Friday, 27 October 2017

Painting Trip to Kamouraska 2017 - Part 6

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This is the last part of my travelogue about the fantastic trip we had to the Kamouraska region this year. I am so happy to have had this opportunity again. What could be better than sitting in nature painting on a sunny day? 

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Stages if Life", acrylic, 11" x 14

After we took our group picture and Janis left for Ottawa, Hélène and I went to the Chemin de la Madone in St-André, where we painted the flowers from the flower and vegetable garden of the school Les Pèlerins. Sharon and Bill joined us to paint the wonderful sunflowers. Sharon also painted a beautiful red canna. Every school should have a garden like this. The students were impressed with our work. It was so great to see their interest and to answer all the questions they had.

"The Tide is Going out", acrylic, 11” x 14”

In the afternoon, we all went to the Chemin de la Grève East in St-Denis, where we painted the St. Lawrence River with the tide going out. Close to the river, we could definitely feel that temperatures had gone down. I was happy to have my winter coat and scarf. Unfortunately, the spot that we had picked to get shelter from the wind turned out to be close to a sewer; at least that’s how it smelled after the wind died down. Moreover, the mosquitoes were more than happy to get company, not very much to our liking. However, the scenery was breathtaking. The water was an amazing green of old glass bottles.

As Janis had taken my oil paints, so that I can take Hélène home with me, I painted with OPEN Acrylics. I had brought a small travel set and was quite impressed with the performance. When I first bought them, I was not too happy with them as the coverage is not the same as with the regular acrylic paints. However, since this summer, I have taken my set with me on a couple of occasions and have taken this fact into consideration, sometimes adding some regular paints and OPEN medium. You need more layers than with the regular acrylic paints but my paints stayed workable for hours even in the sun and with wind.

This evening, for dinner we had the second set of leftovers. The chili with fresh baguette from the bakery followed by their wonderful shortbread cookies with nuts and ice cream were just perfect after a full day of painting.

Now, our equipment is already in the car. We are looking back on a fantastic week. The weather could hardly have been better. We did not spent a single day indoors. It was sunny and warmer than ever. We enjoyed each other’s company and the good food we shared. Cooking together a frittata was lots of fun.

Tomorrow morning, we only have to pack our personal belongings and clean out everything from the kitchen before we can get on the road. We will certainly stop at the bakery one more time. Then we have to say goodbye for another year, but we will be back next September.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Painting Trip to Kamouraska 2017 - Part 5

Misty morning at St-André

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This is already the fifth part of my travelogue. It was my last day of painting with Janis before she had to return to Ottawa.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Today was another fantastic day. Although it was warmer yesterday if you only look at the temperatures, it felt warmer today, because there was hardly any wind. Janis and I went to the old quay at St-André that the other three had found yesterday. At first I created an 8” x 10” oil painting of the l'Îlet, a little island slightly west of the old quay.

Then I painted the view towards the Parc de l'Ancien-Quai with the Monadnocks in the background. At that time the wind completely died down, which would have been great, if the mosquitoes had not appeared at the same time making it almost impossible to concentrate on painting - despite the use of mosquito repellent.

Janis and I decided on a lunch at the house. We sat in the Muskoka chairs in the garden and eat our lunch while looking at the St. Lawrence River. It was so relaxing that it was hard to get back on the road again.

As we still wanted to paint, we went to Rivière-Ouelle but were not really inspired by the scenery. Therefore, we turned back to Saint-Denis-De La Bouteillerie and drove from there down the Pointe-aux-Orignaux, where we painted the fishing hut, that we had already painted a couple of years ago. It was already 5pm, when we finally made our way back to the house. Nevertheless, we were the first ones back, but the others followed soon after.

Usually, each of us is responsible to cook one evening but as we were short of two participants, so we had planned to go out for dinner. However, as we still had so many leftovers, all five of us worked together in the kitchen to create an amazing frittata followed by a nice variety of ice cream flavours.

