January 16, 2018

The Swallow and a Fly

The Swallow and a Fly, 8x8 oil

The Swallow and a Fly, sounds like it could be a children's story.  When I'm deciding what to paint and planning my composition, I tend to imagine a story and my painting is capturing a moment in it.  



January 09, 2018

A Party of Pomegranates

A Party of Pomegranates, 8x8 oil

I find the hardest thing to do after the holidays is getting back into a routine.  Doing 'a painting a day' is a great way to get back into a steady routine.  Unfortunately, this January I have too many things on the go to even consider getting a painting completed every day, so here is my painting of the week, a much more reasonable goal :)    

January 03, 2018

A Heavenly Treat

A Heavenly Treat, 8x8 oil

Happy New Year!

I thought I'd start the year off with what looks like a humble little cupcake.  Appearances can be deceiving though.  This is no ordinary cupcake.  I'm not really a cake fan, (no matter how pretty they look).  I'm always disappointed after the first bite.  My husband was given three of these little cakes as a gift just before the Christmas holiday.  The package was labelled Nothing Bundt Cakes,(nothingbundtcakes.com).  Yum yum yum!!!  They were so good, I was inspired to paint the third cupcake.  We inhaled two of them in no time, (my husband polished off this one the next day, luckily after I managed to do a painting of it).  

Painting Lessons:
It looks like I'll be starting a small 'Beginner Oil Painting' class this month.  There are a few people that have emailed me with definite interest.  Please send me an email if you are interested, helengriffithsart@gmail.com.  You can check out the 'Painting Lessons' page for more information.  

December 19, 2017

Packaged with Care

Packaged with Care, 12x16 oil

If you've ever had to get packages sent off in time for Christmas, you'll know that timing is crucial.  I always start with good intentions, but trying to wrap my head around shopping for Christmas gifts early is difficult.  Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, but I find it easier to get into the spirit of Christmas when  I have to bundle up with 3 or 4 layers of clothing, walk around streets and markets filled with other shoppers, carrying my thermal mug of foamy coffee, while armed with a big tote bag that gradually fills with special treats and gifts.  My point is, there are six days until Christmas and I'm heading to the post office today to send off the final few packages, surely to arrive well into the new year, (heavy sigh), and no real excuse. 

Have a wonderful Christmas, and thank you for following my artistic journey,
Helen :)

   

November 29, 2017

A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story, 18x24 oil

When I purchased this old chair, it was sitting outside a furniture store with a price tag tied to it, flapping in the wind.  To me the tag said 'save me'.  Although the chair was 'imperfect', all I saw were possibilities.

November 21, 2017

Anticipation - Sold

Anticipation, 12x12 oil

Guess what's inside the package?  I'm the worst person at Christmas time!  If there's a present under the tree for me, I will definitely try to peek into it.

October 31, 2017

Little Visitor

Little Visitor, 6x6 oil

Recently I've been seeing a few of these little birds flitting around my backyard.  They are quite tiny with very short tail feathers.  I looked them up, (of course), and found out that they're wrens.  Apparently bluejays prey on them, and there's a fairly large bluejay population around here.  I'm guessing the wrens are just visiting and will be moving on soon.  

Coming up this weekend, November 4 and 5, is the Burlington Studio Tour.  If you're in the area come by and say 'hi'.  You can see all the artists and the map at www.artinaction.ca    

October 20, 2017

Patience - Sold

Patience, 24x24 oil

I just finished this painting.  As I sit here trying to remember why I chose to paint this painting, my mother's face pops into my head.  I know that she waits for me (and my sisters), to call her rather than calling us.  Although I don't think of her as a crow or raven, more like a robin, (I love robins).  I like the look of the black bird on the black phone, creating one unit, one message... perhaps a reminder.

October 04, 2017

The House in the Middle

The House in the Middle, 6x12 oil

Saturday, September 30 was 'Culture Day' in Burlington.  I spent the afternoon with a few other artists painting en plein air in the neighbourhood behind the Art Gallery of Burlington.  It's always fun to paint amongst other artists and see how everyone interprets what they are seeing.  

Today is exactly a month away until the Burlington Studio Tour, (November 4 & 5, 2017).  I will have new paintings available as well as my plein air paintings, (unframed and framed).  I love being a part of this tour, seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.  You can see all the artists on the tour and view the map at www.artinaction.ca.