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Hello from the Studio

Quotable Art Quotes

Open House

Paint-In Fundraiser Event

Finding Your Creative Spirit Workshops

Featured Technique – Basecoating Advice

Of Local Interest

Mixed Media with Sue Humphreys

Recipes from the Studio


Me again! Can you believe it's nearing the end of summer already?

Most of you have been spending time outdoors in your gardens and sipping coolers out on the deck.

I, on the other hand, am painting my heart out in preparation for the fall and winter. Wait until you see what I've got lined up for your autumn and winter workshops.

The best way to see what's being offered at the studio is to check what I've recently added to the Workshops section of my website.

As I paint the projects, I'll keep uploading the photos so you can have a sneak peek.

And mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8th... It's my annual Open House with Wine & Cheese.


Take the attitude of a student,

never be too big to ask questions,

never know too much to learn something new.

-Og Mandiga


On October 20 and 21, I am hosting a PAINT-IN at the studio. It's to help raise funds for Parents' Lifeline of Eastern Ontario.

PLEO is a very underfunded support group for parents who have children and young adults suffering from mental illness. I am inviting you to come paint an ornament or two or more...The ornaments and paints will be here waiting for your brush strokes.

COYOTE WOODWORKS, upon hearing of this cause, immediately and very generously agreed to donate all the necessary wooden gift tags. For great wood surfaces at affordable prices, please visit Coyote Woodworks.
I'm encouraging any crafter or artist to participate in this fundraiser. If you can't paint at the studio, you can still help out.

Just paint or decorate or make an ornament between now and October 30, and mail it in to me.

Everone participating will be acknowledged on this website. Please sign your ornaments and enclose your address so I can contact you.

Also know that 100% of the funds raised will be used for PLEO programs. Here's where you can learn more about PLEO.


You'd think this would be a simple step in the painting process... In fact, your basecoated background can make or break a painting!

My personal preference is to have a textured background. I like texture because I am very fond of dry brushing. To create the right texture, I will roll the paint on using a small foam roller. If I use an airy foam roller, this will leave more texture than will a denser latex foam.

If you do a lot of soft floats, you'll need a smoother basecoat. In this case, use a large flat brush, thin the paint a little with water and apply the paint in one direction. Let this first coat dry. Sand lightly with a brown paper bag and repeat.

Another great way to basecoat is to use an All Purpose Grouting sponge. You'll find them in the paint section of most hardware stores. They're large but you can cut them to an appropriate size using scissors.

The great thing is that this sponge doesn't absorb much of the paint, so you're not wasting much. Just dampen it a little, squeeze out the excess water and load into the paint. Apply the paint following the direction of the wood grain.


NEW to the studio! A complete departure from Decorative Painting. I mean TOTALLY!

Want to break free? Explore new ieas? Then it's time to explore Your Creative Spirit! This is your opportunity to learn about the true artist that lives in you. You don't need an art degree and you don't need "natural talent".

All you need is the desire to paint from the heart. There are no patterns and the colour choices will be all yours.

If you know someone who could benefit from a workshop like this, please send them a copy of this newsletter.


I am delighted to announce that HARVEST MOON ORCHARD is re-opening for the season on Friday, August 10th. They're open Wednesday to Friday 11:00am to 5:30pm and weekends 9:00am to 5:00pm.

You won't find a more hospitable and charming couple than Randy and Mary Lynne. Equally warm and friendly are their employees.

You'll love the huge gift shop and the prices can't be beat! Start your Christmas shopping now. Take my word for it!

And the apples... these people know their apples. Take a leisurely country drive to Carp and find out what a REAL MacIntosh tastes like.

Oh, and tell them Cheryl sent you.


Also NEW at the studio are MIXED MEDIA classes. These will be run by guest artist SUE HUMPHREYS UKKOLA.

Her fall workshops are already full!! As is her MONOPRINT workshop. Amazing what simple word-of-mouth can do!

If you're interested in learning about mixed media art, you don't want to miss an opportunity to paint with Sue.

Here is a link to some of Sue's beautiful original paintings. If you're interested in purchasing one of her fine art pieces, contact me and I will put you in touch!



Makes 6 1-cup servings

Recipe can easily be tripled for a crowd!

In a large bowl, toss together:

2 cups cold cooked long grain rice (mix of wild, brown and white is best)

1 cup thawed frozen peas

½ cup chopped green onion

½ cup dried raisins or dried cranberries

4 tsp curry powder or more

1 tsp ground cumin

In a separate bowl or jar make a dressing using:

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp water

Salt / pepper to taste

Pour over the rice mixture and toss to cover evenly. Serve or cover and refrigerate.


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Special Workshops

Fall and Winter Decorative Painting Projects