Artists on Oxford Studio Tour who use Acrylics

This post features the artists on the tour who use acrylic paints as either their main medium or as one of their main media, alone.  There will be a separate post for those who often use mixed media.

Starting again from the last number in locations and moving toward the beginning number, we have:

Kate Innes  kate-innes

at Location #18

Contemporary acrylics defined by texture and bold strokes of colour.

519-537-3290

kd.innes@hotmail.com

 

 

Rita Milton  rmilton

at Location #17

Acrylics on canvas featuring a kaleidoscope of colour.

519-290-4744

ritamilton.com

Skipping a Location, we then have

Phil Littlephil-little2-480x640-480x640

at Location #15

Watercolour and acrylic paintings of local, western Canada and Florida landscapes.

519-421-0083

andreaaikenhead@hotmail.com

 

 

along with

Susan Fenlonfenlon-jpeg-02

Vibrant impressionistic paintings inspired by the landscapes and people of here and abroad. Commissions welcome.

519-290-1770

suefenlon10@gmail.com

 

 

And skipping another Location there is

julie-hawkins-10Julie Hawkins

at Location #13

Original art made with passion and paint.

519-539-3796

juliehawkins.ca

 

 

Next, it’s

debelleval1Michael de Belleval

at Location #12

Acrylic abstracts and realistic watercolours of Ontario and beyond.  Studio open with a phone call.

519-462-2902

mdebelleval@hotmail.com 

 

 

It’s a few Locations until the next one, and then we have several in a row:

dgardnertriptychDanielle Gardner

at Location #9

Legacy artist of the Group of Seven, painting the Ontario landscape.  Commissions/lessons available.

519-857-8210

philosopherswalk.ca

 

David Gifforddavegifford2-800x600

at Location #8

Vibrant, vigorous and evocative paintings by an artist using autism as a gift of expression.

226-973-8058

website temporarily unavailable

 

Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

at Location #7

Original paintings in acrylic and oil in a variety of styles and subject matter.

519-475-4004

artbyfrankie.ca

 

Sue Simpsonsimpson3

at Location #6

Representational and abstract intuitive paintings expressed with colour, texture and mixed media.

519-272-4331

suesimpson999@gmail.com

Valerie Zadowvzadow

at Location #5

Realistic and vivid watercolours and acrylics of flowers and the English countryside.  Commissions welcome.

519-842-9167

vzadow5@gmail.com

 

 

Rhonda Franks the-call-of-spring-rfranks

at Location #4

Realistic wildlife and nature paintings in acrylic and watercolour with beautiful attention to detail.

519-424-2516

rhondafranks.com

And finally, one more at the first Location on the tour,

gpayne-1-copyGary Payne

at Location #1

Playful, colourful, expressive non-objective painting with a sometimes unexpected twist.

519-454-8590

dgamcove2@gmail.com

 

So, if acrylic paintings are your favourite kind of art, you have a wide selection to choose from here – but don’t limit yourself!  Stay tuned for more media featured in this excellent trip around the Oxford County countryside on the weekend of May 6 & 7.  And if you are just noticing us, check out the previous post regarding watercolour artists, as well as the rest of the site which is full of information for you about this event.

Watercolour Artists on the Tour

Our 10th Annual tour is only a couple of weekends away, May 6 & 7, and for the next couple of weeks we’ll be featuring the different media represented in our selection of artists.  Today, we are featuring the watercolour artists on the tour.

Some of these artists use watercolour as their primary medium, while others do watercolours as a complement to their primary medium, so the art featured in this post may or may not be painted in watercolour.  In either case, all have their own unique ways of expressing themselves through this very challenging medium which has a rich and varied history.

Starting with Location #15, we have

Kristi Osinga  OsingaKristi1sm

A complement of watercolour and natural colours including coffee and walnut ink on canvas and paper.

226-228-2761

kristiosinga.wordpress.com

Phil Littlephil-little2-480x640-480x640

Watercolour and acrylic paintings of local, western Canada and Florida landscapes.

519-421-0083

andreaaikenhead@hotmail.com

 

 

 

At Location #14,

kellybradley2-jpgKelly Bradley

Bright and bold watercolours depicting nature.

519-421-2171

kellybradley-art.com

 

 

 

Skipping to Location #12, we find

debelleval1Michael de Belleval

Acrylic abstracts and realistic watercolours of Ontario and beyond.  Studio open with a phone call.

