Artists of the Spring Show June 2022: Carolyn Stephenson


Carolyn Stephenson

1. What have you been working on over the pandemic?

Inspiration was very hard to come by in the early part of the pandemic but eventually I started back working with my Alcohol Inks.  I signed up for a few online courses, both for Alcohol ink and Watercolor.

2. Have you been experimenting with any new techniques or styles? 

Over the past few years my main medium has been the inks but they have a very strong odor and can be very toxic. One should only work with them for short periods of time.  As  water colour had been my only type of art for about 7 years, I decided to take a break and get back into it.  

Incorporating granulation medium and acrylic inks to water color was my new adventure and I was quite happy with some of the results.

3.  Have you been drawn to any particular subject matter or themes over the pandemic?

Basically, my favourite subject matter would be landscapes with atmospheric skies and they would be done in the alcohol inks.   With water color, I love doing winter scenes and flowers. Trees are another favorite in any medium

4.  I often find colours inspire me, is there any particular color you’ve been drawn to lately?

What attracted me to the Alcohol Inks was the beautiful, vibrant colors . It is fascinating to see them blend in together when you add the alcohol.  There is one of the black inks that when the alcohol is added so many other colors appear. Pinks, blues, purples, taupe. Another favorite is a metallic brass that just adds that little bit of interest

5. Have you been working with small or large canvases?

As I work mainly on synthetic papers for the inks, namely Yupo and Nara paper, most of my art is smaller.  However, I have branched out recently and  done some that are a bit bigger.  The biggest issue that I deal with is the fact that all my paintings need framing  which is very costly.

       See Carolyn and other amazing artist at the upcoming Spring Show 

June 11th & 12th at Scout Hall in Port Perry.




 

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Artists of the Spring Show June 2022: Hildy Smith

 




        I have been working in my studio almost every day through out the pandemic and it has been a saving grace for me.  I can escape into a world not filled with Covid!  I have been fortunate to have some commissions as well.  The Port Perry Waterfront painting was made into prints for a fundraiser for our hospital. A total of $10,000 was raised and that took up a lot of my time during the lockdowns.

 

 I am predominately a landscape artist and don’t often stray too far from that as that is where I am comfortable.  I have been painting for over 60 years and have tried other mediums and techniques but always come back to landscape.  I paint in acrylics now rather than oils as I like the quick drying time and cleanup.  They have come a long way in the past couple of decades.

     

         

  
I am drawn to the contrast of light and dark in my paintings and like bold colours.  Mood is  always  important for me to convey and I try to make the viewer want to feel they could step  into the world  I paint on the canvas.  I sometimes paint a still life floral but mostly just add  lovely flowers into my landscapes.

        I am going to enter some small and some larger works in the show and am looking forward to mixing with other artists and being inspired by their talent.  I don’t have a website as I’m not particularly proficient with technology but I do have a Facebook page.

                            It’s Hildy H.Smith - Artist where I post most of my work


Join Hildy along with other talented members of the

 PPAA at our Spring Show June 11th & 12th at Scout Hall.


 


Artists of the June 2022 Spring Show: Debbie Bateman

 



                        Debbie Bateman

                 Dbatemanoilpainting.ca



1. What have you been working on over the pandemic?

I’ve been concentrating on paintings that include something “organic” live, energy.  Have completed a series of 3 winter paintings feature people engaged in typical Canadian winter events – skiing, skating and tobogganing.

 

2. Have you been experimenting with any new techniques or styles? If so can you explain it or provide pictures as examples.

Not new techniques but new subject matters; moved away from pure landscapes towards street scenes and people

 

3.  Have you been drawn to any particular subject matter or themes over the pandemic?

As above – trying to stay positive during all the bad news and isolation by painting even brighter colours to lift everyone’s spirits

 

4.  I often find colours inspire me, is there any particular color you’ve been drawn to lately?

Turqoise!!!

 

5. Have you been working with small or large canvases?

Large; I find I can really swing a brush on large canvases, much looser work than a small canvas where I feel confined.

 

6. What can we look forward to  seeing on display at the spring 2022 art show?

Paintings that are almost whimsical in their simplicity and colour.  Trees that are pink and blue rather than traditional green …. Purple rocks ….

 


            Come see Debbie and other talented artists at the Spring Show June 11th &12th 




Artists of the Autumn Show: Janice Addison



"This is a painting that I have been wanting to paint for a long time, but I found the background to be a bit distracting. I decided to attempt it after I saw a photo by a fellow artist in this year’s Victoria County Studio Tour brochure. I liked the dark, misty background in the late day of her photo, as opposed to the early morning mist in mine. I decided that if I could create that effect with watercolour, for my background horizon, then I would complete the rest of the painting. It is titled “Out of Adversity”


How long have you been involved with the PPAA?

