Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A little late but we have been busy around here-all the family around and several Christmas dinners to consume.  Should get back to painting tomorrow-- Minature Show at the Art Exchange is coming up in Feb 2010 and need to work on pieces for the solo show at the Arts Project, slated for Sept 2010 as well as work for the Gallery Gora Summer Group Exhibition in Montreal in late July-early August.
Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Classes at the Arts Project, 2010

For more information about this and other classes at the Arts Project go to

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Classes at the Arts Project, 2010

Aleid Uhl


Introduction to Model Sculpting

The students will learn basic sculpting techniques and get acquainted with the principles and practices of anatomy and the proportions of several separate parts of the human figure. By the end of the course, each student will be in a position to proudly lay claim to a number of original works of art.


Saturday mornings 10:00am – 1:00pm

January 23 – March 13, 2010

Cost $250


Sculpting the Human Figure

The students will learn a variety of sculpting techniques and get acquainted with the principles and practices of anatomy and the classical proportions of the human figure. The student will work on three assignments focusing on the male and female figure and torso. By the end of the course, each student will be in a position to proudly lay claim to a number of original works of art


Tuesday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

January 26 – March 16, 2010

Cost $250


Aleid Uhl was educated as a sculptor and stone mason in Europe: The Netherlands, France and Italy. As a mason, she was involved in the restoration of gothic cathedrals, royal palaces and other majestic structures working in a variety of stone. Since her arrival in Canada, she has dedicated herself to sculpting full time. Her works are executed in bronze, stone, plaster, and polyurethane.



Hida Bezahdi


Beginners Figure Drawing

Gesture and Shape, figure drawing basics. This course is designed for students with no previous background or minimal background in figure drawing. Students will get familiar with the setting of a life drawing studio, basic materials for drawing and they will experience drawing with charcoal, charcoal pencil and Lead pencil in large and small formats.


Using a life model, students will develop the ability to create gesture drawings that reflect a basic understanding of the body impulse, movement, weight, balance and proportion. There will be class demonstrations and series of take home assignments. This course everything will be the foundation for intermediate figure drawing.

Hida Behzadi has extensive professional experience in figure drawing, painting and graphic design. She holds a B.A. in Visual communication and a M.A. in Graphic design. She has exhibited her artworks in various group and solo shows. She has studied the human form and anatomy extensively with top ranked fine art masters in Tehran and has gained considerable insight in depicting the human body. She can't wait to pass on her secrets to her students.

Course materials list


Saturday mornings 2:00pm – 5:00pm

January 23 – March 13, 2010

Cost $175



Paul Abeleira



This course will focus on realistic painting techniques in traditional oils.  Students will explore both direct “alla prima” and indirect approaches to painting as we create two still life paintings entirely from life.  Other areas of focus will include composition, lighting, color mixing, use of mediums and preparation of different grounds.


Paul Abeleira is a graduate of Western's Visual Arts program. He has studied portraiture in private studies in New York and Wisconsin and has instructed artists in many facets of visual arts. Although relatively new to the game, he has received positive responses from his students who characterize him as a sensitive coach with a broad range of skills and knowledge. He is committed to make the learning experience worthwhile.


Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm

January 28 – March 18, 2010

Cost $175





Sarah Cowling




Acrylics, Textures and Techniques

This class is about learning different techniques with acrylics, using colour and texture to create collages and abstract paintings. Drawing skills are not required


Sarah Cowling has been an active participant in the local art scene for ten years. After achieving her BA and Bachelor of Education from Brock University she studied a variety of art classes at Western and Fanshawe and is currently a member of four art associations. Her works typically comment on history and the quirks of the human spirit. She may use acrylics as a primary medium but nothing is off limits in her creations. She will be teaching from personal experience while encouraging students to explore media and subjects of their own choosing


Saturday afternoons 10:00am – 1:00pm

January 30 – March 20, 2010

Cost $175

Art Classes at Museum London

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Art Classes in the New Year

I am teaching art again in the New Year. I will be back at the Arts Project on Saturdays this time from Jan 23 for 8 sessions. We will be concentrating on collage( making our own stained papers and more) and painting abstracts (large and colourful). Please go to for more information.   I will also be at Museum London on Mondays for "Artful Afternoons".  The class is called  "Alternative Tools for Drawing with Acrylics" and will start  on Jan 25 and run from 1-3pm. For more information go to

Both classes are meant to be fun, non-stressful aproaches to using acrylics. Hope to see friends and new faces at both!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Musical Interlude"

I meant to inculde this picture with the previous image but seems there was a clitch. However here it is now, a little affected by the lights in the gallery space. The other image posted just before this is titled " Wavecatcher" Hope they are interesting and thought-provoking.

