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Launch of the “It’s a New Day” Series

By Betty Schriver

Betty Schriver Tappen Horses

I recently have had to do some soul searching in regards to my art.  Where am I with it and where do I want to be?  Like anything else in life, if you want to get better at something, you need to set some goals and take some action that will help you achieve those goals.  My goals are not complex really, I just want to grow as an artist, which for me means that I see that the work I put into art continues to improve in quality.  Quality is highly subjective in art, but for me it’s the place where I am really happy with my work because my skills are able to achieve the emotion and concept I have for the art piece.

You may know that a lot of artists are somewhat self-deprecating.  We beat ourselves up, we compare, we wonder if our art is worthy of continuing, but I think that without this self-deprecating behaviour, we likely would not have the catalyst for progression that we need to in order to grow.  The self criticism helps us to see what need to improve and drives us to learn how to get there.

While I’m sure I’ll continue to constantly be self-critical of my work, I also know that I have grown over the last 5 years and I know I’m in a place where, while I hope the best is still yet to come, I’ve also seen progression.  I know that each day is a new day which means a new opportunity for learning, growing, making art, and living a good life!

And with that,  I am happy to announce the launch of a new series of paintings called “It’s a New Day” in the new location of Shuswap Artisan Market!   Paintings for the series “It’s a New Day”  celebrate the beauty and wonders that life in Canada brings us.  I’ve experimented with a new brighter palette that exaggerates the saturation of colour to emphasize how alive our environment is all around us and how each day is exciting, even if its simple.  Growing up on a farm, working in the city, and retiring at the beautiful Shuswap lake – basically life in Canada, has provided me with many enriched experiences all beautiful in their own ways.  Each day had, and still has, something new and exciting to offer.  I hope you can feel the emotion I feel when I’m painting.

You can view the available paintings for the “It’s a New Day” Series at Shuswap Artisan Market located at 1204 Notch Hill Road, Sorrento B.C.  or online at artintheshuswap.com



Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

A collection of local art compiled for the memory of those who fought for our freedom.  We should never take it for granted. (Click to view more)


Painting Shattered Glass

Painting Shattered Glass

So what do you do when your painting group decides to retire for the summer?  You gather up anyone interested in participating in a paint project for the summer and see what happens!  Marta Balahutrak, one of the new members of the Blind Bay Painters, developed a summer fun paint project and we met early in July to decide on what the project would be.


Marta had a wonderful resource, called The Artist Muse, by Betsy Dillard Stroud.   Betsy Dillard Stroud delivers creative challenges and inspirational chapters.  Inside, explore ways to loosen up, break through creative blocks and stray joyously from the beaten path.   In this “idea kit” there are piles of cards giving artists wonderful ideas on means, mediums, and topics to paint!  We shuffled the deck and each took a card and then voted on the topic we liked best!  And here’s what we came up with:

1. There are no restrictions as to size of finished project or materials used          

2. Date the project is due: August 22nd 2018 at 1 pm.               

a) Meeting place at Sorrento Place Club House                

b) This would be a fun meeting to show off our work and talk about it           

3. Subject:   Chosen by randomly picking a card from a deck of cards containing subject suggestions (from The Artist’s Muse by Betsy Dillard Stroud)  After a bit of discussion we realized there were lots ways to interpret the subject, so we decided to let everyone be free to decide what this means for themselves.

Here‘s the choice:  “Paint shattered glass or any other kind of glass arranged in an                    intriguing way. Will you make it realistic or abstract? Why not do it both ways in two separate paintings or combine the realistic and abstract in one painting?”


While a lot of us were still in the work in progress stages of our paintings/art, we had fun sharing ideas, concepts, and struggles we had with this topic.  Thank you Marta, for organizing this fun activity!