Upcoming June & July Events


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I spent two blissful days on Pelee Island, but now it’s time for me to buckle down and let everyone know what’s happening in the near future.  June has already been a busy month, but there is still more to come.  July kicks off many events in Windsor and Essex County.  There are festivals everywhere.  Amherstburg hosts many summer events.  My group, The Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists, will be part of Amherstburg summer activities.  The Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg, Ontario will host our member’s exhibition during the Month of July.

One of Windsor’s best events is the Walkerville Art Walk & Rock street festival.  The streets are closed and Walkerville businesses open their doors and host the work of area artists.  You can dine at one of the many great restaurants, or sit and listen to tribute bands as you sip wine and nibble on hors-d’œuvre on the patios.

Last but definitely not least, I’m doing it!  For  many years I’ve arranged group shows, and never had time for my own solo show.  Well this is the year I finally get out there and present my work at the Artspeak Gallery.  Do come out and see what I’ve been up to this past year.

Paint out at the Lavender Fest

June 27th & 28th is the annual Lavender Fest at North of 42° Winery and Lavender farm.  Link to their website:  http://www.serenitylavender.com/category/events/

My group the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists are invited to paint in the lavender fields during the event.  We will be there on Saturday June 27th from 10 until 5

Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artist Group Show

at the  Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg.

July 7th to August 1st.

Meet the artists reception Sunday July 12th Noon – 5:00

Website and Map to the: Gibson Gallery

Exhibition & Sale

Extreme Outdoor Painter, Elizabeth MacDonald

Solo Show Artspeak Gallery, Arts Council of Windsor & Region.  July 20th – 25th

Two Day Reception during the festival Walkerville Art Walk & Rock July 24th & 25th.

Questions?  Feel free to contact me:

Cool Weather Continues


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It’s hard to believe that summer begins today!  The weather this June is more like April, wet and at times down right cold.  I’ve been painting up a storm!  Hmm… I wonder if that has anything to do with our weather lately?!  Please enjoy my latest three paintings with their locations.

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Turn up the Heat! Pretty Please?


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No Wake, Plein Air 9 x 12 oil on Ampersand Gessobord $350. framed  SOLD in less then 24 hours!


Ok, it’s JUNE 1st!  WHY do we have 15 MPH winds, and  53oF weather?  Monday is painting day, and come hell or high water I go painting.  Today, I dressed for winter.  I wore leggings under my jeans, a sleeveless T shirt, turtleneck sweater, winter jacket, and a shop coat!  I found a winter toque in the van and put that on under my straw hat.  I did bring gloves and I wish I had worn them.  By the end of the day my hands were so stiff I could not hold my brush.   I may have looked ridiculous, but I was warm, except for my hands that is.  In spite of the horrid weather it was a good day.  Good friends, curious wildlife, many curious onlookers, and I did get a decent painting completed.

Artists working in their cars to keep warm.  I worked off the back of my van.  Too bad the wind was in my face.  Horizontal flag tells the story.

Artists working in their cars to keep warm. I worked off the back of my van. Too bad the wind was in my face. Horizontal flag tells the story.  I had to weigh my easel down with my backpack to keep it from blowing over.


Bundled up to keep warm.  Layers upon layers of clothing.

Bundled up to keep warm. Layers upon layers of clothing.

ART MARKET JUNE 6th & 7th on Walker Road in Walkerville


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Grand Opening of the New City Market in Windsor


Three blocks east of Willistead Park, home of Art in the Park

NO ADMISSION – Parking available June 6th & 7th  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location:  1030 Walker Rd., Windsor, On. Google Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/9t00k I will be located in booth A3 which is the first row parallel to Walker Road. I will accept Cash or cheque.  All original Plein Air (painted on location) framed oil and watercolour paintings priced between $250 and $350.

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Some of the work available for sale.

I paint faster than I can blog!


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I have too many pans in the fire!!!  Here’s some of my latest work.  I will try to get some more work photographed.  I have so much happening I need another me.  Till next time, and I hope that’s sooner than later.


Extremely Busy Extreme Painting this Winter!


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Some of you know that I run the group Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists.  Well, quite often I get so busy there I don’t get to keep up my own blog and website.  SO, here’s a catch up!

It’s been an incredible winter!  Even with the extreme cold, our group is painting in -18 C weather!  YES!!  Some of the places we’ve visited this winter are:

  • Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
  • Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum Inc
  • John R Park Homestead
  • Ducharme Maple Syrup Farm, Oxley
  • Ojibway Park

We’ve received some great press coverage. (Click on photo to go to articles.)  The Windsor Star has a video clip of an interview with me.

WindsorStar OurWindsor


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South Trail Head, Ojibway


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South Trail Head, Ojibway.  Plein Air 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard $250

South Trail Head, Ojibway. Plein Air 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard $250 (Sale pending)

Tuesday was a beautiful sunny day.  Even though the temperature was -8°C or 18°F I was dressed for the weather.  My paints however, were not liking the low temperatures.  They were stiff and hard to get out of the tube.  My pochade painting box was not co-operating and I struggled to get my panel secured.  Yes, a few curse words were muttered.   Then,  I could hardly loosen my tripod legs.  I did eventually get set up, but frustration had set in.  It took me a bit to settle down, and get into the scene.  Some days just don’t seem to go well.  I quit early with my painting only partially complete.

smDSC_8364Friday we got another beautiful sunny day, and the temperature was much warmer.  I set out again to finish the painting.  I made some changes this time out.  My hubby is always bringing me home random items.  He recently brought me a thermal lunch bag.  Into this bag I put all my paint tubes, along with a hot water bottle.  It really made a big difference in the paint.  It was easier to get out of the tube and it seemed to remain workable much longer.  It could also be because the weather was not quite as cold.  Thankfully, I was able to complete the painting.


Home Sweet Homestead


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9 x 12 Oil Painting “Home Sweet Homestead” in its final stages on location.



Home Sweet Homestead, 9 x 12 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard, Plein Air $350


John R Park Homestead is one my favorite places to paint.  It is part of the Essex Region Conservation Authority.  I paint on location here many times a year, and demonstrate plein air painting at many of their festivals.  This beautifully preserved classic revival 19th century home was built 1842 on the north shore of Lake Erie.

Dexter Nightlife


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Dexter Nightlife, Plein Air Commission.  8 x 10 Oil on panel.  NFS

Dexter Nightlife, Plein Air Commission. 8 x 10 Oil on panel. NFS

I will deliver this painting to the Red Brick Restaurant in Dexter this week.  I was painting Night Visions at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, and the owner asked for a commission of her restaurant.  I came back on the last night of the event to complete the work.  The temperature dropped down into the 50’s!  This was August!  I was not dressed for it, and ended up having to leave before I finished it.  I ended up with laryngitis, but thankfully it didn’t last long.  The laryngitis probably was due to all the talking I did during the event.  Most of the work was completed on location.  I added the people, benches and window lettering from a photo.  So, I think you can classify this as plein air.