Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Hello Friends,  How are all of you keeping during this changed time?      I departed Florida on March 7th for Ireland, following the final filming of 'CANVAS WITH A CAUSE"     I was cautious and a little nervous, as my connection took me through Kennedy Airport in New York.     Upon returning to Ireland we, like everyone else, went into lockdown. I wish there was a better word than lockdown, as it is too bossy for my liking.  

Canvas with a Cause is a documentary featuring two artists Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston, two long time residents of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and their journey as plain aire artists in the past twenty or so years.  They paint in oil, all original paintings, en plein aire, and no copies are made of our work. When the painting is sold it is gone with all the energy and memories in her creation and the new owner's energy now takes over with the painting.    Someone commented: "Your paintings are like your babies; all with unique character and distinguished"   Documentary film maker Roxanne Mannello, a final year student in Film-Making at St. Petersburg College and WEDU (Public TV/Radio, Florida).   Working with Roxanne was energizing, enlightening and always going that extra few steps to get the best image.  

Wayne David Atherholt, Director of Culture, Mayor's Office, City of St. Petersburg pictured below shares his knowledge of art in 'Canvas with a Cause" documentary.  The triptych"Welcome to Indian Rocks Beach" behind Wayne was created  (by Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston) during the documentary. It awaits a new home.

Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston painting at Indian Rocks Beach during filming of "Canvas with a Cause"

Helen Tilston Painting one panel of Triptych "Welcome to Indian Rocks Beach" as featured in Canvas with a Cause documentary.

Our beautiful and talented cinematographer and film maker Roxanne Mannello filming Mary Rose Holmes painting at Indian Rocks Beach.

Canvas with a Cause is completed and we look forward to a Fall showing on WEDU and, fingers crossed, PBS

I checked my yarn supply and found this beautiful biscuit colour yarn in 100% linen. It matched my hat purchased in Provence last year, so a simple design I concocted and it soothes my soul on long summer evenings and I say good-night to my studio.


  1. Oh Helen! Your paintings here are just sooooo beautiful and photography is stunning!! That would be amazing if it made it to PBS!!! I’ll say a little prayer. ����✨

  2. Oh Helen! Your painting is just so truly beautiful! And I adore the photography capturing you and it. ✨ wouldn’t that be exciting to be on PBS? I’ll say a little prayer. 😉💗✨ xxo

  3. I SO miss your company and look forward to the day we can both return to the Gulf Coast to soak in its beauty, fine sand and delicious dining opportunities! And I cannot wait to see what new masterpieces the Plein Aire gals create!

  4. To reach me use my carolmalik@comcast.net email address...

  5. Dear Helen, The triptych is gorgeous, so joyful and full of tropical colour. Lovely to see you painting, and to know you have been filmed. The scarf is so delicate and pretty, and perfect match for your hat. It will be great when you get back to Indian Head. Hope your are not locked down for too long, and are safe and well.

  6. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing the film.
    You all look as beautiful as the paintings.

  7. Congratulations on yet another documentary to show your noteworthy mission and beautiful paintings.

  8. You are the most wonderfully expressive person in so many ways. Singing, painting, writing, knitting, sharing the beauty of the world with us thru your eyes...so glad to have gotten to spend time with you and Mary Rose. (By the way, you two made my Kobe easy with all your style and wonderful suggestions ��)

  9. My dear Helen,

    Greetings. How wonderful to see your post again. I hope you are doing well and sheltering in a beautiful place away from the pandemic. I am so excited about your documentary, Canvas with a cause. I am sure that it will be highly successful. The locations you have chosen to paint with your colleagues and friends are absolutely stunning. I love your art, your style, your vision and your hat too!!

    With warm wishes,