Hello! I am an artist in Nova Scotia and this is where you can find all I have on offer. There are links above that will direct you to various destinations depending on what you are interested in. I have a wonderful children’s book, called CATalphabet! which I hope you check out. I am very proud of it. I sell prints of my work in my Etsy shop called AliceinParis. (Alice was my grandmother’s name) I teach art classes!
I paint in various styles but am known for my use of colour and imagery. I do commissions and sell my originals around the world. The painting below is Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. I always have projects and new paintings on the go so check back often!
Underneath this last picture is my blog which I update frequently with new paintings, photography, recipes, musings and basically whatever is in the forefront of my life! You can follow along by bookmarking this page or subscribing (on the right sidebar) to get updates via email each time I do a new post or have a painting to sell. If you have any questions about anything at all, please contact me. ShelaghDuffett@gmail.com
This is a copy of the review Elissa Barnard wrote about our art exhibit. You can find the original article here on her review site NSREVIEWS
Elissa Barnard spent 35 years as an arts and entertainment reporter for the Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia’s daily newspaper, in Halifax until August, 2017.
She has a BA in English with honours from Dalhousie University and studied creative writing at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ont., with W.O. Mitchell and at the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Initially a news reporter, she became part of the Herald’s entertainment department in 1984. During the 1980s and 1990s the arts and coverage of the arts in Nova Scotia flourished until the Herald had large arts and features departments.
While reporting on everything related from film to fashion, Barnard focussed on visual art and theatre. She reviewed theatre, both mainstream and independent, in Halifax and outside the city.
She received a silver Atlantic Journalism Award in 2015 for her article on artist Mary Pratt for the Herald Magazine. She has written about art for Launcelot Press, BILLIE Magazine and Canadian Art. email@example.com
Imagination rules in Joy and Possibility at the Chase Gallery to June 28
Down by the Fish Shack (Blue Rocks), 170 x 200 cm. 2018, oil on linen, by Timothy Andrew McGuire, in Joy and Possibility, at the Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Archives, to June 28.
New York artist Timothy Andrew McGuire came to Nova Scotia “for that scene right there,” he says, pointing to his large, masterful, oil painting of Blue Rocks.
“I saw a music video Joel Plaskett filmed on the South Shore and I said, “‘That’s the stuff I want to paint.’”
McGuire’s first large show in Nova Scotia, Joy and Possibility, is due to acrylic painter Shelagh Duffett, whose booth at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is close to that of McGuire’s partner, Melanie Fontaine, of Meversible.
“I’d had the gallery booked,” says Duffett, “and I didn’t have nearly as many paintings as I’d wanted. My mother has been sick – a lot of caregiving. Tim’s work is amazing and he’s new here. I thought Tim is a painter who deserves to be seen.”
At first glance the two artists appear to have little in common.
He is a professionally-trained, oil painter who paints outdoors and has a rich but subdued colour palette in landscapes and interiors.
She is a self-taught acrylic painter who paints out of her imagination for playful, brightly-coloured, storybook images of cats and fish, flowers and houses, sea and sky.
Flower Indulgence, acrylic painting, Shelagh Duffett
Yet the two share a passion for art so great that they both left other careers to pursue it, and they respect each other’s work and work ethic. Both of them paint everyday.
“With the title of the show,” says Duffett, “I’m the joy and he’s the possibility.”
“We’re both a bit of both,” says McGuire.
Duffett’s work is remarkable for her bold and bright colour choices. It has a graphic quality with a life force of its own and a fanciful, owl-and-the-pussycat feel.
A black cat looks up to a magical sky of haloed stars. Two houses, one red, one white, are in a landscape with a slash of orange field and abstracted, impressionist dabs of purple for lupins.
Wish Black Cat by Shelagh Duffett
“I’ve tried to do pastel painting. I can’t do it! I just love colour,” says Duffett.
“Most people say, ‘Your work makes me so happy.’ It’s very grafitifying that I’m bringing a bit of joy into the world.”
Duffett, who is a Getty photographer, worked as a film and TV editor and camerawoman. Her art career began when she sold her Huckleberry Hound lunchbox on eBay in 2000 for $175 U.S.
“I had gotten a set of paints, that I’d asked for, for my birthday and I painted a funky, folk art fish and I thought, ‘I’ll put this on eBay,’ and it sold.”