519-462-2902

mdebelleval@hotmail.com 

 

 

 

Then, at Location #11, warner2

Bunny Warner

Realistic and detailed drawings rendered with pen and ink, graphite and watercolour.  Commissions welcome.

519-295-0054

www.artworkbybunnywarner.com

 

 

Several stops later, at Location #7, we find

Heather MacIntosh, A.O.C.A.  macintosh2-jpg

A painting style that walks the edge between representational and abstract.

519-536-3163

heathermacintosh.com 

 

 

 

then at Location #6, we have

Valerie Zadowvzadow

Realistic and vivid watercolours and acrylics of flowers and the English countryside.  Commissions welcome.

519-842-9167

vzadow5@gmail.com

 

 

and

Tabitha Verbuyst  verbuyst3

Mystery, vibrancy, beauty and emotion expressed through ink, watercolour and oil works.

519-859-6765

tabithasmithd.wix.com/tabitha-develter

 

 

 

Skipping to Location #4, we have

Rhonda Franks the-call-of-spring-rfranks

Realistic wildlife and nature paintings in acrylic and watercolour with beautiful attention to detail.

519-424-2516

rhondafranks.com

(Rhonda is also the designer of our tour brochures, available in many places around the area or from any of our artists.)

and

suegoossensSue Goossens

A distinct watercolour style….. Gallery in her home is open all year by appointment.

519-879-6352

suegoossens.ca

 

(Sue organizes and carries out most of the tasks involved in making the Oxford Studio Tour a success – just about everything except the brochures and the website, though she also gathers the information necessary for them.  A large round of applause for her comes from all of the artists! )

and finally at Location #3, it is

Lianne Todd

 

 

Vivid watercolours and digital art reflecting nature’s patterns with depth and unique vision.

519-879-9903

liannetodd.wordpress.com & fractaliart.com

 

(Lianne has been responsible for updating the website for several years now, and is the writer of this blog.  She also happens to be one of the Co-Representatives for the Canadian Branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS).)( IWSCanada)

Insights on what inspires some Oxford Studio Tour artists

Every year we have a little help from a good friend to the tour in promoting it.  The article that follows is his writing, and the photo credit goes to him as well.

The balletic beauty of dance captured in crystalline pendant.

Contrasting dark and light windows into the yin and yang of an artist’s soul.

Creativity fired by imagination and a 1,650-degree oven.

And playful technique generating abstract vision from a natural scene.

The 10th Annual Oxford Studio Tour Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. features 38 individual artists, including nine new exhibitors at 18 locations throughout the county. Glossy brochures available at art galleries and tourist sites both in the country and beyond, and the website http://www.oxfordstudiotour.ca contain a complete listing of artists, descriptions of their work, locations and detailed maps. Those seeking further information may call 519-842-6151.

The collective works in double digits worth of distinct media ranging through various painting styles and photography to pottery, jewellery and fibre arts, journeying disparate artistic routes along a linked quest for creative expression.

“She looks like she’s on point,” explained Judy Feskun of a rose quartz heart crystal pendant combination topped by a tourmaline (“flower in her hair”) she refers to as ‘The Ballerina.’

“I see something (in her mind) and I make it,” continued Feskun, who began creating sterling silver and copper wire and semi-precious stone jewellery 15 years ago after reading an article on wire wrapping. “All I was thinking was ballerina, because she dances on point.”

Each component is meticulously selected to fit her original vision and composed using pliers and wire-cutters, a simple, elemental process bringing Feskun close enough to her work to personify each piece, be it the ballerina, or a related compilation using doubled, darker hearts.

“I call her the belly dancer.”

‘Darker’ vision may not have been Tabitha Verbuyst’s goal. But exploration of broken, abandoned and forgotten things took her down that road in an oil painting of a derelict white house surrounded by starkly dead trees and foreboding storm clouds, ‘yin’ to a contrasting ‘yang’ featuring a bright, yellow residence set off by a field of sunflowers.

“My daughter thinks the one has ghosts in it,” Verbuyst laughed, admitting the paintings illustrate elements of her own psyche.

“I’m drawn into that,” she admitted of an approach, both subject and colour, contrasting light and dark to create dramatically-emotional work intended to help the viewer bring a restored narrative to abandoned shells.

“You kind of draw your own conclusions to them.”

Janet Whittington’s process concludes with two hours at 1,650 F. It begins with precious metal particles, a binding agent and water formed into artisanal jewellery using hand-built pottery techniques.

“I liken it to pottery in miniature,” said Whittington.

