April, 2019     Volume 3, Issue 3.

Who doesn't love a Circus?

The art show and festival season is ramping up, and I’m knee-deep in the planning to get ready for it.

But until that happens, it’s all about the Art School of Peterborough’s annual fundraising auction. Read all about it in this newsletter!

Watercolours by Dwayne

Offering the following products and services:
Original paintings
Signed GICLEE prints
Custom framing
Gift Certificates and eGift Cards

Upcoming Shows...

I’ve pretty much confirmed my roster of art shows and festival for this upcoming season. I’m still attending a few old favourites, but have added a few news ones to try them out (including a show in Sarnia in August that is partnered up with the Tall Ships Festival).

Here's my current list. Hope to see you at some of these events over the next few months. As always, suggestions for new shows and festivals are most welcome.
New this year, I will be offering stretched canvases with my art printed on them. I experimented with a small one last year to gauge demand, and people seemed to really like it, so I’m going to expand it and offer a wider selection.
A small stretched canvas of my painting "Canadian Frost."

Art Auction...

Annual Art Auction: Festa Carnevale, April 13th 2019 at Princess Gardens Retirement Residence. Doors open at 6 p.m. Live auction, silent auction, mini sales, and entertainment. An evening you won't want to miss out on. Come support our Not for profit organization.
This coming Saturday, April 13th, The Art School of Peterborough is holding its 23rd Annual Art Auction. The event is being called “Festa Carnevale” and will be held at Princess Gardens in Peterborough. It will include a Live and Silent Auction, Mini Sales, Cash Bar, Local Hors d'oeuvres and feature entertainment by the Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts.

In my last newsletter, I asked for some advice as to what original to donate to the cause and the response was overwhelming! I appreciate all the suggestions, and it was a very close race. Ultimately, it was my painting “Dockside Reflections” that was the clear winner so, for the occasion, I’ve put the painting in a rustic antique frame that was built in 1951.
"Dockside Reflections"
©2017, 21" by 14", Watercolour, Pencil
Admission for the event is $20 at the door or $15 in advance (members pay $10).

Can't be there in person?

If you’re interested in bidding on a piece and can’t attend, contact the art school (705-742-3221) and you can either assign a proxy or bid by phone.

Here’s a link to their website for more information:

Play In Progress: 
"Country Mouse"...

The winter iteration of my “Illustrative Watercolours” course through the The Art School of Peterborough just wrapped up this week and, in the last few classes we spent some time learning how to mat and frame our creations.
Like in my previous courses, the first session is collaborative where we all brainstorm to decide what to paint. The idea is that we can work on the same subject, but make minor variations for each student. In this case, we all chose the barnwood wall with dried vines and leaves as a background, but chose different elements to be on the wall. Some chose birds and I chose to put a little bitty mouse looking out from a crevice in the planks.

For some reason though, my mouse turned out looking like he’s politely holding a hat. That’s why I’ve decided to call the painting “Country Mouse.”

Registration for the Spring version of the “Illustrative Watercolours” course is now open. For more information, go to

Now, if you like the mat in the picture, and would like to learn how to do it yourself then read on….

Learn the art of framing...

As any artist will tell you, framing is often one of the most expensive aspects of our profession. Would it surprise you to learn that it isn’t all that hard to do?

Join me at The Art School of Peterborough on April 28th where I’ll take a day to walk you through the basics for matting, framing, and stretching canvases. Contact the school directly to register for the workshop.

Play in Progress:
The Canadian Silver Dollar...

I’m not that far away from finishing my other play in progress: the portion of my ongoing polyptych that contains the Canadian Silver Dollar with the voyageur canoe come to life. All I have left to do is to finish the leaf and to add some depth and definition to the barnwood background.

I still haven’t quite figured out what to call it, but I would like to continue the tradition of including the word “Canadian” in the name (In the vein of “Canadian Wish” or “Canadian Dew” or “Canadian Frost” etc).

If you can suggest a good name, please let me know. If I use it, I’ll give you a print of the finished painting!

Suggest a name
In case you missed my last email, here's the plan of what the overall polypthych will look like...

Yay for Local Radio!!

So we had some excitement in the family this month when my sons had an opportunity to talk with Brian and Taylor on the local radio station The Wolf 101.5.

Here's a video I shot of most of the occasion. The first minute or so is missing, and it picks up pretty much right where Taylor is explaining how my son approached her at a live radio event at Landsdowne Place in Peterborough.
My sons enjoy being celebrities on the Wolf 101.5's morning show.
Never one to pass up the chance for self-promotion, I gave the morning team a print of my wolf family (I figured that it was appropriate) to thank them for being so awesome to my sons and making their week. I appreciate the fact that Brian mentioned it on air.
"Mother’s Watchful Eye"
©2019 Dwayne James, 30" by 22", Watercolour
So if you're ever in the Wolf's offices (they're moving shortly to be in the same building as CHEX), be sure to ask them where their spiffy new art is located.

About Dwayne...

Watercolour artist Dwayne James lives near Lakefield, Ontario where he paints as often as he can, that is when he’s not spending time with his daughter, twin boys, and his very forgiving wife.

Dwayne studied archaeology in University, and as a result learned how to write creatively. “The most important skill I learned in University,” he says, “was the ability to pretentiously write about myself in the third person.”

With no formal art training, Dwayne has always preferred the self-guided, experimental approach. In fact, he taught himself how to illustrate archaeological artifacts while completing his Master’s degree at Trent University. Said his thesis supervisor at the time: “There might not be much in the way of coherent theoretical content in Dwayne’s thesis, but damn, it looks pretty!”

After working for close to a decade as a technical communicator, Dwayne chose to look at being downsized in January 2009 as an opportunity to become a stay@home Dad for his newborn twins and pursue his painting and creative writing. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.

A self-taught painter, Dwayne’s  highly-detailed watercolour paintings have been described as “unconventional” yet “absolutely authentic.”

Fascinated by both texture and dimension, Dwayne channels nature to create personalised images that are not easily captured with conventional photography.

Dwayne seizes a moment in his paintings that shifts every time you view them. You may have seen watercolours before but, chances are, you have never seen watercolours like Dwayne’s.

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