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Author Archives: Neil Hamelin

September 2019

Summer is coming to an end out on the prairies and it has been one of the most memorable summers of my life. This has been one heck of a busy year for us and we are now starting to feel our feet once again firmly under us. The choice to leave our old home […]

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June 2019

We finally made the move! For years Cheri and I have been dreaming and planning about moving out to the country. Finally in May, after an exhausting amount of work, we loaded up the house and made our way over the Rockies. We’ve both spent our lives in BC but have always had a great […]

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Through The Trees

I’m a sucker for New Years. I never celebrate it with any gusto as I’m usually well played out by the end of Christmas. Looking back over the last few years achievements and adventures while looking forward with the excitement to the challenges to come, gives me great pleasure. I’ve got a big head full […]

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September 2018

Well, it seems we blinked and summer is already over! We are blessed to have great friends and family on either side of the Rocky Mountains and are endlessly fascinated not only by the differences in the seasons but the similarities as well. It feels like the last day of sun and summer ended for both […]

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Calgary Stampede 2018!

We are at the Calgary Stampede and having a great time! Several of my paintings have found new homes. Cheri and I are very honoured by the positive feedback we have received on the work. I thought I would include some photos from our booth. While we are at the Calgary Stampede I will be […]

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Making A Nest A Home

Cheri and I leave for Calgary Stampede in less than a week, and we couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been busy in the studio putting the final touch’s on a couple more paintings while Cheri has been designing and coming up with the layout for our booth this year. The two of us work all […]

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Another Harley!

Time to dust off our boots and polish our belt-buckles! The count down has officially started for our next show in July at the Calgary Stampede! This show is our biggest of the year and is always so much fun for so many reasons.  Being an originals only show, I get a lot of enjoyment […]

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Southern Railway

TITLE: SOUTHERN RAILWAY Size: 20″ x 38″ Medium: Oil Time to share another painting! These wet and dreary winter days in B.C. sure allows for a lot of uninterrupted studio time! This one is titled ‘Southern Railway’ and is 20″x38″ oil on board. The backdrop for this painting came from our trip through Montana. I found this […]

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Permission To Come Aboard

January 2017, Artist Update, An Unkindness View this email in your browser TITLE: PERMISSION TO COME ABOARD Size: 22″ x 36″ Medium: Oil This is an idea I came up with while sketching out some new compositions. I was wanting to capture the remains of an old wood boat on the shores somewhere in the Arctic, […]

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2017 A Year In Review!

  A Year In Review! With the wink of an eye, 2017 is almost over! I remember as a child time could not go fast enough. Now the year has passed and I only just started dating my cheques correctly. Due to a very busy year for us, we have missed a few blog posts […]

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An Unkindness

NEW PAINTING:  A N    U N K I N D N E S S In my experience working as an artist I have found one major truth so far, and that is the importance of creating from a point of personal experience and inspiration. Sounds completely obvious of course, but the reality is, to […]

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Three Sentinels

Three Sentinels View this email in your browser Fall has always been my favourite time of year with its cooler temperatures and amazing colours. It’s also the time of year that Cheri and I enjoy to do our travelling, searching out inspiration for future paintings. This fall we decided to venture to Montana. I have […]

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The Noble Tractor

The Tractors View this email in your browser THE NOBLE TRACTOR What is it about seeing an old tractor at rest in a field that stirs so much emotion and contemplation by many of us? Drive through any country landscape and you are guaranteed to see rusty old John Deere’s, McCormick’s, and Massey Ferguson’s alongside old barns […]

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Summer Shows 2016

New Painting View this email in your browser With a busy summer of shows slowly coming to an end, Cheri and I have had a moment to reflect on how things have gone this year, and it has really been an outstanding year for us so far. This was our first year involved with the […]

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Painting With Robert Bateman

New Painting View this email in your browser West Fine Art Show!!! Cheri and I have been working extremely hard in our preparations for our upcoming Summer Shows! We are very honoured to have been invited to take part in The West Fine Art Show. The West Fine Art Show is held at the Cloverdale Rodeo May […]

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Royal Canadian Mint, Bluenose Coin

