Lindsay artist to host open studio

By Lindsay Advocate

When professional artist Karen Richardson relocated to Lindsay from Port Perry five years ago, she came with a 15-year tradition of opening her studio to the public every spring, as part of the renowned Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour.

She has been a professional painter for 33 years and is a popular painting instructor and author of Watercolour Toolbox, an award-winning art instruction book. Karen’s artwork is represented by seven galleries across Ontario.

Now comfortably settled into the Kawartha Lakes community, she is pleased to continue her spring tradition of welcoming the public into her creative space.

Karen Richardson Studio is located at 271 Angeline Street South in Lindsay (across from St. Thomas Aquinas school) and will be open to the public on the weekend of April 27 and 28, 2019, from 1 pm to 5 pm both days. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Everyone attending is eligible to enter a free draw to win one of Karen’s original paintings.

Studio visitors will be inspired by a collection of 40 watercolour landscapes and nature studies, created in a realistic style that makes the subjects seem to come alive. Karen mounts and frames her watercolours without the use of glass, providing an unimpeded view of her artwork from any angle.

“I have a confession to make: I am a rockaholic,” says Richardson. “I love stones and rock-filled scenery. The windowsills of my studio are filled with glass vases of unusual stones I found throughout North America.”

“My husband John and I love to travel, so I get lots of opportunities to feed my craving for beautiful stones. We enjoy extensive holiday trips in our travel trailer and sometimes we bring along our kayaks or our motorcycles or our ATV to gain access to wilder regions. In the wintertime we explore different parts of Canada by snowmobile. Currently my favourite destination for painting inspiration is Lake Superior, and I am working on a series of watercolours of northern lakes, which by their geology include lots of rock.”

With original paintings and prints ranging in value from $200 to $2000, visitors are certain to find the perfect piece for home or office.

Visit or phone 705-324-4881.

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