Category Archives: enjoyable places

Summer 2019

Until July 30 my oil paintings are on display at the Hudson Community Centre, 394 Main, Hudson, Qc. Usual business hours are followed but please check with office if you want precise hours 450- 458- 6699 or recreation@ville.hudson.qc.ca. The paintings are from 2006 until 2019, most of them have not been outside my studio with a few exceptions. They are all unframed. There are 3 vertical panels of 48 inches by 24.

Mustard Fields,oil, 48×24, 2008

Pond Floral 1, oil, 48×24, 2019

Pond Floral, 2, oil, 48×24, 2019

There are 5 paintings, 30×30.

Shoreline Kamouraska, oil, 30×30, 2011

 

Late Spring Woodland, oil, 30×30, 2019

 

March Madness, oil, 30×30, 2019

 

Winter Woodland, oil, 30×30 2019

 

Pond Reflections, oil, 30×30, 2019

 

View from Ridge Road, oil, 30×30,

More thoughts on Mexico

This time our winter break in Mexico included a trip to Oaxaca for 5 days.

We decided on a 30 minute plane ride instead of the 10 hour bus ride. It was a pleasant trip operated by Aerotućan in a Cessna Grand Caravan with space for 14 passengers. We stayed at the family owned Hotel Casa las Mercedes which is central to the square, museums and restaurants. A half day trip to Monte Albán was a must see on our list – a pre-Columbian archaeological site and UNESCO World Hertiage Site.

Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mx

There are many museums in this city but my top choice is Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. It is adjacent to the Church of Santa Domingo de Guzmán and will take up to a good part of your afternoon as it covers pre hispanic, Spanish Conquistador 1519, and contemporary culture.  The Baroque architecture of the Monastery and Church started in 1575 and took 200 years to complete and is built with cantera a local greenish quarry stone. It is impossible for one to understand how this was accomplished without modern day machinery. On the top floor there are a few panoramic views of the botanical garden; an enjoyable addition as access to the garden is restricted to guided tours and specific hours and days. The library of books and illustrative draws is extensive and if you enjoy history and drawings spend time here. If you decide to visit this attraction it is 1/2 km. north of the central square, Plaza de la Constitutución  on a pedestrian only street. The Plaza is a great place to take a refreshing drink and enjoy the music, venders of goods which can be annoying but a firm “no” works. The steeple of the Cathedral of our Lady of Assumption from the square becomes a landmark for orientation. To note the original towers were destroyed in a earthquake in 1931.

Nearby our hotel is the the Cultural Centre of San Pablo originally constructed in 1529 by the Dominicans to house the convent of Santo Domingo de Soriano. Completely renovated the space includes the cloister, textile museum, outdoor plaza and restaurant. The restaurant can be entered by Independencia Avenue or the interior plaza. The serves and food is of excellent quality and well priced.

 

 

All churches, museums and civil buildings are built from a local green tinged quarry stone “cantera” . The fountain base in the square near our hotel was made up of large cut blocks of cantera which glimmered and changed accordingly to the slant of the sun. Below are a few more watercolour sketches from my stay in Mexico.

 

Independencia Avenue Plaza, watercolour, 2019

Exterior of local quarry stone, cloister, watercolour, Oaxaca, 2019

Catch of the Day, watercolour, 2019

Oaxaca city is in one of the poorest states in Mexico but throughout our stay we felt at at easy and welcome. Thanks for a great visit.

 

 

February 2019

This month I have donated a painting for the silent auction at the Annual Valentine’s Charity Ball a fundraiser by the Freemasons of Ottawa to take place on February 9th, 2019 at Centurion Conference and Event Centre, Ottawa. There is a wide selection of articles up for grabs. The super grand prize is an African Safari. All proceeds of this auction will be split equally among – the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health- Do it for Daron Initative, Bruyère Foundation and Roger Neilson House. More info at valentines.ottawamasons.ca

Below is my oil painting, gallery sized cotton canvas, 30 inches by 30 inches completed in 2019. To be part of this silent auction on February 9, 2019.

Row boats for Rent, oil, 30×30, 2018

When I am on the road and not in my studio my choice of art tools are a quarter sheet of  watercolour paper, 3 brushes, small metal palette filled with pigments and a collapsible waterproof sac from Hachem art supplies in Quebec.

Here are a few watercolour sketches completed in the last week

Sunflowers, watercolour, 1/4 sheet, 2019

Juice Bar, Mercado, watercolour, 1/4 sheet, 2019

Pork Stall, Mercado, watercolour, 1/4 sheet, 2019

Fundraiser for Old Brewery Mission, Montreal

This Saturday November 10, 2018 – 25 artists will be at 232 Senneville, Qc, selling our art for a fundraiser benefiting Old Brewery Mission of Montreal. Doors open at 11 and close at 4. Here are my roosters painted in acrylic on canvas and framed. It is referred to as square art as all paintings are in this format. Hot soup, bread and a sweet are offered at 5$, please come and enjoy this private home on Lac-Saint-Louis, our art and lunch.

Sunny, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018

Oscar, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018

Wyman, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018

Pete, acrylic, 12 by 12, 2018

Fall 2018

My painting exhibition, at the Two Owl Barn in Hudson, Qc finished on September 2. I appreciated the expertise of owners Mavis and Nancy, the support of my family, friends and clients in giving me a wonderful two weeks at the gallery.

Two Barn Owls, Hudson, Qc

Coasters of my paintings

Kamouraska Shoreline, Qc

interior of Two Barn Owls Gallery with my painting of the village church in Kamouraska, Qc

My next collaboration will be with the Old Brewery Mission of Montreal. This will be the third year for the Annual Square Foot Art organized by Montreal artists Sue Porter and Karen Hosker, save the date – November 10 at 232 chemin  Senneville, Senneville Qc, from 11 to 4.