The firing process leaves hollow pure silver or other precious metal forms with individually-patterned exteriors.

“I love all the textures I can create,” said Whittington, whose recent work is informed by a South-East Asian journey. This summer, Africa is on the horizon, physical experience she anticipates will translate into tangible results.

“It will be interesting to see what comes of that.”

It is interesting to see what has come of Gary Payne’s 30-year exploration of thinking and creating outside of the artistic box. A 1982 painting of a windmill reproduced in detail from a postcard contrasts sharply with a more recent ‘playful, colourful, non-objective’ view of the same. Placed side by side, the inspirational elements are clearly visible in an interpretation accomplished through contemporary techniques including a paintbrush with the bristles removed and stub honed via a pencil sharpener, knife blade, sponge, or a random piece of paper retrieved from the floor.

“This is the same thing,” smiled Payne, indicating the distantly-related pieces. “I love to play, I love to play.”

Those are but four of the creative visions on display throughout the two-day tour. Participants range from enthusiastic amateurs to seasoned 30-year professionals like Ontario Society of Artists member Cathy Groulx, whose work is featured in Ontario government collections. Regardless of experience level, or whether artists approach their work as livelihood or part-time outlet, there is a shared passion for the creative process.

“It’s a part of me that I can’t turn off,” said Groulx. “Every painting is a new challenge I look forward to.”

Every tour is a challenge looked forward to by organizers including Sue Goossens, a distinctive and well-known Otterville-area watercolour artist. The tour truly does offer something for everyone, says Goossens, a cliché, but accurate nonetheless.

The collected works represent a broad body of work both creatively and geographically that Goossens says is beyond the scope of two days. Rather than making the tour a race, she suggests previewing the brochure or website, narrowing down some preferences, including a new medium or two for variety, and spending some time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the art.

“Talk to the artists,” she concluded. “Spend some time.”

 

The 10th Annual Oxford Studio Tour Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. features 38 individual artists, including nine new exhibitors at 18 locations throughout the county. Pictured here, are: (front row, left to right) Janet Whittington, Cathy Groulx and Judy Feskun. In the back, are: Tabitha Verbuyst, Gary Payne and Sue Goossens. Glossy brochures available at art galleries and tourist sites both in the country and beyond, and the website http://www.oxfordstudiotour.ca contain a complete listing of artists, descriptions of their work, locations and detailed maps. Those seeking further information may call 519-842-6151.

Our Tenth Tour is coming up!

Hello subscribers!  You may or may not have been informed that our website has been completely updated by artist Lianne Todd (Stop #3 this year) for the 2017 tour.  Sue Goossens has been working hard to gather everyone’s information and photos and seek out advertising and sponsorship, and Rhonda Franks (Baseline Creative) has been designing our print brochures.  Both of them are at Stop #4.

We have, as usual, some new locations compared to last year, and some of last year’s locations have dropped off the tour.  So please, have a look at our whole site and the new maps, both the ones from the brochure and the Google Maps versions.

Rather than post a location per day like we did last year, perhaps we will try something new.  Stay tuned!

Location #16 on the Oxford Studio Tour

It’s 8 pm the night before…. and it’s been a busy day for all of us artists.  Look how many of them are at location #16!  This place is full of experienced talent.  You should really have a piece of work from each of them at your house.  We would say so much more, except it’s 8 pm the night before and we still need to post one more location!!

 

LOCATION #16

MAP

868 Nellis St., Woodstock

Cathy Groulx O.S.A.  Groulx1

Realistic oil paintings on canvas. Studio in home open all year, with commissions welcome.

519-539-1182

cathygroulx.com

 

 

 

Bruce Hartley   Hartley B 1sm

Fine art photography reflecting a passion for travel.  “See the world through my lens”.

519-469-3781

brucehartleyphotography.weebly.com

 

 

 

Ruth Hartley   Hartley R 2sm

Functional stoneware and decorative pieces – uniquely styled mugs, bowls, platters, vases, and ovenware.

519-469-3781

ruthhartleypottery@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Rita Milton  rita milton1sm

Acrylics on canvas featuring a kaleidoscope of colour.

519-290-4744

ritamilton.com

Location #13 on the Oxford Studio Tour

You don’t need an appointment this weekend to see Michael’s art, nor anyone else’s on the tour!

Michael is an accomplished watercolour artist who does very nice representational pieces.  A few years back he branched out with his art and began experimenting with these large acrylic abstracts.  It’s up to you to decide which are your favourites!

