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Two Chickens, Royal Winter Fair. ©November, 1998
Acrylic on canvas board, 16” x 20”
For a few years, my sister Yvonne Brioux and I would go to the annual agricultural fair at the Canadian National Exhibition fair grounds in Toronto. It was cold and dusty, and thousands of people came by and watched us paint. Sometimes someone would even buy one of our paintings. There were those who thought we were part of the exhibits. We always enjoyed the weekend and brought home many paintings of farm animals.
Palm Trees, Centre for Theatre and Art. ©March 2000
Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 20”
When I was alone in the Vero Beach Mooring field, I often took my paints and went over to the nearby cultural centre. Sometimes artists gathered to paint models, and sometimes I just looked out a window or painted on the beautifully maintained grounds.
Grindstone Creek, ©October 1996
Acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
It was a beautiful fall day and the leaves still clinging to the oak trees were mirrored in the calm water of the creek. I stood at my easel, looking toward the creek and the Royal Botanical Gardens, trying to get the mood onto my picture.
Green Apples ©1980
Acrylic on canvas, framed, 21” x 25”
The instructor had placed this branch of green apples that he had picked earlier under a hot light and the leaves were wilting.
Acrylic on Masonite, framed, 20” x 16”
Noni was a pretty but slightly petulant-looking young woman. I think that is how your face goes when you have to hold it in one expression too long.
Abandoned Hay Wagon ©1998
Acrylic on canvas, 14” x 28”
Some hay, loaded up a long time ago, that never made it to the barn, and the machinery abandoned there with it, and the view across the rolling hills to another barn in the distance. A peaceful afternoon, enjoying and recording the moment back in time when something, perhaps death, caused this farm activity to stop.
Abandoned Field ©1996
Acrylic on canvas, 11” x 14”
A favourite spot for our Dundas Valley School of Art painting class in the late nineties was this area south of Ancaster, Ontario. It was late fall and the red dogwood bushes were showing off the colours of their branches, now that the leaves were gone. This is one of those quick little sketches that is almost an abstract painting.
Green Apples, Red Pear ©1977
Hot Summer Day ©2002
Acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 24″
Trees, hammock, shadows, Dundas Valley School of Art, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
Everyone in the class was hot and looking for a piece of shade from which to paint. I found mine. The dark patches of shade under the trees looked so cool, in contrast to the grass in the glaring sunlight.
View of Tortola from Norman’s Cay ©February 1997
Acrylic on canvas 12″x 24″
Norman Island, Norman’s Cay, BVI, British Virgin Islands, Benares Bay, Tortola, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
In the winter of 1997, I chartered a boat in the British Virgin Islands for six weeks. Friends, escaping Canada’s winter, came and went. We sailed, snorkelled and ate in many of the delightful restaurants. Happy Hours were celebrated on board or in local watering holes. From Benares Bay, I painted this picture.
The Old Fish Cleaning Station , viewed from Keys Boatworks, Marathon, Florida Keys ©January 8, 2005
Acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”
Old fish cleaning station, Marathon, Florida Keys, original, acrylic, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
I was at a dock in Keys Boat Works on the Gulf side of the Keys when I painted this. TowboatUS had delivered my boat My Detour and me there after the latest breakdown of my motor. My stern was facing an old trailer park where all of the trailers had been evicted. The only thing left was this old fish cleaning station and some floats, caught in the tree roots under the dock. I sat in the shade in the cockpit of my boat and painted it. When I returned to this spot two years later, the cleaning station was gone and there were condos in the trailer park. But there had been an economic downturn and most of them were empty.
St. Lucie Canal, Florida ©March 2009
Acrylic on masonite board 12″ x 16″
St. Lucie Canal, Indiantown, Stuart, Florida, Okeechobee Waterway, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
Every late fall or early winter, boats leave the Indiantown Marina and head out the St. Lucie Canal for points south, and return in the spring. They pass grazing cattle, the back lawns of the houses scattered along the shore, and some heavily wooded sections, where the trees reach out over the water.
I met Richard in 2006, and joined the annual parade with him. We usually set out to go to the Bahamas but things kept happening. Richard had a quadruple bypass one year. The next year the old motor had to be replace, a big job for Richard. The year after that there was no window to cross. Then I returned home because my father was dying. Each spring we would spend some time anchored in St. Lucie Canal, and this was our view.
