Colette’s pyjamas are spotted, splattered and stained with paint.
“Mornings are the best time for me,” she said with a laugh. “I do up a few small chores, put on the coffee pot and paint. Lots of times I don’t even get dressed — I just stay in my pyjamas.
“No point getting paint all over your good clothes.”
Colette Harwardt is one of more than 50 artists who will have work for sale at the Sudbury Art Club fall show and sale, Oct. 18-20.
“Red Door” will be only one of several acrylic pieces Harwardt will exhibit. The inspiration for this painting came from a church she saw during a trip to Washington.
Harwardt said she quite often works from photos she’s taken on her many travels.
“I just see something that I love and decide right then, I’m going to paint that.”
When she saw her granddaughter walking jauntily down the street recently, she was inspired to paint the girl with the umbrella. But, it’s not only the girl and the umbrella that make the artist smile — there’s a secret within this painting (but you’ll have to ask Harwardt).
She said acrylic is her favourite medium because it’s so forgiving — it is easy to correct mistakes — and it delivers vibrant colour.
There will be many vibrant colours in everything from watercolour to oil to acrylic at this year’s Sudbury Art Club show and sale at the CNIB hall, corner of Regent and York streets.
Everyone is invited to the free wine and cheese reception Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is plenty of free parking, and no admission charge.
The Sudbury Art Club hopes you’ll bring along someone who’s never been to the show before — give your friends a chance to be amazed at the creativity of artists in Sudbury.
Submitted by Ruth Reid