Due to Janis’ early departure tomorrow morning, we had our show and tell already tonight. Each of us had a lovely variety of works to show. It is always so much fun to look at each other’s works, and to figure out where they went to create the paintings. We have come here 9 years, and we still manage to find new and interesting spots to paint.

Next week, I will tell you about the last day in the Kamouraska. The time just flew by. If you enjoy my blog, please sign up for the automatic delivery of my blogs to your email inbox. This way, you will not miss a topic. Please feel free to share the content with family and friends who might enjoy the blog.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Painting Trip to Kamouraska 2017 - Part 4

at the nature resort at the end of Route Beaulieu

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This fourth part of my travelogue starts with the second half of our trip. We continued to experience outstanding weather. Please continue to read my entry.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This morning, we awoke to sunshine but heavy wind. Janis and I were traveling alone today. We went east towards St-André to the Parc de l'Ancien-Quai but it was too windy to paint outside and also too misty to make out the surrounding islands. We continued to Route Beaulieu, where we painted years ago. The area is now a gated nature resort that is accessible to the public. There are a couple of paths through the resort that are lovely for a walk but too difficult in order to drag and set up our equipment.

View from Notre-Dame-du-Portage,  oil, 10” x 20”
A little bit disappointed, we continued our drive to Notre-Dame-du-Portage, where we went to the park overlooking the St. Lawrence River. I created two paintings, a 10” x 20” and an 11” x 14” painting.

Stone Creatures, oil, 11” x 14”
On the way back, we stopped at the Monadnock at the Route de la Grève in Kamouraska and finished with a stop at the local store “Le jardin du bedeau” to get some gifts for our family.

At night, Bill served a wonderful home-made chili with bread and pastries from the bakery, not to mention very generous portions of ice cream.

After a couple of nights of knitting, I went back to working on my felted water lily. I have added more pedals that I have assembled but I am still not finished. This week is definitely giving me lots of possibilities to unleash my creativity.

Thank you for reading my blog. Hopefully, you enjoy taking the ride with me. I still have two more sequels for the next two weeks. 

My painting sale is still ongoing. To find out more about it, please go to my website or to my Facebook page

There is still time to join me at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex for the four week mini-session "Acrylic Landscape Painting".  It starts on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6pm. For more information and to register please go to You can also register in person at any City of Ottawa recreation facility.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Painting Trip to Kamouraska 2017 - Part 3

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This is part 3 of my Kamouraska painting trip travelogue. We had a very productive trip, possibly because we had no expectations but to have fun and to enjoy the painting time outside in this beautiful part of Kanada.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Today, we had another great day, even if the weather was not as sunny and warm as we had expected. It started out very promising but around lunchtime the sun suddenly disappeared and only came back by the time we had to get back to the house so I could prepare dinner.

“Mountain Road”, oil, 14" x 11"
This morning, Janis, Hélène, and I drove to St-André where we took the road past the school up the Monadnock. We found a great space where we were partly sheltered from the wind, and stayed there the whole day. Later Sharon and Bill joined us by chance. All five of us were painting the humongous rocks in front of us and all of us ladies also painted the view down the road where a maple had turned red.

For dinner, I prepared a vegetable pasta casserole which entailed a lot of cutting vegetables. As dessert, I offered the wonderful strawberry-rhubarb pie that I had brought from the Black Walnut Bakery in Cumberland. I would not have had enough time to prepare the dessert myself.

Tonight, Bill is playing the guitar for us, and the rest of us is taking it easy with puzzles and reading. After finishing my travelogue, I will continue to felt the water lily I am working on.

It is hard to believe that the first half of our trip is already behind us. Time really flies when you are having fun!

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Golden Days of Fall, acrylic, 8" x 10"

My painting sale is still ongoing. To find out more about it, please go to my website or to my Facebook page

For all of you in Canada and all Canadians abroad, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends celebrating the abundance of life.