December 08, 2015
December 06, 2015
|The Waiting Game 24x18 oil|
November 23, 2015
|Colour Blind 12x9 oil|
Now that the temperatures have dipped, and we have had our first snowfall of the season, my thoughts are changing to what lies ahead. Time to plan get togethers with family and friends over the next month, as well as the essential baking and shopping time that goes with the season. I will be holding my second annual 'Christmas Open Studio' on Saturday, December 12 this year, 10am to 4pm, (one day only). If you have any special requests, please send them along, there is still time. Besides all the original artwork that will be available, I am hoping to have a new Christmas card printed as well.
Helen Griffiths 2nd Annual
CHRISTMAS OPEN STUDIO
December 12, 10am-4pm
1281 Richmond Rd,
November 06, 2015
|Colour Me Crazy, 24x12 oil|
It's that time of year again. The first weekend in November means The Burlington Studio Tour. Visit www.artinaction.ca to find all the artists and studios. This year I will be in Studio #1, Dave Lawson's Studio. Hope to see you this weekend!
October 20, 2015
|Oranges and Lemons, 30x24 oil|
October 14, 2015
|Seedless, 48x24 oil|
October 08, 2015
October 01, 2015
|Approaching Room Temperature, 12x12 oil|
September 18, 2015
|A Fine Day on Ferrie St , 12x9 oil|
Warm summer days like these will be coming to a close soon. Signs of autumn are starting to show, as some trees start to change colour, the days become shorter, and the nights are cool. Despite the weather, I've always felt that summer is over when we hit September. I'm guessing this probably has something to do with the school year starting in September.
This was painted on location in Hamilton, Ontario.
September 15, 2015
August 28, 2015
|The Best Present, 18x24 oil|
August 05, 2015
|The Old Farm House, 12x9 oil|
A few people have asked me recently if I have any shows coming up. I always try to post my shows on this blog, listed along the left side of the main page. If you are receiving my posts by email, you probably only see today's posting. You have to go to the main web site to see the whole page, www.helengriffithsart.blogspot.ca At the moment I'm in a show with 12 other artists from the group I paint with 'en plein air'. Each artist has three paintings in the show which is at the Dundas Museum and Archives, in Dundas, Ontario.
July 24, 2015
|The Chicken Coop, 8x10 oil|
July 20, 2015
|Farm to Table 22x22 oil|
This painting was inspired by the idea of buying local organic food. They are onions that I received as part of my weekly share, (although I wouldn't serve onions like this), I am impressed and inspired each time I pick up my food from the market.
I spent last Saturday at Manorun Organic Farm, (the farm where I get my weekly shares from). It was probably the hottest day of the year!!! A couple of other artists and I were invited to show and sell our art, as well as paint. Trying to find a spot to paint in the shade as well as being able to catch a breeze (when there was one), was a tricky thing to do. We ended up painting under a huge willow tree, while trying to stay as cool as possible.
July 17, 2015
|Around the Block, 9x12|
Everyone at the farm is extremely hard working, even the bikes. Whether it's raining outside, or a scorching hot day, the work must still be done. Bikes are left here and there, ready for whenever they are needed again.
July 15, 2015
|In Wait, 12x9 oil|
Lately I've been painting en plein air at the organic farm that I had mentioned in my last post, (Manorun). My next few posts will be of paintings done at this farm. This coming Saturday, July 18, during the Farm Crawl a couple of other artists and I, will be painting and selling a few of our recent works, weather permitting, (farmcrawlhamilton.ca).
July 13, 2015
|Kohlrabi, 6x12 oil|
I started buying shares in a local farm, Manorun Organic Farm. Each week I head over to the market to pick up my share. I have never seen or tried this interesting looking vegetable, but couldn't wait to set up a still life and paint it. Luckily the farm sends out emails to let you know what they'll be harvesting and even recipes for some of the more obscure items. I love the way this vegetable looks. I found that the flavour is fairly mild, sort of a cross between radishes and cabbage. I ended up making vegetable fritters with grated kohlrabi and carrots, (a recipe I found on the internet).
If you're interested in checking out this farm, there will be a farm crawl coming up on Saturday, July 18, (farmcrawlhamilton.ca).
July 09, 2015
July 07, 2015
|Farm Fresh 12x6 oil|
Unless you grow your own vegetables, you can't get fresher food than from your local farmer's market. This year I decided to buy into a local organic farm. Once a week I go to the market and pick up my share. It makes shopping simple, I'm supporting a local farm, and I get some pretty amazing vegetables.
July 05, 2015
|Staying for Lunch, 16x12 oil|
The simple things in life seem to get overlooked when we're busy with our daily lives. As soon as the weather warms up though, one thing that I can't resist is having my meals outside. Momentarily forgetting about things that need to be done, and deadlines to meet, just sitting outside, listening and watching as the world does it's thing. It's clear that this is not just me, since patios open up in all the restaurants, and are the first places to fill up on beautiful sunny days.
June 24, 2015
|A Little Birdie Told Me, 6x6 oil|
|Thinking of You, 6x6 oil|
|A Penny for your Thoughts, 6x6 oil|
While having lunch on a patio, this little bird and a few of his brothers and sisters decided to join me. Some being more shy than others, this one sat there watching for a while, looking his cutest, in hopes of sharing a bit of my lunch with me. It worked on me. We had a wonderful lunch together :)
June 12, 2015
|Laundry Day, 6x6 acrylic|
I brought some acrylic paints with me, but struggled to find the time to stay in one place long enough to complete a painting. Eventually I had to just grab bits of time here and there, and hope for the best. In the end I had 6 little acrylic paintings, with varying degrees of completeness.
