Toronto Lakeshore in Oils

A breakwater creates a place of sanctuary, a relief from the wild waves and rough water. The place of calm extends onto the shoreline where waves can no longer erode and destroy. The benefits of a place of calm are felt throughout the ecology of an area.

It leaves me meditating on the rhythm of the waves, the sunlight glancing across and shining through the water. More importantly I contemplate how to be the breakwater for my dear ones, learning the lesson from those who have shown me grace in times of tumult.

It leaves me thinking about the ceaselessly rolling waves, the tumult beyond the breakwater and the sounds of shore birds in the sky., thinking about the things that draw us together and meditating on gratitude.


This painting has been inspired by my dear sister-in-law Jan‘s video of the Lake Ontario lakeshore near Toronto. Jan passed away suddenly in May and has left us all bereft. Yet we are reminded of all the seeds of love, compassion and empathy she sewed into our lives. She was the breakwater for her family and many others. Now we must needs find ways to grow into that role for each other.

May this painting speak to your heart from my heart.

Though this piece is still in progress, she's reached a resting point. I hope you'll come back and see how she finishes up.

Time to pause and reflect.

Tweaks to follow...

~ Renée

Refuge

30 x 40 x 1.5

Oil on canvas

Refuge, Oils on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”. Waves roll into the shore after spending their wild energy on the Rocky breakwater.

Refuge, Oils on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”. Waves roll into the shore after spending their wild energy on the Rocky breakwater.

Dreaming of Lake Side Painting Days

I'm dreaming of the peaceful contentment that filled my heart while painting on the shore at Charlton Lake.


The light bouncing, rippling on the water created delicate colour shifts that fascinate the eye and mesmerize the mind.


Capturing those ripples and craggy rocks is a meditative process. Looking at the paintings afterward transports me back to those warm memories, fills me once again with contentment and yes, a longing to go back and do it again.

“I Hear You Calling Me” (SOLD)  30”×40”, Acrylic on Canvas, crop closeup, Copyright Renee

“I Hear You Calling Me” (SOLD)

30”×40”, Acrylic on Canvas, crop closeup, Copyright Renee

Painting Local, Painting Abroad

One of my dreams as an artist is to go on painting safaris. Oh, we manage a vacation or two every year thankfully. I finally became braver about pulling out my art supplies as I stand on a little spit of safety on a mountain trail or on the public overlook to a grand and gorgeous vista. Now that I've begun to paint en plein air, both abroad and nearer to home, I find myself quite addicted. Thus, the goal to go on trips that are focused on painting, designed to draw me into various environments so that I can, in turn, draw my collectors and patrons into those locations.

Somehow, this is all much more satisfying than merely taking photos.

Meanwhile, when time and energy have not allowed me the pleasure of setting up my kit on location, I resort to photos as record and jumping off points to interpret what inspires me.

The town I in which I live is surrounded by lovely farm land and since my dream would be to live in a country home, I’m drawn to paint my dream.

Autumn Skies, Halton Hills, 30”×40”, oil on canvas, Copyright Renee Forth-Fukumoto.  This painting celebrates a favourite scene I enjoy every time I travel up or down 8th Line near my hometown of Georgetown, Ontario.

Autumn Skies, Halton Hills, 30”×40”, oil on canvas, Copyright Renee Forth-Fukumoto.

This painting celebrates a favourite scene I enjoy every time I travel up or down 8th Line near my hometown of Georgetown, Ontario.

SOLD is Always a Thrill!

I just had word that this piece SOLD last week, through the cooperative shop/gallery that hosts a few of my pieces.

How delightful! I am always honoured and thrilled to learn that a wonderful person out there has been so touched by a painting I've created that they willingly exchange their hard earned money to own it.

Welcome to my new Collector!

Created as a plein air study, this painting attempts to capture the colours and shades of vibrant moss and light splashed across a tiny island hillside in Charlton Lake, Ontario.

Cool Mossy Hillside, Charlton Lake, Ontario

11”×14”

Acrylic on canvas panel

Copyright Renee Forth-Fukumoto

Original: SOLD

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Small Paintings, Long Titles

Standing in the shadows gazing through the trees silhouetted against the sky and sun-touched hill top thinking how wonderful the earth smells, how soft the breeze and what a blessing the birdsong is to my ears.

Is that too long a title for this little painting?

Paintings encapsulate memories and emotions in a visceral way. The more I paint, the more I want to paint.

And you? How do you revisit the wonder and delight of your journey?

In the course of painting these Ontario landscapes I discovered both a way to enjoy using acrylics (my preferences are oils and watercolour) and a way to express perception and emotion through colour. I've always felt like the Weird One, because I seè colours that most of the other people In my life simply didn't see. It made me afraid to use colour in my artwork. Using acrylics with bold, simple brush work or palette knife, lends itself particularly well to expressing and expanding the colours I see and the feelings a scene creates.

Sunlit Hillside, Charleton Lake, Ontario.  Acrylic on canvas, 11”x14”. Copyright Renee Forth-Fukumoto. 2017

Sunlit Hillside, Charleton Lake, Ontario.

Acrylic on canvas, 11”x14”. Copyright Renee Forth-Fukumoto. 2017