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Amanda Farquharson is a fine artist from Dundas, Ontario. Her work is cheerful, colourful, bright, and explores themes of nature, family, animals, and memory.

Borer's Falls Surrounded by Lilacs

Borer's Falls Surrounded by Lilacs

Borer’s Falls in May Pastel, Acrylic and Gouache on Watercolour Board

Borer’s Falls in May
Pastel, Acrylic and Gouache on Watercolour Board

A bunch of anniversaries rolled by recently. Five years married, one year of oil painting, nine years of blogging, five years since I discovered I was pregnant with Molly.

Sometimes do you look at your life and feel just a touch bewildered? Or imagine what your teenage self would think about your life choices, your family, your career? Or you just look at the sweeping years of your life and wonder at it all?

I think teenage me would be pleased and horrified in equal measure, haha! Teenage me was pretty self absorbed and no way would she have been down with the amount of sacrifice that is involved in parenting. She would also be pretty horrified by the celiac disease and the fact that I sometimes leave the house with exposed unshaved legs. Bahah! But teenage me also loved kids and babysitting and painting and crafts and would have thought Jay was pretty dang handsome (he is).

For our anniversary (it was in May, this is very belated, I know), I made a new dress and Jason and Finn went hiking with me to Borer’s Falls so I could take pictures. Hamilton has so many good nature trails and waterfalls! It was beautiful because the lilacs were in full bloom all around the waterfall. I finally painted it tonight with pastel and acrylic and gouache.

It’s hard to believe I have only been oil painting for a year. I’ve come so far, my work is night and day from a year ago. I imagine in another year it will be different again.

It’s not hard to believe I have been blogging 9 years. Many people in my life can’t remember me without a blog (including Jason and everyone I know in Hamilton). I still love it. I still love meeting you all in person when you say hi. This blog is life changing in so many ways, not least of which were that it started me painting again, helped me meet Jason, got me jobs and friends and opportunities and customers.

Thank you all for still reading, it makes me so happy!

Acrylic paints? Yes please!

Acrylic paints? Yes please!

On Location Vs. In Studio Plein Air Paintings

On Location Vs. In Studio Plein Air Paintings

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