 I have been involved with the PPAA for 21 years. I joined the group in 2000 at the first art show of the original 4 artists. 


When did you first fall in love with art? 

As a child, I was always drawing or crafting or sewing with my mom. Both of my parents were artistic and always encouraged my efforts. 


What is your background in art? (Formally trained or self-taught) 

 There were no art classes taught at my high school until I was in my senior year. That year I sat in on as many of the Grade 9 art classes as my spares would allow. Keen to go to Ontario College of Art (now OCAD), I applied and was accepted on raw talent alone. My limited experience and lack of art history knowledge meant that I would have a huge learning curve in college. I knew this would put me at a great disadvantage, so second thoughts and doubts kept me from following through with my plan. I chose a different but fulfilling, career path. I continued to satiate my artistic desires in my spare time. I attended week-end workshops with prominent artists of the day.


What courses would you recommend any aspiring artist take? (Perhaps describe a course you’ve taken that has helped to sharpen your skills) 

I would recommend that aspiring artists take classes from artists whose work they admire. Perhaps with a style that is one that they wish to pursue and emulate. No matter which instructor they choose, they will always come away with some new tidbit that will improve their skills. A course in determining values and shapes in one’s compositions would be extremely helpful too


How would you describe your artistic style and who influences you the most? 

 My style is generally representational but I appreciate all styles from realism to abstraction. I incorporate them in my work from time to time. I strive to be painterly and impressionistic. Edwin Matthews, former owner and resident artist of Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, first inspired me to pursue the watercolour medium. He was an excellent watercolour artist and teacher and I loved his style. His gallery was  The Haliburton School of Fine Arts. My various art groups also offered classes that I attended with professional artists from Ontario and across Canada and the U.S. This included Gordon MacKenzie, Brian Atyeo, Margaret Roseman, Sterling Edwards, Anne Abgott, Jack Reid and a wealth of others. Each bringing wonderful experiences to my table!


What medium do you prefer to use and why? 

Watercolour is the medium for which I am most known. I began painting with watercolour first and have become more adept and less intimidated by it’s sometimes unpredictable nature. I love the fluidity and both the softness and the strength of colour that you can achieve with watercolour. However, I am enjoying the versatility and forgiveness of the acrylic medium right now. 


What can we look forward to seeing from you in the Fall Art Show? 

In the fall show you can expect to see a mixture of both watercolour and acrylic paintings, both framed and unframed. These paintings are mostly landscapes but you will find florals, architecture and people scenes. Some small still life paintings will provide the surprise. 

I have no personal website or Facebook page at the moment, but you can see some of my paintings on the Fenelon Station Gallery, Victoria County Studio Tour and Port Perry Artists’ Association sites.

What advice would you offer to a beginner just starting out? 

Use the best materials you can afford. You’ll have a better chance of achieving your best watercolour results and won’t have a new learning curve when you upgrade to better quality paints and paper. 


See Janice and other talented artists of the Port Perry Artists Association in our upcoming Autumn Show 



Artists of the Autumn Show: Jindra Cadil

"My mom standing on the beach, it has sentimental attachment"

How long have you been involved with the PPAA?

10 years

When did you first fall in love with art?

I was 4 years old when my grandfather let me paint flowers on his painting. I didn’t start to paint until much, much later.

 

What is your background in art? (Formally trained or self taught)

I am basically self-taught. Through the past 15 years, I took many workshops and a few classes from professional instructors.

 

What courses would you recommend any aspiring artist take? (Perhaps describe a course you’ve taken that has helped to sharpen your skills)

I would say that every course will teach you something.

 

How would you describe your artistic style and who influences you the most?

I don’t think I have specific style, it depends on my mood. I go from realistic to imaginary or abstract.

 

What medium do you prefer to use and why?

I like oil but use it only when doing Plein Air outside on my porch. In my inside studio, I only use acrylics.

 

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the Fall Art Show?

My biggest solo painting 48x32 which is of the Public Gardens from Halifax. I made a bigger painting  which was 8 by 5 feet but it was three person effort.

 

What advice would you offer to a beginner just starting out?

Paint, paint, paint!

 See Jindra and other artists of the PPAA at our upcoming Autumn Show November 13th-14th



Artists of the Autumn Show: Lynne Rempel

 

 “Early Morning Light”.  Oil on gallery stretched canvas 30x40”

How long have you been involved with the PPAA? 

4years

 

 

When did you first fall in love with art? 

