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December 30, 2016

- Sandra Iafrate

Let's welcome winter with more studio time. This is a great time to work indoors; find some forgotten work-in-progress (we all have those), try something new, or even clean up the studio. So if you are not into extreme plein-air painting, then its ok to hibernate for a while and let it snow! Winter for me is a time for reinvention. The post-holiday calmness brings opportunity to evolve as an artist, and I must say I do most of my ev...

September 12, 2016

- Sandra Iafrate

The studio is busy as autumn art season approaches. I've been busy adding to my Abundance series; bold and busy flower painting series which I began painting in 2012. Now I've added 2 more to the series, making it six in total. The two recent works, plus the first of the series are currently on display at PI Fine Art in Toronto from Sept. 12 - Dec. 1, 2016.

This fun, busy floral series has been one of my favorite...

June 16, 2016

- Sandra Iafrate

Summer solstice has arrived! So it's official: it's summer, and along with that, the season plays a big, bright role in art and inspiration. We can all be inspired by the changing seasons, so along with summer comes images of lakes, boats, birds, gardens, sunshine and sunsets. Ideas are endless. It's no wonder Claude Monet's paintings changed to light and bright warm pastel hues in his summer versions of haystack...

May 19, 2016

- Sandra Iafrate

What a wonderful week we had in Portugal on our painting holiday this month! Our small group of eight enjoyed an incredible week of cultural travel and art in the Portuguese countryside, while towing along our paints and drawing mediums to capture the beauty. From the views of bright green hills and valleys filled with wild flowers to the beaches, town and castle visits, the experience was authentic and heartfelt.

All of it...

April 13, 2016

- Sandra Iafrate

Niagara-on-the-Lake Spring Painting Workshop

Inspiration is budding all around us as the weather finally gets warmer (although there were spring flakes falling outside my studio last week!)

With budding leaves and the fresh smell of spring air, I'm looking forward to more painting and getting outside. 

Coming up, I have a 2-day painting workshop held in the beautiful historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Saturday, May 14th and Sunday...

January 29, 2016

- Sandra Iafrate

Work in progress by Sandra Iafrate.

"It's like watching paint dry".

I'm continuing with orchids,

this time on black, loving the dark background. In order to create a clean contemporary look I laid a flat dark mix of acrylic paint as a background while bold brush strokes in light oil paint colours will be saved for the flowers.

A similar painting process is being used for lilies and poppies, making it a ser...

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