It was an overcast day when I started this painting, while in the backyard of my niece's home, (in the Bretagne area of France). The neighbour next door was hanging laundry one day, so I grabbed this painting, and managed to quickly paint her and the laundry in, adjusting the lighting to the gorgeous spring day that it was.
May 14, 2015
|Macaroon Madness, 12x12 oil|
May 04, 2015
|Fresh as a Daisy, 12x36 oil|
Just for the record, the flower in this painting in not a daisy, but I think the title is fitting for this painting, (plus I just couldn't get that phrase out of my head}.
The cool spring days are gradually changing to be warmer and more summer-like. Each morning I've started to search my closet for lighter clothing; as those bulky winter sweaters become more and more unappealing. My garden is emerging with bright greens and yellows, and I find myself looking for excuses to be outside.
April 28, 2015
|Playing with Shadows, 20x16 oil|
What do you do when there is a white sheet hanging in front of you and a bright light behind you? You play with shadows of course! This is yet another painting of my daughter. There seems to be a very fine line of recognition, as to when a portrait generally looks like the person who is posing for you as opposed to capturing the person you know so well. I didn't ask her to pose like this. When the lights were turned on she started to play with the shadows, as she did when she was very young. My daughter may be an adult now, but she is still that same child inside, which I am sure most of us are.
April 15, 2015
|A Few Good Eggs, 12x24 oil|
April 01, 2015
March 27, 2015
|Collecting Eggs, 8x8 oil|
March 18, 2015
|Rosehips, 10x5 oil|
This past Monday was a damp grey day. I went out to paint, but my time would have been better spent inside my studio. This painting, 'Rosehips' was painted the week before. It was a beautiful sunny day. I could have painted all sorts of snowy scenes but I just loved the way the rosehips looked against the bright blue sky.
March 12, 2015
|The Last Drop, 6x12 oil|
Recently I saw a bottle of Coke being sold in a store. It reminded me of when I was a kid, (when glass bottles were the norm). I was inspired to paint it, loving the green tinted glass with the red label. I purchased a small case, (six bottles). Wow!, it was probably about the same price as buying 18 cans in a case. I just love that there is still the choice of purchasing a glass bottle of pop, but I don't even think the bottles are returnable anymore, they just get recycled. I'm hoping that glass is coming back and plastic is on it's way out. Since I bought a case, I think I will have to do a few more pop bottle paintings.
March 04, 2015
|Kerncliff Park, Burlington 8x12 oil|
Spring is in the air, (or is that just wishful thinking). The days ARE getting longer and the temperatures seem to be getting warmer. This past Monday was the first day that I've managed to get outside to paint. At -3 C, I thought I might be overdressed, with about four layers of clothing, (including my long down jacket), but with the wind blowing it was much colder and I felt quite comfortable. There are a lot of wonderfully rocky views to paint at this park since it used to be a quarry. I chose to paint this lone birch tree standing in the deep snow, with the view of Lake Ontario off in the distance, (no rocks). I'm crossing my fingers for more beautiful days ahead!
February 06, 2015
|Counting Eggs, 24x12 oil|
Happy February! Here is the painting I've been working on all week. I've really enjoyed working on this, (...I think I say that about all my paintings). I thought it would be challenging painting all the eggs in their perspective shapes, but they just seemed to 'fall' into place.
January 31, 2015
Here is a collage of my January paintings. I have another one on the easel, but that will have to wait until February. It's been a busy month of painting, a good start to the year. I feel that I am heading in a certain direction with my art and looking forward to the road ahead! See you next month.
January 27, 2015
|Sunnyside 6x6 oil|
January 26, 2015
|Prep Bowls, 6x6 oil|
January 23, 2015
January 22, 2015
|Learning to Fly 20x40 oil|
This is the latest painting that I've been working on. It may need a bit of tweaking here and there, but I think its mostly done. I love painting with this limited palette, and the mood it creates.
January 12, 2015
|The Graveyard by the Church, 8x8 oil|
Today was the first plein air painting day of the year. It was much colder outside than I thought it would be, but I managed to stick it out for a couple of hours. It was also the first time painting at this location, in Ancaster, Ontario.
January 10, 2015
|Strength, 10x8 oil|
This a quick little painting that I did of my daughter today. I've been dying to do more paintings of people. The other day my daughter did me the favour of posing for a photo session. Although I prefer to paint from life, I now have an arsenal of photos to satisfy me when a live model isn't an option.
January 04, 2015
|Hang in There, 12x18 oil|
Well, I signed up for the January 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and I am painting every day so far, but I have decided that I won't let the challenge get in the way of what I want to paint. So here is painting number 2.
January 01, 2015
|Wordless, 12x12 oil|
Here is my first posting of the year, and my last painting of 2014. A new year makes me think of directions and choices. What would I like to accomplish by this time next year, how can I push myself further...etc., (as well as, how can I lose that 5 lbs I put on over Christmas, and magical ways to keep the house and studio clean with little or no effort). I guess some of it comes down to hard work and organization. I would like to paint more figurative pieces, including portraits, (which I love), and also incorporate people into my painting more often. Well that at least gives me a bit of direction.
Best wishes to you, and good luck with your new year's resolutions. Hopefully we can all accomplish and maybe surpass what we set out to do! Happy 2015!