Sunday, November 13, 2011

"Birches and Sumacs" painting sold

Just sold my "Birches and Sumacs" painting on the weekend. Now onto some new ones for the January show at the new Milton Centre for the Arts. The "Birches and Sumacs" painting was the largest one I have done so far - looks like people like the big ones!

I am always looking to do custom paintings from customers' photos - send me a note via my website at

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Next Jazz 'n Art at The Gllery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant - Friday, December 2, 2011

The next Jazz and Art Night at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant ( is on Friday, December 2 at 7:00pm.

Listen to some live jazz performed by KELLY MACINTYRE (

Several local artists including myself will be there showing some of our latest works. Come on out and meet them and have a great evening listening, talking, looking and enjoying!

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Largest Painting to Date Completed

I have now completed my largest canvas entitled "Birches and Sumacs". It is an oil on canvas work measuring 36"W x 48"H on 2" gallery canvas. I started it on the Studio Tour weekend of October 1st and have worked on it sporadically for a total of about 12 hours. It is now drying and is on view at The Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant at 345 Steeles Avenue East in Milton.

Here is an image of the final painting.

Birches and Sumacs (c) 2011 Ian Ridpath

Working on "Birches and Sumacs" - October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

FASM Studio Tour 2011

Looking forward this weekend (October 1,2) to the 13th annual FASM Studio Tour. This year we are featuring 48 artists showing at 30 different locations. The artists are showing in Milton itself, Campellville, Action and other North Halton communities.

The tour is a self-drive tour on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and again on Sunday, October 2nd over the same times.

I will be showing at the first stop on the tour along with three other artists, Sandra Spagnuolo, Marlene Kawalez and Barbvara VanSickle at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant on Steeles Avenue in Milton.

Come out and see our art and enjoy some apple cider and cookies.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Musings

Wow - it has been over a month since I last blogged!

Milton Town Hall Show Finished.

On Thursday July 28 I took down my show at the Milton Town Hall. I managed to sell one painting (the first ever at the Town Hall showings) and now have all those pieces spread out between the AM Gallery in the Milton Mall and the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant. The painting that sold was of Mt,. Nemo on the escarpment and was purchased by a Town Hall staff member.

Three New Paintings.

During June and July I did three new pieces - one was a new version of "Standing Alone", one was of a view from Mt. Nemo in the winter time and the third is ongoing of the Milton Falls by the Milton Millpond. It should be finished soon. I can only get to work on pieces a few hours a week between Thursdays and Saturdays.

Paintings and Sales.

This summer has been productive to say the least and I now have 83 paintings done with 24 sales.

Studio Tour Coming Up in October.

It is only two months until this year's Studio Tour. I am gearing up by wanting to finish at least five more paintings. I will be showing at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant (in the Red Barn) with Sandra Spagnuolo, Marlene Kawalez and Barbara VanSyckle. We are the first listed artists on the brochure listing  and it should be a great two days. The self-drive tour is on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10am to 5pm.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

First Milton Town Hall painting sold!

Just found out that one of my Escarpment paintings ("Mt. Nemo") that is hanging with my show at the Milton Town Hall in the Milton Room sold to one of the staff.

I am going over at noon today to take it down and present it to her and then put up a new painting entitled "Guelph Colours". Anyone who is visiting Milton can drop into the Milton Room (unless there is a meeting going on) and have a look.

Every two months they will be showing a new artist. Last show was by Sandra Spagnuolo ( and the next one will be by Jenny Panda (

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jazz 'n Art at Harrop Restaurant - Wednesday, June 15th

The next Jazz and Art Night at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant ( is on Wednesday June 15th, starting at 7pm.

Listen to some live jazz performed by KELLY MACINTYRE (

and meet local area artists including:


Tina Newlove (,



and jewelery maker


Bring your friends for a night out and find a unique piece of art to call your own.Free Admission. For more info call the gallery at 905-878-5408, if you'd like to book dinner for the night contact Harrop Restaurant at 905-878-8161

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Oil Painting Shows in Milton

Hi - just thought I would let you know that I am showing my oil paintings at the Milton Room , Milton Town Hall all through June and July as well as at the AM Gallery in the Milton Mall every weekend through June and at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant in Milton on a permanent basis.

This weekend I am also showing in the Milton Festival on Saturday, June 4th.

Come on out to Milton - there's lots to see!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Art Set Up at the Milton City Hall - Milton Room

I have just completed my set up of 14 works at the Milton Town Center (City Hall) in the Milton Room. The display will be up for all of June and July. Some photos were taken by Terry Rammell and when I get them I will put them up.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Two Month Art Showing at the Milton Room - Milton Town Hall

I will be setting up next week for a two-month showing of about 16 pieces in the Milton Room, Town Hall in Milton. The work will be available for viewing starting Thursday, May 26 and will be up until the end of July.

The Milton Room is used by Milton Town staff and others for official meetings and public get-togethers. It is a beautiful room right inside the new Town Hall on Mary Street in downtown Milton.

As a matter of fact, the Annual General Meeting of the Fine Art Society of Milton will e held on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00pm in tat room!

I am excited about displaying several new pieces, some pieces from the AM Gallery and from the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jazzin' Art at Gallery Upstairs at The Harrop Restaurant

A great time was had by all last night at the first 'Jazzin' Art' event hosted by the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant on Steeles Avenue in Milton.

There were about 50+ visitors meeting and greeting four local artists including John Harrington, Marlene Kawalez, Tina Newlove and myself. Artist/Musician Kelly McIntyre entertained on the keyboard and microphone.

Wine and nibbles were served and despite the rain, people really enjoyed the few hours together at the gallery.

The next one is scheduled for Friday, June 3rd. All are welcome to hear and see some great local talent/art in Milton.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Newest Painting Finished and Showing at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant

Completed my latest 'miniature painting (8" x 10"). It is called "Autumn River" and was inspired by my larger "Glimpse of the River" that I painted last year. This little painting is already sold but is hanging at the gallery.

"Autumn River" Oil on Canvas 8" x 10" (c) Ian Ridpath 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Painting finished this weekend

Just finished a new 24" x 36" pianting this weeked. I started this one last year but wasn't happy where it was going so I left it. Just got back to 2 weeks ago and completed it yesterday at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant.

Here it is:

"Pine at the Point" (c) 2011 Ian Ridpath. 24"W x 36"H oil on 2" gallery canvas

Friday, April 15, 2011

Painting at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restaurant

Wow - it has been a while since I bloggeed! I have done some new paintings and am showing them at the Gallery Upstairs at Harrop Restuarant on Steeles Avenue in Milton. I am also painting there on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from around 10am to 2pm.

Here is my latest completed work callled "Spring Breakup". It is large 30" x 40" oil on 2" gallery canvas. I like this rendition because of its starkness of line and form. The vertical birch trees are in stark contrast to the horizontal rocks with the ice stripes in the grooves of the rocks. The ice breaking up on the lake occupies the central portion of the painting. The far shore and the sky fade off to the distance for depth.

"Spring Breakup" (c) Ian Ridpath - 30" x 40" oil on canvas 2011

Here is a picture of two others works showing at the Gallery.

The two paintings (bottom centre-right) are "Crawford Lake" and "Millpond Winter Trail" both are 24" x 36" oil on 2" gallery canvas.

Please do drop by and see these works along with the hundreds of other artworks that Hedi Nowak is showing.