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2010 Blog entries

September 19, 2010

Janis and I arrived at home safely, leaving the rest of the group behind. Our friends will stay for another week but we had to go back to our families with young kids.

On Friday, we had a wonderful last day of painting in Kamouraska where we spent the whole day at the riverside at the end of Route Beaulieu in Kamouraska. I managed to do one acrylic and two oil paintings of the scenery. As the weather was still so nice in the evening, I went for a walk through the town of Kamouraska shooting photos of the beautiful houses and the church. The following sunset was just unbelievable.If we had paint it the way we saw it, nobody would have believed it to be real.

On the drive back home, we stopped in St.-Roch-des-Aulnaies and St.-Jean-Port-Joli, two little picturesque towns.I hope we will go back another year. There is still so much to see and paint.

 


September 16, 2010

I had a very productive day today. I went with Janis and Hélène just south of Kamouraska to the mountain side. At first it was chilly but as soon as the sun came out it was just wonderful. Unfortunately, the road was just parallel to the highway so it was very loud -- especially when a couple of truck drivers started honking at the side of three blond ladies painting in the fields.

After lunch we painted a small farmhouse that looked just tiny next to the big Monadnock. We were lucky that some of the fall colour have appeared within the last couple of days. Later in the afternoon, Janis and I went to St. Germain where we painted the riverside sitting in front of the little lighthouse to be sheltered from the cold wind.

Yesterday, we went to Rivière-du-Loup to get some wool as I had already finished sewing my teddy bear Monday night. As I am always doing some sewing, cross-stitching or knitting while I watch TV or just sit talking with friends, I was desperate to find something to do. We had already tried unsuccessfully to find a store close to Kamouraska the day before, so we took the highway east, did our shopping and drove back west on the "Route des Navigateurs" where we stopped at the "Park au Grève" to paint the riverside. The view was so beautiful that we spend the whole day at the same side.

As it was my turn to cook, we had to head to the house in the early afternoon. Each of us cooks one evening including appetizer, main meal and dessert. This way you can fully concentrate on painting the rest of the week. It's just wonderful, and you try a lot of different dishes that you might not have tried before.

Tomorrow will be Janis' and my last day here. All the others are staying for another week but as we still have small children, one week is already a challenge to organize and quite a treat for us. I am actually happy to go home to my family although I have had a wonderful time with my painting buddies. It is great to spend time with people who have the same interests and understand your passion.

 

September 14, 2010

Today started out with sunshine and we were all excited to get outside. However, only minutes into our drive to Rivière-Ouelle the rain started again. Hélène, Janis and I kept going to look for a good painting spot and finally found it when we followed the "Chemin de la Pointe" until the end. It was so peaceful and there was so much to paint: the views of the St. Lawrence and the fields all around. We started painting the shore of the St. Lawrence while the occasional raindrop still fell but then the sun came out and it got so warm we took our coats off and were painting in T-Shirts. We stayed there the whole day and just stopped for lunch. I managed to start two paintings in oil I am quite happy with.

 

September 13, 2010

Today is the third day of our painting trip. My friend Janis and I left Ottawa on the beautiful sunny Saturday. In Kamouraska it was also sunny but a lot colder. We went for a walk immediately to breath in the fresh seaside air. We had a wonderful dinner and great conversations.

Sunday started out sunny but very breezy. I could have used my gloves, but was definitely glad to wear my winter coat and scarf. In the morning I painted an old shed in the hills. In the afternoon, we went to the river bank and made a quick sketch. As the wind made it really hard to paint anymore, we went on a hike in the park "Les Sept Chutes" (Seven Waterfalls) in St. Pascal which we discovered while looking for spots to paint. Beautiful! Unfortunately, the path is too steep to bring your painting equipment up.

Today was a rainy day. At first it looked like we could still go outside to paint but the moment we wanted to leave, it started to rain heavily. A couple of us went shopping while the others (me included) decided to put our stuff up in the winter garden to work from reference photos.

Fittingly for the time of year, I started a painting of huge pumpkins. I took the photo last year at the Cumberland Heritage Museum. I made good progress, and I am quite happy with the day but I still hope we will have better weather tomorrow. If you have driven that far to paint the wonderful countryside, you want to go outside and paint.

 

September 9, 2010

It has been a while since I have updated my blog but there was not much going on during the summer. I spent a couple of weeks in Germany to visit family and friends. I took lots of pictures as reference material for new paintings. However, from all the photos I take only very few will end up as being the basis for a painting. Often the subject does not look nearly as interesting anymore as it seemed at the time when I took the picture.

