‘Rise & Shine’ and other paintings for Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre

Since moving to Tillsonburg, Ontario, I have more time to do my art. I’m a member of the Bridge Street Artists at the Station Arts Centre and generally attend the Monday afternoon drop-in painting studio.

Painting is a relatively new endeavour for me.  I took two series of art classes in acrylic painting from Lori Sokoluk, a Vancouver artist. I liked the way that Lori taught — a little bit of technique at the beginning of the session followed by just picking up a paint brush and diving in!  And at the end of 6 sessions, I had a completed painting — that was pretty impressive to me.  So of course I went back for another series of classes and through this, Lori and I became friends.

I’ve now picked up watercolour painting.  The group of people I paint with on Monday afternoons, all do watercolour, so I thought I should give it a try.  Then I took a course to learn some technique.  I must admit I was surprised by watercolor – it’s not as difficult as I expected, once you learn how.

A community arts centre is a great place for new artists as it offers support, instruction and an opportunity to exhibit your work. There are two galleries at Station Arts:  The Changing Exhibit Gallery, which is for established artists and The Bridge Street Gallery, which I like to refer to as the members’ gallery.  Even a newbie like me can exhibit artwork.

It’s been quite thrilling to see my art up on the walls in the members’ gallery.  I even had four pieces on show in the annual Potters and Painters Exhibit in the main gallery. And the biggest thrill is when something sells!  Here are a few of my paintings — note:  I’m still working on taking good photographs of my artwork.

Watercolour painting of Rooster - showing at Station Arts, fall 2014
Watercolour painting of Rooster – showing at Station Arts, fall 2014
My first painting dedicated to my Mom
My first painting dedicated to my Mom
First paintings I exhibited in 2013.
First paintings I exhibited in 2013.
Heron (acrylic) - sold at the Painters & Potters Exhibit in summer of 2014
Heron (acrylic) – sold at the Painters & Potters Exhibit in summer of 2014
Picture of a tobacco kiln - gift for my Dad.
Picture of a tobacco kiln – gift for my Dad.

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