Friday, May 31, 2013

Information About the Peterborough in Portrait Show

I am heading into Peterborough to drop off my painting "Cherish" for the Peterborough in Portrait Show.

This fund raising Show is to be a week long Gala Event celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Community Living Peterborough.

This is the Calendar of Events for the Show:

June 15, 2013 - Preview Gala ($1,000 for a table of 6 [joined by 2 Ambassadors/Artists], $200 per plate, reception 6:00 pm, dinner 7:00 pm) with Musical entertainment by Bridget Foley and Friends and the Catering by Miguel Hernandez and Peterborough EATS

June 16, 2013 - Grand Opening (doors open at 12:00 pm, ceremony begins at 1:00 pm - light refreshments will be served) where Admission for the event will be "pay what you can".

June 17, 2013 - Exhibit open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm with the Annual General Meeting (Light Dinner at 5:00 pm, Meeting at 5:45 pm) and the Keynote speaker: MPP for Oshawa-Whitby, Christine Elliott

June 18, 2013 - Exhibit open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm with the YWCA Digital Storytelling Event (6:30 pm)

June 19, 2013 - Exhibit open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and the Night with the Artists (Invitation Only - 6:30 pm)

June 20, 2013 - Exhibit open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm with the YWCA Annual General Meeting

June 21, 2013 - Exhibit open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 22, 2013 - Exhibit open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (FREE ADMISSION)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Starting to Thaw 1 - A Work in Progress

With having started a winter scene yesterday I thought I would like to do another but this time with the ice on a river starting to thaw.

I wanted to use a limited palette for this painting and decided on Antwerp blue and burnt sienna.

The sky was washed in with Antwerp blue and the colour was lightened with water as I went down toward the horizon line.

Next I added a little burnt sienna to the Antwerp blue to grey the colour and painted in the river being careful to leave some areas of white paper for the snow.

Using a darker mixture of the two colours I painted a pine tree on the edge of the river.

I will post this painting at a later date once I have painted in the background trees.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Deep Snow 2 - A Work in Progress

Today I wanted to start a painting  and thought I would make this a snow scene and put a little masking fluid at the top of the painting to indicate snow covered trees.

I think I will add a couple of kids tobogganing down the hill.

I will post this painting at a later date once more of it has been completed.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

OSWOA - Evening Shadows 1

I pulled out this piece that I had started a while ago (see post on 17 December 2011) and wanted to complete.

Before putting in the shadows I wanted to paint some colour into the snow and create some snow drifts.

I used various mixes of French ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna and left the top of the hill below the sun untouched.













Once the paint had dried I put in the shadows of the trees using a grey of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, keeping the shadows darker near the base of the trees and lightening as they travelled along the snow.

At the base of the trees and in various places throughout the painting I added grasses, growies and leaves with raw sienna, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, cadmium red and French ultramarine blue.

Lastly I lifted a few sun touched areas on the sunlit side of some of the trees with water.













If you would like more information about OSWOA please go to my post on 12 March 2010.

The OSWOA shown here is an original watercolour painting using Artist quality Windsor & Newton paint on 140lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $40.00 and sold unframed.

Monday, May 27, 2013

ACEO - Frost Fairies 1

I started this painting earlier this year when I was playing with salt on watercolour paper (see post on 05 January 2013).

I found a face by one of the flowers and lightly drew it in and started to add some definition to the flowers which will be petunias.

I started with the hair on the fairy and put it in using raw sienna and for the darker areas I used burnt sienna.















The face was a mix of burnt sienna and alizarin crimson. The eyes were Antwerp blue and the lips alizarin crimson.

I then started working on the flowers. I made various shades of mauve and violet, using mixtures of alizarin crimson, Antwerp blue and French ultramarine blue.

First I put in the darkest veins on the petals to give the flowers some shape.















Working every other flower so that the paint could dry before working on the one right beside it I used either mauve or violet to paint the petunias.

Next I drew in a few leaves and filled them in using various combinations of raw sienna, new gamboge, Antwerp blue and French ultramarine blue.

Lastly, I did a little more work on the fairy's face to complete the painting.















If you would like more information about ACEO please go to my post on 11 March 2010.

