I’m a Fan of……Art Galleries

….thanks to Jez for hosting I’m a fan of……https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2023/03/20/a-ride-to-the-park-fan-of-198/

I love to browse through art galleries for a variety of reasons. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or even just an hour or less. It informs me on what is happening in the world, the values of other cultures and the diversity of art itself. I don’t always love everything I see but I can appreciate what the artist went through to make their art. The one comment I despise from other people who think that a piece of art is unworthy to hang in a gallery is….”I could do that”. The problem is that they didn’t do that and never will.

The big art gallery in Toronto is the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) and I love going there but I also enjoy going to smaller galleries like the Dignam Gallery at WAAC, the Assembly Hall Gallery and all the smaller and larger galleries we visited on our trips in Europe.

The galleries below are: The Louvre in Paris Рfirst two photos. The Mus̩e de Beaux-Arts in Tours, France Рphotos 3, 4 and 5. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tours, France Рphotos 6,7 and 8. The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London, England Рphotos 9, 10 and 11. The Barbican Art Gallery in London, England Рphotos 12, 13 and 14. The Tate Modern in London, England Рphotos 15m 16 and 17. The Dignam Art Gallery at WAAC in Toronto Рphotos 18, 19, 20 and 21 and Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke Рphotos 22, 23 and 24 . The Assembly Hall Gallery in Toronto Рphotos 25, 26 and 27.

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Warming Up With Sketchbook Revival – Day 2

….I’m not committing to doing the art each day but today’s lessons intrigued me and helped me warm up for my next painting

Today’s lessons were both focused on creating art around a blob of colour. Koosje Koene gave the first lesson using watercolour and Mike Lowery used markers. Both were fun to do and got me ready to paint on my next painting for my solo show in May.


Monsters – A Work in Progress

….or maybe two

The first monster my husband sent me today was titled A Work in Progress. When I asked him if it was unfinished he said it might be but then soon after he sent me a second monster with no title. I am so pleased that he’s enjoying working on his new iPad with Procreate. The goal is to take some of his original paintings and put them into a children’s book. Procreate will help him with backgrounds and give his paintings that finished look that you need for publishing your work.

Here are the two latest monsters.


Texture Tuesday – Textures in Fibre Arts

….textures at the Assembly Hall

On my walk yesterday I went further than I have in months. It was a cool but gorgeous day as I made my way over to the Assembly Hall. It was about a 6K walk there and back. When I reached the hall I discovered that there was an art show on display called Herstory. It was put together by a group of Women from the Niagara Women’s Collective (SWFT) showcasing unique stories of women with overlapping experiences.

Some of my favourite pieces were the soft sculptures by Debra Jackson-Jones and Mori McCrae.

Debra Jackson-Jones: Covid Love: The Only Thing Living is my Virus 2022
Mori McCrae: Big Green Apple
Morie McCrae: Little Green Apple 2

I also enjoyed Francie McGlynn’s paintings that included soft woven patches of fabric and hard edged buttons.

How to Walk Your Dog in Times of Plague and War
The Woman Who Held Odd Notions

For those of you who live close by, the show runs till March 29, 2023 at the Assembly Hall Gallery at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Toronto, ON.

Spring has Sprung

….despite the cold temperatures there are signs everywhere that spring is here

Today the sun is out and the temperatures are above freezing….momentarily.

People soaking up the sun
Saw my first crocus on my walk yesterday
My daffodils are beginning to rise up
Tulips are in abundance in the markets