Acrylic Painting Class Winter Session

We started our Acrylic Painting class a couple of weeks ago and we learned a lot, as usual.  One of the things I learned was that it is more difficult to paint trees than you would think. Another is that snow is not just white.  Painting makes one more observant and you really look at things differently.  You see shapes and shadows and composition everywhere you look.  Painting has opened my eyes and I love it.

The photo I chose to paint was this one.  It is just a few steps from my front door and a treasured part of my new life in Ottawa.

The Greenboro Trail at Elizabeth Manley Park

The Greenboro Trail at Elizabeth Manley Park

I was sick with the flu last week but managed this week to finish the painting. Actually, I think there may be a couple of finishing touches still, to fix it up, but basically I’ve completed it.

Elizabeth Manley Park.  January, 2013

Elizabeth Manley Park. January, 2013


Our next project is a repeat of one from our last class – green trees with reflections in water.  Looking for a nice photo to paint with a point of interest like a house, cabin, lighthouse, barn, etc.

Have a nice day and thanks for reading. – Maureen


Happy Fall

It has been ages since I have done a blog post and I almost forget what to do. There have been a number of reasons that I haven’t been posting in a while.

As many of you know, we moved to Ottawa last December. We knew that there was no air conditioning in our house but in December, who cares?  In early June, the weather was getting hotter and we started to talk about buying a portable AC. My husband thought that we could get by without one but when we saw a good deal at Future Shop, we went for it. Thank God for that.

Ottawa had its hottest, driest summer ever and we were nice and cool.

My husband is an electrical engineer and here’s where the problem arose. He calculated the number of watts or megawatts or megasomethings that the AC was going to use, per day, or per hour, multiplied by the number of words I was going to key in, or something, and the upshot of it all is that I was not to use the computer unless the AC was off. I think there would have been explosions or something.

I told you it was the hottest summer EVER, didn’t I? So the AC was never off.

By the time the weather grew cooler, I had pretty well forgotten how to post blogs, but now that I have started again, there will likely be no stopping me.

During the summer I worked on my “novel” which is set in my home province of Nova Scotia. It is a romance, with a little mystery thrown in to make it  interesting.

This fall I began an art course. This time I am learning how to paint in acrylics, which is a new medium for me. For the last twenty years, I have been working in watercolours.

I have enjoyed being visited by my grandchildren and am amazed at how they are growing. Have you ever kissed your grandson’s cheek and felt whiskers? The grandchildren range in age from 6 to 15 and are incredibly wonderful.

My husband and I continue to walk and bike the trails of Ottawa and I will shortly (as soon as my daughter, Carla, is able to help me) set up a new blog on the trails of Ottawa. It will be mostly pictures of the changing seasons and the changing light on the paths around Ottawa.

I’m happy to be back and look forward to many more posts in the coming days.

Thanks for reading and have a good day!