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There is an old pub in a village called Oxford Mills in Ontario. We visited the village for the first time in the Summer of 2013 because of a vintage motorcycle festival.
It was interesting to see the vintage vehicles and the crowd it attracted.

We then looked for a nice place to eat and ended up in an old pub absolutely packed with heirlooms from the manor house it once was. I believe the family who inhabited the place was also the owner of the mill, which is now gone. I concentrated on some of the toys thinking of possible future paintings too. In the meantime, I developed the digital negatives with the same look and showed them for the first time during one of our monthly sessions of the photo club I belong to.

The only painting I created from this set of photos so far is the following:

It was exhibited in Manotick, Ontario, just before Christmas 2013. It is 12″ x 12″. I still have it since it was not sold. My attempts at converting it into a decent Christmas card failed. 
In 2014, I wish to improve my graphic art skills, as well as finally managing my website, among other things.

2013 was also the year I finally started learning German. I wish to become fairly conversant in that language within two years or so.

My virtual school is located in Berlin: 

Posted by Marie-Paule Thorn on 2/10/14


Monday, 10 February 2014


Wednesday February 12, 2014, is the last day of the OMMA Proverbs juried show. I created this 30" x 36" mixed-media piece to illustrate a Chinese proverb that states: "Take a green tree in your heart and, may be, a songbird will come". You may, or may not, find the song bird in this piece.
I was following an eight-week movement and voice workshop led by Barclay McMillan. This workshop opens up long-forgotten channels of expression, those that are available to us before we learn to use words. Creating this piece was as spontaneous as it was enjoyable, even joyful.

Posted by Marie-Paule Thorn on 2/10/14 | tags: abstract figurative mixed-media landscape modern

The New Season (Continued)

Buddy # 2 brought paintings he made in Greece this summer. He has his own style (small brush work; drawing and detailed style of painting). His compositions and juxtaposition of colors give him a particular style tending towards high realism. He did the underpainting for a new piece that will show tall ships leaving Amsterdam.

Buddy # 1 brought a painting she also started this summer at home. She loves painting seascapes of Nova Scotia and has a good flair. However, she was not happy last night with the results of her efforts. The crackled paste bought from Golden did not help. Both Buddy #1 and I recommended underpainting and gradual build-up (she is working with acrylics).

I took the brush drawing I made from a scene I witnessed in the streets of Old Quebec City in the spring of 2008. A throng of young people attending a wedding were gathered in front of their hotel. You could feel great excitement in the air and then, a young woman in a magnificent red dress turned around. I caught the movement of the dress and the moves of the crowd in one single shot of my camera. I sat on the image for a while, but made the first brush drawing at the end of last winter. I sat on it again until last night. Contrary to Buddy # 1, my style is deprived of details and rather minimalist. I was happy with the results last night and thankful that, even after this long pause, I was able to literally pick up the painting from where I left it, without hesitation or misgivings.

Buddy # 1 is the first person who joined me in my weekly open painting night. Buddy # 2 is the second. Other painters have come and gone, but we are the successful triumvirate who keep plodding along after many years… I am glad they are back.


Posted by Marie-Paule Thorn on 11/17/09

My new season starts tonight

Our new season starts toninght. My art buddies and I are ready to create new art works. So I will not expend now. I am going back to the canvas after a few months of thinking, exploring and photography.

Posted by Marie-Paule Thorn on 11/16/09

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