Author Archives: Lori

Upcoming Courses and Teaching

Acrylic and metal leaf on board 3’h x 5’w $2875.00 Cdn

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my temporary teaching page. I’ve been working like crazy ever since covid hit on keeping some classes going online on Zoom  and introducing new ones, so I’ve been up to my ears with  the technological learning curve.

Folks are asking where they can see what’s available or currently being offered, so I thought I’d put up this page as a placeholder while I work on getting a proper teaching and registration section built now that I have the technology to do it properly. It is just me doing it all so please bear with me.

So far we have a couple of ongoing studio classes [ see info at bottom of page ] We have completed both Acrylics Basics and Watercolour Basics, as well as Sketchbooking. And this last week we started both Acrylics: Applying the Basics and Watercolour: Applying the Basics. All these courses are 6 weeks long, $150.00, and run from 7-9pm, Tues, Wed, or Thurs evenings. Course Outlines, Supply lists and Zoom instructions are delivered on my receipt of eTransfer to I will likely offer the same rotation again in September if I see enough demand for them.

I will be offering an in the flesh Wednesday morning ongoing studio class at Swintons in Studio 3, 9am – 12pm. Strict Covid protocols will be in place. Beginning Wednesday July 1. Call Swintons @ 258-3500 to register.

Please let me know – –  if you have any questions or if there are any other online courses you would like to see in addition to this. Here is what is currently on offer for the summer:

One Day Workshops


Learning a wonderfully forgiving charcoal technique, we will learn about adult facial proportions  – a great little map for placing adult features and building a likeness. 

Saturday, July 4, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm


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Did you know that children’s facial proportions are quite different from adult facial proportions, and they change every couple years? Come and learn about how they change and how to approach this with a simple pencil and paper.

Saturday, July 18, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm


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Saturday, August 8, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Simplifying flower forms and expressing their beauty in as loose a way as we can and using 3 colours to do it.


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Really freeing technique for loose and expressive landscapes. How to use Aerial perspective and a couple of simple concepts to make fun paintings.

Saturday, August 22, 9am – 12pm, 12:30 – 3:30pm


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Beginning Thursday we will be starting an Ongoing Studio class where you do whatever you want with my help, once I feel you have the basics down. We do have group exercises from time to time, that you can join into if you want to. 

Thursday mornings – 10am – 1pm on Zoom. 

The online format – Zoom –  has become quite a comfortable way to paint for many of us. It’s much easier and effective than you might think. 

The fees are $25/class, charged monthly and due the last week of the previous month. eTRansfer me – to sign up.

Verna Vogel’s Fragile Planets

Verna Vogel's Fragile Planets exhibit

Verna Vogel’s Fragile Planets exhibit @ OAG


Calgary artist Verna Vogel will be opening her show – FRAGILE PLANETS – at the Okotoks Art Gallery [ ] this Saturday from 11am to 3pm. 

Verna is a sublime abstractionist, weaving layers of strong opaque colour with both delicate and intense glazes, along with vigorous mark making, she seemingly effortlessly finds endless iterations of line and circle. Her work is always an inspiration.

In this exhibit she works 3 dimensionally, with her focus on the iconic metaphorical image of the circle exploring depths of meaning.

She will be showing alongside the peerless Eveline Kolijn. Go see this show, you will be transported. FRAGILE PLANETS was first shown at the Western GM Drumheller Gallery in 2017.

Here is her Artist’s statement:

Exploring boundaries and extensions of block printing, Fragile Planets is a circular meditation on human sensory perception.

In a world flooded with visual reproductions, we may often encounter a thing through its image, before (or instead of) experiencing it “in real life”. Are both the print and its original source equally valid?

A circle, one of the ancient symbols used by human civilization, carries strong connotations. The layered circular form of Fragile Planets may encourage contemplations of strength and fragility: a circle is protective, capable of excluding or containing worlds; yet permeable, allowing for entry or exit at any point.

You can see more of Verna’s works on her website :



Fantasia is here!!

So many friends!! Love you all!

What a wonderful opening and Artists talk. 

So many lovely people came out to see the new works and to support. It was a real pleasure to meet Chris Kuzmanovitch, whose gorgeous abstractions are a perfect foil for my realism. 

And our Artist’s Talks on Saturday, October 13, were really fun and well received. Thanks to everyone for all the great questions.

If you want to see the rest of the paintings and read the written part of the Artists Talk?- just look to your right under Exhibits and click on Fantasia! Remember that seeing them in the gallery space where they can really breathe is a different experience than seeing them on a screen. But we do our best, right? Enjoy!!

Big thanks to Christine Klassen Gallery – Christine and Hilary, for their lovely ongoing support.

Opening night for Fantasia!!

Artist’s Talk on Saturday!