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 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