-May 17, 2016. http://www.wendiedonabie.com    

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Create, Participate, Share – Culture Days!


Demonstrating oil painting and jewellery making at Huntsville Public Library, Sept 25-27.

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Newest Paintings – Inspired by Muskoka Sunsets

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

Inspired by our beautiful Muskoka Sunsets, I created a small series of paintings to celebrate these natural works of art that grace our evening skies.   These paintings are a small selection of the work I will have available this coming weekend at the Baysville Arts & Crafts Festival.  The art market sets up in the …

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Muskoka Sunsets – Unbeatable Inspiration


How do I, as an artist, capture Nature’s brilliant palette of colours when the evening sky fills with a fast-changing rainbow of hues? For me the only way is using reference photos. The next problem is matching colours. Well, forget that! No matter how many paint colours exist and how much mixing I do, it seems impossible …

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Artist of the Month at MUSKOKA TOURISM

The Red Canoe, Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 24 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Are you headed up to Muskoka during the month of May? If you are, please take a few minutes to drop into the Muskoka Tourism Information Centre on Hwy 11, 2 km north of Severn Bridge, just south of Gravenhurst. I’m the Featured Artist from May 1-31! You’ll find a selection of acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings as …

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New Paintings – Getting It Done


Here’s what I’ve been up to since my post, The Creative Struggle, in which I explained my recent difficulty taking my art and writing ideas from inspiration to application. In writing that post I actually did experience a breakthrough in my art. For a few weeks, several painting ideas for a themed show, Betwixt & Between, competed for …

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NorthWords Literary Festival Comes to the Heart of Muskoka


NORTHWORDS LITERARY FESTIVAL COMES TO THE HEART OF MUSKOKA There’s great news for lovers of the written word. On the weekend of October 3-5, the NorthWords Literary Festival will take place in the Bracebridge, Ontario. Now in its fourth year, the festival is a celebration of Canadian literature, designed to promote a love of reading …

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