She did another painting, put it online and someone in San Francisco bought it.
“My daughter had just been born and I thought, ‘This is a way I could stay at home.’ I started painting at my dining table every single day and selling on eBay. I owe my career to the internet.’
Her paintings are all over the world – “in every single state in the U.S., in every province in Canada, in every country in Europe, in Africa, in the South Pacific. There’s a guy in Switzerland who must have 15 cats.”
She developed a large, social media following and “people to this day show up at the Seaport market looking for me,” she says. “I was on the bucket list of a retired police chief in Australia. She came on a cruise ship and to the market.”
Her children’s book CATalphabet!, with verse by herself and Jonathan Mills, has been very popular.
Over the years, “my work has evolved and become more sophisticated,” says Duffett, whose daughter is now 29.
“I like magical things and the thought there are other possibilities we are not aware of.”
McGuire was a kindergarten teacher who in 2008 quit his L.A. teaching job to go study art at the Florence Academy of Art “just like that,” he says. “I’ve never regretted making the change.”
After he graduated from the academy, he taught drawing there once a week and held classes for kids in his studio, staying in Florence for 10 years.
He has had exhibits in Russia, Los Angeles and New York and lived in Italy, New York and Nova Scotia. Today his permanent address is Blue Rocks Road.
McGuire’s style is completely opposite to Duffett’s. His soft brushwork is impressionistic and beautifully visible; his use of light is delicate though dramatically atmospheric; he paints as he looks directly at his subject but it’s filtered through his mind and imagination.
Kitchen Table, oil on linen, Tim McGuire
“The valuable thing I learned at the Florence Academy was how to observe – the importance of observation and of working from life,” he says. “It gave me the confidence to know I can observe a thing and make a painting out of it.”
He is inspired by “interesting and challenging” shapes, colours and light – the evening glow in a Vermont farmhouse amid blue winter snow, the terracotta hues in a Tuscany interior, the sharp bow of a mid-sized sailing boat in a Lunenburg boat shed with a blue floor.
Vermont Homestead at Night, oil on linen, Tim McGuire
“The whole reason I came to Nova Scotia was to paint these old fish shacks and wooden boats and lobster boats.”
Duffett steps in to tell the story. “His car was full to the brim with canvases. He got at the motel at 2 o’clock in the morning and it was locked so he crawled in under his canvases and spent his first night in Nova Scotia sleeping under his canvases.”
McGuire is inspired by Impressionist and post-Impressionists, “Van Gogh obviously,” he says, “and I like the French painter Pierre Bonnard and British painter Harold Gilman. He’s one of my favourites.”
He went to see Gilman’s work in Halifax Harbour 1918: Harold Gilman and Arthur Lismer at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Gilman’s masterpiece, Halifax Harbour, 1918, features an unusual sky of oblongs of paint that McGuire photographed. (Gilman died shortly after completing this amazing painting.)
Though he’s working from reality as a plein air painter, he thinks is art is as much a part of his imagination and memory as Duffett’s.
“I don’t think the photograph is the pinnacle of visual truth. Even though I’m painting from life and trying to represent life nothing in my work is informed by photography.
“I’m always interpreting what I look at. I’m trying to use the experience to express something I can’t express otherwise.
“This exhibition shows what we have in common,” says McGuire. “In the end it is the imagination that makes the painting even if you are working from life.”
McGuire will be at the gallery on Saturdays, 12 to 5 p.m. He gives an artist talk Wednesday, June 19, 6 p.m. He and Duffett have a closing reception on Thursday, June 27, 5 to 8 p.m.
The Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Ave., is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 to 5 p.m. The show runs to June 28.
Green Birches, by Shelagh Duffett
Firefly Meadow, by Shelagh Duffett
REVIEW by Elissa Barnard firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to invite you to an art exhibit featuring my work and that of Timothy Andrew McGuire.
It will be hanging in the beautiful Chase Gallery in Halifax (in the Nova Scotia Archives) for the entire month of June.
Our opening reception will be Thursday, June 6th from 5pm-8pm. There will be music, refreshments and lively art!! Mark your calendars, update your phones and save the date!