The ACEO shown here is an original watercolour painting using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Shadows I - A Work in Progress

I started applying ink to this sketch of a rock which was partially submerged in the water of the lake close to shore. I wanted the rock to have highlights, shadows and cast shadows.

First I indicated the water with a few horizontal lines and then added the water line to the base of the rock.

Next I started to put in some of the lighter shadows just behind the sunlit area of the rock face.















I added the mid tone shadows to the further back rocks, then I darkened the small rock close to the water line.

Going another shade darker I put in the cast shadow from the first rock across the second one and darkened the base close to the water slightly.

After I added a few more waterlines on the other side of the rocks I decided it needed something more to make it interesting.















I sketched in a small that is often found growing out of the crevices between the rocks and put in its cast shadow.

Next I inked in the additions on the front of the rock and then set it aside.

I will post this piece again at a later date once it has been completed.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hazy Day 1 - A Work in Progress

I pulled out this painting that I had started last year (see post on 07 July 2012) that was originally called Blue Sky B.

It didn't take long to draw in the distant hills and add some trees to the skyline.














Next I placed a few tree trunks into the foreground with the bushes already indicated at their base.

I will post this painting at a later date once I decide how I wish to complete this painting.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Buckhorn Artists' Group - Blog Update

Today I updated the Buckhorn Artists' Group Blog with a few details about what happened during the 25th Annual Among Friends Art Show and Sale.

Please go to the site and enjoy pictures of some of the paintings that were exhibited at the show.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cloudy Sky - A Work in Progress

This is another of the sky paintings I started in a workshop with Neil Broadfoot last month.

There is still a lot more work to be done to the clouds as I am not happy with the way they look and I still have to decide what I am going to put into the foreground.













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

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and look at the artwork.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mystical - A Work in Progress

This is another painting I started in the Gary Chapman workshop earlier this month.

This is using a limited palette of Antwerp blue, burnt sienna and permanent rose. The one side of the painting is almost completed. I have to decide how I will finish the other side.

I will post it at a later date.

Thank you for looking at my artwork.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Country Sunset - A Work in Progress

Last month I started a four day workshop with Neil Broadfoot as the instructor. This is one of the paintings I started in his class.

This painting was done in a similar manner and using the same colours as a couple of paintings I did with him and a small group of artists that meet on Monday mornings at KAGS (see postings on 04 and 08 February 2013).














Aureolin was used as the base colour of the sky and a pale wash was put into some areas of the snow leaving other sections of the snow the white of the paper.

Alizarin crimson was then brushed into areas of the wet aureolin paint creating the orange tones so often seen in sunsets. Towards the top of the painting a more alizarin crimson wash brushed into the sky.














Antwerp blue was then brushed into the top of the sky and over some areas of the alizarin crimson and it was set aside to dry while I decide what I would like to do with the foreground.

I will post this painting at a later date once it has been completed.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and look at the artwork. I hope you will return often.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Last day of the Among Friends Art Show

It was a hot and humid day with the threat of thunderstorms in the air, which had many of the cottagers heading home earlier than usual.

Needless to say there were only a few people visiting the show today.

I worked on these two paintings (see postings on 16 October 2012 and 09 February 2013) today.


Dockside 1

First I painted in the distant shore line in soft greens.

Next I painted in the water using mixtures of Antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

Small items were sold by Diane Collins.

The hours for our show are:
20 May 13 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Dockside 2

I look forward to seeing some of you at our next show being held here at St. Matthews Church in August.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my artwork and I hope you will return often.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Galloping Pair - A Work in Progress

Today is the second day of the 25th Annual Among Friends Art Show and it is still hard to believe that we have been exhibiting here at St. Matthews Church for a quarter of a century.

Once again we had a steady stream of people going through the show with five paintings sold by Heather Grant, Penny Little, Barbara McGregor and Bonny Windover. Small items were sold by Diane Collins.

This is a small piece I worked on (see posts on 15 January 2013 and March 2013). I applied two more layers of burnt sienna to the lead horse, next I painted in the dark points with a mixture of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.











I will post this painting at again once more work is completed on the second horse.

The hours for our show are:
19 May 13 - 12:30pm - 5:00pm
20 May 13 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Looking forward to seeing some of you at our show being held this Victoria Day weekend.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

25th Annual Among Friends Art Show

The day has started off with bright sunshine and warm temperatures with just enough of a breeze to make it a very pleasant and enjoyable day.

