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Laurel Best - Artist

Laurel Best Blogs

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I have a passion for nature and wildlife and creating art.   I have been drawing as long as I can remember and spent many hours as a teenager capturing my favourite pictures in pencil.   Art has always been a part of my family.   My grandmother, Jean Monkhouse was an oil painter and art teacher.   She was my first art teacher, and I will always remember painting with her in her cottage in Atikokan.   My dad, Lawrence Monkhouse is a professional photographer.   If you would like to take art classes in Oakville contact me, I teach adults and...more
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Grid Method

October 27th, 2015

The grid method is one of the methods I teach to my art students. It involves making grid lines on the picture you are drawing and on the paper you are drawing on. You draw what you see in each square and when you are done you erase the grid lines. H... 

Beginner Watercolour Class

August 13th, 2015

I am teaching a beginner #watercolour #class starting on Monday. Let me know if you are interested. laurelbest@cogeco.ca 

Lake Walk in Bronte

June 22nd, 2015

I am really looking forward to the Lake Walk in Bronte, Oakville, Ontario. I will be selling my original artwork and art on cards at 77 Bronte Rd., just South of Lakeshore. Thank-you to Travel Further Afield for hosting me! 

Solo show at CJs

March 13th, 2015

I am very happy to have a Solo Show at CJ's Café in Bronte. Check out my CJ's gallery online to see some of the art that I have up for March, 2015 at CJ's. Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30-4pm Saturday and Sunday 9:30-3pm Come in and enjoy the c... 

National TV Contest Entry

January 18th, 2015

I am excited to enter my "Goat at Play" photo in the National TV Contest! I need 250 votes to be considered so your vote is very appreciated. Thank-you! 

Whole Foods Harvest Art Walk October 2, 2014 Oakville, ON – Whole Foods, 301 Cornwall Rd, Oakville, is having a Harvest Art Walk on Sunday October 5th from noon until 3pm. Laurel Best is one of the artists that will be painting at this event. L... 

Laurel Best Watercolour Class

October 12th, 2013

Laurel Best’s Watercolour for Beginners Three reasons you will love Laurel's Watercolour classes: 1. You will learn a new skill in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. 2. No previous Drawing or Painting experience required. 3. You will create a beauti... 

July 18-24, I'll be participating in a group photography exhibition, inFOCUS, at Moniker Gallery (452 Richmond St. W., Toronto, Ontario) Gallery hours 12-6 p.m., Closed Monday. Opening Exhibition is Thursday, July 18 from 7-11 p.m. Free entry, sn... 

I am working on an oil painting of my Bronte Lighthouse Seagull picture. I thought I'd share with you a bit of my process. First I print the picture on 8 1/2 x 11" photo paper. Then I draw the picture. Then I make additional sketches of parts of the ... 


National TV Contest

May 13th, 2012

Please vote for my Lunchtime picture by clicking on the picture below, then click vote for this image. Sign on using your Fine Art America account or your Facebook account. Thank-you :) Lunchtime Images receiving 250 votes from the general publ... 

Artwork Slideshow

April 19th, 2012