Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Looking Forward to Using My New Studio Space

I am thrilled that it is only a few days until I get to use some studio space at the Nepean Sportsplex. To get ready for it I have prepared 7 canvases in our condo's Hobby Room. Up until a few days ago I didn't know we had such a room!

There is no outside light in the room but it is well lit with fluorescent lights and is very spacious. I guess it has mainly been used by woodworkers and other hobby activities. I will try to dry my pieces there but will have to be aware of sawdust and dirt form other users.

I have checked all my supplies and all the oil paints are still good (although the tops were a little hard to get off), the low odor brush cleaner is good as is the Liquin. All the brushes are in good shape as well. Remember, I haven't used these items for over three years!

Also, just got my membership card from the Nepean Fine Arts League ( and will hopefully be participating in their shows and events coming up this year.

I will update this blog when I get some paintings done.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Back to Oil Painting after a Three Year Hiatus


So pleased to announce that I have acquired some studio space here in Nepean (Ottawa) at the Nepean Sportsplex starting January 12, 2018. Can't wait to get back painting!

For those who didn't know, my wife and I moved to Ottawa in July 2016 from Burlington... now after more than a year, I am set to get back to my favorite pastime - oil painting. Looking forward to the new year coming. I will post any new paintings as I complete them.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Changing Web Presence

After a few months of having our website 'off-the-air', I am pleased to announce that it is back online at I also have several Social Media sites (Facebook, and Blogspot) for all my art activities including new paintings, news etc.

I am presently not painting as I am still trying to find some studio space in Burlington/Oakville at a reasonable price. FREE would be great! I have the remainder of my paintings shown locally in my condo building but hope to get back to painting this year.

Thanks for all the encouragement that I have received over the past months to get back into painting.

Ian Ridpath

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Move to Burlington

Finally completed our move from Milton to Burlington. It gets harder every time - must be an age thing. As I write this I am looking out our condo window and seeing a vista from south of Hamilton Harbour to West Oakville including the escarpment!

I have had to sever ties with the Gallery Upstairs in Milton and I will be making contact with either the Oakville Art Society or the Burlington Art group to get to know artists down here and to see if there is any studio space in this area.

In the meanwhile, all my canvases and unsold paintings are in storage in our locker along with my paints and materials. I am hoping it won't be to long before getting back to painting!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Winter 2013 Update

Wow - it is hard to believe that it has been seven months since I made my last posting. Time just has a habit of running away. I have kept up to date my own website (Ian Ridpath Artist) and my Facebook Page (Ian Ridpath-Fine Art Oil Painter) but I guess I have neglected this blog!

Since July I have done several paintings that I will show here and have tried several new techniques. Several paintings that I have done since last summer involve using the palette knife to a greater degree. I started a series of palette knife painting with the theme of birch tress. Some have already sold and some are still in the works.

It has been really great using the Gallery Upstairs on Steels Avenue in Milton as my studio. Hedi Nowak has been so gracious to let me use the space in the red barn to create my art works.

Here are a couple of the 'Solo Birch' series paintings.

"Solo Birch - 1" Oil on 2" gallery canvas (36"H x 36"W) (c) 2012 by J. Ian Ridpath

"Solo Birch - 2" Oil on 2" gallery canvas (48"H x 32"W) (c) 2012 by J. Ian Ridpath
There are two more in the works showing two birches again using the palette knife. It is good to try different techniques!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Painting "Rattlesnake Point" by Ian Ridpatrh Sold

My "Rattlersnake Point" painting sold at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant. It was hung in the restaurant itself. Thanks Hedi!

 "Rattlesnake Point" (c) 2012 by Ian Ridpath - 16" x 20" oil on 2" gallery canvas

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Three New Paintings for June 2012

Just completed three new smaller painting for June 2012. They are all oil paintings with two done on canvas board and one done on canvas. These three were done while serving in the AM Gallery in the Milton Mall.

Here they are:

 "Autumn Stand" - 14"H x 11"W  oil on canvas (c) 2012 Ian Ridpath

 "Rocky Shore" 8"H x 10"W oil on canvas board (c) 2012 Ian Ridpath

"Rocks in the Channel" 11"H x 14"W oil on canvas board (c) 2012 Ian Ridpath