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One Month to Art Show Opening


One month tomorrow, on Saturday, May 3, Janice Feist and I open our 2-woman art show at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. Firmly Rooted examines where we’ve come from and where we are now in our lives and creative journeys as artists. Our shared love of trees and nature, passion for painting and desire to connect with …

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One Weekend Down – One More to Go in Windermere


WEEKEND #1 What a glorious two days in Muskoka last weekend! Everywhere the trees proudly displayed their autumn wardrobes and visitors came to experience the natural beauty and the creativity of local artists. On Friday, the 4 of us set up our art show at Windermere Village Hall. We arrived with a ‘truckload of work’ in …

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From Inspiration to Interesting Places

Photo of Beaver Creek on Covered Bridge Trail in Bracebridge

Well, here it goes. In this post I’ll attempt to explain my painting process to you. The focus will be acrylic painting. The first thing I need to do is decide what to paint. Most often I’m drawn to nature but I also enjoy painting barns, unusual buildings and architectural details, like windows and doors. …

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A Magical Process


Nature is amazing – how it recycles itself and can come back when we stay out-of-the-way. I notice this mostly in the forest where new life springs up from old cedar tree stumps. But often it happens in unexpected places like today when I discovered an unusual plant growing in amongst the garden cuttings we deposit …

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When One Door Closes . . .


I’m a firm believer in the saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”  (Alexander Graham Bell) Late last week I learned  Art in the Heart would be cancelled for this summer. Apparently, they didn’t receive enough qualified applications for this three-Saturday, outdoor summer show in down-town Bracebridge. There are plans to revamp the show and re-launch …

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Dates with Paints


My painting papers and canvases are talking to me! Well, maybe not literally but these day I sense more easily what I need to do and I’m not trying any longer to copy or reproduce photographs when I paint. Today, as my artistic journey continues, I am more interested in communicating my impressions of a subject …

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Visit Muskoka for Autumn Colour and Inspiring Artwork


Are you looking for a great way to spend a relaxing September weekend and stimulate those creative juices before winter sets in? Here’s my suggestion. Plan a trip to Muskoka to experience the amazing fall colour and the 34th annual Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour (MAST).  The tour runs two weekends, September 22-23 and September 29-30.  In many …

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Website for my Art!


Forgot to mention my art website is now live.  Please take a look and let me know what you think http://www.wendiedonabie.com Kudos again to Emma and Jen co-owners of Charm Media, my website developers. They listened to me, heard what I wanted and delivered! Thank you….Wendie

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Outdoor Art Show is over – What I learned


Week two, July 28, at Art in the Heart in Bracebridge brought me another sale to a lovely shop owner here in town. I have now sold three paintings to three storekeepers. Maybe I could go door to door and solicit sales from the rest of them? (not a consideration!) Week three – August 4: The temperature …

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Art, Art, Art!!!! A Whirlwind Week


Andrea Mossop Last week I spent an amazing 5 days with an inspiring teacher at “Shades of Pale”, a course in acrylic painting offered by Haliburton School of the Arts (HSTA) (http://flemingcollege.ca/school/haliburton-school-of-the-arts) at their offsite location in Huntsville, Ontario. Our teacher, Andrea Mossop, from St Lawrence College in Brockville, where she has  taught full-time for 38 years, offers …

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