Art Blog

New Work (in progress)

October 12th, 2010

new-work-017new_0This is a new painting I have been working on for the last month. It is very large; 4 by 5 feet. It is called “Spirit Horse in the Light.” It is not quite done, but I will be sure to show you the final version soon!

Private Studio Sale

October 11th, 2010

horses-runningHi Everyone. As I announced last week, I will be having two solo shows next year for my “Spirit Horse” collection. One of these shows will be in British Columbia at the Eastwood Onley Gallery. On October 22-24, I will be holding a private studio sale as a fundraising initiative. You will have a chance to see and purchase my giclee prints from my last 3 shows. Some of original sketches will also be be avaiable. Finally, for the first time, I am putting up for sale many paintings from my older work (1990s and early 2000s). This is a chance to acquire original art at very reasonable prices. I will be accepting bids on my work.

The dates are as follows:

Friday, October 22 (7-10pm)

Saturday, October 23 (12-6pm)

Sunday, October 24 (12-6pm)

Please contact me for the address and directions. Hope to see you there!

cakes, cookies and drinks have been kindly donated by Crispina’s Cake and Flower Arrangements (Lachine Market: 514-639-5296).

New Work

September 28th, 2010

new-work-007newHi Everyone, here is another ‘spirit horse’ pastel that I just finished. It is part of the Spirit Horse in the Clouds series. It is called “Spirit Horse Experiences Transcendence.” Giclees are now available!

Thoughts about Art: Is it Necessary to Have Talent to be a Painter?

September 15th, 2010


This is a topic that I am often confronted with as a teacher. Typically, a potential student will ask me this question, and then look into my eyes earnestly, as if the answer will determine their success as a creative person.

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New Work

September 3rd, 2010

new-work-001newHope everyone had a good weekend! I wanted to share with you this new pastel of my spirit horse that I created while I was up north teaching at CAMMAC music center. I wanted to depict the horse galloping, surrounded by vibrant energy. It is called “Spirit Horse Reaches the Green Valley.”

New Fall Classes

August 3rd, 2010

classes2Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to announce the classes I will be teaching in the fall at the Dollard Civic Center in D.D.O.

For more information:


10 weeks from Sept. 29 to Dec. 1

Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m.

In this oil painting course the students will learn how to mix colours, to compose images and to prepare sketches as preparation for finished work. Subject matter for projects can include still lives, landscapes, portraits and non­ representational work. Composition and colour theory are also covered. Read the rest of this page »

A View into the Intimate Life of an Artist: The Role of Drawing

June 10th, 2010


When I was attending art school, all the painting students were told to draw on a continual basis.  We were expected to carry a sketchbook at all times and draw anything and everything that crossed our paths.  I remember drawing people on park benches, cathedrals, in restaurants and a variety of landscapes surrounding the city. Often I encountered obstacles in drawing “difficult” subjects. I drew them anyway.

Gradually, I made friends with my sketchbook and we became inseparable companions.  When someone was late for a luncheon meeting, out would come my sketchbook.  I would draw tables full of dirty dishes and glasses, or groups of people deep in conversation.  I was never bored; I was always finding new shapes, faces, and places to discover with my pen. I enjoyed the act of drawing, it was so simple.  My sketchbook fit perfectly into my purse.  I would often draw with a ball-point pen because it meant no erasing – it kept me moving, adding new lines on top of lines that were not descriptive enough. Read the rest of this page »

“Spirit Horse” Exhibit at the Blainville Equestrian Park

June 9th, 2010

waiting-spirit-horsenewDeirdre will be showcasing her work at the upcoming Blainville Equestrian Park Horse Show.  This 21st annual show will bring together internationally renowned riders from across Canada, US and Europe in competition.  This will be an opportunity to see Deirdre’s “Spirit Horse” giclees and paintings in person.

Date: Wednesday July 14th – Sunday July 18th 2010

1025 Chemin du Plan-Bouchard
Blainville, Qc, J7C 4K7

(Approximately 30 minutes from downtown Montreal)
Tel: 450.434.5261 – Fax 450.434.8205

Blainville Equestrian Park website:

Drawing Workshop: “Using Drawing to Renew our Sense of Wonder”

June 7th, 2010

december-2008-029new3_0Drawing Workshops: Spring and Summer 2010. “Using Drawing to Renew our Sense of Wonder.” Every Saturday from 1 pm. – 3pm. (This schedule is flexible according to the needs of interested participants.) Location: Lachine (Montreal), Quebec.
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Only 2 Spaces Left for Kamouraska Workshop

May 14th, 2010

kamouraskaHi Everyone, this is just to let you know that there are only 2 places left for my week-long drawing course in Kamouraska, Quebec. The dates are August 21-28th, 2010. This is a unique opportunity to spend time away in beautiful Kamouraska, while taking drawing classes every morning. This is my 7th year leading this workshop, and many of my students are coming back for a 2nd or 3rd time. It will still be a small intimate group, facilitating personalized attention.

Read more about the Kamouraska Workshop