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.

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