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RNS Art Show & Sale

10 May

This Weekend!

Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th

40 College Hill Road – Irving Gymnasium

Hope to see you there



Shades of Maple

16 Sep

This was a piece I started as a demo painting for a workshop I led (shame) last fall.  I am only getting around to completing it because has a challenge for fall leaves for September!..  I am really glad they did this as I finally dusted it off and worked it through.  It was pretty basic until this morning… I worked all day and am happy with the finished word!  The hardest part was titling –once again

Garden Workshop and WIP Drama Queen Update 2

8 Jul

Such a wonderful weekend!

We had a garden worksop scheduled for yesterday – only to have to reschedule until today because of potential thunderstorms.  And I am so glad we did!   Thunder raging overhead and torrential rain!  Today was somewhat calmer and with so much less humidity.  Had a somewhat smaller group thatn we expected and it was wonderful.  We got to laugh, share a pot luck lunch and get to know each other.  Good times!

We worked diligently, weighted our material and lunches down with rocks and painted the day away. Some worked in watercolors, some worked with acrylics as watercolor.

And we had a surprise visitor.  Took our breath away! We could not believe how close she came to us.





I have also been slowly picking away at Drama Queen, the Dizzy Lily.  I have discovered that at this time of year, I am not a fair weather painter.  In fact, the nicer the day the less likely I am to paint.  Round here summer is like a religion – if the sun is out then  so are we,  we devour every freaking sun ray!  Winters are long… spring is wet and foggy and well summer can be just as wet and foggy.


My painting is on the front page of “The Showcase Magazine”

11 Jun
In April I was approached by Nina Ulloa the Publisher/Editorial Director of “The Showcase Magazine” to allow them to use one of my paintings on the cover of the June edition of the magazine!  The magazine is publishes out of Warren, NJ.  Of course I said YES.  I think it looks wonderful – very exciting!
An there is more  on page 4 – you can visit the maagazine by clicking here 

Brochure is ready for the Kings County Studio Tour

4 May

I will get it on their web site this weekend! To view a larger version – please click on the link  StudioTourBrochure

Vancouver vacation with my daughters

22 Apr

I just recently returned from a lovely vacation in Vancouver.  My youngest daughter Katie and I went out to visit my other daughter Jennifer.  Jenn is getting married this summer and we went out to do wedding things.  Like pick out a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses and a dress for me!  The colours are so beautiful!  And organize the rest of the wedding with a little help from our friend, Google!

On the first day we walked to Granville Island. That means to Opus Art Supplies.  This place is absolutely worse than a candy store.  They have three aisles of acrylic paint! I got to touch so many colours.  I honestly did not know were to start… as I left my list of “needed” stuff back home.   I grabbed a basket and went to the watercolors, and of course purchased a number of beautiful tubes (sigh). They I went to the acrylic aisles, grabbed some more paint and I also purchased some liquid acrylics (mostly blue shades – to compliment the stuff I bought on-line earlier this year).  I bought Jenn I and each a modern acrylic book – which I absent-mindedly left behind in Vancouver 😦  . Maybe I will just have to go back to get it…..

The next day we went back to Opus just because.  Oh, the poor magnetic strip on my debit card.  I bought squeezy bottles – I have a plan for another poured painting with fine lines.  I cannot wait to start this one. Have two more to finish first (I think I have to). So I also had to buy lots of masque.

Another Vancouver hi-light was visiting all the kitchen shops near and dear to Jenn’s heart and her Foodess blog!  I had it in my head I wanted to buy large wooden spoons, you know, to cook more healthy.   I was so proud of what all I bought. But when I shared my happiness with my husband… he asked when was the last time you oiled the ones we already have?  I said hmmm…. He said he was watching Anna and Christine’s Grocery Bags and they had a segment on oiling your wooden spoons to prevent bacteria growth. Needless to say I oiled away and then googled the show. Oh no… I oiled them with Safflower oil – not mineral oil. Now they have to be really scrubbed and re-oiled.  Does anyone know where to purchase mineral oil?

We were awakened most mornings to the heralding honking of Canada geese.  Apparently they love the environmentally friendly construction trend of grassing roof tops of new buildings. In fact, they appear to be nesting on the rooftops.  They do not fly silently – they feel the need to honk honk honk honk with every flap of their wings.  At first, we were quite excited to look out the big windows in Jenn’s apartment  and see them on the roof of the building across the street. I even took photos I was so intrigued.

