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New favourite painter

by amanda on September 22, 2013

It’s a long story how I ended up in Guelph this weekend, and I’ll share that with you another day. But we ended up at a lovely “french country” restaurant, called Artisanale. It was a really lovely place; very rustic and humble; and so welcoming. The thing is, what had me really swooning was their current painting installation. The artist, Janette Hayhoe, creates the most realistic paintings of very ordinary things. A humble sink; a shelf full of mason jars; a solitary chair against a window. The effect was so – calming. And beautiful. I was instantly charmed.

Chair with orange 36x36poem by Auden 24x24Sink 36x36Blouse 36x36

It reminded me a great deal of Rosemary Leach, a friend of a dear friend who is painter in the Ottawa area. What wonderful depictions of ordinary things, that elevate our daily rituals to give them the significance they deserve.

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