The Church is holding its annual plant and bake sale outside. I know I will be going to go and see what plants they may have that I will need for my garden and of course pick up some lemon squares and date squares as well as a pie to go with supper tonight.

Today I worked on Bend in the River. I had started it a couple of years ago (see post on 16 September 2010) and thought it was finished. Later, after I had looked at it for a while I decided that it needed something more done to make it more interesting.

With an oval mat on it and a little more colour into the trees I felt it would be an improvement (see post on 12 December 2011) but didn't have the time do all of the painting at that time.

With spending the day at the art show was able to complete the painting and will frame it up next week. This original 5" x 7" oval watercolour when framed will be available for $145.00.

We had a steady stream of people going through the show with three paintings being sold from Rebecca Bilcox and Bonny Windover, JoAnne Connell Northey sold pottery and small items were sold by Diane Collins.

The hours for our show are:
18 May 13 - 9:00am - 5:00 pm
19 May 13 - 12:30pm - 5:00pm
20 May 13 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Looking forward to seeing some of you at our show being held this Victoria Day weekend.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Setting up the Among Friends Show

Today was spent hanging the paintings and getting everything ready for the the 25th Annual Among Friends Art Show to be held at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Buckhorn, Ontario.










It is amazing how quickly 25 years have gone by and the number of changes that have happened over those years. From the pegboard panels we used to have for displaying our artwork to the much lighter weight black metal grids we use now. The way the tables are set up and the smaller grids used at the front of the Church Hall to display a few pieces of art from each member.



Replacing our old wooden signs with newer versions, as well as having a couple of brightly coloured banners made to help promote the show.










There have been many changes to the members of the Buckhorn Artists' Group over the years; of which there are still three of the founding members - Helen Sheppard, Irene Smith and myself who continue to exhibit their artwork.










I look forward to the opening of the show tomorrow, the weather is supposed to be nice for the entire weekend and I will be demonstrating tomorrow.  The Church is going to hold their plant and bake sale tomorrow as they did last year. Most of us will be either getting plants or baked goods, and in some cases both.











The hours for our show are:
18 May 13 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
19 May 13 - 12:30pm - 5:00pm
20 May 13 - 10:00am - 5:00pm











I am looking forward to seeing some of you at our show being held this Victoria Day weekend.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Study in White - A Work in Progress

Today has been a very busy day for me, with going to the last meeting of the Still life Group at KAGS  where out theme was "white" and there was a wide variety of white things to paint.










Once I had finished the sketch I put in the background with combinations of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. By then it was time for a break. When I went  back to the painting I first washed in the peach coloured cloth with light red and added a touch of the blue to make the cast shadows on the cloth.

I also darkend the backgroud on the right side a little more to vary the colours.

It was interesting to see the wide variety of colours that were reflected back against the white things from the peach coloured tablecloth upon which they were set.










I will post this painting at a later date once it has been completed.

After class I went out to do a couple of sketches of the tulips and daffodils at Lorraine Ryan's home with the Outdoor Painters' Group before heading home.

Now I am going to go and set up the panels for the Buckhorn Artists’ Group 25th Annual Among Friends Art Show.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Romance by the Sea - A Work in Progress

This is the third of three sketches that was started at KAGS featuring seashells during a still life class last month (see postings on 05 May and 06 May 2013).

I started painting the candle which has real seashells embedded into the wax. I will post this painting at a later date once more of it has been completed.

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

OSWOA - Dawn Silhouette 2

I pulled this painting out that I had been working on since last year (see post on 27 August 2012, 03 January 2013 and 15 February 2013).

I added more trees to the background and added a little more detail onto the closer trees.

Using a pale wash of light red I added it some areas of the snow and while it was still wet put in the shadows of the trees using a mixture of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

I set the painting aside to dry and made myself a cup of tea while I decided where to paint in the growies and what colours to use to paint in the people.













After my break I used raw sienna for the grasses and then added the people.

If you would like more information about OSWOA please go to my post on 12 March 2010.

The OSWOA shown here is an original watercolour painting using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on 140lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $40.00 and sold unframed.

