Summer Flying By

I cannot believe how quickly summer is marching through the calendar, but I think I have filled every space that I can of each day.

June 21st. The group I exhibit with began an exhibition in Yorkville (Toronto) at the Hittite Gallery.This is the Southern Ontario Visual Artists third exhibition for the year, and we have one more for the SOVA group coming up in November.

July 15/2018 The Light/Space & Time gallery published the following..

Lynden Cowan – Artist Showcase Feature

Lynden Cowan is an Ontario, Canada based artist. Lynden creates representative landscape paintings. Lynden was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #9. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Lynden’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her landscape paintings in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Lynden’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

When I was eight, I created my own paints from berries, vegetables and other available compounds, and would use leftover pieces of wood that my father had as my canvas. A teacher gave me art supplies a couple of years later, and I was thrilled to have actual paints.

I am a self-taught artist, and my main medium is oil on canvas. As a fourteen year old, I started teaching, and at one point had over 80 students from age seven to seventy five, and this provided the funds for better quality art materials.

Over the years, I have spent a lot of time in the woods, and bogs as they fascinate me for the strong colours and beautiful subjects they provide. When I paint, I use for the most part, triple zero brushes, as they lend themselves to fine details.

Artist Statement:

Having spent my childhood summers in rural Nova Scotia, I was drawn into the wild landscape and adapted accessible materials from berries to crushed shells to translate the scenes surrounding me.

Throughout the years, my fascination and interest in nature has grown and I strive to envelope the viewer with the feeling of inclusion in the mood and transformation of visual presentation, to finished artwork. Her website is

They featured five works... Gully, Ucluelet, The Wetlands, Fiddleheads and Twisted Tree.


July 23/18  I headed to Todmorden to the PaperMill Gallery to deliver Fiddleheads that had been selected for the juried competition.

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July 27th, 2018

On July 27th I was  notified that I was selected as a finalist in the Artavita on line International gallery competition from " over 250 high quality artist entries". They selected Ucluelet, Fiddleheads and Gully, three artworks for their exhibition of  50 artworks in the final selection.. 😊

July 24th/2018 to July 31st 

Flew to Prince Edward Island with my Alton Mill Arts Centre studio mate, Robert Chisholm to join our other studio mate, Charlene Nickels who was already down there. We spent the week subject hunting, painting, and feeding the horse flies.  Charlene has a cottage in PEI so knows the island well. Of course we had seafood every day (lobster daily, including for breakfast on our final day). Up everyday working about 5:30 am , or a couple of times slept in until 6 am, and we fell into bed exhausted by 9pm. 

Between the very hot temperatures and the horse flies, we really earned the material we collected for future canvases, and I am excited to start painting them.

July 31st, 2018

Flew home from PEI on July 31st and received this notification......

From Fusion Art "Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that one or more of your entries have been chosen for inclusion in the 3rd Annual Artist's Choice (August 2018) International  Online Juried Art Exhibition. "
I had entered Gully, Ucluelet, Fiddleheads,Rattlingbrook Falls and Twisted Tree, and they selected Rattlingbrook Falls, Ucluelet and Twisted Tree, which I was happy with to have three of my artworks selected for the 140  displayed by Fusion.

Best in Show and 2nd to 5th runner up will be included in an exhibition in Palm Springs, Florida in February 2019.

August 1st, 2018

Just finished a 24 by 36 inch oil painting, titled Miners Bay.. This setting is about 30 yards into the brush in the area known as Miners Bay , 10 km south of Minden , Ontario. 

Hope you like it. :)

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Time to get back to the easel. If you find a moment to visit the Alton Mill Arts Centre , I hope you drop by to say hello. 

Artistically yours,