Now that my children are back in school and the studio is freshly reorganized it is time to get out the paints again. Therefore, I am glad I have the opportunity to go with some painting buddies to Kamouraska again. We will leave Saturday, and I am sure we will have a great time. I will keep you updated.

There are also some other exciting news I would like to share with you: I was given the opportunity to offer a beginners class for painting and kids' art through the City of Ottawa. Courses are held at the Bob MacQuarrie R. C. on Youville Drive in Orleans starting the week of September 20, 2010.


June 9, 2010

I am very happy to report that my painting "Fall at Beckett's Creek" won the Viewers' Choice Award at the Galerie de la Rive summer show. Thank you to everyone who voted for my painting.

 

June 4, 2010

I was so busy in May that I did not even have time to write my blog. I just realized I did not even have time to upload any new paintings and the blogs from February until April.

In May I participated in the Tulip Festival. I was at the Commissioners Park at Dow�s Lake the very first day of the festival and the tulips were just breathtaking. A photo of me painting "Queen of the Night" even ended up on the "Le Droit" website. While I was painting a lady asked me whether her granddaughter could just hold my brush and paint a little bit on my painting so she could take a picture. I was not very amused and declined. However, most people were very appreciative of my paintings which was nice.

The second time I painted at Major's Hill Parkat the on May 19. At this point it was hard to find some tulips that were still well enough preserved to be painted.

Apart from the Tulip Festival, I was busy getting my paintings ready for the new exhibition at "Galerie de la Rive". The biggest challenge was my painting "Fall at Beckett's Creek", a 30" x 40" painting - my biggest so far. I really enjoyed painting so large.

If you have time I can only recommend the new exhibition at "Galerie de la Rive" to you which will be on display until November 7, 2010. There are some wonderful paintings and photographs in the exhibition. If you have time this Sunday, come out and join us for the vernissage from 1pm to 4pm.

Tomorrow, I will go to Gallery Old Chelsea for its 20 year anniversary where I will be participating in their paint-out. I have become a guest artist of the gallery in February.

Yesterday, I dropped off some paintings at the Queenswood Villa, 370 Kennedy Lane, Orleans. The vernissage for the show will be on June 10, 2010 from 6.30pm to 7:30pm.

Well, school is almost over which means hardly any time for painting for me for the next two months. I hope you will have a wonderful summer.

See you in the fall,

Kerstin

 

April 18, 2010

Tuesday was the Ottawa Art Association Award Show. I spent a pleasant evening among artist friends. I had finished my painting "Dog on Guard" just the day before the hanging. Like most of the times. Although I did not win a prize I am quite happy with the painting. It will be in the Ottawa Little Theatre until May 15, 2010.

Wednesday I spent a fantastic day at Petrie Island. It was so warm that we could take off our jackets. The light green of the trees was just beautiful. I enjoyed listening to the sounds of the birds while I was painting. I had a hard time leaving. It was just wonderful to be outside.

Yesterday was the painting demonstration at "Galerie de la Rive". I was happy to see a lot of painters come by to see our artwork. I had fun painting with our group and started two paintings: one of a sunset over Petrie Island and one of a pair of cows (a birthday present for my son).

 

April 2, 2010

We were so busy in Charlevoix that I did not have time to write more about my trip.

We were able to spend one full day outside. The temperatures went up but without the sun and a high humidity it felt bone-chilling cold. Janis and I went to Port-au-Persil where we met others from the group who had all followed the recommendations from some artists who had been there the day before. I was cold the whole day and did not enjoy the painting as usual. When we finally packed up at the end of the day the sun came out.

On the following day, our last painting day, we woke up to heavy wet snow. Janis and I decided to go back to the studio where I decided on the same view I had done on the first day. It was just amazing to see how fast the fog moved in and out of the area several days during the day. Around midday we went on a stroll through the town of Des Ã?â?°boulements. We ran into others who had the same idea but also into some artists who had gone out despite of the weather: One painting from the inside of his car, and the other in his customized army tent. That's dedication to plein air painting! We went back to the studio where I decided to work from a photograph I took during my stay in Kamouraska in the fall.

Later in the evening we had the "show and tell": The energy and diversity of all the paintings amazes me every time. I love to see how other painters looked and interpreted the sites I saw and painted.

It was another great painting trip with all the challenges the weather has to offer. I had a wonderful time with the group of painters. Everyone was very welcoming, and then we were lucky again to have the members of "Work in Progress" with us who entertained us almost every evening.

 

March 27, 2010

Since yesterday I am in Charlevoix with the Plein Air Painting Ensemble. The weather for the drive could not have been better: sunshine all the way. However, looks were deceiving. When we arrived in the afternoon the temperature was -- 18 degrees Celsius. My friend Janis and I decided to go on a little stroll anyway. Not that easy with the steep elevations and the brutally cold wind!