Monday, May 13, 2013

ACEO - Open Field 1

This is a painting I have worked on for a little while (see posts on 28 Oct 2012 and 29 March 2013) and wanted to complete it today.

First I painted in the hay field with a mix of raw sienna and burnt sienna, varying the colours throughout the field.

With green mixtures made of Antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue, new gamboge, cadmium yellow and raw sienna I painted in the trees along the far edge of the field.














In the foreground I painted in the tree trunks of the three pines with burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue and then added the needles with darker green mixes of the same colours used on the distant trees.

Lastly, I put in some stubble remaining from the mowed field with mixtures of burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium yellow and French ultramarine blue.

If you would like more information about ACEO please go to my post on 11 March 2010.

The ACEO shown here is an original watercolour painting using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Reflections 4 - A Work in Progress

This is the second of the two water paintings we started with Neil Broadfoot (see post on 16 April 2013) last month.

Cobalt blue was used for the sky and water. While the blue was still wet the land and tree reflections were painted into the water. This makes it a lot easier to match the reflections with the trees and the land later which are more detailed and are able to be easier to control.













Once the paper had dried the land mass was painted to match the reflections, then the tree trunks were painted.

I will post this painting at a later date once more of it has been completed.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Take Time To... - A Work in Progress

I had started the drawing for this painting last year (see post on 17 February 2012).

Using a mix of French ultramarine blue and Antwerp blue I painted in the sky.

The background trees were painted first using greens made from French ultramarine blue, raw sienna and Antwerp blue.






















Then the pasture was brushed in and some areas where I would put more defined grasses in the foreground were indicated.

Once the paint was dry I removed the masking fluid.

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

Friday, May 10, 2013

Morning Lake - A Work in Progress

Today is the last day of the Gary Chapman workshop.

This is another early morning scene but in a long horizontal format. Once again we used a limited palette of three colours, in this instance Prussian blue, Cadmium red and raw sienna.








There are a lot more things to be added to this painting before it is complete and I will post it again at a later date.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cascade - A Work in Progress

Today is the second day of the Gary Chapman workshop held out at Six Foot Bay in Buckhorn, Ontario.

Rather than working on the traditional watercolour paper this morning's piece was worked on watercolour canvas.















Again we worked with a limited palette of three colours; Antwerp blue, permanent rose, and Windsor yellow.

There are still a number of things to do before this painting is completed and I will post this piece at a later date.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dawn Mist - A Work in Progress

Today is the first day of a three day workshop with Gary Chapman. The morning painting was of a sunrise on the lake with the mist rising.













Three colours were used in this painting; Antwerp blue, raw sienna and cadmium red. The under painting is in place and I will have to do more work on it before it is finished.

I will post this painting at a later date.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lazy River 1-3 - Three Works in Progress

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

I pulled out these three paintings that I had started quite a while ago (see post on 23 December 2011).

The background was a little on the wishy washy side so I decided I would try and have at least that completely finished today.

Using pure raw sienna, I applied a layer over the background trees.

Lazy River 1

This was done to each of the three paintings, being careful to leave the grass below the treeline untouched.

By the time the last painting had the raw sienna applied to the background hills the first painting was dry.

I mixed and orange of raw sienna, burnt sienna and a little alizarin crimson and painted in the slightly closer trees, being careful to allow some of the raw sienna to show at the top and in a few places throughout the background hills.

Lazy River 2

This was repeated on each of the paintings. Once again the first painting was dry and I was ready to add the next layer of colour onto the first painting.

I used the orange mix and added some cadmium red and added it into the background. 

The first panting had only a small amount of this colour leaving a lot of the background showing through.

In the second painting the background was closer so a little more of the last bright orange was added.

Lazy River 3

In the last painting I wanted more of the orange and placing it much like leaves on a tree.

I will post each of these paintings at a later date once more work on them has been completed.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Beauty on the Beach - A Work in Progress

This is another sketch of two conch shells on a beach, which was done last month (see post on 05 May 2013 for the first) in the still life class at KAGS.















I will post this at a later date once I started painting the shells.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Beauty on the Shore - A Work in Progress

This is the first of three sketches of seashells that was started last month during the still life at KAGS.