New Painting View this email in your browser    MINTED COINS!    Last year in January, I was contacted by the Royal Canadian Mint and asked to submit a design for a coin commemorating the historic Canadian ship Marco Polo. My design was in competition with other Canadian Marine artists and with good fortunes shining […]

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A Case In History

NEW P A I N T I N G  ! A CASE IN HISTORY Medium: Acrylic on Wood Panel Size: 24″ x36″ In September, Cheri and I drove through the old ghost town of Molson Washington. The area is rich in rusty treasure but the one item that stood out above all else was the […]

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Cadillac Blues

NEW P A I N T I N G  ! CADILLAC BLUES Medium: Acrylic on Wood Panel Size: 15″ x30″ There are not many North American automobiles that share the status of a Cadillac. Even when falling apart and covered in rust they still command our attention. This painting captures a 1950 Cadillac hidden away behind […]

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N.Hamelin Latest Paintings

New Paintings View this email in your browser NEW P A I N T I N G S ! COOS BAY TUGS Medium: Acrylic on Wood Panel Size: 16″ x 30″ One of my favourite subjects to paint are older tugboats. Loaded full of character and built to work hard, speed and sleek lines be damned. […]

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Summer Show Summary

Summer Show Summary! Cheri and I have been having a fantastic summer show season so far! All Fall, Winter and Spring I work away in the studio creating the artwork that will be showcased in the summer shows. These are long solitude filled days full of anticipation for the opportunities to share the work with clientele […]

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Ladner Village Market

This Sunday will be our first weekend for the Ladner Village Market. I highly recommend coming out! The market has many things: great local produce, lots of different types of food, crafters and artisans. I encourage you to come out, we will be there from 10 – 4 on Sunday, June 14th. In Lander on […]

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I have always been aware of the beauty in autumn colours, but it was not until I picked up a paint brush that I really began to understand and appreciate just how intense and magical those colours truly are. The most intense examples of these colours I can remember were found while driving north through […]

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Weather front Now Available!

I am pleased to announce that my painting ‘Weather front’ is finally available for purchase! I painted this scene in the summer but it had been reserved for a wonderful client of ours. After making the decision that my larger painting ‘Shore Leave’ fit their wall space better, I now have ‘Weather front’ available for you! […]

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‘The Road Less Travelled’ Mobile Art Gallery

For my style of artwork, it requires that I spend as much time as possible out in the world travelling and exploring to find those unique and interesting subjects that speak to my artistic vision. This has posed a real challenge to Cheri and I as every minute spent outside of the studio is time […]

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October Newsletter 2014

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New Painting ‘Cache Creek Chevy’

At the end of what was a hectic and busy summer for Cheri and me, we decided to go on a short road trip up to Cache Creek and surrounding area to explore the region and look for inspiration for future paintings. Although our stretch of amazing weather had run out and we unfortunately experienced […]

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New Painting ‘Retired Ranch Hand’

When travelling to and from Alberta, my favourite landscape has always been the transition between wheat fields to Rocky Mountains. The contrast between the flat and open golden fields, against the jagged snow-capped blue mountains is incredibly pleasurable to the eye and is a very strong visual representation of Western Canada. As a kid, my […]

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July 2014 Newsletter

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Three New Paintings

Time to share some of my most recent work! Cheri and I have been incredibly busy as the art show season gets underway, but I have been able to still put the finishing touches on some paintings, big and small, that I have had on the easel these past months. My interest in Tall Ships […]

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New Painting, ‘Shore Leave’

A couple years back, Cheri and I had the opportunity to take a short sailing trip aboard the tall ship Lady Washington. During this 8 hour trip from Richmond to Vancouver, we had an opportunity to glimpse into the past and see what life was like on board a trading vessel in the late 1700′s. […]

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New Painting, Leaning Eilean

I am excited to share the release of my latest painting fresh off the easel! Titled, ‘Leaning Eilean’ this painting is one of my largest to date at 25″x40″, acrylic on fine art board. I love painting boats under sail, and the opportunity to capture a boat as beautiful as Eilean is a real honour. […]

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New Painting ‘Becalmed’

Over the last couple of years I have grown a new appreciation for this time of the year. For me, it’s the time where I bury myself away in my studio creating work for the new season of upcoming shows. I spend all day and evening working on my latest paintings getting lost in the […]

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November Newsletter, Neil Hamelin

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October Update – New Paintings, New Show!

