Hello! I am glad you are here! 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 my interpretation of Peggy’s Cove. I always have projects and new paintings on the go so check back often!
Underneath this post 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
Paint Day in a hidden city cottage….
Join me for a relaxing day of painting, chatting and listening to music with kindred spirits. We will be spending the day in a charming cottage over one hundred years old, tucked in a lovely garden. We will break at noon for soup and a delicious vegetarian meal. Tea and coffee provided also. Byob if you would like wine with your meal.
If you wish, you can take a stroll along the water or through the pretty neighborhood.
We will be painting with acrylic paints on 11 x 14′ birchwood “canvas.” Ready to hang. You can use as much artistic license as you please to make it yours. I will guide you through it step by step:) NO experience needed but if you do have experience and want to join us for a fun day, all the better!
Please bring an apron or wear something an errant drop of paint might enhance. Casual comfortable,crafty clothing encouraged. To see what we will be painting and to register.. click on Sunday November 12 or Saturday November 18 Space limited to 10 people per class.
ALL materials and lunch included!
” Thank-you Shelagh, I learned so much. You are an excellent, patient teacher and a wonderful artist. “
“Wicked fun class! Thank-you!”
“Just a blast!~ Off to buy paint! Amazing results for the whole class!”
“Great day! I am thrilled with my painting!. The venue was nice and bright and the tunes were inspiring:)”
“Shelagh this was wonderful! The energy was so positive and I am feeling very accomplished. I can’t wait for another!”
“Thank- you so much Shelagh, this was such a fun relaxing and inspiring day away from the regular routine”
“I will definitely like to do another one and would highly reccommend to anyone to do!”
“Loved the whole day! Will definitely come to another workshop. Thanks so much!”
November 12 registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/secret-cottage-paint-day-nov-12-tickets-37496152000
November 18 registration page:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hidden-cottage-paint-day-november-18-tickets-37496343573
Some days are more beautiful than others…..
The sun and sky co-operated to create a perfect setting…. I need more of this in my life!
It was a perfect little escape….
Sometimes a day in an idyllic setting can seem like a week.
Now it is back to work!
Illustration by Janet Cleland
( A reminder on FB told me that this happened on this day 7 years ago… Thought I would repost! I had forgotten all about it!)
That picture illustrates how I felt all day today!
I got a delightful surprise this morning! A wee book in the mail and this note!
How did this happen?
Well………I have been a huge fan of Dean Koontz since reading The Watchers, years ago. Often when reading a book of his I will come across a passage that really speaks to me or an insight of his that resonates and sometimes something that just makes me laugh really hard. I have wanted to contact him for years. In the back of every book of his, there is mailing address.
Finally, a month ago, after reading his latest book in which there is a hysterically funny scene with a sweet bun and the consumption of it, I decided to sit down and pen a short letter. I also sent him one of my prints as a thank-you for all the years of reading pleasure he has provided me with. I thought he would enjoy it and that was that. Never in a million years did I expect to hear anything back. This man gets 10,000 letters a year.
The book he sent is called is called I, Trixie Who is Dog and it is wonderful fun. What you might not know about Koontz is that he has an abiding soft spot for dogs. Trixie a beautiful Golden, and a retired companion dog was their loveable family pet. She sadly died at twelve. This book, a few others and a new one in October, Trixie and Jinx, are his tribute to her love and faithful companionship.
100% of the proceed of these books go to Canine Companions for Independence.
and look….. he personalized it:) I’m thrilled.
JOIN US at our opening reception August 3, 6-9pm at the Chase Exhibition Room in the Nova Scotia Archives on the corner of Robie St and University Ave. There will be live music with performances by the Koconut Kings! Snacks, wine and a whole gallery of wonderful paintings to peruse and purchase:) Its an art party!
A sneak preview peek at one of my paintings headed to S-Curves Art Exhibition! 30 x 40 X1.5″ acrylic on birch wood. August 3 is our Opening Reception in the Chase Exhibition Room 6-9pm at the Nova Scotia Archives Featuring the work of Sarah Archibald, Suzanne O’Callaghan Visual Artist and myself! YOU are invited!! Here’s a Facebook link to the event -> https://www.facebook.com/events/169901626879173
I will be at Cat Fest this weekend from 10-4 at the Museum of Natural History here in Halifax. Lots of fun things to see and do! I will also be at the Halifax Seaport farmers Market!
I have a show coming up in Halifax for the entire month of August…… stay tuned for more info:)
I am very excited to announce that I will be painting “Live” at Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique in the Hydrostone Market this Saturday, May 13 from 11-3 as part of the “Open City” events. Please drop in and say hi and take a look at all the lovely things available. I will have some extra paintings for sale there too.
My friend M said “Hey! Ive got just the thing” She disappeared inside and came out with a large piece of black foam core and proceeded to fan the wimpy flames.
I stopped her and said what on earth is that, who are they and where did it come from?
She said “Isnt it interesting! I have no idea who they are and didn’t have the heart to throw it out. It arrived with my things after I moved here.
She had put her furniture in storage in Vancouver in 2011 and went to Ireland. The next year she had them shipped to Kingston, Ontario where they sat again in storage for a couple of years and then here to Nova Scotia. Some things were broken and some missing and then there was this picture of a smiling couple with well wishes for a lovely move to BC. The moving company went bankrupt and she had no way of finding the couple.
I said “I wonder if they are still together ?… they would love this back I bet. Let me put out a call on Facebook, post this picture and see if anyone might recognize them.”
It was shared 83 times! A good friend of mine decided to do some sleuthing on her own based on the names signed on the card. She spent an entire morning piecing together a network of connections and relatedness and determined they were now in Ontario and then….. she figured out who they were!! She sent me their facebook pages and even got their phone number! Here they are today! Ed and Barb Stronks from Guelph Ontario!
I now have their address and will ship this off to them next week:) Crazy, it went from BC to Kingston then spent a few years in Nova Scotia and now will go back to Ontario! they are thrilled.The power of the internet!
Today is Easter Sunday but it is also April 16 and in 1746, at Culloden, a terrible battle was fought. The Scots lost their right to wear tartan and almost 2000 men died within 40 minutes! The English wanted the land for sheep which was more profitable. The Battle of Culloden was fought 271 years ago, on a grey overcast Wednesday, cold sleet slashing the faces of those who fought for their families and homes. Bonnie Prince Charlie was up against the Duke of Cumberland, known as “the butcher”, fighting for the survival of Scotland.
The only other memorial cairn commemorating that battle exists here in Nova Scotia at a tiny community called Knoydart near Antigonish. Many displaced Scots moved to Nova Scotia to start new lives after the fallout and each year a service is still held here to honor their fallen ancestors.
Here is a youtube clip of Makem and Clancey singing Sound the Pibroch