Happy New Year!

Hi!
It’s a new year and I am anticipating new beginnings! I’m really excited about all the wonderful opportunities that have been coming my way. For the next 3 months you can find my paintings in House & Garden magazine UK, a conde nast publication. From February – April there will be a new artwork selected for their “Art Edit”.
I’m also in the new Mixed Media 2018 “Hamilton” calendar available at Mixed Media on James St.!
Look out for an article about my home and studio in the House & Garden section of the Hamilton Spectator this month written by Katy Renwald!
I will be in a few shows coming up in the new year including the new Dundas Public library and a summer show at the Central Public Library. There are more shows to come so keep a look out for them on my website or on my instagram page.
Happy New Year!
Dana Cowie

Neighbourhood Commissions

I am working on some neighbourhood commissions these days. The historical homes in Hamilton are so beautiful. People take pride in their homes here. Some of them are so old with architectural details that stand out and add character. Not only do the homes have a personality in the way they are built but the lives inside them matter so much too. There are years, even decades of memories attached to a home and that is why I get so many house commissions I think. I love to paint houses too. There are a myriad of shapes and colours within these homes placed in our landscape. Not to mention the plant life and seasons surrounding them. You can get a dramatically different atmosphere from a painting of a summer season house to a winter or fall painting of a home. If you are interested in having a painting of your house. Send me an email. dana@danacowie.com

Refreshed

Wow! I am so refreshed by this new website! Thank you to Harry Gils, my husband. He’s a talented web designer & photographer. There will be new art works posted so please take a gander as you remember me.
This year I am switching back to my beloved oil paint. It has been a long season of acrylic paint since I became a mom. And my children are still little but I think they are ready to not place their hands in mommy’s palette! So back to oil. There really is no comparison. Oil is rich and glossy and tactile. I am so excited to paint more and more – if only there was enough time!!
This year my focus is on the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton – especially near my neighbourhood of Kirkendall. It is an ever present backdrop in my  life. As I go through my days, walking around the area with my family I enjoy it’s patterning of trees and foliage set straight up in the background like a set design on a stage or in a shop window (reference to my past career as a window display artist). I love to watch the escarpment change. It’s colours and textures as the season roll by. It really is beautiful. The architecture in our area is so nice as well so I often depict that in my work including other daily elements such as cars and people.
I started this exploration with a tiny painting of crushed leaves and twigs under layers of mud and ice fallen on the Bruce Trail. Then I painted a small piece of Tiffany Falls. I’ve also made a painting of James St. South leading up the “mountain” with the escarpment as the backdrop and a house and a winding pathway. Cozy. My next piece will be a nigh time depiction of the Dundurn Stairs.
I’ve also been painting some neighbourhood pieces including the Village Shoe Clinic in Westdale. Going in there is like a step back in time and if you know me – you know I love old things and old people!!
Singing off,
Dana Cowie