Mangrove at Low Tide, No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne, Miami ©March 2, 2008
Acrylic on canvas 12″ x 16″
Mangrove, tides. No Name Harbor, Miami, Florida, Intracoastal Waterway, Florida Keys Cruising, acrylic painting, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
I was cruising with Richard, the singlehander I met in 2006. We were waiting for a friend of Richard’s to arrive so we could head south in the Keys. I t was Sunday and little power boats were anchored all around us, the partiers on board playing loud Spanish music, splashing into the water off their boats and having fun. Our stern faced the shore towards this old knarly mangrove, the roots reaching out into the water along the high tide line.
Late Fall, Ingstar Farm ©November 2000
Acrylic on board 17″ x 29″ includes frame
Autumn, Dundas, Ontario, Canada, Dundas Valley School of Art, acrylic, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
Our Dundas Valley School of Art class was out painting in the field. There we were, scattered around, after finding a place where we wouldn’t be standing in mud or snow. My eyes were drawn to the hilly fields rippling off into the distance, and the fall colous showing through as the snow melted.
Wild Grapes, Valley Inn Road, framed ©1998
Wild grapes, Valley Inn Road, Burlington, Ontario, acrylic, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
On a warm day in late summer I propped up my easel with my back to the Royal Botanical Gardens. I was on the edge of the Valley Inn Road, looking out over a little inlet hidden at the east end of Burlington Bay. The Valley Inn had disappeared, likely in a fire, many years before. All was quiet, except when this freight train lumbered through on the tracks high above.
Acrylic on canvas 12″ x 24″
Vero Beach, Florida, Women’s Club, heritage building, acrylic, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
I was staying on a mooring at Vero Beach while I waited for crew to arrive.. One day I took the bus into town and stood my easel up across the road from this lovely old heritage building.
Coneflowers ©August 1998
Acrylic on canvas, 23″ x 28″ includes frame
Coneflowers, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, acrylic, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
They are both gone now, and, looking back, I realize it was a very special time. My mother and her best friend Myrtle often came to stay with me in Hamilton in the summer and we would paint together every day for a week. On the day this was painted, we were in the Royal Botanical Gardens, in Burlington, Ontario. At the end of the week, Mom took the coneflowers home with her. Now Mom is gone and the coneflowers have come back to me by default. I live in a small house and the walls are already full, so they need a new home.
Sea Grass © circa 1980
Cotton Tapestry, 14″ x 18″ includes frame
Weaving, Tapestry, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
For several years I lived in Guelph, which had an art department that teamed up with other faculties. Home economics was one of these, and this small tapestry, in which I turned the weaving on its side, was one of the results.
Rolph Gate, Dundurn Park, Hamilton, Ontario ©2000
Acrylic on Canvas, 15″ x 27″ includes frame
Rolph Gate, Dundurn Park, Hamilton, Ontario, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
For many years I lived in Hamilton, Ontario, one block from Dundurn Castle. This entrance to the castle must have been very imposing when it was the only way into the property where the castle loomed. Now it is just ornamental, but it was always an elegant beginning to my daily runs around the top of the bay.
Canada Geese, Princess Park, Hamilton, Ontario ©2000
Oil pastel on paper, 18″ x 23.5″ includes frame
Canada Geese, Princess Park, Hamilton, Ontario, original, one of a kind, Sharon Lehnert
One of my favourite places to paint was Princess Point, a fresh green park where Environment Day was always celebrated. I t overlooked the waterway known as Coot’s Paradise, where people canoed in the summer and skated in the winter.
Tree in the Rain ©1995
Acrylic on canvas, 20” x 24”
I was not very far along on this painting when it started to rain big heavy drops that ran down through the paint. I packed it in for the day. Later I went back to the painting and liked the effect of the rain, so I finished it. Voila!
Cedar Pavilion ©1984
Acrylic on canvas, 20” x 24”
I have painted Webster’s Falls several times, and love looking up at it from the bottom of the ravine. But up on top, in the park, is this fantasy-like structure which incorporates the trees and wood around it. This pavilion is a work of art.
Mangroves, Sponge Boat Bay. ©February 5, 2010.
Acrylic on canvas, 11” x 14”
This small bay was just between Whale Cut and Windley Key, in the Florida Keys. It was protected all around by keys and sand bars. It was tricky to get into and usually we had it all to ourselves, but we were in a very windy few days of weather (25 to 30 knots) and another couple of boats had joined us. We had lots of downtime and were very close to the mangroves, so I painted this little sketch.
Acrylic on cardboard, 16” x 20”
My sister Vonny and I always painted lots of animal portraits from our day at the agricultural fair each year. Some were purchased by passers-by at the fair, But this one came home with me.
Warp and Weft ©1980
Acrylic on Masonite, 24” x 20”
When I painted this, I was also weaving pictures, so it seemed a natural thing to paint a picture of a weaving. The warp is the black background and the weft is the lighter colours that come forward.