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News from the Studio

The month of January has been a productive time in the Studio.  I am attaching a photo of my latest painting called "Keoma Canola".  Lately I've been fondly remembering my time living on the prairies of Alberta and the views of the canola fields in full bloom were incredible!  I have painted the canola throughout the years, but this was the first time I painted it using my palette knife which provided a whole new dimension to the scene. 
"Keoma Canola", oil on canvas, 14"X11" is available for sale from  No tax and free shipping in Canada!

I've also been working away on my latest commission and am hoping to put the finishing touches on that in the coming week.  Perhaps a photo will be attached in my next newsletter?
After a long delay I have a new blog post on Caprice Fine Art's Blog.  I am finding out that writing does not come as easily to me as painting!  In my new post, I introduce you to my other mentor, Keith Smith whom I learned so much from.  I have many great memories of my time with him! Apparently there were some issues with people not being able to leave comments on my blog.  My apologies for this error, but it has been fixed and I hope you will leave comments from now on as I value your feedback!
This past month I have been doing some teaching.  I can't believe I actually get paid to talk about art! What a great job.  I enjoy passing on all that I have learned over the years.  I still have a few spaces available so if you are interested in giving oil paints a try, send me an email and take a lesson or two or more.

Over the winter months, I welcome visitors to the Studio by appointment.  Please drop me an email or call if you are in town and would like to stop by.

Book of the Month

I have a rather large collection of books written on Emily Carr, as she is one of my heros when it comes to great art!  My 'Emily bible' is a book written by Doris Shadbolt called 'The Art of Emily Carr'.  It's an oldie but a goodie!  Of course, my copy is very well used with highlighted areas and a bit of oil paint here and there.  I also have notes written throughout after seeing the original paintings at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  I've had the pleasure of spending many hours on the 4th floor of the VAG and I highly recommend it.  Emily's paintings in real life are much more brilliant than the photos in the books.  Not only was Emily a great painter, but she was also a very spunky, feisty lady with a neat personality.  I love to read quotes by her.  I can't imagine doing what she did, travelling to remote forests by herself, especially being a woman during the 1940's and 50's when that type of thing was unheard of!  I many female painters from that era can you name???

My appreciation!

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter.  I also want to say a big thank you to everyone that has sent emails and messages on Facebook.  I do appreciate all of your support and I will reply to everyone as I can!  There are only so many hours in a day and I must admit that when I have the choice to be at the easel or at the computer, I so often choose the easel!  So please keep the correspondence coming as I take great inspiration from it.  Wishing you all a great month!


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