During the "wine and cheese" gathering we got to meet all the artists participating in this spring trip. Many of them have come for years. The group actually celebrates its 20 year anniversary.

Following the excellent the four course menu some of our also very musically talented artists performed for us for the rest of the evening.

Today we woke up to -24 degrees Celsius. Too cold for me to paint outside. Janis and I decided to spend the morning painting with some of the other less adventurous painters in the oil painters' studio.

I suspect many of the others painted from the inside of their cars as it was just brutally cold. After lunch Janis and I went out to do some scouting before we decided to give it a try to paint plein air at Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive. It was cold but I am satisfied with the result. It's something to work with.

As Janis had problems with her paints and brushes freezing we decided to do a little sightseeing in Baie-Saint-Paul. It is just unbelievable how many art galleries we saw: Every third house seems to house an art gallery. However, there was not a single painting I really would have liked to buy.

Now we are off to today's "wine and cheese". Let's hear how the others were doing. I am quite happy with the two paintings I have started. The first one was done from inside but also looking over the beautiful Saint Lawrence River.

 

February 21, 2010

Today is the hanging of the new show at Galerie de la Rive which will run until May 30, 2010. As I am on my way from a weekend in Toronto where I visited the "King Tut" exhibition at the AGO and the opera "Carmen" I will have to hang my paintings tomorrow. The grand opening celebration for the exhibition will be next Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. For more information please contact me or go to www.GaleriedelaRive.ca.

Having had not much opportunity to paint for the last three months I even had to take a couple of days off work to finish my paintings for the exhibition. At least I am almost ready now.

I also received very positive news from "Gallery Old Chelsea" were I was accepted as one of their guest artists. Super.

Now it is only one more months until the painting trip with the Plein Air painting group to Charlevoix. I am really looking forward to it, especially as I have not painted outside since early fall.

 

February 8, 2010

I spent an inspiring weekend at the Arteast/Golden workshop held by Andrea Warren. It was so much fun to experiment with all the great materials Golden has to offer. Now I have tons of new ideas. I just wish I had more time to paint.

 

February 1, 2010

Yesterday was the vernissage of our Kamouraska Show at Gallery Old Chelsea which runs until February 17, 2010. Each of us has a section of the room. The exhibition looks great. It is amazing how differently each of us interpreted what we saw. At the same time you feel like going back to these amazing landscapes to paint some more. Well, we have to wait until September when we will be going back for another time. Most of the group will go for two weeks but my friend Janis and I have to head back after one week as we both still have kids at home. I do not mind at all as I would miss my family too much otherwise anyway.

We were lucky with the weather and had lots of visitors which is a very good sign. Sure, we would all like to sell a painting but it already is very encouraging to all of us when people tell us how much they enjoy our paintings.

Hélène, one of my painting buddies was relieved that this was the last vernissage in a while and hoped she would finally have more time to paint. Well, she completely blocked out the fact that the next vernissage will be already in four weeks at Galerie de la Rive in Rockland. So we better grab our brushes and get painting. At least I do only have half of the paintings I need for the new show.

Next weekend, however, I am going to a GOLDEN paints workshop. I always wanted to try their large variety of acrylic mediums but so far I have never found the time. I hope it will be a very playful workshop giving me lots of ideas for further projects.

 

January 12, 2010

The Plein Air Ensemble has a show at the Gallery Old Chelsea which runs until January27, 2010. I participate with two paintings. The vernissage was last Sunday, and it was wonderful to see many of the artists from the group and the paintings resulting from the trip. The Jazz group "A Work in Progress" provided the great background music. They are getting better and better.

I have already registered for the next trip to Charlevoix at the end of March. I can hardly wait to go after I missed the fall trip.

I will also participate in the following show at the Gallery Old Chelsea for the "Kamouraska Group" . The vernissage will be January 31, 2010 from 1pm to 4pm.

 

January 4, 2010

Happy New Year to you. I hope you all had wonderful holidays with happy memories, good food, wonderful walks in the fresh snow and certainly lots of great art gifts. I got a big canvas and a book about the multitude of possibilities acrylic paints offer. I can hardly wait to get my paints out again. I got really inspired to try some new mediums and techniques.

December was so busy with all kinds of events that I hardly found time to paint. Today I had to get some of the tasks for the Ottawa Art Association Website done but tomorrow is reserved for painting.

I just hope that our group of painting buddies will get outside soon. The white landscape looks just unbelievable especially when the sun shines. A couple of warmer days would be nice, however.

I wish you all a year full of exciting opportunities, fun creating and playing with your favourite or new mediums.

All the best,

Kerstin

 

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