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Kerstin Peters

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2011 Blog entries

December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my family, friends and customers. Thank you for your interest in my art and support. It means a lot to me.

Kerstin

 

October 13, 2011

The rainy day is a perfect excuse to catch up on the administrative and marketing part of business. I have to say that I really enjoyed those last couple of sunny days. Tuesday, our group of painting buddies finally went out painting together. It was the first time since last winter and it was really great to see everyone. We captured the beautiful fall scenery at Petrie Island, which was quite the busy place that day. I guess everyone wanted to make the most out of those last warm days for this year. In the afternoon we encountered the students of one of our friend's watercolour class setting up outdoors.

My adult painting courses have started at the beginning of October. This fall, I teach a group of people at our church and also a private student.

For November, I have a kids' class planned which will be held at the Clarence-Rockland Arts and Culture Centre. We will be looking at the different styles of famous painters.

While I am writing this, I realize that I have not mentioned so far the very sad news of the closure of "Galerie de la Rive" at the end of September 2011. I would like to thank all my family, friends and clients who supported our organization and me through all those years. We decided that it was time for everyone of us to spread their wings in different directions. Good luck to all my fellow artists. I really enjoyed the collaboration with so many talented individuals, I learned a lot and made some really good friends.

The KAM 7 Show at the Atrium Gallery in Ottawa, which I was part of was very much appreciated by the public. We got many good reviews in our guest book which was nice to see.

 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Today started without rain. Helene, Janis and I drove with Deborah and Francoise to Chemin Robinson where we did two paintings. However, we had to stop midway with the second painting as it started to rain heavily. John had joined us at this point while Francoise had left. To dry off we decided to go to a café in Sutton. We had just parked the cars when the sun peaked through.

While the others decided to call it a day, Janis and I looked at each other and could not resist the temptation to do another painting. We decided on a small forest scene.

It was mild enough to paint without a jacket and we were able to see some bits of blue sky for a while. We were late for "Happy Hour" and the show of all the paintings but it was worth it.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Janis, Helene and I arrived Friday afternoon at Sutton to meet up with the rest of the Plein Air Ensemble at the Auberge Schweizer. Most of the drive to the beautiful countryside was sunny. When we arrived I immediately went on a walk to get some views of the mountains and the gorgeous fall colours. What a good decision as we had pouring rain today.

Saturday morning, Helene, Janis and I went scouting out places to paint but we hardly made it to Duncan when it started pouring. Therefore, we went to Sutton and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee or in my case tea to warm ourselves up. In the afternoon we went to the oil studio and started work from reference photos. I started an acrylic painting of Spirit, one of my friends' dog.

Saturday night, three participants offered to be models for portrait drawing. It was challenging but fun. We were accompanied by some of our musically talented artist friends.

Today, the day started without rain although the forecast was again calling for lots of rain. Helene, Janis and I decided to stay close and went only up the hill from our inn. We had hardly started when they rain set in. We kept painting under our umbrellas but went for coffee/tea when the rain just kept coming down harder and harder. In the afternoon we spent the the time again in the oil studio where I finished "Spirit" as well as a painting of a sunset -- a very productive afternoon.

As tomorrow is our last painting day we all hope for a day without rain. If we didn't see the sun on arrival we would almost believe the sun never comes here.

September 25, 2011

The last two days I took part in the Glebe Fine Art Show at the Glebe Community Centre.

What a gorgeous building! I sold paintings and had many great talks with the visitors. Everyone was so appreciative of the art we all displayed: what a variety in mediums, styles and subjects.

I caught up with some friends and got to know many new people. Everyone -- both fellow artists and visitors -- were so friendly. I am sure I will register again next year.

Thank you to everyone who came out. I appreciate the wonderful feedback.

 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Another beautiful day -- too bad we have to leave but after one week of painting, I am ready to go back to my normal routine. Except for the day I cooked, I was out every day from before 9am to 5 -- 5:30pm.

We said good-bye to Anne and her husband after taking the traditional group picture and going through Anne's left over stuff from her little boutique which she closed for this year to work on illustrating a book about Kamouraska. I will definitely get a copy of it once it is published.

