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

Latest Artworks

February 18, 2019

The Disappearing Light
The works are becoming more meaningful as they progress. I now have a working title for the Collection: Grey Matters. Using grey scale in the artworks is the metaphor for her brain, which is commonly referred to as "grey matter" , and the loss of detail, like the loss of memory.

36 x 48, Oil on Canvas

January 27, 2019

An Intricate Fog (current working title)

From my special spot on Mountainview Road in Caledon that has inspired so many artworks. The vegetation is slowly being consumed by the dense fog caused by a sudden warm up over the snow. The cast shadow is a lovely moment in the mystery.

36 x 48, Oil on Canvas

January 21,2019

Blue Fragments

On the same emotional conversation about Dementia, as I think my way through this one.

24 x 24 Oil on Canvas

December 31, 2018 
Finally got some paint on a canvas!

A Beautiful Haze

It has been a difficult year with my Mother being diagnosed with Dementia. She is 90 and a remarkable woman. The challenges it has given her and my family have been emotional and time consuming. This piece started almost two months ago, and stopped here a few weeks ago. It is somehow how I see my Mother's mind. Bits and pieces that almost fit together, and some that are strong and prominent, while others are loosing their clarity. Within it all, it is a haze for her to navigate, and the rest of us to observe helplessly. And still I see the beauty in it and her.

30 x 30  Oil on Canvas

September 30, 2018

Lifting Energy III
Final piece for the Containing Energy Collection! From Guelph Lake in that early morning fog that slowly lifts to reveal the hidden world behind it.

24 x 36, Oil on Canvas

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

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 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

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