Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Cardinal 3 - A Work in Progress

Today I was painting with the Tuesday Buckhorn Painting Group at St. Matthews Church.

We had guest instructor Gail Hawkins in to teach how to draw and paint a Cardinal in watercolour.

She had copies of a photograph of a Cardinal that we could use, but I chose to work from one of my own photographs.

Once I had drawn my bird onto the paper, I brushed in a background colour using various mixtures of French ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna.

While the background was drying, we broke for lunch and when we returned it was time to put the colour onto the bird.

Using new gamboge, I brushed in the sun touched areas of the bird as well as the under paint for the beak.

Next, using a mixture of alizarin crimson with a small amount of burnt sienna I put in the base colour for the cardinal. While that was drying I used a dark of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson to indicate the area of the mask.

I put in another layer of the red in some of the darker areas, by then it was time to leave.

I will post this painting at a later date once more work on the bird has been completed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Buckhorn Artists' Group Blog - Show Updates

I have updated the Buckhorn Artists' Group blog with a listing of shows some of the various artists in the Group are exhibiting their work in during the month of March.

If you get a chance come out and visit them at one or all of the shows.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Confirmed Shows for 2020 - March

This is a listing of confirmed shows that I will be exhibiting my artwork at this year and into next year. I will update the list as more shows are added.

A Place For The Arts, 23 Bridge St. W., Bancroft, Ont.
19 Feb - 19 Apr 20
22 Apr - 07 Jun 20
10 Jun - 12 Jul 20
01 Jul - 03 Aug 20 Solo Show in The Annex
Opening Reception 11 Jul 20 from 1-4p.m. 15 Jul - 16 Aug 20
05-31 Aug 20 Buckhorn Artists' Group in The Annex
Opening Reception 08 Aug 20 from 1-4p.m. 19 Aug - 20 Sep 20
22 Sep - 22 Nov 20
24 Nov 20 - 15 Feb 21

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 81 Queen Street, Lakefield, Ont.
Lakefield Creative Arts Group
09 May 20 Mother's Day Show from 10am-4pm
07 Nov 20 World War II Show from 10am-4pm

Northey's Barn Boutique, 1981 13th Line, Selwyn, Ont.
23-24 May 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Miskwaa Art Studio and Outdoor Gallery, 250 Edwina Drive,Trent Lakes, Ont.
27 Jun - 31 Aug 20

The Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, 425 Douro Fourth Line Road, Hamlet of Douro, Ont.
08 Jul - 27 Aug 20 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 10 Jul 20 from 7-8 p.m.
05 May - 30 Jun 21 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 07 May 21 from 7-8 p.m.
05 Jan - 30 Mar 22 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 07 Jan 22 from 7-8 p.m.

St. Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
Buckhorn Artists' Group
14-16 Aug 30th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
Kawartha Arts Festival
05-06 Sep 20 31st Annual Kawartha Arts Festival

I look forward to seeing you at some of these shows.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Countryside Art Group Blog - Show Updates

On the first of each month I will update the Countryside Art Group's blog with a listing of shows where the various artists in the Group are exhibiting their work.

If you get a chance come out and visit them at one or all of the shows.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Medieval Times

Today we went to Medieval Times at 10 Dufferin Street, in Toronto, Ontario for my birthday. It is the first time I have been back since I broke my femur just before my birthday in 2017.

After getting our photograph taken with the master falconer and Lady Guinevere a Lanark peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus peregrinus), we went into the main hall and I was pleasantly surprised that Ron and Christine invited the all of the family and my friends to attend my birthday celebration with us.

It didn't take very long before it was time for us to head into the dinning area and be seated at our tables. We were in the green section and high enough up that we had a wonderful view of the arena.

Once everyone was seated the lights dimmed and the Queen welcomed her guests to the court and the Master of Ceremonies entered the arena on a Friesian stallion. After greeting us he proceeded to introduce each of the knights starting with the yellow knight, followed by the blue knight who were both at the far end of the arena, then the black and white knight and the red and yellow knight who were in the middle of the arena and lastly the red knight and our knight the green knight.

While we were served the first course of our meal, we were entertained by four Andalusian stallions being exhibited on the long lines. Each horse came out separately and performed a different movement, the Spanish walk, the passage, the levade and the capriole. At the end of the performance the horses bowed to the audience.

Then, we were treated to a display of falconry using one of their three peregrine falcons. The bird flew about the arena, often coming very close to the people seated in the stands. This is probably why before the bird was released from the glove everyone was cautioned to not raise their hands in case the bird thought they had bait. At the end the falconer allowed the bird to take the lure and have her meal before leaving the arena.

As the second course was being served, we were entertained by a quadrille performed by six of the Royal Guards. The quadrille is a choreographed dressage ride, which is often compared to an equestrian ballet, where the horses perform movements together.  I was pleased to see a number of the more advanced movements in the performance such as flying changes of lead, half-passes, the passage, shoulder-ins and travers.

As the third course arrived, we enjoyed one of the Andalusian stallions performing a liberty routine with his handler. This was followed by the knights being called back to the arena to compete in various mounted games including, capturing a small hanging, ring on the lance, hitting a small target with the lance at a gallop and a flag toss between two riders. I received a carnation which was tossed to me by the green knight.

After reading out all the birthday and celebration notices, the Master of the Horse brought out one of the Andalusian stallions and performed a dressage routine which included, flying changes of lead every stride, passage, piaffe, and the levade.

The last course was served as once more the knights were called out; this time to engage in a joust. The squires remained in the arena with them to be able to serve their knights by bringing weapons to them for the battle on the ground once they had been unhorsed.

The final battle between the green knight and the red knight was fought first by two passes of the joust where neither rider was unhorsed. Then a battle on horse until one was knocked off the horse.

This was followed by a battle on the ground until there was only one winner, in this case, the red knight.

This was a wonderful birthday celebration.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Against the Sky II

Today after taking Christine out for her birthday breakfast we went home passing by one of the Standarbred farms in the area.

There were a couple of horses on the track jogging and I thought I would do this little pencil sketch of one of the pacers.

I had thought about doing a series of four seasons paintings with Standards being jogged on the track. 

Perhaps at a later date I may work this one up into a winter painting.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Buckhorn Artists' Group Blog - Norma MacEachern

I have posted the biography of another new member of the Buckhorn Artists' Group, Norma MacEachern, to the blog as well as examples of her artwork.