We agreed unanimously to come back next year. There is still so much to see. With the scenes changing so fast in front of your eyes, you can even go back to some sites you already went to paint a completely different picture.

Now, after a stop at the famous German bakery "Niemand", we are on our way home.

Friday, September 16, 2011

First Helene, Janis and I went to the waterfall west of St. Pascal. It was a sheltered spot and the sun warmed us up so I could even take off the coat. After lunch under the spray of the waterfall, we went to St. Roch-des-Aulnaies where it was so windy that I had to hold down my board to prevent it from taking off. Very challenging! Today I used the palette knife for the waterfall painting and the second painting at St. Roch.

Tonight Maria is taking us out to the "La Co-sette" Restaurant. What a great end to a wonderful week!

We were joined by Anne, the owner of the beach house, and her husband for dinner which was nice as we usually do not have a lot of time to chat with her. Later they came by to admire the fruits of this week's work.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today, it has rained the whole day. Half of our group decided to stay in the house and paint indoors while the rest went outside but spent the day painting in their cars. That's not for me: I would be too nervous to splash paint and would also feel restricted.

I worked on my "Lansdown" painting and started a painting of one of my friend's dogs. It felt good. I haven't painted any animals since last fall.

Now we are all waiting for Bill's famous dinner: Spaghetti with his special tomato sauce, salad and loads of desserts. He went to the German bakery which has just delicious breads and backed goods, got ice cream and fruits. If we come again, we should ask him to cook at the beginning of the week as I assume, we will have lots of leftovers.

 

September 14, 2011

Another gorgeous day awaits us. The sun was already shining early in the morning. I guess all the rain came down during the evening and night.

Today Janis, Helene and I went again to St. Denis. First we went to a new development on one of the Monadnocks near Cap au Diable. The view over the fields was fantastic but we wanted to paint water and the waterside was hardly visible through the trees. What a shame that all this beautiful landscape will be destroyed for new houses.

We took some photos and continued west along the shore towards the lookout onto Pointe St. Denis. There we spent the whole day painting. Although the sun came peeking out once in a while, it was cold enough for gloves and scarf. We were visited by a neighbour who took photos of us and some tourists from Montreal. I finished two paintings before I had to go to the house to prepare dinner: a pasta vegetable casserole followed by peach plum compote and pound cake.

September 13, 2011

 

The day started out just gorgeous with sunshine and no wind at all. Janis and I went up one of the hills to Route Mississipi painting the view over the fields towards the river -- a place we had checked out on our first day in Kamouraska.

 

Around lunch we decided to go to St. Denis but unfortunately the rain caught up with us, so we decided to go back to the house to have lunch. In the afternoon the sun came back out and I decided to paint the scene for the driveway as Janis had to prepare tonight's dinner.

 

Once the rain came again, I worked for about an hour and a half on my Lansdown painting.

 

Now it is happy hour again and wonderful smells come from the kitchen. Everyone talks about the day they had, where they went painting and where they found interesting places to paint.

 

September 12, 2011

Our KAM 7 Group is again in Kamouraska. We arrived Saturday on a warm an sunny day. Janis and I went immediately for a walk along the shore to soak in the amazing landscape.

Yesterday, was another sunny day. It was quite warm but the wind made it really hard to set up our painting equipment. It took us two hours to find a spot where we were slightly sheltered. We found a spot overlooking a pumpkin field with a view of the river and the mountain in the background.

After lunch at the beach house, we decided to paint the the scenery at the back of the house. It was challenging. The wind had even picked up and was just blowing us around.

Today, after hauling winds throughout the nights, it is still extremely windy. Too windy to paint outside - at least for now. It is supposed to lose intensity by noon. Hopefully!

For now we have a relaxed breakfast and discuss our options for nice painting spots that everyone has discovered.

When we went out for painting shortly after 9am, it was still very windy and cloudy. Hélène lead us to Cap Taché where we first painted the river panorama and then the town and the church.

In the afternoon, we went to a Monadnock, where Janis and I painted the rocks rising out of the water while bathing in the sun. What a wonderful day!

Now we are looking forward to a wonderful meal prepared by Hélène: Lasagna with salad, cake and poached pears.

