Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ruffed Grouse

It is another hot and humid day with the actual temperature reaching a high of 81F (27.2C) feels like 97F (36.1C).

I didn't feel like doing too much outside so I worked on this drawing of a Ruffed Grouse that I had started last year (see post on 26 December 2014).

Fortunately, I had a lot of reference photographs to get the detail correct on the grouse.

One thing I learned was that if the band on the tail of a Ruffed Grouse is unbroken it is a male.

This original 9" x 12" graphite pencil drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $75.00.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Barn III

Today is another bright, sunny and hot 82F (28C) day and with the humidity it feels like 93F (34C).

I thought that I would develop this sketch that I did a few years ago (see post on 25 September 2013) into a more finished drawing.

Next I started on the barn by adding the tin onto the roof, windows on the long side of the barn and a sliding door and a door to the mow on the front of the barn.

I removed the fence that was in front of the barn and then worked on the large rocks in the foreground, filled out the pine tree and added a roadway to the barn.













I put grasses at the edges of the road and rocks and the added a fence along the edge of the field.

Lastly I added a farm house and some trees on top of the hill in the distance.

This original 5-1/4" x 9” graphite pencil drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $40.00.

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Oriental Pottery

It is another hot day 77F (25C) but with the humidity feels like 84F (29C).

I wanted to do more work on this drawing (see post on 06 February 2014) that I had started in the still life class at KAGS.

I tightened up the drawing and added the pattern details on the vase and pottery jar.

I made a few changes to the composition by enlarging the clay tea pot and shifting its position slightly.

Thank you for looking at my artwork.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mine! 1

Today we had a temperature of 72F (22C) with the humidity making it feel like 84F (29C) but we will have rain for most of the day which means I do not have to water my garden.

I wanted to work on a still life drawing today, so I set up one of my stuffed toys in this case a dragon and added a few blocks to make it interesting.















It didn't take very long to get the drawing of the dragon finished.

From there I started adding in the various blocks to complete the drawing. The last thing I did was to curve the dragon's tail around the blocks making him look possessive.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pine Forest

Today started off with a foggy morning but it is supposed to get hot and humid again today, with the temperature reaching 78F (25.5C) and the humidity making it feel like 91F (32C).

I thought I would like to paint outside this morning but didn't want to go too far from the house so I decided to paint the forest at the edge of the front field.

Using mixtures of titanium white, ultramarine blue and cobalt blue I brushed in the sky.

Next I mixed a wide variety of greens using raw sienna, yellow ochre, pthalo blue, burnt sienna cobalt blue and ultramarine blue.

Using the various greens I worked my way from the background trees through to the closest ones to me, gradually darkening the colors.

Now I have to go to the Norwood Skillet and take down my show.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Saddlebred Head Study

I was watching a program about the different types of gaited horses on television.

I found it interesting about the many different gaited breeds that are found throughout the world. Including a couple that I hadn't realized they were considered gaited.

I did a number of sketches of the different breeds which I will post at a later date.

This original 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" graphite pencil drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $20.00.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Poppies 2

Today as I sat on the front lawn enjoying a cup of tea, I decided to do a pencil drawing of my poppies which are out in full bloom.

The sad part about poppies is that they last for such a short time.














I may at a later date do a painting of them, with their bright red colouring.

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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

OSWOA - Pears in Blue Bowl

This is a painting I started a while ago (see post on 30 April 2010) in a class with Margaret Roseman.

The pears and bowl were pretty much complete and only required a small amount of detail to be added.

The paper around the pears and bowl down to the tablecloth was wet with clear water and the background was painted in with a mixture of Antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and a touch of burnt sienna creating a soft, warm grey.

 











Once the background was dry the tablecloth was painted using various mixtures of French ultramarine blue, Antwerp blue and burnt sienna.

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 $50.00 and sold unframed.

Friday, June 20, 2014

ACEO - Dockside 1 and 2

Today I was bound and determined to finish the two little paintings that I had started last year (see postings on 16 October 2012, 09 February 2013, 20 May 2013, 15 August 2013, 10 December 2013 and 09 January 2014).

It seemed as though every time I started working on them something came up so that I wasn't able to get very much work done on them.

Dockside 1

On the first painting I only needed to finish the tie rope on the one post and add a little more shadow on the posts to complete the painting.

The second painting just need a little more work on the larger gull by adding a few more details.

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

Dockside 2

The ACEO shown here are all original watercolour paintings using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. They are priced at $20.00 each and sold unframed.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Watering Cans I

Today I was at a paint out at the home of one of the members of the Outdoor Painters' Group.

She has beautiful gardens surrounding her home and I took many photographs of them, but what attracted me to sit down and sketch were the two watering cans on her back porch.














I liked the way they were sitting at the edge of the deck, in front of the exterior door with the screen panel.

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Buckhorn Artists' Group Blog - Bonny Windover

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

Friday, June 13, 2014

Moonlight Reflections 1

Tonight there is a full moon in the sky lighting up the ground with a soft glow.

I thought I would like to do a drawing of a full moon at night.

I started by placing the moon in the top of the sky and indicating the path of the moonlight on the ground, but in this case on water.

Next I put in the horizon line and to the right side of the lake I indicated an island.

To create some interest I put in a sailboat on the water along with some reflections from the sailboat.

At a later date I may develop this drawing into a painting.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lake Reflections I

Today I just didn't feel like going to a paint out with the group, so instead I went to the Selwyn Beach Conservation Area. I wandered along the hiking trail and about 1 mile (1.6km) along the trail I stopped to sketch this view of Chemong Lake.














