Creative Painting Adventures

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You Really Can

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 in Creativity


Painting of Boat"If you don't begin, you will never know how much fun you could have had. You can learn to paint!" Cheryl O

Do you have a creative spirit that is longing to be expressed? New painting classes are starting October 1st, and true beginners are welcome! Come have some fun with paint - you will find the atmosphere relaxed, encouraging, and helpful in lots of practical ways. After teaching for 15 years, I know that you can learn to paint, even if you are not sure of that yourself.

Both afternoon and evening classes are available. Check out the line up here - scroll down once you are on the page: Art Courses with Cheryl O


Hidden Art

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Outside the Box

This really is like something out of a fantasy novel! The images and writing in this article make it a great read:

"New York City's Hidden Subway Station by Sophie"


  • Chery O    |  Sep 23, 2013

    Thanks Jannie! So nice that you share in the excitement of my art journey.

  • Jannie Ensing    |  Sep 23, 2013

    This is really amazing, I love the art work. You must be so excited in your beautiful work and all that is happening. I am excited for you.

  • Jannie Ensing    |  Sep 23, 2013

    This is really amazing Cheryl, I love the art work.

Fear Factor

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Quotable

Being human, we have a lot of things in common. Most humans are afraid of something. Take artists for example. We share some of the common phobia like spiders and heights - but some artists also have fears of things like blank canvas, writer's block, or stage fright. I wonder what the roots of this are? Perhaps its the fear that we will have nothing worth saying with our art. Or the fear that no one will want to hear what we have to say if we say it. Or worse, that only negative reactions will result from our art. I suggest that the cure relates back to the first sentence - that being, we have a lot in common. Yes, we are each wonderfully unique and yet if you work at your creative art, if you study and practice and find your voice, chances are big that what you have to say is going to resonate deeply with some of those that you share it with. Everyone? Rarely. Lots of people? I believe so. Don't let the fear win. You have something to say. (Oil painting "Apple Blossoms" by Cheryl O)

Oil Painting of Apple Blossoms

Art Happens

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Outside the Box

This is not a movie set, but a photo of a natural land formation called "The Wave" in Arizona. I have not been there, but would love to see it, and the Grand Canyon someday. These are giant works of art, done by a hand much larger than mine! The earth is full of wonder. What natural formations feel the most like works of art to you?

Landsform photo

  • Linda    |  Sep 14, 2013

    I love the US West, especially Bryce Canyon National Park. Zion NP has formations similar to The Wave, and is another favorite of mine, along with the Grand Canyon in AZ and Arches in UT. Happy sightseeing, Cheryl!

Colour: Hands On

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Creativity

Flower PaintingThe art class that will give you a strong foundation in understand colour and colour mixing is beginning Thursday October 3rd - your choice of afternoon or evening time slot. Learn why some colours make mud, and how to avoid it. Learn some favourite colour recipes and where to apply them. Learn about classic and modern palettes, and how to create a creative and dynamic colour palette all your own. More information here: Art Courses with Cheryl O (Scroll down when on the page.)

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