• Helen Tilston

Filming of Canvas with a Cause Documentary

Updated: Apr 9

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 here) 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.



(You can find this blog and more from Helen here: http://helentilstonpainter.blogspot.com/)

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