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.

Painting Possibilities and Dreams

"Summer Glory" interprets the ephemeral display of colours in the evening sky over my town,
I confess to being a little obsessed with clouds and skies. So much potential, so many possibilities, mysteries and dreams. Sometimes it makes driving a little tricky... ;)

This is the largest canvas I've painted to date and I loved the process. So much freedom, so much movement!


Interested? Give me a shout and let's talk about how you can make this lively, happy painting yours!
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Summer Glory
36 x 48 x 1.5
Oil on canvas
Original only.

$950.00


Message me if you're interested in adding this fresh and colourful glimpse of summer sky to your home. ;)

Hey! I'm making a rare appearance with one of my recent paintings :) (Thanks Dini for taking this snap!) .

This painting is currently located at @diniandco here in Georgetown. It's available for purchase. C'mon down to Dini's to see it, as photos don't quite do it justice. Or email me at ArtfulHorse@gmail.com for more information.


Message me if you're interested in adding this fresh and colourful glimpse of summer sky to your home. ;)

Fine Artist Renee Forth-Fukumoto holding her large oil painting of colourful clouds in the Georgetown, Ontario home decor store Dini & Co.

Fine Artist Renee Forth-Fukumoto holding her large oil painting of colourful clouds in the Georgetown, Ontario home decor store Dini & Co.

Summer Glory, oil on canvas, 48” x 36” x 1.5”

Summer Glory, oil on canvas, 48” x 36” x 1.5”

Painting Warm Memories

Painting warm memories to life creates and recreates a serene space to experience those wonderful feelings again and again.

The two boys in the painting, my boys, are now grown men. They are finding their own way in the world, becoming their own men. But they will always be my boys. ❤

I loved the process of painting them, exploring the memories and emotions, reaching into the past through a soft old photo to create and capture a living memory. 🎨

This is a small crop of a small oil painting. I have big plans that warm my heart ❤ to recapture more of our family memories on canvas. 😊🖌

What memories would you love to capture and experience?

Painted Memories series in development. Boys on the Beach (crop), oil painting, 6”×1.5”.

Painted Memories series in development. Boys on the Beach (crop), oil painting, 6”×1.5”.

Endangered: Rhino Charcoal Painting

It's has been quite a long while since I used charcoal for creating my artwork. It has been a favourite medium to work with for many years but I've been focused on developing my oil and acrylic techniques and didn't have brain space for it.

Charcoal makes a wonderful break from painting with colour. It's ability to stay loose, to suggest and convey emotion is delightful.

Last Autumn I created two pieces in charcoal on gallery stretched canvas. I enjoyed the process and the finished pieces so much I'm planning to create a series. Of course, I'll have to reclaim my studio space from the household chaos first! But I cannot wait!

This piece is called “Threatened”. The original is still available. Email me if you're interested!

~ Renée

“Threatened”, Rhinoceros, Charcoal on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”

“Threatened”, Rhinoceros, Charcoal on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”

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

The United Way Holiday Home and Studio Tour

❤❤❤

The United Way Holiday Home Tour event in which I was so delighted to be able to participate, was a grand success! Many tickets were sold, all of the proceeds going to the efforts of the United Way in Halton Hills.

I was so blessed to be hosted by fellow artist, sculptor Susan Pippy and her husband Bill, in their gorgeous home. I must say their home made my art look fabulous! 😘❤ Thank you guys!

To the many volunteers and organizers who made this event not only successful but fun, thank you!

I was delighted to take part.

To the lovely, lovely people who toured the homes, it was wonderful to chat with you, to get to know you a little. ❤ Thank you for supporting the United Way!

Much to my surprise and further delight, this new painting found a new home in someone's heart. Thank you to my new collector!

SOLD

I Hear You Calling Me

Acrylic on canvas

30"×40"×1.5"

❤❤❤

This lake and landscape impressionist style palette knife painting was created in studio using photos I'd taken while staying at Charlton Lake, Ontario. I love using photos as a jumping off point for my imagination and feelings rather than merely recording what the camera caught in a moment of time.