 

Looking back I think I was always drawn to art and as a child my Mother and I had fun with paint-by-numbers. M true love of painting began in my early twenties when I picked up a brush and freely laid paint on canvas. From that moment on I knew this was for me. It was a busy life at that time and the couple hours away from the chaos allowed a disconnect, a meditation if you will. Now in my retirement years I still feel that way.

 

 

What is your background in art? (Formally trained or self taught) 

 

Many years ago I attended the Winnipeg Symposium of Art where I studied composition and the basics of oil painting. Since that time, I attended workshops and classes here and there. I would consider myself mainly self-taught. Life got in the way with working and children but my brushes were always there and I would sporadically pick them up. Now in my retirement years I have more time to devote myself to the craft.

 

 

What courses would you recommend any aspiring artist take? 

 

I would advise any aspiring artist to take a basic course beginning with a medium that doesn’t seem too daunting. I'd then encourage them to experiment with different mediums and choose one. Paint, paint, paint until a level of comfort is reached. 

Study the great masters. One teacher who painted in the style of the old masters was Joyce Anderson and I gleaned a lot of basic painting techniques from her teachings.

 

 

How would you describe your artistic style and who influences you the most? 

Even after so many years my style is still developing!  I began as a realist and now I push myself towards Impressionism. 

I like to study the Impressionists …my favourites being Cezanne, Monet, Manet. I enjoy their fluid brushstrokes and the vibrancy of their colours. It looks easy but isn’t!

 

 

What medium do you prefer to use and why?

 

 I settled on oils as I love the blending qualities they allow and the buttery richness they impart.

 

 

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the Fall Art Show?

 

I produced a lot of paintings during Covid and I intend to show some Muskoka landscapes along with a few still lifes. 

 

 

What advice would you offer to a beginner just starting out? 

 

 Paint as often and as much as you can. Take some formal classes and learn the basics. 

Join an Art Club. Artists are there to encourage and help one another…you’ll have a lot of fun!


See Lynne and other artist at the upcoming Autumn Show November 13th and 14th. 



Artists of the Autumn Show: Sharon Bulmer

 


How long have you been involved with the PPAA?

I joined PPAA in March, 2005

 

When did you first fall in love with art?

I have always loved art, starting at a very early age sketching just about everything I saw.

 

 What is your background in art? (Formally trained or self taught)

I would say I am basically a self taught artist.  I have taken a few weekend courses with other artists in oil, and watercolour.

 

What courses would you recommend any aspiring artist take? (Perhaps describe a course you’ve taken that has helped to sharpen your skill)

I would recommend taking some beginners classes in the medium of your choice.  This gives you a starting point to begin developing your own style.


How would you describe your artistic style and who influences you the most?

I am not sure I have an artistic style, I paint in oil, watercolour, fluid acrylic and folk art.  For a time I also did pen and ink drawings.

 

What medium do you prefer to use and why?

Oil is my medium of choice because I have developed a particular way of blending the oils that can not be accomplished with any other medium.

 

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the Fall Art Show?

This year you will probably see a lot of folk art and fluid acrylic.


What advice would you offer to a beginner just starting out?

Choose one medium that you are particularly interested in and get good at it.  Then you can start thinking about expanding your portfolio to other mediums.

 

You can look forward to seeing Sharon Bulmer's Work at the upcoming  Autumn Show!



Artists of the Autumn Show: Deborah Bateman

 

"The attached piece is titled “The Summer House”  36 by 36 and is very typical of my work.  I love old houses, if they could just tell their stories.  Quirky rooflines, overgrown and faded paint."

https://www.dbatemanoilpaintings.ca


How long have you been involved with the PPAA? 

2 years


When did you first fall in love with art?   

As a young teenager I used to copy the drawings in the ads at the back of the newspaper (now I am dating myself!).  I always wanted art supplies and sketch books for Christmas and moved into oil painting in my 20s.  Life and career took precedence so at times, I laid my brushes down for years but it was always “there”.  Would pick up the brushes and paint furiously for a few years and lay them down again until I moved closer to retirement and could focus on this passion for color that just had to get out onto a canvas.  When I retired, I had the time to take classes, seminars, pursue art festivals and club memberships and here I am!


What is your background in art? (Formally trained or self taught)

Not formally trained as in degrees. I am mostly self taught but have had great mentors and instructors that I followed in day or weekend classes and workshops – eg., Mary Lampman, Poul Thrane and Lucy Manley.


