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Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) Sketchbook Exchange

buy propecia forum In September, I began participating in BAC’s first ever Sketchbook Exchange. Each exchange group has 10-12 participants. Starting with my own sketchbook, I complete a sketch each month and mail the sketchbook to the next participant. At the end of the exchange, my sketchbook will return to me, filled with botanical sketches from BAC members across the country. Here are my sketches for September – October – November. Each month I will post another sketch.

September – Stonecrop (crassulaceae)
October – Bur Oak (quercus macrocarpa)
November – Shumard Oak (quercus shumardii)

Prairifire Reds – Sold!

Delighted that my piece “Prairifire Reds” was sold at the recent Grey Gallery exhibition ~ Art of the Garden: the Garden in Art ~ which ran from June 5 to July 6, 2019. I wish the local buyer much enjoyment!

"Prairifire Reds" - Branch of Prairifire Flowering Crabapple Tree
“Prairifire Reds” – Branch of Prairifire Flowering Crabapple Tree © SOLD

Art of the Garden: the Garden in Art – Closing Celebration

The closing celebration for the botanical & floral exhibition was held at the Grey Gallery, Owen Sound on Friday July 5, 2019. Several of the participating artists including myself attended the evening reception. Visitors had the opportunity to speak to the artists about their works and were entertained by local jazz musician Paul Danard.

Visible Horizons

The Lakeshore Art Trail (LAT) commemorates its milestone anniversary with the new exhibition “Visible Horizons: Celebrating 20 years of the Lakeshore Art Trail.”

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Closing reception is Thursday, September 26, 6-8 pm.

The Lakeshore Art Trail holds its 20th annual free self-guided Art Show & Sale studio tour running between Mississauga, Port Credit and Clarkson on October 19- 20, 2019.

To learn more about LAT please visit:

The Country Barn
Jackie Gallagher – The Country Barn ©

Art of the Garden: The Garden in Art

An exhibition celebrating the love of plants, opening June 5 at Grey Gallery in Owen Sound.

If you are in or around the Owen Sound area this June and early July, drop in at the gallery and view the botanical and floral art. Works by members of the Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) will be on display from June 5 to July 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. I have 3 pieces in the exhibition.

Note: A portion of sales revenue goes toward support of “Among the Peonies” at Ginkgo Footprints gardens.

23rd Calling All Artists Art Show

You are invited! Come to see the talent of Jackie Gallagher and 39 other fine artists living in Del-managed condominiums. Free admission. Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Light refreshments will be served. See you on Sunday, May 5th between 1 – 5 pm at Classic/Excellence Recreation Centre, 85/89 Skymark Drive, Don Mills, ON.
For directions to the show please call 416-499-8406. For further information call Patricia MacKellar 416-739-5413.

Dziadzio – 2018 TIFF – Short Cuts Programme 02

Delighted, excited and proud to attend the world premier of Short Cuts film – Dziadzio – in addition to 6 other short cut films on the evening of September 7, 2018 at the Scotiabank Theatre, Toronto ON.

Intro to TIFF Short Cuts Programme 02, Sept. 7, 2018

Congratulations to Aaron Ries (director/producer) and a special shout out to our son John Gallagher (editor) and the rest of the group who worked on Dziadzio.  Well done!!!

Director Aaron Ries (Rt) post screening Q&A

John & Aaron at after-party

Forelle Pears – Watercolour on Canvas

The 3 Forelle pear paintings (8’x10”) are my first attempt at applying watercolour on canvas.

Forelle Pear #1
Forelle Pear #1, watercolour on canvas, ©, 2018

To begin, I prepped each canvas with several coats of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground as per instructions.  Applying my first layer of watercolour was a new experience.  As with watercolour paper, I started by applying a wetter tonal layer which was not effective.

After viewing other artist videos, I began using more intense colour with less water for better success.

Forelle Pear #2
Forelle Pear #2, watercolour on canvas, ©, 2018

A light spray of Krylon Workable Fixatif allowed me to add more watercolour layers … stippling, shadows, etc.  The trick was to use light brush strokes and not work the watercolour too much as the layers begin to lift.

Forelle Pear #3
Forelle Pear #3, watercolour on canvas, ©, 2018


This may not be the correct technique … but overall pleased with the results.  Will definitely try again!