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Peacock Painting Party at Island Mix

Painting Party in St. Lucia

Things have been moving fast recently, so fast that in the last few days, I’ve found myself having many simultaneous conversations by e-mail, Facebook messenger, and Whatsapp! Anyway, the big news is that I will be making a short trip to St. Lucia very soon, and this painting party is one of the exciting things I have planned…

art class St. Lucia

Over the years, I have had a few offers to “teach” at these Paint & Sip type of events that have been popping up at bars and restaurants etc. all over the place.

So far, I’ve declined on the basis that the way I paint takes a relatively long time – generally a week or two, not 4 months like a friend I sometimes paint with! Though to be fair I do get 90% of the painting done in the first 10% of the time. That last 10% though, is what makes me a professional artist.

Then the opportunity arose to teach a class at Island Mix in St. Lucia, and I struggled for a whole day trying to figure out how to put 20 years of experience and knowledge about painting, into a 3 hour session, for a mix of beginners and intermediate painters.

I have given art lessons before, privately or to groups of up to 4 artists, but not with the expectation of a finished painting in 3 hours.

Finally it hit me, my peacock series would be perfect for this. It is fun, the process can be broken down into simple steps, and each person would be able to create their own unique image.

That part is important to me. I want to encourage people to trust their intuition, to make their own creative choices, to not just have  fun with the process, but to be pleasantly surprised at the art they have made.

That is the whole reason my peacock feather-inspired series was born. It is the Yin to the Yang of my more realistic paintings.

I love starting each painting, not knowing what it is going to look like in the end. It allows me to live in the moment, be spontaneous, try things, to listen to my inner voice, trust in my abilities.

Not every painting is a winner. Sometimes the risks I take with a colour or a pattern do not work out, but not only do I still learn from those choices, sometimes magic happens! When a painting sings, and I know it would never have existed if I did not veer out of the boundries set by realism, then I feel the pride of creation.

I am really looking forward to sharing my techniques with this painting party, and seeing how each person, regardless of their level of artistic experience, uses them to express their individuality!

Join my Peacock Painting Party
– Display your Creative side!


Acrylic painting classes – register now!

The first session of painting classes in my studio is coming to an end, so I’m offering another session, 8 weeks this time. Thursdays again, and now Sunday morning as well.

Yahoo … let’s paint!


Acrylic Painting Classes(2)

Register here  for Sun or Thurs classes … please indicate which day. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them.
E-mail donna@bluerootsartstudio.com

NOTE – I’ve removed the Paypal button as these classes are now over

Abstracted landscape painting – Fernscape 2

Fernscape 2, 24"x48", acrylic on canvas, ©2014 Donna Grandin. $1800.00
Fernscape 2, 24″x48″, acrylic on canvas, ©2014 Donna Grandin. $1800.00
I’ve been blogging for a little while now, and depending on my mood, sometimes my writing can get very personal, or intense and other times when I’m in a rush, I keep it brief, just stating the facts so that I have a record of what’s going on in my art business.To be honest, I really enjoy blogging – putting my words and my images together – once I am able to focus, to get into the zone, it’s pure bliss for me. And when I hear back from you, and realize that my words have landed on fertile ground … I get a little thrill.

My favourite thing in the world is to really connect with another person …. you know, those deep, meaningful conversations that go on for hours. In the 90’s I lived for those long, juicy hand-written letters my friends and I exchanged when I first left home to go to school in Canada.

Writing a blog is a more public arena though, and I cannot see your faces to read your expressions, your body language … so I appreciate it when you comment here, or e-mail me. When you participate in the conversation, it evolves, is becomes more and more interesting to all of us.

So, please continue to send me your questions, comments, suggestions, requests!

Ok, I’m going off topic. What I wanted to say is, after all this time blogging, it’s only just occurred to me that I have NOT been writing an individual blog post for each painting that I complete and add to this website!!!!

I also realized, that I should be adding a Paypal button to these posts – such a fundamental thing in this age of online sales – I feel like a such a “ninny-headed-nincompoop”!

This painting was inspired by the first Fernscape painting I did, I’m still really in love with it, and hope to do many more. In between the two, I did work on the peacock-inspired paintings, and I think you can see some of that influence in this painting. It’s looser, more whimsical. I pretty much painted it freehand, just used a chalk at the beginning to lay in some flowing lines.

There is a happy, fun aspect to this painting because of the abstraction, you can feel the rhythm. It’s not as serious and laboured as a purely realistic painting can be, and I think some days we all need some of that lightness.

I especially feel that now that there is a wicked winter chill in the air – I can hear the wind howling outside as I write. My intention was to start a new series of Fernscapes this month, but I’m hesitating – usually when the winter blues hit I counteract them with bright sunny paintings.

So, I may push the Fernscape series onto the backburner for a little while. I have another idea that I might pursue first.

Meanwhile … I’m preparing for my ART CLASSES to start on Jan 15 !

Art Classes – acrylic painting techniques with Donna Grandin

Register for Art Classes here …


Preparing for the studio tour

Acrylic painting techniques

Location: Donna’s home studio in Burlington, near Appleby Library

6 weeks – Jan 15th – Feb 23, 2015

Thurs 10-1pm

$150. +hst (materials not included)

drop-ins are $35./class

Registration limited to 4 adults/class, beginners welcome

List of supplies, and general outline will be e-mailed to you upon registration

NOTE – this class has passed, but if you are local and interested in art lessons, just  e-mail me at donna@bluerootsartstudio.com

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