December 03, 2018

Baking Day

Baking Day, 12x12 oil

This year has been a crazy one for me, with so many highs and lows!  Anyone who has had the pain and pleasure of caring for an aging parent, and ultimately dealing with their passing will know the time, energy and emotional toll it takes.  The high of seeing my eldest daughter marry the man who complements her in every way has brought so much joy and happiness.  The cherry on top this year is that I have recently been elected into the Ontario Society of Artists.  What a roller coaster of a year!  

I have finished all the shows that I will be doing for 2018.  I would like to thank everyone who came  out to see and\or purchase my work, you make my world turn.  Considering the few shows I have done this year, I have had amazing support by you!  Also, thank you to those who follow me on line, hopefully one day we will meet at one of my shows.    

November 05, 2018

Great Expectations - Sold

Great Expectations, 6x8 oil

I recently painted this little robin.  It came to visit my husband and I at an outdoor cafe in Scotland this past summer.  It will definitely show up in a few more of my paintings.    

I usually try to post my paintings before they are sold, but I haven't been very good at posting on my blog this year, although I have been pretty good at posting on Instagram, (my favourite public space at the moment),  at https://www.instagram.com/hgriffithsart/, or on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/helengriffithsart/.  

Recently, (as in this past weekend,) it was the Burlington Studio Tour, https://artinaction.ca/.   Thank you to those who came out to visit me!  I always love to meet those who like my art, it is such a pleasure and an honour.  You have made this year's tour the best yet!  


September 19, 2018

Small Paintings



Here are a few small paintings that I've done while working on larger projects over the past few months.  The paintings with the red dots are sold.

August 14, 2018

The Coffee Cluck - Sold

The Coffee Cluck, 24x18 oil

This painting was started last year, (November 2017), as my work in progress piece for the 'Work in Progress' Show at the Cotton Factory in December.  I was finally ready to get back to it this summer and here is the completed painting.  You can see the work in progress below.  I'm looking forward to being part of this year's Work and Progress Show this coming autumn 2018, details to come.





July 20, 2018

The Flock

The Flock, 36x12 oil

Occasionally, (and to my dogs' delight), I have the pleasure of caring for a couple of little finches.  The little birds have a lot to say as they flit around their cage.  Their movements are so expressive and fun to watch that I was inspired to sketch random scenarios.  This is one that I chose to develop into a painting.    

May 15, 2018

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad, 30x24 oil

This painting was started a few months ago, but was put aside to work on a few other pressing things.  Finally it's done!  It couldn't be finished at a better time, with the cherry trees in bloom and everything around bursting with bright green leaves.  Happy Spring!

March 27, 2018

Chedoke Golf Club

Chedoke Golf Club, 12x9 oil

I abandoned all my on going projects, grabbed my gear and headed out to paint yesterday.  The sun was calling.  It's warmth beamed through my car windows.  Unfortunately it wasn't warm enough to leave my paint stained down jacket behind.  I could have painted the rolling hills of the golf course, but was enamoured by the stairs on the side of this building.  Perhaps next time I'll paint the famous stairs that head up the side of the escarpment; well known to the locals for getting some great  exercise.

March 20, 2018

Mandarins and Limes - Sold

Mandarins and Limes, 36x18 oil

The calendar says spring has arrived!  A new season with new expectations, at least regarding the weather.  Instead of saying 'it's a warm winter day', now we'll say 'it's a cool spring day'.  Spring means freshness, opening the windows, letting the crisp clean air flow through the rooms, pushing the stale winter air out.  When I placed the mandarins and limes on the bright white cloth I immediately thought of how fresh it looked and how, for me, it looked like spring.        

March 13, 2018

Beginnings - Sold

Beginnings, 18x36 oil

I painted 'Beginnings' in response to the upcoming show The Journey, at the Art Gallery of Burlington this coming April.  My thoughts were on my daughter's upcoming wedding this spring, and my niece's two young children.  While thinking about all the scary, but wonderful beginnings a person takes in their life, I receive a call from my sister that our father is being rushed to the hospital, (yet again), and only last week having arranged care and meals for our mom.  It's a sobering thought that every journey comes to an end eventually, sometimes very smoothly, and sometimes with a lot of bumps in the road.  

February 26, 2018

Farm Swallow - Sold

Farm Swallow, 8x8 oil

A client asked me to do a painting of a swallow.  I did some research and found out that barn swallows are becoming endangered because the old barns are being replaced with newer, more efficient buildings.  Hopefully these swift little birds will be able to adapt before it's too late, there are still a few old barns out there.  


February 07, 2018

Hidden Valley in Winter

Hidden Valley in Winter, 14x11 oil

It's been some time since I've been outside to paint.  Monday was a beautiful sunny day.  I grabbed my paints and winter gear and headed out.  I managed to get most of this painting done on location, but ran out of white paint rather quickly.  Here is the painting after finishing the white parts in my studio.  

February 02, 2018

The Keeper

The Keeper 16x16, oil

Throughout this year there will be themed shows in the Fireside Lounge, at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  During the month of February the theme is the human figure.  I chose to focus on painting an elderly hand.  Luckily I had a wonderful model, my mom.    

January 30, 2018

Earl Grey

Earl Grey 6x6, oil

Here is a simple little still life and a great little exercise in observation.  



January 16, 2018

The Swallow and a Fly - Sold

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.