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Painting Summer

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 haystacks. And Seurat epitomized summer in his paintings Sunday Afternoon and Bathers at Asnières at La Grand Jatte, showing sunlight and shade on the sprawling grass on the bank of the river while people sunbathed and relaxed.

Above: Claude Monet 1890 - 1891, Haystacks (snow effect), Brrrr! Wheatstacks (End of Summer), Wheatstack (Sun in the mist) Ahhhh!!!

As inspiration fills the season, I too want to reflect what summer brings. This summer I have been working on more landscapes, florals and gardens, capturing the warm light. It is so nice to be able to take the studio outdoors and paint plein air. The season is busy, with no lack of subject matter, so whether you enjoy gallery-hopping or workshops and demonstrations, there are lots of events on the go for these next few summer months.

Above: Georges-Pierre Seurat 1884-1886, oil on canvas: Bathers at Asnières, National Gallery, London. Right: People Relaxing at la Grande Jatte, Paris, location: Art Institute of Chicago.

Here is a few upcoming events that I hope will inspire you artfully.

Now until June 30 I will have select bird and flower paintings on exhibit until the end of June at Lawrence Frame and Art Gallery, 3223 Yonge St., Toronto, ON (416) 488-2626. June 27-July 11 The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will be setting up a show of work by staff and volunteers at Art Square Gallery right across the street! Some of my floral work will be in this exhibit, along with a number of works from the talented staff and volunteers from the AGO. The Opening Reception will be on June 28, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON (416) 595-5222. July 9 Garden and Painting Demonstration at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society Garden Tour. Get your tickets for this wonderful event featuring 12 incredible gardens in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake/Virgil. I will be painting the garden at the Vandenbergs' dreamy property: #10 on the list! Advance tickets are only $12. ($15 tour day) Check my Exhibits page July 16 and 17, 2016 Summer Painting Workshop Fresh and Expressive Florals and Gardens We will paint the garden and florals in full bloom with colour and light during this two-day workshop at the Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre. This class is open to those new to painting as well as experienced painters working in any medium: acrylic, oil and/or watercolour paints. While using beautiful floral references and still life, we will learn how to make an observational drawing underpainting, mix colours, use various brush techniques and plan a good composition with light and colour. For more information on this and more, visit my Workshop page

Summer Paintings in the Studio

Above left: Garden Path by Sandra Iafrate©2016; Above right: Summer Sunset by Sandra Iafrate ©2016.

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