This lake and landscape impressionist style palette knife painting was created in studio using photos I'd taken while staying at Charlton Lake, Ontario. I love using photos as a jumping off point for my imagination and feelings rather than merely recording what the camera caught in a moment of time.

Epiphanies and Process

I'm sharing a painting that sold a while ago.

I remember well the process was a struggle at first. And then, an epiphany!

Let go.

Just release all my expectations of "should" and "must". Let the brush and the paint reach into my heart and express how I felt about that scene, that fleeting moment.

And now, that memory , that feeling is indelible.

And that, my friend, is why I paint.

Does that resonate? Are you drawn to artwork that speaks to some secret or not so secret place in your being?

Created using acrylic paint on canvas and no small portion of my soul. Finding myself at peace in the Northern Ontario lakes, rocks and skies.

Created using acrylic paint on canvas and no small portion of my soul. Finding myself at peace in the Northern Ontario lakes, rocks and skies.

Horses, My Love

Yesterday i spent the day visiting my own horse and recuperating from a busy Wednesday that included an afternoon and evening at the Royal Winter Fair. ❤🐎. Are you familiar with it? It's amazing to get to watch top tier competitors in so many different horse sport disciplines all under one roof.

Here's a TBT to an acrylic painting I did of my own horse and his buddy a couple of years ago. Where did the time go?! I think this was my last acrylic painting in this style before switching to oils, which lead me to rediscovering acrylics in a new style! But that's a story for another day.

It's funny how small the original looks (16"×20", so not particularly small really) now that I've been painting several 30"×40" and larger. Yet it took me what seemd like forever to finish it!

Well, I need to get some dogs walked and dishes done before heading back into the studio for a while then dashing up to see my horse who is sadly and mysteriously lame on and off this Autumn. 🐎😍😣

What are you up to this fine Friday?! I hope you have a good one!

Getting Reacquainted, acrylic on canvas, 16x20. Copyright Renee Forth-Fukumoto.  Two horses greeting after a separation period, painted in a realistic style.

Getting Reacquainted, acrylic on canvas, 16x20. Copyright Renee Forth-Fukumoto.

Two horses greeting after a separation period, painted in a realistic style.

Returning to Black and White

It's been quite a long time (dare I say years?) since I expressed my passions in charcoal. In fact, I'd say I ave it up because I thought it was too much fun, too easy. I should suffer for my art, right? Oh how very wrong, according to my artist friend.

Therefore an elephant is born, emerging form the dusting of charcoal on my canvas to express its power and elegance. Its a little like coming home or maybe like going on holiday to get to push the charcoal around again. Such an earthy substance for a very earthy being.

This Ellie will be going into the studio tour along with several of my horses and landscapes.

Time to get back to the … 😉

“Ponderous Grace”, charcoal on canvas, 30”×40”×1.5”, (c) Renée Forth-Fukumoto 2018

“Ponderous Grace”, charcoal on canvas, 30”×40”×1.5”, (c) Renée Forth-Fukumoto 2018

Open Studio Home Tour

Good morning! How are you doing these fine Autumn days? Does it seem like Autumn gets shorter every year? Or is that just me?

This year Autumn feels like its speeding away like a runaway horse. Its been a busy summer with not much easel time and suddenly the pressure is on to paint! In some ways deadlines for shows has taught me to loosen up. It's either loosen up and get moving the paint around the canvas or don't make the show!

This year in mid November I am participating in the local United Way Holiday Home Tour which will be featuring the artists and makers from a cooperative to which I belong here in town. We have a shop called The Artisans Attic which has been open for business for more than 20 years! It's a wonderful group with fabulously talented people and I am so delighted to be able to participate with them.

Currently on my easel is this sky and landscape oil painting exploring my fascination and love of clouds and rural views.

If you're local, you should buy a ticket and come to this show! I'd love to meet you!

Autumn Skies, oil on canvas, in progress. Renee Forth-Fukumoto

Autumn Skies, oil on canvas, in progress. Renee Forth-Fukumoto