The Summer art show season is over but the shows continue on! Cheri and I will be doing the Make It Show in Vancouver for the first time. A brief description of the event courtesy of their website: “Make It is devoted to creating positive opportunities for artists, crafters, designers & musicians. On the flip […]

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Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival

After a very enjoyable and successful 4 day show at Harmony Arts Festival, I am now doing another 4 day show at Granville Island! Cheri and I have been invited to take part in the Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival this year, and will be set up on the promenade behind the market, looking out […]

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July Newsletter, Neil Hamelin

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Arnold Mikelson Festival of Arts

The time has come again for the annual Arnold Mikeslon Festival of Arts! This year marks the 40th anniversary of this fantastic show. Mr. Mikelson and his wife Mary organized the first festival forty years ago with a handful of artists and a dream to bring original art to the community. Today the  festival has […]

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Car Free Day, June 16th!

Car Free Day, June 16th “This incredible street festival runs 21 blocks from Broadway to 30th. No cars are allowed and visitors are free to wander the street enjoying over a dozen music stage, a kids zone, a fashion show, roller derby, dance zones, as well as hundreds of non-profits, local artisans and businesses! The […]

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May Update

We are heading into the busy time of the year for us, that being the art show season. Cheri and I will be participating in a few new shows this year and some familiar shows from previous years. The next show will be a first for us, Car Free Day, in Vancouver on Main Street […]

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Spring Newsletter

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A Moment Between Events

Over the last couple of months I have found the inspiration to delve into the world of aviation artwork. Although aviation is an industry I am well acquainted with, aviation art is one that is relatively new to me. With my paintings, I enjoy romanticizing the world of transportation and anthropomorphizing these mechanical subjects. Disassembled, […]

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Now that the holidays are over Cheri and I are hard underway prepping and planning for a fun and successful 2013. Our New Year’s goals have us entering a few more shows this year as well as building a new Studio Gallery in our home. Work on the studio is already almost done and I […]

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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

From the frosty blue colours of winter to the complimentary warm oranges of summer. My palette has seen the extremes of both sides of the colour wheel over the past few weeks.  ‘Wintery Retreat’ 16”x18” Acrylic on canvas, is my latest finished painting. This scene captures an older worn out snowmobile parked in front of […]

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November News

As a result of some recent sales the walls are looking bare, but as an artist that is great news! However, it also means I need to glue myself in front of my easel and create some new work. I am very excited about my next two paintings and I am looking forward to showing […]

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‘A Model On Skis’

Here is this year’s Holiday card image.  Cheri and I create our own Season Greetings cards using one of my paintings that has been composed for the purpose. This year I have painted a late 1920’s Ford Model A truck that has been converted to be used as a service vehicle for a ski lodge. […]

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Art Collector and The Heron

This November Issue of The American Art Collector Magazine has included samples of my work and a write up on me to their feature on ‘Planes, Trains and Automobile’ Art. As a long time subscriber to this magazine, it will be a fun experience to see my own work amongst its pages. We featured ‘Nash […]

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Shades Of Blue

This last month has been busy with composing and creating 2 paintings that are unique to what I have painted to date. Inspired by a request to capture my style and vision in a tropical environment, I composed this first image of the Pelican on the old weathered boat. The combination in colours between the […]

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‘The Chief’

Cheri and I spend many hopeful hours out searching the coastline and harbours looking for what is becoming an infrequent site which is the classic wooden commercial vessels from the past. To me, there is an inherent beauty and artistry in the design and fabrication of these older wooden ships. I love seeing the centuries […]

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2012 Minnekhada Art In The Park Festival

The Minnekhada Park Association has organized a two day art festival and exhibition at scenic Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam, British Columbia in which Cheri and I have been selected to participate. This summer event offers visual arts, live music, roving performers, arts and crafts workshops, a children’s area and the Creative Cafe. We will […]

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‘Nash Harvest’

 On our trips up to the Okanagan, Cheri and I often come across old derelict vehicles hidden away in the many orchards along the drive. My latest painting ‘Nash Harvest’ depicts this scene. This 1930 Nash was found in a Pear orchard in Keremeos BC in early summer while the pears were just beginning to […]

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