LOCATION #13

MAP

26 King Crescent, Hicksonmichael de bellevalsm

Michael de Belleval

Large acrylic abstracts, along with realistic watercolours.  Studio open by appointment.

519-462-2902

mdebelleval@hotmail.com 

Location #10 on the Oxford Studio Tour

Yikes.  Has it been two days since we posted?  So it has.  Artists have a warped sense of time, you know.  I’m sure if you personally know any artists, you’ll agree with us.  But then again, we are very busy right now getting ready for this tour!!

This location has some really interesting media – check out all of the descriptions here.  These are some things you are going to want to get a nice personal look at.  And the setting at this location is really pretty – once you cross the train tracks in the driveway, you are approaching the bank of part of a river/pond which the property looks over.

LOCATION #10

MAP Note: Railroad tracks cross the driveway.  You may wish to park in the area to the left of the driveway between the road and the tracks, for safety when leaving so you don’t have to back  your vehicle across the tracks.

584591 Beachville Rd.  Beachville

Lesley Penwill penwill3sm

Wire jewellery in exciting configurations of semi-precious stones,  hand textured metals and  beautiful beads.

519-423-6500

www.facebook.com/lesleydawndesigns

 

 

Paulette Robertson  robertson3jpgsm

Whimsical clay artist who has recently developed a passion for wool and primitive rug hooking.

519-485-3504

i_robertson9@sympatico.ca

 

 

 

 

Maggie Robinson Robinsongrab

Fibres, beads and paint – a day without creating is like a day without sunshine.

519-485-6289

mag.rob@sympatico.ca

 

 

 

 

Janet Whittington whittington6sm

Timeless artisanal jewellery using precious metal clay, 24 k gold, sterling silver and semi-precious stones.
519-485-4210
www.facebook.com/adornmentsbyj

Location #9 on the Oxford Studio Tour

Well, WordPress tells us NO ONE saw the last post.  How is this possible?  Aren’t you wonderful people all subscribing and sharing the fantastic talent in Oxford County?  We are surprised at you.  Next time we come back to post something, we are hoping you will have remedied this situation.  Artists need help you know.  Otherwise they STARVE.

Here we are with four artists again, and a great variety, all at one stop.  And you should really go there because we happen to know it is a great place and these are such nice people!  Not to mention the art is fantastic.  You will be glad you went.

LOCATION #9

MAP

404716  Beaconsfield Rd.   Burgessville

Linda Yeoman  yeoman 2

Unique gourd sculptures retaining organic integrity and mixed media washi & vintage collages.

519-424-3612

facebook.com/LindaYeomanFineArt

 

 

 

 

Heather MacIntosh, A.O.C.A.  heathermacintosh1sm

Dramatic landscapes in watercolour and innovative mixed media collages.

519-485-0845

heathermacintosh.com 

Frankie Armitage  frankie armitage

Original paintings in acrylic and oil in a variety of styles and subject matter.

519-475-4004

artbyfrankie.ca

 

 

Kristi Osinga  OsingaKristi1sm

A complement of watercolour and natural colours including coffee and walnut ink on canvas and paper.

226-228-2761

kristiosinga.wordpress.com

Location #8 on the Oxford Studio Tour

Surprise!  Bet you’ve been waiting for this all day… and then went to bed.  And now it might be tomorrow.  Sorry about that, thought we had today all taken care of, but we were mistaken.  This one is worth the wait, though.  FOUR artists in one place!  These artists are not in their home studios but at the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg.  Some of them (like Deb, another of our tour organizing people) do their best work there though (i.e. pottery AND running the place).   This is a great bunch of artists.

We thank the Station for being our ‘umbrella’ organization!

LOCATION #8

MAP

Station Arts Centre, 41 Bridge St. W Tillsonburg

Deb Beard deb raku 2 2015

Sculpted and thrown ceramic works.

519-842-2228

beards4@rogers.com

 

 

 

Tabitha Verbuyst  tabithaverbuyst2

Mixed media works using ink, watercolour and acrylics, capture beauty in the damaged, unique and forgotten.

519-859-6765

tabithasmithd.wix.com/tabitha-develter

 

 

 

Jason Puhr  puhr1sm

Textures, techniques and materials combine to tickle your imagination and ignite your senses.

226-374-4141

jpuhr@live.com

 

 

Jared Smith  jared smith 1

Mixed media landscapes and satire on weathered wood and metal.

519-842-9443

applesauceman@rogers.com