Tim is from New York and has exhibited in Russia, L.A. and Florence, Italy. He paints “plein air” and this is the first time people in Halifax will get a chance to see his work. He lives in Lunenburg part of the year and divides his time between N.Y. and Florence when not here. I am so excited to see what he brings to this show.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm; Wednesday: 8:30am to 9:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Good advice from folk at The Happy Pear
if you miss someone – call
if you want to meet up – invite
if you want to be understood – explain
if you have a question – ask
if you don’t like something – speak up
if you like something – share it
if you want something – ask for it
if you love someone – tell them
if you need some quiet – make it happen
Keeps life simple and moving forward.
Almost March….. thank goodness! I’ve been deep in the depths of “elder care”and then once the storm settled…..I got sick! Really sick. Sick enough that it scared me. I think I was so worried, stressed and tired with all of it and at the same time trying to run a business that relies solely on my creativity and ability to pull rabbits out of hats…. I just crashed. My immune system was depleted and I had nothing left BUT Spring is on it’s way and I am building up my reserves again and the word for the year is “Self” care. I don’t want that to ever happen again. It is important to stay strong and vital and grounded. So lots of personal interventions going on in my little world. Meditation is one of them….letting things go.Slowing down. Being present…and all the other stuff 🙂 good eats, rest, exercise etc… we know what to do….it is just a matter of doing it! Getting out of our own way.
Today it is snowing and cold. Perfect day to get a blog post done and all the administrative housekeeping that goes with self employment. I have a list as long as Hadrian’s Wall of things that need doing and investigating and pursuing (always…). I’m also about to start reading “The 1 Page Marketing Plan” by Allan Dib. Part of my goal to read a lot of books about business marketing, creativity, spirituality and philosophy this year. It is so easy to spend time reading bits and pieces on the internet and never really getting to sink one’s teeth into real concepts and philosophies. I used to read “books” all the time and have fallen out of it.Time to reclaim MY time and not give so much to the interweb. Although it’s hard when one’s business relies heavily on social media and online connection.
I have started painting again…here are a couple. Dreaming Fox (sold)
Odette ( sold)
First off…this is happening on December 16th. In the historic Women’s Council House on the corner of Young Ave and Inglis Street. I’ve taught a few painting classes there and it is a lovely spot with loads of parking. There will be hot cider and cookies and live music! My friend Bill Jardine will be singing and playing guitar for us. Most things will be on SALE too! I do hope you can join me.
We are in the midst of a really cold snap at the moment. Unusual for Nova Scotia this time of year. I’m not out walking as much as I normally do. I am a wimp when it comes to extreme temperatures, hot or cold. My internal thermometer likes middle of the road…. This is part of the rails to trails walk in Bayers. Lake. The water is frozen here but it loos like glass.
I have been doing a bit of painting…. only just started consistently. My mum has been ill and things are now stabilizing and I can get back to work! This is 24 x 24 on beechwood with deep 1.5″ sides painted pale turquoise. On my monitor it looks a bit bright and garish but the real colours are lovely! Every monitor is different so be aware that it will look slightly different for everyone.
This painting is called “The Red Wellies” I love it. 16 x 20 x 1.5″ and the painting wraps around the sides.
I hope you have a great week!
BOGO Sale!! My twice annual buy one get one free sale is on for a week! Stock up on Christmas gifts and that special print you have always wanted!
Lots of new prints in my shop.
INSTRUCTIONS: Purchase the prints you want and in “notes to seller” write down the print you would like for FREE!
Please spread the word:) Bargain hunters will be thrilled. Thanks so much for your support as always! XO
Yum! This is incredibly delicious, beautiful to look at and healthy too! I have to share this recipe with you and apologize for the lack of measurements. I just kind of winged it. Into a big bowl you toss a finely chopped half of a red cabbage and two medium carrots.Throw in a handful of pistachios and slivered almonds. Finely chop some green onion or chives.
Toss in some halved or quartered seedless grapes. About half a cup. They are a secret ingredient adding a wee burst of sweetness amidst the crunch. You could also substitute some sweetened dried cranberries or perhaps some mango! Remember, as with all salads, you add more of what you like and less of what you don’t! Experiment and see what happens:)
Mix it all together. See how gorgeous that looks!!
The dressing is a blob (two large tablespoons?)of vegan mayo or regular, A tablespoon each of maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. Stir it up and taste to see how you like it. Add and adjust to your taste buds. Salt and pepper.
