I have been enjoying teaching weekly classes at the just opened Amica at Oakville Retirement Residence through the Oakville Art Society over the last month. The facility is absolutely beautiful and there is excitement in the air as new residents continue to move in and are eager to get painting.
The group has been incredibly creative, bringing their own flare, tastes and in some cases previous knowledge of painting to everything they create and this past week was no exception.
I love painting poppies with their definite shapes and vibrant colour and this time of year with Remembrance Day coming up on November 11th, it also gives them special significance.
I adapted a beautiful demo by artist Angela Anderson for the class and brought them some reference photos to get a feel for the subject matter. I also shared with them one of my favourite techniques, which is to use an old credit card dipped in paint to create the tall grasses, which they thought was fun. There was a lot of laughter in the room when someone would raise their hand and say “I need a credit card!”.
The paintings were all a beautiful celebration of the freedom that we enjoy and the importance of remembering that fact as one participant mentioned that she had “lost so many friends in that war and that kids today just don’t understand what it was like.”
A great reminder and some beautiful paintings. Here are some samples of their work: