Elora Plein Air Festival :)

Well that was a very fun weekend! 70 Plein air artists descended on the lovely villages of Elora and Fergus this past weekend. Thanks to the organizers.. the venue for the show .. the old friends we hung out with and the new friends we made.

The 1st Elora Scout Bldg. and treats

Enjoying the brushes again…

I have had a bit of fun this past half year picking up the smaller brushes and finding some interesting subjects to tackle. In particular I enjoy researching some of the older buildings around this area of Ontario as well as sourcing photos from years and years ago for reference. Learning about some of the history of the area is a bonus for sure. As I spend time painting the scenes I also spend time imagining what was happening at that point in time – the stories behind the paintings.

Annnnnd….. we’re Here!!

Chris and I have pretty well completed our relocation to the outskirts of Walters Falls ON.   Our home and shop are built – landscaping has begun … and our doors are once again OPEN for Business.    Take a look at some of what we have been up to through our website  www.oldsoul.ca.                                                                      OldSoul_location map

130 Alma St. Walters Falls ON  N0H 2S0

Life has settled down quite a bit from last years frenzy – selling our home and business in Elora and building and developing our new abode in the Grey Highlands.   I am back in the studio painting/creating full time – it is wonderful.  I have started to accept commissions again —  so if you have a special scene or a subject that you would like to see replicated/interpreted  – send along your ideas or pictures and I’d be happy to create a piece just for you.

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The Booty

The Booty  – I Love PIE

              Old Soul - Showroom3 Oldsoul - Bird on a WireOldsoul - Showroom 5  Oldsoul - longhorn cattle


Oldsoul - little tweethearts

News Flash – Update —

Hey There —  Chris and I and Hazel  as well as Old Soul are on the move to the Grey Highlands! We are building on the outskirts of metropolitan Walters Falls (population– ~ 68) — Apparently “all roads lead to Walters Falls” and thankfully it is also “eleven miles from everywhere”. When we are finished building & in operation we will definitely let you know exactly where we are living and creating — until then – let’s connect in cyberspace. Keep well — Outside Meaford_a saunders


New Groove —

It’s time again to try something different –  a New Groove – Shall we say?  Using some of our “furniture” paint – Benny Moore Aura – I have started a new series of paintings.  I am still trying to use up old canvases and plywood that we have stashed away — getting as much mileage as I can out of stuff… keeping them out of the land fill or burn pile just a little bit longer.

A. Saunders - New Groove #1



October 2015 –  Well it appears that blogging is not one of my strongpoints – hopefully painting is!  While most of the past two years has been spent creatively growing our business – OldSoulReSale.com – and having a bit too much fun with furniture.. I am now active in the painting (pictures) studio again.   I have had an opportunity to do all sorts of artwork over the past two years – in fits and starts – as time would allow.   I am now pretty excited about spending the next few months creating pieces – on a more regular basis.  And ofcourse I will blog about it!!!  yeah right!

I spent some time painting outside of the lines…


I Should be Shopping in Victoria - part of the Blame it on Ruth Series _ A.Saunders - small format


Mixed Media – “I’d Rather be Shopping- In Victoria”
from the “Blame it on Ruth Series”  2015

September 2013 -We have some exciting news! Old Soul ReSale Furniture and ART (our latest retail venture) will be occupying the Old Salem School House – at the lights in Salem (suburb to the north of Elora 🙂 in the very near future. We will be selling great upcycled pieces of furniture, accessories and consignment art from some of your favourite Regional Artists. Can’t wait to see you there. I will be pulling together a small website soon – showing off some of the many pieces of unique furniture and Art. Stay Tuned.

February 2013 – Hi there – glad you stopped in. This is my first blog – and it is primarily about my artwork – inspirations – processes and tidbits of travel along the way. Having recently moved back into my studio full time – I have a renewed interest in working with watercolour – my medium of choice for the past 30 years. I have also developed a desire to create little paintings… almost postcardesque. I don’t know if it is all the talk of downsizing that is going on around us now.. of freeing ourselves from the burden of “stuff” and all that that entails or what — but I’m kinda likin’ little! The biggest benefit for me is that paintings get finished – and usually quickly- freshly and without agonizing.

Maybe it is because I have just come back to the studio after a 4 year hiatus – I found that working as the GM of our regional arts centre (during those years) – my personal creativity was put on the “back burner” in order to focus on the needs at hand. So… maybe I just have a lot of paintings to get out of my body – and will keep them small and watch the stack grow.

Feel free to post comments – I’d love to hear from you.