View of Shutter and Brush Gallery, Nov. 2009

Here is a nice view of my show at the Shutter and Brush Gallery in Port Stanley. Many thanks to Mary Louise and David from being so easy to work with and welcoming.

Images from the Shutter and Brush Show

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Art Classes for 2010

I will be offering classes in the New Year through the Arts Project and Museum London. More information is upcoming as curriculum and class times are just being worked out. You can also contact each venue to ask questions by phone or email.  The Arts Project is 519-642-2767 or and Museum London is 519-661-0333 or Look forward to seeing past students and new ones interested in "adventures in acrylics" at either site. 

Monday, November 30, 2009

Meet the Artist

I thought it was time for my visitors to meet the artist. This is a nice picture my husband, Patrick, took of me at the McCord Museum in Montreal. We were there for a week end in November and had a great time visiting galleries and going to the hockey game( Canadiens and Detroit).
First picture I have added to the blog on my own!! Hope its a new one to the blog, it was done working on site last fall at the Sifton Bog in London Ontartio.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Trip to Montreal

Had a great weekend in Montreal, visited some galleries, ate way too much, and took in a Canadiens-Detroit game (which the Canadiens lost!). Visited Gallery Gora and I think I will send a piece or two to their summer group show--very exciting and a big step out of London.   Lots of nice comments coming in for the shows in Port Stanley( at the Shutter and Brush until early dec) and at the London Fine Art Centre( until this Sun, Nov 29). 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shutter and Brush--features Sarah Cowling

Today was the opening for my newest work at the Shutter and Brush Galllery in Port Stanley (check Went really well with a nice crowd out on a beautiful sunny day. If you couldn't make it today, the work will be up all of Nov. The Gallery is open usually Wed-Sat noon -5pm.  If you can't get out of London I also have a body of work at The London Fine Arts Centre, 124 Dundas St. They are generally open week days from10-5 and also offer musical events like Jass at lunch times on Fridays--$6 entry and bring your lunch.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Arts Project

Classes start next Wed. Oct 21 in Acrylic techniques--there is still room if you are interested in fun and exciting new  ways to work with acrylics, contact www. or 519-642-2767 for information. Just did a workshop for the Brush and Palette Club--very successful and well attended. Also looking forward to an exhibition at Shutter and Brush in Port Stanley, opening Nov 7th, noon to 5pm. Please come and see in person my latest works titled "Life Forms".

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Classes at the Arts Project

Come down to the Arts Project for two open houses and meet the artists who will be teaching there. Sat Sept 26 and Sat. Oct.3 from 2-4pm. We are looking forward to teaching and are offering acrylic painting, sculpture, drawing and oil painting. Also check out www. for more information about the classes and registration.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Places

Going up to Lions Head to paint in early Oct with a few friends--should be great. Not much of a plien aire painter but do enjoy being out side and near the water. I expect to have a show in Mary Louise White's gallery, The Shutter and Brush in Port Stanley in Nov. More information will be posted later.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Job

It looks like I have a new job--teaching acrylic painting techniques ( as I use them) at the Arts Project, in London, Ontario. Starts in Oct and runs for eight weeks--I am delighted, this is I think my dream job. If you are interested check it out with the Arts Project on Dundas Street in London, Ontario.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Sale!

Had a good day at St.Paul's Catherdral Cloister Artists --finally had a sale! Funny how every sale big or small just makes you feel good and happy about what you do. Also met some nice people and made some good connections so the next few months look promising. I will say more when I have confirmation of a future project. Almost Sept and that new school year feeling is beginning to grow on me. Am I the only one who thinks of Sept as the beginning of the New Year?

Monday, August 10, 2009

New Non Objective Work

Here are some new efforts in the non objective mode. This one above is called" Icebound" and I leave it up to you what you think is there.

