Silent Auction & Peach Social August 24, 2019

Deco Art Vases C. Joy McCallister acrylicsEagle Eye Great Blue Heron oils C. Joy McCallister Heron on Portage Lake oils C. Joy McCallister




These three paintings will be included in a Silent Auction & Peach Social August 24th at St. Andrew’s Church fundraiser in Bolsover ON from 1:00-3:00 pm. Art Deco Vases is 16″x16″ and acrylic on canvas. Eagle Eye is 16″x20″ oils on gallery canvas. Heron on Portage Lake. is 20″x20″ oils on canvas. For more information on each painting. please visit my gallery.

Exhibit Sept 28-29 at Kirkfield and District Historical Society

On Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, I will be participating in a local art show hosted by the Kirkfield and District Historical Society. Times are 1:00-4:00 pm both days. Everything I display will be for sale. Cash or cheque only please. Receipt available. I hope to see you there.

Location: The Kirkfield and District Historical Society Museum (KDHS), 992 Portage Road in Kirkfield. For more information KDHS Facebook page. For directions, see my web page Exhibits

“Balancing Rock, Nova Scotia”, 2019

“Balancing Rock, Nova Scotia”, 12″ x 36″ gallery canvas, acrylic

Balancing Rock is a Nova Scotia coastal geological formation in DIgby County. It’s a must-see attraction for visitors to this area of Nova Scotia and is located on the St. Mary’s Bay side of Long Island at the tip of Digby Neck. It’s a 9-metre high columnar stack of basalt rock that appears to be balancing although it’s narrowly attached to its base. Only by viewing it from water’s edge can you see half of it is actually attached. It’s thought to have been like this thousands, if not millions, of years. There are many such basalt formations along the coast of St. Mary’s Bay. Water erosion has caused many to tumble.

There are two islands at the tip of Digby Neck. The Bay of Fundy is on one side of the Neck and its two islands while St. Mary’s Bay is on the other side. Petit Passage separates Long Island from mainland Nova Scotia. The island is accessible by a short ferry ride. Grand Passage separates Long Island from Brier Island. It was Samuel de Champlain who named both of these passages between the Bay of Fundy and St. Mary’s Bay.

Balancing Rock can be seen from a viewing platform at the end of a 2.5 km trail that can be walked in just over an hour. Scapes Gallery

“Tyson”, 2019

This is “Tyson”. His portrait is the result of my first attempt at painting an animal in watercolour. It wasn’t as stressful as I had imagined it would be. I enjoyed painting his endearing face. The only time I have painted a dog portrait was in 1998. In comparing the two experiences, I can comfortably say painting this one was a cake walk compared to the other one. Mind you, the 1998 painting was a commission done as an exterior wooden sign, so considerably more stressful by definition. Birds & Animals Gallery

“Flamingo Study”, 2019

Flamingo Study

This is a 4″ x 4.5″ study in watercolour on 140 lb rough watercolour paper. It will be the basis for a larger painting I plan to start soon. My reference was a photograph taken by a friend, Christine Moss, from Bexley, Kawartha Lakes. She kindly granted me permission to use it. The two flamingos in the foreground need a little more contrast for separation but I can easily imagine this as a fun piece to do on a larger scale. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll do it in oils or watercolours, but am anxious to get going on it. First, I must complete another painting I promised as a housewarming gift.