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Posted on Oct 22, 2013 in Creativity

There are so many things that get the creative side of me going. Travel is so amazing; when you experience a new part of our wonderful world, as an artist you want to express those experiences in colour, shape and form. This is a way to share the delight and amazement you felt. There is nothing like painting from a photo from a trip to put me back into that place and experience it again. I am happy to have several paintings done from the recent trip to Ireland. You can see them, as well as other works, in the art show that opens tomorrow (Wednesday Oct 23) at the Aeolian Hall, corner of Dundas St. and Rectory, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will also be work by sculptor Richard Sturgeon. It was fun to integrate our 2 mediums into one show. Hope you can come!

"Mystery Door", acrylic, by Cheryl O - photo reference W. Noordermeer

Mystery Door

The Joy & the Challenge

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

It seems to me that anything worth doing is going to have some challenge attached to it. Art is never lacking in challenges, that's for sure! My current challenge is to make paintings that have a soloist, and then a supporting cast. Specifically, I want one part of the painting to stand out, and the rest to fade away like a softly supporting choir does with a strong vocalist. I'm having fun with this concept, and the painting posted here is an example. What do you think of it? "Cahir Castle", acrylic, by Cheryl O - and by the way, this painting will be at the art show that opens Wednesday Oct 23 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Aeolian Hall in London. Hope you can make it. As well as my paintings, there will be metal sculpture by artist Richard Sturgeon. Browsers are welcome.

Cahir Castle by Cheryl O

In My Dream...

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 in Creativity

Tree PaintingI dreamt that I was outside watching people walk along a path, going up a hill. In my dream, I began to analyze whether, if I were to sketch the scene before me, would it be better with a somewhat higher or somewhat lower horizon? Always an artist. Do you dream about making art?

  • Cheryl O    |  Oct 16, 2013

    That's neat, Eleanor. Do you ever want to paint them?

  • Eleanor    |  Oct 15, 2013

    Images flash in my mind, but I'm fully awake when that happens.

Art Show! Opening Wednesday Oct 23

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Creativity

Handheld Abstractions by Richard Sturgeon

 I am excited to announce this 2 person show featuring Sculptor Richard Sturgeon, as well as my paintings. Here are the details:

Where: Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. E. (at Dundas & Rectory)

When: Opening Oct 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Who Is Showing: sculptor Richard Sturgeon, and painter Cheryl O

Who Is Coming: Art Lovers - hopefully you! Browsers are welcome.

Rooted in Love by Cheryl O

One Day Painting Workshop - Lawren Harris

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 in Creativity

Saturday Oct 19 there will be a one day painting workshop held at Westmount Library. These fun days are like a mini art retreat. Bring a bag lunch or plan to go to a nearby restaurant for the lunch hour. We will work step by step through the Lawren Harris painting featured here. It's an easy format for beginners to step into, the reference and line work is provided. Intermediate painters will also benefit from colour mixing tips and other techniques demonstrated. Bring your own art supplies, and plan to work 16" x 20". How to register is found here: Art Courses with Cheryl O


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