What I liked about this scene was the two trees that flanked the trail that led to the lake. It made it look so inviting to go and stand at the edge of the water and look out across the inlet.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pine Tree at Dawn

Today my Smoke kitty finally came back. I thought something had happened to her, since she was gone for almost two weeks.

This morning I watched the sunrise and painted the dawn colours and added the same pine tree from yesterday to the painting.

This original 6" x 8" framed watercolour is available for $125.00.

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sunset Pine

With living on the top of a hill I am fortunate to see both the sun rise and the sun set each day, weather permitting.

I have a number of stately pine trees on the property and they are often silhouetted against the sky.

Last night I sat at the kitchen table looking out the window and watched the sunset and painted in the background sky for this painting.

Today I added the silhouette of a solitary pine tree.

This original framed 6" x 8" watercolour is available for $125.00.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Foggy Morning 1

Today is a very hot 79F (26C) and humid 93F (34C) day. Fortunately, we do have a bit of a breeze that is helping to keep it from being unbearable outside.

I am saddened that Smoky has not returned from her wandering. I hope she has just found another farm rather than the alternative.

Often in the morning as the sun starts to rise over the distant hills, I look out over the woodland and Snelgrove Brook at the bottom of the hill, I watch the tendrils of fog as they drift above the water and weave in and out between the trees.

I drew in the parts of the trees that could be seen and left the bottom areas blank with the fog hiding them from sight.

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

Sunday, June 8, 2014

OSWOA - Autumn Woodland 1

Today I noticed the tamarack trees at the bottom of the front hill have regained their light green needles and are no longer just tree skeletons.

Thinking about how these trees change with the seasons I decided to work on this autumn painting (see postings on 08 March 2012 and 11 February 2014) that I had started a while ago.













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 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $30.00 and sold unframed.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

ACEO - Morning Trees 1-3

Today I had some time to work on a few paintings and I pulled these three pieces out that I had started earlier this year with just painting in the background colours (see postings on 25 January 2014 and 27 February 2014).

I began work on the first one that already had the trees painted in and added more colour and details to the foreground tress.

Morning Trees 1

I decided that I may as well complete them in order so I started on the next one that had been called Yellow Sky 5.

Rather than have them in a forest setting I wanted the trees to be standing on their own, windswept, bent and some broken standing against the elements silhouetted against the sky without any background other than edge of a rock face.

Morning Trees 2

For the last one that had been called Yellow Sky 6, I thought trees on the rocky shore of a lake with the golden light reflected in the water.

The ACEO shown here are all original watercolour paintings using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. They are priced at $20.00 each and sold unframed.

Morning Trees 3

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cottage Country 1

Today I went out to Big Cedar Lake along one of the back roads at one point by the lake there was a place to park and a large rock face where I sat for a while and did this sketch of two cottages one across an inlet from the other.















Now that I know about this place where a canoe can be launched, I will come here again with Ron and we can spend some time on this lake.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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 June.

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

Monday, June 2, 2014

In the Shade

I was a hot 82F (28C) and very humid feeling like 93F (34C) day, thankfully the breeze kept the air moving and prevented it from becoming unbearable.

I worked in the garden this morning before it got too hot and put out a couple of hummingbird feeders. I put one in the lawn garden and another from the maple tree at the front of the house.

It certainly didn't take long for the hummingbirds to find the feeders. It is always nice to have them around, especially when I am working outside.











I pulled this painting out that I had started earlier this year (see posts on 15 January, 24 February and 19 May 2014).

I added more leaves to the maple tree and a little more colour to the grass.

This original 2" x 3-3/4" watercolour painting when it is framed will be available for $65.00.

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

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Confirmed Shows for 2014 - June

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.

Kawartha Arts Network - Art On Kent, Lindsay, Ont.
KAN
08 May 14 - 05 Jun 14 Exhibit Exchange with Gallery in the Attic
Opening Reception 09 May 14 Evening - 7-9pm
03 Jul 14 -02 Aug 14 Member's Show
Opening Reception 05 Jul 14 from 1-3pm.
04-27 Sep 14 Reaping and Gathering
Opening Reception 06 Sep 14 from 1-3pm.
02-25 Oct 14 Water, Water Everywhere
Opening Reception 04 Oct 14 from 1-3pm.
30 Oct 14 - 22 Nov 14 Abstraction and Contraptions
Opening Reception 01 Nov 14 from 1-3pm.
27 Nov - 10 Jan 15 Affordableism
Opening Reception 29 Nov 14 from 1-3pm.

Norwood Skillet, 4247 Highway 7, Norwood Ont.
28 May - 24 Jun 14

MacKelvie Gallery, Keene, Ontario
PioneerVillage
29 May - 26 Jun Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Keene, Ont.

The Lindsay Gallery, Lindsay, Ont.
LindsayGallery
03-26 Jun 14 Annual Juried Show
18 Nov - 19 Dec 14 Members' Christmas Show and Sale

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery, Peterborough, Ont.
KAGS
08 Jun - 03 Jul 14 Summer Sizzle
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 Carnival of Colour
Opening Reception 21 Sep 14 from 1-4pm.
02-20 Nov 14 Outdoor Painters' Show
Opening Reception 02 Nov 14 from 1-4pm.

St Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont
BuckhornArtistsGroup
09-17 Aug 24th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
KawarthaArtsFestival
30-31 Aug 14 Kawartha Arts Festival

Please come out and enjoy the artwork displayed at some of these shows.