This one is titled "Out of the Depths" and has been proclaimed as creepy and morbid by those who have seen it. What do you think?  I am enjoying this kind of painting a lot and hope to do more soon.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August Already

Seems like only a few days ago that I was adding to the blog but it was really a month. Well its summer I suppose is my excuse. Have been busy with small trips and paint outs, and a fair amount of work inside as this summer has been very wet and cool. Still participating in St. Pauls Cloister Artists Show on Sun from 10 to 3 when its not raining!! Perhaps we will see you there.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

St.Pauls Cloister Artists

It looks like it has finally stopped raining, so I should be down at St. Paul's tomorrow on Richmond Street, displaying and selling art. There are about 12 artists involved so there is a nice selection of art to view and purchase. Hope to see you there. 

Friday, June 26, 2009

new directions

Mid June Wendy Reid and I spent the week in Brockville at the St. Lawerence School of the Arts studying with Lila Lewis Irving a course on Arylic Non-Objective Abstraction. Here are a couple of the better creations.

Visual Fringe in London, Ontario

Here is a nice shot of my work hanging at the Visual Fringe, The Arts Project, Dundas Street, London. The show is on until 4pm on Sunday, June 28 if you are interested in seeing the gallery.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

What am I doing??

Here we are the first week into May and I haven't added anything to my blog recently! I could plead a busy life but that is my usual excuse. Soon out door painting starts and members of the Gallery Painting Group are ready to go, look for us in and around London and say hello if you find us. Tour guides are doing studio visits--Danielle Castillo, Chris Snedden( for an afternoon of raku firing, great fun), McIntosh Gallery tour and Johenne Madison's studio. I am taking some classes with Deborah Worsfold--so far good fun and hard work--hope to post some photos soon of what I am doing in class. 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April is nearly over!!

I am pleased that April is nearly over as it has been one extremely busy month. Can't believe how many art groups plan shows for this time of year. The Lambeth show finished today and although I didn't sell anything at my first show with this group, many others did and I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity. Also finished my volunteer job with the Antique Appraisal Day with Rotary London East and the McIntosh today--lots of fun and a fair number of people attended. Now lets hope for a quieter May and the beginning of plien aire painting with the Gallery Painting Group.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Brush and Palete Show opens....

The Brush and Palette Show opened this evening and judging by the crowds and the sales it is going to be a very successful event. "Boats along the River" sold tonight but can still be seen in this blog. Please take a look at the rest of the pictures in the blog as well and if in London, Ontario this weekend try to come to the show--lots to see! Open at the Byron Library Fri April 3 10am-9pm and Sat April 4 10am-4pm.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Busy, Busy

Lots to do with family and house but must get into making some art today! Hope everyone enjoyed the new works. I intend to keep going in that direction and in fact have 2 raw unstretched canvasses ready to go and some ideas floating about in my brain. Spring seems to be breaking through in the North land and that brings up urges for plien aire painting and more. Looking forward to the Brush and Palette show(2,3,4) and to Lambeth Art show in April(23,24,25). 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Thanks to those who have been reviewing the blog and sending comments--much appreciated! Trying to develop more work and getting organized for the Brush and Palette Show and Sale at the Bryon Library, London on April 2,3,4. Hope to see friends and interested visitors there.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Latest and Greatest

Finally, some new images for my fans to view. I know it took awhile, but I was waiting for these to be stretched and photographed. This is some of my latest work and the one at the bottom (Boats Along the River) will be on display at the Brush and Palette show April 2,3,4 2009 at the Byron Library. 

Untitled - Part of the new Chaos series 
also untitled and part of Chaos series 
Boats Along the River 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sorry no new pictures!

I have been so busy with getting ready for Woodstock Art Gallery Art Rental Show and the Art Exchange Miniature Show in London that pictures for the blog haven't happened.  Also I am waiting for some new pieces that are being framed so I can feature them on the site. Heard this week that my work has been accepted to the London Visual Fringe, happening at the Arts Project, London Ontario in mid June. Add to that the Brush and Palette Club show at the end of March and the Lambeth Art Assoc.( I am a new member-hurray!!) show some time in April I think this is going to be a busy spring. I will try for new photos in bout a week.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Welcome to a New Year

A new series has developed from the Chaos painting--up to 8 pictures now. All will be about 24x26 inches when stretched. All seem to have something to do with creation, evoulution, chaos or peace. Looks good and will see how things develop. I am the Art Rental Artist of the month for Feb. in Woodstock Art Gallery in Woodstock, Ontario. If you are nearby, drop in and look at the landing half way up the stairs --you will find about 6 of my works on view. Their hour are usually noon to five pm.  New pictures will be on the blog soon.