The consistency you want is a pourable one….. Just enough to coat the veggies. Toss and let sit for a bit to marinate.
And…….voila! A perfect salad for any gathering. Better the next day!
Happy International Women’s Day! This is my grandmother Alice. The woman who I named my business after. My grandfather was a sea captain (he is on her left) and she travelled the world with him. She was also an entrepreneur with a keen sense of what worked. I celebrate her and ALL the women who forged the future that we inhabit now.
I discovered this on a walk today! The Warehouse Market (2867 Isleville Street) held on Thursdays and Fridays. I was meeting a friend for a coffee and arrived early so decided to have a stroll around the neighborhood. What a nice surprise to stumble upon it!
It was this little sign that caught my eye and over I went to check it out…
The warehouse of Afishionado a local fish monger hosts Abundant Acres Farm, Holdanca Farms, Maritime Gourmet Mushrooms Inc., Gold Island Bakery, Pop Culture Brew Co., and Expresso 46 Thursdays and Fridays 11-7pm and Saturday 9-1pm They also have a wide selection of frozen product and an ever-changing supply of fresh seafood.
Espresso46 serves amazing coffee and mouth watering Italian hot chocolate, dark and classic:) through their little window on the world:) A well kept secret except to those who are fervent customers! I ventured into the market and was pleasantly surprised. It is a utilitarian place with a friendly vibe.
There was a nice selection of produce from Abundant Acres Farm. I purchased some fresh pea shoots.
I also bought one of these!! or at least I thought I did:) The watermelon daikon. A bright pink mild and sweet radish, the size of a large potato..I actually picked up the other one…more on that later…
They sell wonderful breads… One of which was a Rye, Walnut and Prune bread which really appealed to me, but next time I will try it.
Fresh Shitake mushrooms…
There were quite a few people there filling their bags with produce and eggs and yummy goodies to take home.This little child was fascinated with me snapping away on my iphone:)
We became friends…
So back to the Daikon…..when I got home and peeled it, I got this!!!
and then this… after slicing into thin coins.
I then did this……
and added pea shoots, some pepito seeds salt/ pepper and tossed it all with a mild vinagrette! Yum! Purple Peaple Salad. The radish is crunchy and mild and slightly sweet.
So if you find yourself in the North end of the city on a Thursday or Friday or Saturday morning. Pop in and have a visit…
Mo and Jules is a very unassuming place tucked into what used to be part of the Esquire Motel on the water side of the Bedford Highway, 813 to be exact. The kind of place you might just drive right by…. don’t! The M stands for Mahogany and the J for Jules!
These two delightful women opened their doors 8 months ago and are super friendly and dedicated to customer service and good healthy food!
Before opening M and J’s they had a busy catering business and clients told them they should open a “real” place:) They found this sun filled spot and decided to put down some roots. (By the way they still cater. Today they had two big catering jobs on the go..).
What is wonderful about this place is that everyone and anyone can eat here!! People with food sensitivities and those who can eat whatever they want and those who choose to eat plant based.The menu is divided into two halves, on the left is everything vegan and on the right is anything goes. This is a sample of the all day breakfast menu! (top is cut off) Tofu scramble available.
M and J’s have daily specials as well, Tuesday was All you Can Eat Taco day!
A freezer holds meals you can take home and have later. I took my mum to lunch here and she took home home a split pea soup and veggie lasagna for later..
When you come in you can serve yourself coffee or a drink from the fridge and then Jules will pop by to have a chat and take your order and answer any questions you might have.
We both chose this!!! Basically a pile of veggies on a bun, and it was tasty!
I had a broccoli salad side with coconut bacon and mum had the sweet potato fries with curry mayo.
The menu is customer driven and both Mo and Jules are anxious to hear what you liked and what you might like to see on the menu and may try it as a special! They love creating food that pleases.The sunlight streams through the windows but from the outside, as I mentioned, it is a place you might not notice.
This is what my mum ordered, the avocado sundried tomato burger with sweet potato fries…
and here she is in blissful contemplation…. YUM!!
People are starting to become regulars and there was a small steady stream of customers. I will be back for sure!!! I hope you pop out to give them a try and say Shelagh sent you:)