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Ongoings for Spring

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, May 15th, from 9:30am to 3:30pm with break for lunch. We will be studying spring subjects; birds, buds and blossoms! Hopefully one of the nearby fruit orchards will be in full bloom and we can make our own version of Van Gogh's cherry blossoms. The workshop is held in a restored heritage building, The Niagara Pumphouse, set on the banks of the Niagara River. Check out the link for details at or contact me at

(Image: cherry blossom study, Sandra Iafrate)

Last Call for Portugal!

A 'take to Portugal' pile has been accumulating in the corner of my studio, but I keep promising myself NOT to take the kitchen sink (although, that would be handy whilst painting outdoors.) I can't wait to visit our little village, completely restored by owners Ana and Diogo, adorned with original artifacts and traditional tools. We will work in one of the stone and whitewashed cottages, but also head out to wonderful towns and villages nearby. The highlight will be Sintra Palace and surrounding mystical gardens, where we have permission to paint amidst this amazing inspiration! To learn more about this trip visit my workshop page (photo above: cottage at Aldeia da meta Pequena, Portugal)

25th Annual Garden Tour Painting Demonstration


I have been asked to paint in the Niagara-on-the-Lake horticultural societies highly anticipated garden tour coming up July 9th and the ideas, not to mention gardens, are abundant! I can't wait to get my easel out for this wonderful event.

Tickets for the tour are available at

or tickets can be purchased at Mori Gardens, TD Bank, Virgil, Seaway Gardens and Farms, NOTL Chamber of Commerce and Mullen Gardens in Niagara Falls by early May 2016 or at any garden on the day of the Tour. I will be posting details and map once it becomes available.

I do hope you can join me in bringing our easels outdoors! Happy Spring!

Link to the 'last of the snowflakes' April, 2016

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