Brighton View Landscape in Stages


Here, in different stages, is the Brighton View Landscape painting I created for the Garden Home.

I made this rough sketch at the park before starting out. I was standing at the farther end of the enclosure of the Fort, so the view is more frontal than aerial, but when I did the painting, I shifted it so that the view would be more aerial.

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When I started out, I figured I’d make the cannons a central image, and based it on a photo I had taken with the cannons close up and forward.

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I should have gone with the preliminary sketch, which the clients really liked better, so I cleared out the large cannons and pulled out to get more of a bird’s eye view.

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The first detail I completed was Beaconsfield House in the upper right hand corner.

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Then, I did

the Lieutenant Governer’s Residence, Fanningbank,

which is visible between the trees from the park.

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Next, I worked on the rocks around the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the Bay that leads to the Charlottetown Harbour, also visible from the park. I added the lamps and detailed them.

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Then, I worked on the flower boxes and the planters. Each lamp had flowers at the base. I decided not to include the planters that were used during summer to divide the left lane in two so that there would be a bicycle lane, because it would make the road too crowded and the lanes too narrow.

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Then I started on the new cannons, much smaller and placed in the bottom third of the painting, instead of in the bottom half.

       2014-10-19 00.20.19I changed the proportions a bit, so they look longer and thinner up close, but fit nicely in the bottom; I also changed some of the proportions of the fence so I could fit the cannons into the bottom third, so you get more of a view from up looking down.

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After the cannons, I added more details to the boardwalk–worked on the park benches and a seated woman. Then, when my friends Veronika and her daughter Viola were with me painting as well, I added a jogger so Viola would have her mom in the painting!

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The first time I did the lettering for Victoria Park in flowers, it was too upright, so I re-did that.

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Then, I did the viewing platform, added plants and flowers to the lamp post bases…

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This is the blurry shot of the viewing platform in the making, but clearer than the first one I took…

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This is the clearest shot of the three I took of the viewing platform in progress…

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Added plants and flowers to the bases of the lamp posts…

And one day, it was just done. I roughed up the water a little, broke up some of the rocks, then let it sit for a couple of days before spraying a finishing coat.

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I let it sit again for a couple of days before I decided how to do the lettering in parchment with gold outlining.

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Tried to get a diagonal shot to get the whole painting into my phone view with the biggest possible shot.


The whole painting is too large to take a close-up of, so I had to pull back halfway across the living room to take a full-width view. The actual shape is elliptical…

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Not enough back-up room. Hehe. It gets cropped on one side.

… and this is what it would look like if it were cropped into a perfect oval shape (which just didn’t happen when Peter was cutting it up with his jigsaw. If the clients want to trim the corners, that’s perfectly all right with me, but I deliberately made a wider ellipse to get as much painting surface as possible.

Brighton View

The Brighton View Landscape can be viewed at the Garden Home, North River Road, Charlottetown, along with my mural of the old farmhouse. I need to take a photo of this with a real camera with proper lighting.

Art ‘n’ Words Studio & Gallery Summer Programme



5-day summer camps for youth (8-12) and teens (13-18); grown-ups also welcome!

Choose from 2 class schedules each week: morning classes (9:30-12:00) OR afternoon classes (1:30-4:00)

Art                         (visual arts: pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, watercolour, acrylic, oil, mixed media)

Writing                (creative writing)

Speech                 (public speaking, dramatic delivery)

A different camp each week beginning in June 2014 at the Murphy Community Centre.

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Open Courses

Weekly after-work sessions for adults at the Murphy Community Centre:

Art Mondays                 (visual arts: pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, watercolour, acrylic, oil, mixed media)

Writing Wednesdays  (creative writing, research & report writing, business communication)

Speaking Fridays         (public speaking, speech improvement, business communication, dramatic delivery)

All sessions run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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The Mission of Art ‘n’ Words Studio & Gallery



Creating PEI Heaven on Earth through Heaven in Art
Heaven is where you make it, how you make it
Art ‘n’ Words helps you achieve your little corner of Heaven on Earth by teaching Creative Expression through Art, Speaking, and Writing and sharing the beauty of those creations with others.

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Art ‘n’ Words to Offer Short Courses Starting September




Do you want to develop the artist in you or your kids? Do you want to improve your skills in speech and writing? Have you always wanted to write poetry or a novel or your memoirs? Charlottetown finally has a place where you can attend short courses to do all these and more!

Art ‘n’ Words Studio is the newest studio in town, established by PEI artist, author, and teacher Cindy Lapeña, who will be giving short courses in Art and English Speaking & Writing, starting in September 2013. Art classes will be in three age groups (Children 8-12, Teens 13-18, Adults 19+) with progressive levels of difficulty and new lessons each quarter. A different art medium will be taught on different days, with different media each quarter. Art courses will be in drawing with pencils, drawing with charcoal, drawing with chalk pastels, drawing with oil pastels, painting with watercolours, painting with acrylics, and painting with oils. Cindy has extensive experience as a teacher, has a great passion for art, and holds a diploma in art.

Cindy has also been a long-time teacher and trainer in English Literature, Communication Arts in English, and TESL, with a Masters degree in English Literature, Certificate 6 level with the PEI Department of Education, and TESL Canada certification. Armed with these formidable credentials, Cindy is more than capable of delivering the following short English courses throughout the year: Oral Business Communication, Written Business Communication, Public Speaking, Speech, Research & Report Writing, and Creative Writing-Poetry, Short Stories, Novels, Plays, and Memoirs.

Courses will rotate every quarter (12-weeks) so that no two consecutive quarters offer the same classes, and students will be limited to a maximum of 10 per class. Enrollees have the option to take anywhere from 1 class per week to 5 classes per week, including drop-in Saturday Art workshops. Enrollees will also have the option to reserve slots for a whole course or a whole month by paying in advance. All courses will be after school and work hours Mondays through Fridays, and throughout the day on Saturdays. Special group packages are available.

For more information visit

Art ‘n’ Words Studio & Gallery

is located at

155 Queen Street

Lower Level, Swift Radius Bldg.

Charlottetown   C1A 4B4



Media contact:  Cindy Lapeña

Tel. no.                              367-2160



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