I will post this piece once I have finished the sketch and started to apply paint.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bottles and Daffodils - A Work in Progress

This is a painting that was started last month in one of the Still Life classes at KAGS. It was an interesting display with a large assortment of bottles to choose from.

I started this small section with the three oil filled bottles and the daffodil in the background with the colour of the bright yellow pot showing through the glass.

I will post this painting at a later date as more of it has been completed.

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork and I hope you will return often.

Friday, May 3, 2013

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 May.

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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Clothing - A Work in Progress

Today at KAGS the theme for the Still Life class was clothing.

We had an assortment of clothes, a denim shirt hanging off the end of a wooden chair with a crocheted hat hanging off the opposite end of the same chair and a plaid work jacket lying on the floor.

In the background there was a camouflage jumpsuit, hanging beside the brightly coloured beach wrap and top. There was also a simple grey sleeveless dress beside a leather biker jacket.

The folds created interesting shadows across the materials.

I will post this painting at a later date once more of it has been completed.

Thank you for looking at my artwork.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Confirmed Shows for 2013 and 2014 - May

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

Algonquin Provincial Park, Whitney, Ont.
Algonquin
03 Nov 12 - 26 Jun 13 Algonquin Palette

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery, Peterborough, Ont.
KAGS
07 Apr - 02 May 13 Unfolding
Opening Reception 07 Apr 13 from 1-4pm.
23 Jun - 11 Jul 13 Monochrome Opening Reception 23 Jun 13 from 1-4pm.
15 Sep - 03 Oct 13 Rural Scenes
Opening Reception 15 Sep 13 from 1-4pm.
20-31 Oct 13 Motion in Stillness
Opening Reception 20 Oct 13 from 1-4pm.
03-21 Nov 13 Outdoor Painters' Group Show
Opening Reception 03 Nov 13 from 1-4pm.
08-22 Dec 13 & 04-16 Jan 14 Winter Delight
Opening Reception 08 Dec 13 from 1-4pm.
19 Jan - 06 Feb 14 Abstracting from Life
Opening Reception 19 Jan 14 from 1-4pm.
06 Apr - 01 May 14 Renewal
Opening Reception 06 Apr 14 from 1-4pm.
08 Jun - 03 Jul 14 Summer Show
Opening Reception 08 Jun from 1-4pm.
10 Aug - 04 Sep 14 Figuratively Speaking
Opening Reception 10 Aug 14 from 1-4pm.
21 Sep - 16 Oct 14 Autumn Show
Opening Reception 21 Sep 14 from 1-4pm.
02-20 Nov 14 Outdoor Painters' Show
Opening Reception 02 Nov 14 from 1-4pm
07-21 Dec 14 & 04-15 Jan 15 Winter Show
Opening Reception 07 Dec 14 from 1-4pm.

The Arts Department - Art On Kent, Lindsay, Ont.
TAD
09 May -01 Jun 13 Teeth, Talons and Tails
Opening Reception 10 May 13 from 6-7:30pm.
06-29 Jun 13 Body of Work
Opening Reception 07 Jun 13 from 6-7:30pm.
04-27 Jul 13 Annual Members' Show
Opening Reception 05 Jul 13 from 6-7:30pm.
21 Nov 13 - 11 Jan 14 Affordableism
Opening Reception 22 Nov 13 from 6-7:30pm.

St Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
BuckhornArtistsGroup
18-20 May 25th Annual Among Friends Art Show
10-18 Aug 23rd Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Community Living Peterborough
Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough, Ont.
15-22 Jun 13 Peterborough in Portrait: Our Inclusive Community

Cobourg Waterfront Festival, Cobourg, Ont.
Waterfrontfestival
29 Jun - 01 July The Lions Club Art Show and Sale

The Lindsay Gallery, Lindsay, Ont.
LindsayGallery
30-31 Jul - 24 Aug 2013 Above and Below the Reef
Opening Reception 01 Aug from 7-8:30pm.
19 Nov - 20 Dec Annual Christrmas Show
Opening Reception 21 Nov from 7-8:30 pm

MacKelvie Gallery, Keene, Ontario
PioneerVillage
11 Jul - 08 Aug Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Keene, Ont.

Fenelon Falls Fairgrounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
KawarthaArtsFestival
31 Aug - 01 Sep Kawartha Arts Festival