Every night one of us prepares dinner. So we already had a great Paleo turkey vegetable dish with potatoes, turnip and red beets followed by blueberry pie, Tortière with salad and fruits with chocolate sauce and mocha yogurt. You could not eat better at a restaurant.

The evenings we spend talking, some of us are knitting or felting.

 

May 30, 2011

June will be a busy month for me with all kinds of personal events going on as well as the vernissage of the new exhibition at Galerie de la Rive, June 5, 2011 from 1pm to 4pm, the new exhibition at the Queenswood Villa Retirement Home starting June 2, 2011 and my participation in the Promenade Arteast exhibition from June 30 to August 23, 2011 at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 255 Centrum Blvd. Orléans.

As my children are at home during the summer, June is also the last productive month until the beginning of September. Therefore, I would like to try to finish a couple of painting that have been looking at me for a while.

In August, I will offer a childen's workshop at Galerie de la Rive because everyone had such a great time during the spring course. For more information please go to "teaching".

Have a wonderful summer,

Kerstin

 

May 3, 2011

I received my schedule for the Tulip Festival:

May 6, 10 am - 2 pm, Major's Hill Park
May 16, 10 am - 2pm, Commissioner's Park (at Dow's Lake)

If the weather is nice, why don't you drop by? I will be painting with my friends Janis and Helene.

April 28, 2011

Wow, I did not realize that it has been three months since I posted my last blog.

During the last three months I gave my first painting course - an introduction into watercolour, acrylic and oil. My students and I had so much fun. I was amazed at their talent and enthusiasm. All of them want to continue painting which is just wonderful. I feel blessed that I was able to share my passion with them.

As I didn't have much time for painting, I spent the time finishing works I had started months and sometimes years earlier. I have to admit that it was so much harder the more time had passed between the initial start and the finish. Especially for plein air work it is just easier for me to finish a painting when the memory of the place is still relatively fresh - even though I take pictures to have a reference. The photos never replace the actual landscape in front of you.

I am happy to let you know that I have been accepted as official painter of the Tulip Festival again. I just hope the weather will cooperate. What a crazy spring we have had so far!

During the last couple of months, I spent a lot of time creating cards from my paintings for my on-line store at www.GreetingCardUniverse.com. I offer now more than 50 different cards, some with text some blank. However, you can change the text to your needs. Ordering is very easy, and the shipment comes within two weeks.

At the moment, I am getting ready for the next show at "Galerie de la Rive" which will start at the end of May. It's time to put the winter paintings aside and start fresh. I am looking forward to more plein air painting. During the winter I only went out once with my painting buddies.

Have a wonderful spring!

 

January 26, 2011

I am very happy to announce that my painting "Masquerade" has been accepted into the juried Arteast Exhibition "A Night at the Theatre". Very exciting. The show runs from February 17 to March 22, 2011 in the Trinity Art Gallery located in the Shenkman Arts Centre, Orleans. The vernissage will be on February 20, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm. You can find a photo of the painting in my portrait gallery.

 

January 6, 2011

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

I would like to thank you for all your support and feedback. It really means a lot to me.

I have been so busy with so many things that I didn't even have time to write my blog for the last couple of months. Unfortunate, a lot of the time was not used for painting. For those of you who have not heard the news yet, Galerie de la Rive has moved to a new location in Rockland. The decision to move meant a lot of work for the board of the gallery but it was worth it. I was very proud when I saw our sign in front of the new location. Our new home is in the Arts and Culture Centre, 1500 Park Avenue Rockland where you can visit the new exhibition until February 20. On December 5, 2010 we had our vernissage which coincided with the inauguration of the Arts and Culture Centre.

Today I delivered my paintings to the Galerie Old Chelsea, where I am taking part in the Plein Air Ensemble Panache 6, starting tomorrow until January 26, 2011. The vernissage is on Sunday, January 9, 2011 from 1pm to 4pm. I was very excited when I saw that two of my paintings were used for the invitation.

Well, I am ready to pick up the brushes again. I plan to enter a juried exhibition at the end of January and the next show at Galerie de la Rive arrives rather fast. Time to finish some paintings and start some new ones. Please check my gallery pages to see the latest landscape and animal paintings.

I also would like to mention that I am offering painting classes now at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex and at Galerie de la Rive. Please click here for more information.

 

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