A painting a day in July 2020

For a self-directed art education challenge in July, friends were invited to send me a photo of themselves or a loved one for me to sketch or paint. There were five drawings and 26 paintings completing this challenge. Some were a good likeness and others just didn’t get there. A lot of learning happened for me in a short period of time. All of the portraits were 8″ x 8″ except one. The cedar frames were made by Jay Swain in Kagawong.

This group of six portraits are the children form the Sudbury Baha’i Children’s Class. The boy with the fish is my grandson Cole. It was a delight to study their shining faces.

“Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. They bear the seeds of the character of future society which is largely shaped by what the adults constituting the community do or fail to do with respect to children. They are a trust no community can neglect with impunity.”

— The Universal House of Justice

10 thoughts on “A painting a day in July 2020

    1. Sweet Lana, your comment reminded me of this quote from Baha’u’llah: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.” It is such an honour to play a part in the education of children.

    1. Thanks gigi, I am a little slow in uploading pictures from July’s series… Island time is a real time warp, ha ha. I gearing up for another daily painting series.

  1. Hey Pam,

    I’m glad you sent that second email. I opened this one the other day and then got distracted. I love the colours and the capture of childish glee in The Hug. As always, I admire your work ethic. I’ve been meaning to write you and Gary. How are you doing in Honora Bay? Nasty, nasty week on Manitoulin. But no significant snow all November? I’ll take it, but hope the month’s snow isn’t added on to spring.

    I’ve got a commission on the go and I don’t like it too much. I may have to do it again. Doing a commission is odd, first time out.Working to imaginary ‘expectations’ as the woman only wants me to paint as I always do. I’ve relaunched my website and I’ve added more paintings, a few short stories and the first book of my novel. My winter slump is slumping, energy lower but not so much a drop in mood. I find editing the website gets me charged up, so I’ll aim to do that in the mornings and hope I can turn that energized spirit into new work. The car is in the shop just now and who knows how long Charlie will be fixing it, but if we feel Covid OK, I’d love to stopin soon.

    Cheers to you both,


  2. Hey Pam,

    Good to see these faces again. Of the two you posted today I prefer the right hand one. Nice contrasting background work. I didn’t comment as I have to fill in all my info everytime and I was just waking up with first coffee. LOL. Ugh.

    I’m about to set into trying oils again. I’ve got a board all prepared and loosely sketched for an oil version of one of my water splash images. Today I’m finally going to start a Benjamin Islands watercolour. I was going strong before my guests arrived in late September and then I lost my momentum. I did do a few autumn images. They’re all up on my revamped webpage. gerrysmithartworks.com

    How much did that guy charge for your frames? Could you please send contact info for him.

    Once my car’s up and running again it would be great to see you guys again. Or maybe a dinner at Gigi’s place if we feel it’s Covid safe.

    Please pass on a hello to Gary and keep filling that woodstove.



    1. Hey ger, go for the oil paint! I will check your website. I will connect you with my framemaker. He just made me 18 more frames for my current series. Yes to the dinner at gigi’s. -Pam

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