Susan Garrington


(posted on 11 Sep 2017)

You may wish to save reading this until you can pour yourself a cup of coffee or a nice cup of tea or beverage of your choice and put your feet up. I apologize for such a long newsletter this month but it seems I have a lot to say.

We spent the last week of the summer at a cottage in Kincardine with our grandson. (Now I know summer isn't yet officially over quite yet, but for me, as soon as school starts summer ends.) While the weather wasn't exactly what you would call beach weather, with the exception of a day or two, it was perfect for walking along the beach gathering rocks and fossils, fishing, playing UNO, reading and sketching. Evenings were spent laughing and enjoying each other's company and so summer came to an end in a delightful way and we could look forward to Fall with lots of good summer memories to savour.

I wonder if any of you think of summer as the beginning of a new year as I do? I have spent the majority of my life in schools either as a student or a teacher and so September always seems like a new beginning. Maybe that's one of the reasons I love Fall so much. It is a chance to begin again, to be better this time around. It is filled with limitless possibilities and chances to make new friends and to reconnect with old ones, to learn new skills and to practise and hone those previously learned, to visit with former teachers and to adjust to new ones. It is an intoxicating and exciting time and just a little scary.

This September I am taking a print making class, something both new and a little scary. 

I went to an Opening ar Shane Norrie"s Contemporary Gallery in Stratford ( ). A delightful show and an opportunity to chat with Shane and with Mary Philpott. Shane's paintings are magical and Mary's sculptures captivated me once again. This time one followed me home!

I was excited to learn that one of my watercolours was juried into  the Annual Exhibition at St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre. ( ) The exhibition takes place from September 2 to October 21 with an Artists Reception on Saturday September 30th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. I hope you get a chance to see the exhibition or to attend the reception.

I delivered new work to Art And Soul in Port Stanley last week. Stop in for some delicious food and great art the next time you visit Port Stanley.

I am continuing to enjoy working on the little square watercolours I mentioned in my last newsletter. I have been so encouraged by the response to them that I am considering doing some larger pieces in a similar style and format.

Breakfast In The Garden

I am looking forward to the rest of Fall and to a trip to Algonquin Park with Brian in October. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your ongoing support and encouragement. It is appreciated so much. I hope you have a wonderful Fall filled with excitement, things to look forward to, limitless possibility and that you try something new that's just a little scary.