Janet Simmons Sweet, CFS  - The Unapologetic Landscape,  Studio 204,  Alton Mill Arts Centre

Latest Artworks

August 27, 2018 

Building Energy
From a field on the way to the Mill about a month ago. This heightened light is seen when the storm is approaching but not yet arrived. We certainly have seen this on a regular basis this summer!

30 x 30   Oil on Canvas

July 23, 2018                                          

Floating Energy

Beautiful memory from Newfoundland near Gros Morne Park. Almost any time of the day there you can find this mysterious mist floating over the distance.

30 x 03 Oil on Canvas

July 13, 2018    

The Canola Field

Just around the corner from the Mill about two weeks ago!

18 x 18 Oil on Canvas

June 4, 2018
Radiating Energy

Starting the sixth piece in the Energy Collection. This sunset over the Lake was in this stunning golden light. The challenge is to "contain" it with grey scale. Next week!

30 x 30 Oil on Canvas

June 4, 2018

The Treeline

Part of the 12 x 12 Collection to debut at Headwaters Arts 12 x 12 show in July

A local field banked by these beautiful trees that provide this wonderful contrast to a summer sunset.

12 x 12, Oil on Canvas

                                                             Spring Shelf, Shaw's Creek

Part of the 12 x 12 Collection

Out my window in the Alton Mill, every Spring, this "shelf" of rocks interrupts the flow with a wonderful rushing sound. Just wonderful music for a day in Studio to paint.

12 x 12, Oil on Canvas

May 21, 2018 

Rising Energy

In 2018, think that speaks for itself!!

30 x 30, Oil on Canvas

May 13, 2018 

Fracturing Energy

Final burst for this series in the grey scale "containment". This is following a thunderstorm, where the energy that radiated after the crest of the storm, was just as atmospherically charging as the storm itself.

30 x 30 Oil on Canvas

April 23, 2018

In a Fog II

Part of the 12 x 12 Collection
This beautiful soft morning light is from Alaskan shores as seen from the cruise ship. It is well suited to this use of grey scale to contain the light.

12 x 12 Oil on Canvas

April 16, 2018
Diffusing Energy

I have been working on this piece for about two months, and thinking  another layer or two. The banking of the grey scale to contain the mist and colour is good, but the layers of mist used to knock back are questionable. With oil, this is one of my biggest challenges. Titanium white is so opaque, I could easily loose the bridge, and have a solid wall rather than a float of mist.

30 x 30 Oil on Canvas

April 16, 2018
Releasing Energy I

Part of the 12 x 12 Collection
A little backwards, but this is the first part of Releasing Energy, when the rain was releasing from two sets of clouds at the same time. Releasing Energy II follows when the energy of the sun starts to release. The use of the grey scale in this painting was wonderful to portray that rain release!

12 x 12, Oil on Canvas

March 19, 2018
Releasing Energy II

Just about there. Still using the grey scale to bank the colour in this spectacular break out of the clouds. 

30 x 30 Oil on Canvas

Accepted Beaux-Arts Brampton Open Juried Show 2018

In a Fog, Campbell River BC

Part of the 12 x 12 Collection
More exploration of grey scale for the 2018 Collection. This soft, elusive light suits the idea perfectly. Beautiful early morning on the River, when the fog was just beginning to submit to the heat of the sun.

12 x 12, Oil on Canvas

On the Lake 

Continuing with the collection of small oils in 12 x 12.
The wonderful world of the morning. Using grey scale to emphasize the subtle colour at this time of the day is proofing to give atmospheric energy to the pieces.

12 x  12, Oil on Canvas

February 18, 2018
On Thin Ice

Continuing with the Black and White and applying to the 12 x 12 collection. This is from out the Studio's window to the Shaw's Creek, during this winter's deep freeze with temperatures reaching -27C. It is usually a rush, but for the first time in 9 years, it froze.

12 x 12, Oil on Canvas

January 29, 2018

Containing Energy Series

Over the same river a few moments earlier. The interplay of light is really fun to utilize the grey scale with a monotone colour, and loosen up the work to exaggerate the mood. 

"Bursting with Energy"
30 x 30 Oil on Canvas
Accepted Beaux-Arts Brampton Open Juried Show 2018

January 16, 2018
Brewing Energy

2018 starts with the inception for the Years Collection. Thinking in black and white, with one very small accent in colour. And Turner or Constable may have their usual influence in the sky compositions. Working Title is "Containing Energy", using the grey scale to bank the colour in the metaphor of paint.
Over the Niagara River. 

12 x 12 in Oil on Canvas

February 2, 2018

Starting a collection of small 12 x 12 Oils
This phenomena is locally referred to as a "Sundog".  It is a vertical reflection of the sun, often in rainbow colours, found near sunset during the winter. The sun would be  to the left of this spectacle, on my way home from Christmas Day this year. Quite a home welcoming!

12 x 12 - Oil on Canvas

November 26, 2017

Beyond the Pines

Lovely low light at this time is really enhanced through the plantation style pines that are scattered around this area. One of my favourite places on the way home.
Oil on Canvas 24 x 40

November 3, 2017

Treetops VI

All the other treetops paintings were done through fall leaves, exaggerating the effect of sunlight through them.  This one is now at the end of the fall, with the bare branches now exaggerating and framing the clouds behind them. No matter the "frame", it is always a lay on your back moment, and look to the sky! New texture mediums in oil are tested on this piece.
22 x 22, Oil on Canvas

October 19,2017

Storm on the Horizon

From the field leaving the Mill last month. Still thinking my way through a more refined version of this,  or decide if it has already captured that peaceful yet powerful feeling it evoked. 
30 x 48, Oil on Canvas

August 28, 2017


From a field near the Mill early spring this year. 

Oil on Canvas
22 x 22