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Oh, Buoy!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2023 in Gallery

Oh, Buoy!

18 x 24 acrylic painting

Seeing these bright-colored buoys on the water makes me smile!

They make me long for endless warm lazy summer days on the water… days that seem too far off on yet another gray spring day in Northern Ontario. The ice is still melting. The lakes will warm up. It all takes time.

Boaters, cottagers, fishermen, and just about anyone who spends time on or near the water are familiar with these buoys.

These buoys serve an important purpose though. Anchored to something under the water they are a marker, connected to a waterline perhaps, a mooring site, or a danger point to be avoided.

For me, they are a beacon of warmer weather to come, and oh, boy, I’ll be ready!

“I am a Rock” – 2

Posted by on Feb 9, 2024 in Gallery

I am a Rock – 2, 12′ x 12″ acrylic painting on gallery-wrapped canvas by Cornelia Svela

I get cold just looking at this picture! I’m looking forward to painting the next one in the series which will be set in summer!

This is the second painting in a series featuring the rock off of the Spruce Beach in my hometown of Elliot Lake. Usually, the lake is frozen solid, and ski doos are whipping across the lake, as well as cross-country skiers and ice fishermen. Not this year. 2024 marks the first year in many where the winter has been unusually mild.

Rock Me, Baby

Posted by on Feb 9, 2024 in Gallery

Rock Me, Baby” 24 x 24 acrylic painting on gallery canvas by Cornelia Svela

The sound of the waves hitting the shore so softly and gently could just rock you to sleep...

This painting conjures up a lot of good feelings!

It’s inspired by a photo I took on the evening of our arrival at a cute bunkie we were staying at on Manitoulin Island. I had booked it to celebrate my birthday with a romantic getaway with my husband. It was all that and more!

A HUGE thunderstorm rolled in later that night!!!

It felt like the bunkie was going to rip apart. The rain and high winds pounded us all night long. We were sleeping in a loft and the tree branches knocked on the roof giving us little sleep. The rain and fog continued into the next day, so we didn’t see as much of the island as we would have wanted.

I’m excited to announce that this painting is destined for my first solo art exhibition to be held at TVM Gallery in Blind River, Ontario. My show titled: “Roots, Rocks, and Reflections”, will run from May 15 to Canada Day, 2024, so mark your calendars, friends! I’d love to hear from you if you visit the gallery and view my artwork on display.

I Am A Rock

Posted by on Jan 29, 2024 in Gallery

I Am A Rock – 12″ x 12″ Acrylic Painting – $300

“I am a rock, I am an island”

– Simon & Garfunkel

The Elliot Lake rock off of Spruce Beach in my hometown of Elliot Lake, Ontario, has become an icon for the city. Anyone who has grown up in this mining town will know it well since Spruce Beach was one of the major hangouts on a hot summer’s day.

I still make a point of swimming out to the rock every summer. An achievement I continue to be proud to check off! The rock is beyond the area patrolled by the lifeguards so there are warnings that to swim there—you do so at your own risk!

Since the famous rock has been photographed, painted, and graphically stylized countless times, it was not a priority of mine until I was approached by a fellow Elliot Laker to take that on. They were looking for something different!

I’m very happy with the result!

This particular painting is a fall image. There will be 4 more paintings added to this series…

winter, summer, and spring, plus a wide landscape image including the beach itself in the foreground.

So stay tuned! This is only the beginning!


There are several options if you are interested in purchasing:

1.) The original canvas is available for purchase (12″ x 12″)

2.) It is also available as a framed print under glass with a 3″ white mat board and a black wood frame – finished size 19″ x 19″,

3.) A mounted canvas reproduction (12″ x 12″), with or without a recessed wood black frame (13″ x 13″).

Contact me at csvela87@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Land Ho!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2023 in Gallery

Land Ho! | 18 x 24 acrylic painting

Some of you may recognize this spot on Dunlop Lake, just north of Elliot Lake. My kayak is pointed in the direction of a gorgeous island that happens to be a designated provincial government campsite. You can pitch a tent and spend the night camping under the stars! I never have… yet.

This is another painting in a series I’m producing now for the Elliot Lake Arts on the Trail 2023, this September 30. I’ve wanted to display my artwork here since I moved back to my hometown of Elliot Lake, and this year it will finally happen!

Peaceful Bay

Posted by on Jun 27, 2023 in Gallery

Peaceful Bay | 12 x 24 acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

An ideal escape for me on any given day is to be out on a lake in my kayak.

We are lucky to have a ton of bays just like this one on any of the hundreds of lakes that surround us here in Northern Ontario. Throw in a beaver dam, a cluster of water lilies, a turtle sitting on a rock, or a rotting tree trunk plus some grasses swaying in the wind and you’ve got yourself a peaceful bay just like this one to drift into. And here you can just take a deep breath and float for a while.

As for the painting… there’s a lot of contrast going on here. I had a lot of fun with the strong colors and the looser brushstrokes toward the bottom of the painting.

The Breakwater

Posted by on Jun 27, 2023 in Gallery

The Breakwater | 30′ x 60″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

You might look at this painting and think…it’s just a piles of rocks! But this pile of rocks was intentionally placed in this location to serve as a breakwater on Lake Huron, one of our amazing “Great Lakes” in Ontario.

Everyone needs some type of breakwater as we go through our lives. That wall of strength that we resort to during times of rough waters. The wall of strength that holds back the rough waters with the strong winds and waves that keep bashing in, and provide that calm protected space where we can find shelter.

It’s the largest painting I’ve completed to date! It seemed a little daunting to begin with but once I got the bigger brushes out it seemed to paint itself. A lesson to myself…don’t let “size” get in the way!