It's been a good week for demonstrations in class. These 3 paintings all began in various classes, and held enough promise for me to finish them.

by Cheryl O

Among Giants
Gouache - will be available on Saturday Nov 3

A Painter Ponders

I've been pondering shyness. Artists are not necessarily less shy than other people, but the urge to create runs deep and strong, and can tend to overflow the confines of our immediate lives. That's a good thing and requires a certain amount of courage. Yet holding it back is painful too! 

I take a deep breath, well, quite a few actually, before any art show. It's like wearing your heart on your sleeve. But this I have learned - people are kind. The vast majority want to be encouraging. I have so much to be thankful for. I have the best job in the world! By the way, this is not a hobby for me. 11 years ago I took the leap to become a full time artist and art instructor and so far no chance of any starving artist over here. :)

Thanks for letting me share my art with you: through these art emails, in classes, and at art shows. I also sincerely hope that you too have a creative space to bloom in, since the Creator has been ever so generous with this amazing gift of creativity among people everywhere.


I have an idea for the show demonstrations. I'm going to buy a black canvas and put some lines on it with white chalk. I expect it would be fun for people to watch a painting develop on the black.

Almost all ready. There's one more painting on my easel. It's pretty large, and I'm wondering if it will be done in time. If not, you will see it in an email sometime.

At the Show this year, as well as 7 paintings in the silent auction with 100% of those funds going to My Sisters Place, any single items priced at $300. and over (before tax) will have 30% of the price donated. Items priced at $299. and lower will have 10% of the price donated to My Sisters Place.

Bring some friends - this happens just once per year.

Just a few more days!!!

by Cheryl O

"Streamside" (left)
Watercolour + Gouache
will be available at the Art Show

Today's Quote:

"And the day came
when the risk to remain 
tight in a bud
was more painful than 
the risk it took to blossom."

Anais Nin