Saturday, 1 April 2017


February's challenge was to interpret the poem Snowflakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
It was interesting challenge for sure.

                                              Joan Roberts  Alcohol Ink  "Bright Moon"

Dora Cooper  Watercolour "Over the Woodlands Brown & Bare"

Michelle Whitten LaCour Watercolour "Poem of the Air"

As you can see, each artist took away a very different interpretation of the poem.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


January's challenge proved to be an interesting one. Entitled "Do You See What I See?", our challenge was to pick a photo from a total of ten photos that we submitted to the group. The photos submitted should have had interesting areas in the composition. We could do a painting approximately 8 x 10 of the winning photo.  The winner was a photo of Swift Current with its autumn colours.  Several of us picked a section of the photo to paint, while others painted the more expansive composition. After the paintings were completed, we met for a critique and general discussion of the challenge. Thanks Pat for an interesting exercise.  Our next challenge is to interpret the poem "Snowflakes" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Here are the paintings we completed for the challenge.

"Autumn in Swift Current" watercolour 8" x 10"
Dora Cooper

"Fall Colours" watercolour 7" x 10.5"
Michelle Whitten LaCour

"Swift Current Splendor" watercolour 8" x 10"
Pat Hayden Ryan 

"Untitled" alcohol ink 6" x 9"
Joan Roberts

Wednesday, 14 December 2016


This post is long overdue, please accept our apologies. The Fall season has quickly been taken over by cold and snowy days. Although the  fall colour has long waned, we take one last look at the  richness of colour that is harvest time.
There is no challenge for December as everyone is busy with preparations for the holiday season.  Here are the paintings we completed for the challenge.

Pat Hayden Ryan  "Celebrating the Harvest"  8" x 10"  watercolour

Joan Roberts  "Pumpkins"  5" x 7"  alcohol ink

Dora Cooper  "Thoughts of Rose Hip Jelly"  6" x 9"  watercolour

Michelle Whitten LaCour  "Indian Corn"  14" x 20"  watercolour

Friday, 21 October 2016

A new season for Art Challenges!

This month we usher in fall, a delightful time for an artist. Rich in colour, fall inspires us to get back to painting after our successful fall show on October 1st.
We are restarting our monthly art challenges with a theme of "Harvest Time".  As usual, the medium and style of the painting is left to each artist to decide and we are free to interpret the subject in our own way. The challenge runs until Nov 20, 2016 when we will unveil our paintings to you.
Feel free to paint your interpretation and share it with us.
Happy Fall and Happy Painting!!!!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Our 5th Anniversary Exhibit & Sale - October 1st

On Saturday, October 1, Arts Northeast will be celebrating their 5th Year Anniversary with an Art Exhibition & Sale in support of the School Lunch Association.

The event is called “5 Artists 5 Years 5 Visions” and will showcase the varied styles of the artists of Arts Northeast. The event will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Stavanger Drive. Thee is FREE ADMISSION and NO TAX.

It is a chance for the public to come together and appreciate some local artwork while helping support the School Lunch Association. The artwork will appeal to the general public and are offered at affordable prices. A portion of proceeds from all artwork sales will be donated to the School Lunch Association.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

May Painting Challenge - "Something Hanging"

Our May challenge has been completed for the theme of "something hanging."  As usual, we did not know what the others were painting until the end of the month. These challenges have been very interesting, but we are halting them for the summer months. Between summer vacation, gardening, and spending time with family and friends, the summer will slip by so quickly. And last, but not least, we have to concentrate on finishing our paintings for our fall show on October 1st. We do expect to start again after the show. 
Thanks to those who have participated thus far and have either shared them with us, or kept them private.  Making art is a wonderful activity, and we hope you get to make some over the summer, whether it's a sand castle at the beach, a wonderful salad, or maybe even a fairy house for your garden.  

Pat Hayden Ryan  "Hanging Out in the Algarve"  
pen & ink/watercolour   7" x 9.5"

Brenda Rowe  "The Hanging Paradigm"
acrylic  11" x 14"

Dora Cooper  "Wash Day on the Island"
watercolour  8" x 11"

Joan Roberts  "Whispers on the Wind"
watercolour  11" x 5"

Michelle Whitten LaCour  "Anticipation"
encaustic  12" x 6"