Finding the New, a presentation to the Don Valley Art Club

Artists always have a history. Reasons for their chosen subjects. Why did you chose to be an Artist? What inspired you? What is your subject? When did you pick up your tools? Who provided inspiration and mentoring?  Where did you learn? How did you learn? All explored Friday April 28, 2017.

To the curious, the 40 slide show on going about Finding the New is private

CanAm All Breeds Equine Expo 2017

"Hi Mum".

Transparent Watercolour 200lb Arches 22" x 30" framed.

Transparent Watercolour 200lb Arches 22" x 30" framed.

As usual Nola thought outside the box, or round pen and set aside the common portrait format of mare and foal. Waking from an afternoon nap a foal looks for Mum. There she is, not too far away. Mum's happy, relaxed and shiny taking it easy in the late summer sun. Still making sure everything is OK. We do not see the foal's face, instead we sneak into their private world through their glances. The backdrop, a million dollar barn, the rolling field or northern brush, is up to the viewer.

On Saturday April 1, "Hi Mum" sold atCanAm All Breed's Equine Extravaganza Auction in support of Equine Guelph.

See "Hi Mum" and other works at the Merriweather Studio booth in the Artists' Walk between Halls One and Two.

Nola will be there, only too happy to discuss your portrait or hose drawing workshop needs.


Just Horses, the Horse Life Drawing Program

This winter for twelve weeks a group of artists captured horses and humans from Life. Horses did not do a 20 minute sustained pose. Horses + Riders, even less so. This was challenging and fun. No cameras!

The Horse Palace exercise ring is very similar in feel to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The skylight provides wonderful directional light. Stands surrounding the ring a variety of view points.

The group worked with simple paper & pencil. Participant HH after 4 sessions really captured the many members of the unit in quick accurate gesture sketches. This season is finished. The group is limited to 8 participants. No cameras. For information, please contact Nola at the Studio


Colourful Animals at Banbury November 2, 2016

Do you get intimidated and thinking that animals are too difficult to depict? That their colours are sort of quiet and boring? On November 2nd the Banburyites discovered that animals are way more colourful, more approachable and generally more fun than than they had thought, with watercolour, pencil crayon, markers and graphite.

Bob's Rooster

Bob's Rooster




Tired of annual dues? Tired of night programs? Tired of paid Parking? Discover the Banbury Group.

We have THE self directed DAYTIME watercolour and art program for you. On Wednesday's from Noon to 3pm at the Banbury Community Centre, 120 Banbury Ave, North York, we invite practicing Ontario artists to provide a one hour demonstration of their specialty, be it landscape, florals, portraits or ...? The demonstrator then works with participants to advise and help as we paint away the afternoon. No membership. No membership fees, just a flat $10.00 for each weekly 3 hour program. Parking is FREE.

Fall Shows

At the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Open Water at the John B Aird Gallery , Queen's Park. Arctic Queen, Bee received many compliments.

Arctic Queen, Bee 113" x 14" watercolour                                                                                                                                      It's like gossamer.   ....R.P. WellingtonFlorida

Arctic Queen, Bee 113" x 14" watercolour                                                                                                                                      It's like gossamer.   ....R.P. WellingtonFlorida

At the Toronto Watercolour Society, the Papermill Gallery. Tothe Top of the Hill & Alpaca Quartet split the Peoples' Choice vote

Alpaca Quartet 10" x 14" watercolour

Alpaca Quartet 10" x 14" watercolour

Alpaca quartet IS wonderful! ...S. F. Runaway Bay Jamaica

To the Top of the Hill 11" x 14" watercolour

To the Top of the Hill 11" x 14" watercolour

Rusticity, that's what it is. Perfect Muskoka on Little Lake Joe.  G.D. Port Carling

Congratulations Vita

Flat Coated Retriever Rowansgaard Vita is a wonderful example of one of the founding breeds of both the British and American Kennel Clubs. Her piercing gaze is always searching for that next pick-up from the field. In the meantime she is Susan's best buddy.

Vita's black coat flows down from her elegant head to a feathery waving tail as she searches for ...?


Summer Wanderings

Summer means getting out of the studio, under a tree anywhere with a sketch book and mark makers. Doodling, drawing from the subject ... anything goes

Muskoka, the Toronto Waterfront's People, Riverdale Farm, just doodling, in the country with the retirees, Earl Bales Park.

Tess the Vizsla

Tess 14" x 10" watercolour on 140 lb Arches Cold Press.

Tess 14" x 10" watercolour on 140 lb Arches Cold Press.

Tess is a lovely dog, a very dignified princess. Her shiny textured short haired coat is a huge range of colour .....reds, oranges, pinks and browns..

Finding the texture in short haired coats is always a watercolour challenge. Too much water = no texture. Too little water = too much texture.

Finding the happy medium of texture and colour while maintaining both is a challenge.

I was contacted in early June by PG's wife. She needed a really good 60th Birthday present for the man who has everything plus an extensive very good collection of visual art. Tess's portrait was created. Presented June 26, 2016

PG's comment "I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful job you did with Tess' watercolour. I was extremely surprised and amazed on my birthday." June 29, 2016



Amber & Amber Marshall

Getting to Know You, Amber & Jock watercolour, 10" x 15"

Getting to Know You, Amber & Jock watercolour, 10" x 15"

Saturday April 2, 2016  an auction was held in support of Equine Guelph at the Markham Fairgrounds with over a thousand people in the audience. The hostess Amber Marshall of Heartland fame showed off "Getting to Know You". A very youthful new art collector, merely 10 years old, purchased the work. Congratulations to her and her family for introducing a life long passion to loving horses, collecting original art and supporting equine education.   Click on the link. Discover the world of Horses in Ontario

Do you have a favourite four footed family member? A champion in the ring? A wonderful equine view? Nola creates equine art treasures for discerning clients across North America and on around the world.