After a few days the honking seemed to start earlier and somehow, seed much louder.  The novelty wore off quite quickly.   You see, they also fly … overhead…. and are big poopers!  They sit on the edges of roofs and balconies with their tail feathers overhanging the edge – making a walk with the doggy, Oliver, quite unsettling because you walk looking up.    Speaking of Oliver, we took him to a dog beach whenever we had the opportunity.  This dog seriously loves the water. Fetching a ball or a prized stick -no matter as long as he was in the water! I have so many action shots of this beautiful dog!   He is so animated and entertaining – I will miss him so much.

I managed to paint a bit while I was there. I did a small acrylic painting of a chocolate cake Jenn baked for her to give away on her blog. I started a second painting as well – but there was just so much visiting to do.

Jenn and I went to cooking school at The Dirty Apron just before Katie arrived. It was so much fun and the facility was fabulous.  The evening was led by a chef – David. He was entertaining , informative and engaging.  We watched him prepare a dish and he told us of the food science behind cooking and so much more. Then we repeated his cooking procedures on the same dish three times. After each course was cooked, we got to enjoy it in the dining room.  Mussels, scallops and haddock – seafood bliss!


Workshops by Design – Custom Workshops

19 Jan

This past weekend, I hosted a small acrylic workshop in my studio.  I had been approached by four watercolor painters looking to broaden their base of acrylic knowledge and skills – focusing on skies and water.

This is a fun approach to workshops, gather a few like-minded friends and reach out. So, for a fee per person ($75) for a full day (up to four) and the fifth person is free – materials may be included depending on the type of workshop (except for brushes).  This fee structure is a work in progress… still thinking it through, but you  get the idea.

This approach to workshops also works for themed events – gather you friends for a winter, Christmas, spring, bridal shower..Halloween etc., themed painting event.  Makes for a fun day of creativity and at the end of the session you have a completed seasonal painting. The paintings below are the two from each of the four participants this past weekend.  They started a third as well and are completing on their own.

I love workshops – seeing different people painting the same or similar subject and yet the end results are so different! They painted until they were tuckered out but  left with smiles are thinking of what may be next……

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Saint David’s Annual Art Show and Sale

9 Oct

The Saint David’s United Church Men’s Group holds an annual art show and sale that not only supports local artists but also injects much-needed funds back into the community.  This is an excellent opportunity to see quality artwork and support a very good cause!

I am pleased to be participating in this Art Show and Sale again this year.  Things have been pretty busy for me with hanging my show “Full Spectrum” at the Imperial (still showing until November 14th).  So, I have been busily painting away for this event.

Below are three of the four paintings I will be exhibiting.   The fourth painting, well is still a work in progress.  It is a large acrylic painting of Delphinium. Stay tuned… this will most likely be my next blog post.

Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th

7 Gondola Point Road


Hope to see you there!

A few photos from my show – “Full Spectrum”

25 Sep

There are 6 large paintings in the entrance area and 19 more on the second level.  Hope you get a chance to visit.  Paintings will be on display until November 14th, 2011.  Now, time to get back to the studio!

Full Spectrum – my 9th solo exhibition at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB…

4 Sep


Imperial Theatre Exhibition Committee presents…
Helen Shideler: “Full Spectrum”
August 29, 2011 to November 14, 2011

Show Opening on Saturday, September 17th from 2pm-4pm

There will be a meet and greet on Saturday, September 24th during the Harvest the Arts Festival from noon to 3:00pm

Hope to see you there….

Helen ShidelerHelen Shideler Imperial Theatre Exhibition Committee (ITEC) presents the beautifully detailed paintings of Saint John artist Helen Shideler.Over the years, Helen Shideler has developed a distinctive style, full of life and a sense of whimsy. The use of vivid colours, focusing on details and precise handling of the paint, have become her signature — her visual voice.Helen’s work includes florals, landscapes and portraits, and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada and in the United States. Having always been an active supporter of regional art events and organizations, her work has been included in numerous invitational and juried shows across Canada. This active participation has presented her with numerous exhibition opportunities, recognition and awards, including Best in Show. To date, she has held eight solo exhibitions and this show, Full Spectrum, with Imperial Theatre, markers her ninth.Helen has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Although the subject matter may have changed with time, what has not changed is her attraction to nature; being drawn in by sunlight, shadows, textures and the details in all the rich colours. For her, painting is a celebration of life and how light and colour interact . . . an intimate experience — from the original photography sessions through the visualization exercise to the initial sketches and beyond.For me the joy is in the challenge — the complexity, and getting it right.  I constantly strive to hold myself to the highest standards.  And yet, I subscribe to the philosophy there is nothing you can’t fix, you just have to go for it! – Helen Shideler

Full Spectrum is a vibrant and exciting collection of paintings, which will remain on display in Imperial Theatre’s main lobbies until November 14th and can be viewed during regular Box Office hours, as well as on performance nights.

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