What courses would you recommend any aspiring artist take? (Perhaps describe a course you’ve taken that has helped to sharpen your skills)

Don’t be afraid of oils – they are vibrant and forgiving.  Try painting with a palette knife, with brushes, with your fingers.  Buy really good equipment – brushes, canvases, paints.  Take a beginner course with novice painters so that you will not be overwhelmed or left behind by faster, more experienced painters  which can be discouraging and intimidating.     Move up a level in classes every year because first and foremost, you will learn one thing, if only one, that you can apply to your work that makes it uniquely yours.  Challenge yourself.  Work with different artists to broaden your horizons and you will find your niche and your style.  The most inspirational artist that I worked with in early years “made” me go outside and paint.  Be in the moment.  If you can do that, you can anything.


How would you describe your artistic style and who influences you the most?

I am a whimsical colourist, semi-impressionistic.  I love bright, pure colours, applied with thick paint.  My work looks way better from across the room.  I am not detail oriented, I strive for the emotional impact of light and dark, colour and vibrancy.  I would say the Group of Seven is my ideal and my current mentor, Lucy Manley, is the ultimate landscape artist that suits my style.

 

What medium do you prefer to use and why?

Oils!!!  They are malleable and have texture and vibrancy. They are forgiving as well.  If you have a challenging spot in your work, you have options with oils. My advice is to rub it off right away, or let it dry and paint over it as many times as you like. They mix into the most interesting and lovely colours on your palette sheet or right there “in living colour” on your canvas.  They are energetic and they make my work exciting and create many happy accidents on a canvas that sometimes can never be replicated.

 

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the Fall Art Show?

I have had a great season through Covid! I suspect because folks could not travel they were willing to spend the money on home improvements including purchasing original art so in fact, my inventory is getting lower.  However, I will show some larger pieces from all the seasons, perhaps a colorful farm scene or two, rural and urban landscapes.  Some smaller pieces to go along with the larger ones

 Come and see Deborah's Work at the upcoming Autumn Show!




Artists of the Autumn Show: Pat Shepherd

 

''I love trees, love to be in the woods, love sunlit shadows.  This came together.  

Called it "Where I Belong".  One of those keepers!''

https://www.instagram.com/pshepart/ 

How long have you been involved with the PPAA?  

20 years!!! 

When did you first fall in love with art?  

As a teenager but wasn’t allowed to keep art materials in the home. 

What is your background in art? (Formally trained or self taught)  

Courses in Haliburton, a few at Buckhorn and workshops locally. I took a 3 month drawing and painting course. 

What courses would you recommend any aspiring artist take? (Perhaps describe a course you’ve taken that has helped to sharpen your skills) 

Courses on values, and color and composition.  Best course I’ve ever taken was with Ann Blair Brown who makes each lesson interesting and valuable, never boring or tedious. Great weekly exercises to learn notan, grisaille, color and composition. She’s great at analyzing problem areas and shares how to improve in a positive way.  Takes the time to thoughtfully consider your work and ask about your goals.   

How would you describe your artistic style and who influences you the most?  

Still all over the place because I like trying new things.  I love modern impressionistic painting like Ann Blair Brown and her group.  I like paintings that allow your imagination and interpretation to fill in the blanks.  Barbara Benedetti Newton is a fabulous painter in all mediums.  John Stuart Pryce, Albert Handell, Jenny Buckner, Marc Grandbois, Charlie Hunter. 

What medium do you prefer to use and why? 

I’ve used watercolour, pastels, acrylic and oil.  Each one has its own magic.  Watercolour allows for loose, spontaneous happenings. Pastels look incredibly soft with vivid colours.  Acrylic allows you to paint faster and has vibrant colours. Oil lets you build and change as you go. 

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the Fall Art Show? 

Hoping to have a small series of paintings that have a unified theme as well as a few of my animal paintings. 

What advice would you offer to a beginner just starting out?  

Commit to painting as often as possible.  Find a small space where you can leave your materials out.  Paint every day even if it’s just a small, quick painting.  Sketch as often as possible to develop your skills.  Don’t get hung up on “wasting” materials.  It’s a canvas, it’s a piece of paper.  If it’s not perfection, move on to the next.  The doing is just as important as the results, especially in the beginning.  Go for it! 


          Thank you to Pat Shepherd for taking the time to answer my questions! 

You can look forward to seeing her work at the upcoming Autumn Show 

November 13 & 14th.



FALLING INTO ART PART 2

 Our fall Art Show is coming up! 


        Here are some fall themed paintings to get you in the spirit of the changing season. These Artists will be featured at the Fall Art Show. I will be featuring members of the PPAA in the coming weeks in my Artist Profile Series.

 Please enjoy!
 












SEE THESE ARTISTS AT OUR FALL ART SHOW!