Thursday, July 21, 2011

Edward Abela, and the Ontario Plein Air Society's Bridgewater Workshop

Artist Edwrad Abela of Markham, Ontario painting on location at the Ontario Plen Air Society's summer workshop.

"Whether in the Island of Malta, my country of birth or in Canada, or in my travels in Europe or America, I have always sought to interpret my environment on paper or canvas. Like the impressionists, I seek to be a ‘painter of light” and look for beauty in light and shadows and in contrasting colours. Most of my landscapes incorporate this to some degree. If the viewer looking at my work finds this to be pleasing and exciting, I feel I would have achieved my purpose.

Mainly self taught, I am always looking for opportunities to widen my artistic horizons. I am currently a member of the Markham Group of Artists and the Don Valley Art Club.

I have exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada, England, Germany and Malta and have received a number of awards. My paintings can be found in private homes and offices in the Canada, United States, England, France, Switzerland, Malta, Hong Kong and New Zealand."
                                                                                                                                                                                E.. Abela

I had the pleasure of attending the Ontario Plein Air Society Workshop, at Bridgenorth Resort outside the village of Actinolite, Ontario.  The workshop featured artist Edward Abela, from Markham, Ontario and was attended by a group of ten enthusiastic painters.  

I was impressed by Edward's kindly presence and how he found words of encouragement, instruction and praise for each of the participating painters.

This was my first workshop experience so I entered it with both a sense of enthusiasm and some trepidation.  The workshop was led by Keith and Helen Thirgood.

The workshop featured good food, lots of good socializing, and the opportunity to learn from the master's hand.

demonstration session

If you wish to visit the Ontario Plein Air Society's website to learn more about the group and their forthcoming September workshop in the Opeongo Hills, please click here. 

To visit Edward Abela's website, please click here.

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