Painting brings me joy. My heart condition makes life challenging, but sitting in front of an easel with watercolours allows me, even on the bad days, to feel alive and hopeful.

Holly’s Most Recent Posts

At the MacLaren

Last night my husband and I went to a wine and cheese gathering at the MacLaren Arts Centre in Barrie. I’m not one for marketing myself at snobby gatherings, so I was nervous about the event. Twelve artists whose work had been selected by the MP for this year’s local […]

Plein-Air Days

We had a few unseasonably warm days here in Ontario last week. It seemed like shame to spend those days inside, so I took my sketchpad, paints and brushes, and spent a few hours in the grass. About five minutes down the road is a horse farm… well, a boarding […]

Holly’s Studio

Thank you to those of you who have kindly followed my blog over the past few years! With a return to in person work and a rekindling of my childhood interest in art, I’m spending much more time painting than writing these days. Because of this, I’m transitioning this site, […]

My Etsy Shop

Who knew that a Christmas gift from my husband could lead to this? A shop? Me? Making paintings at the kitchen table, then wrapping them with care and mailing them out… out… into the world! So fun. I shared with you, a while back, how much the discovery of painting […]

Painting Bears (and other things…)

When your pain gets bad, or you’re on the verge of a panic attack – when the tide of your day shifts from normal to nasty, what do you do? There are spiritual disciplines, of course, that we could talk about. I can bring to mind the things I know […]