Thursday, April 30, 2015

Barn IV

Today I was in not in the mood to paint but I still wanted to do something, so I went through one of my files of sketches and pulled out this one that I did a couple of years ago (see post on 25 September 2013).

I remember it well, the run in shed had a tree growing out through its roof and a small barn beside it looked as though it would fall over in a strong wind. I need to go back and see if the building is still standing and how big the tree has grown.

Beginning with the leaning barn, I used the higher roof line, ran the lifted pieces of tin on the roof keeping them bent and twisted, changed the windows to a barn door, added a door to the hay loft, and removed a number of barn boards from the building.

I proceeded to do some work on the run in shed, starting with the tree growing through the roof, then I twisted the tin around it and bent the edges. I set the side door partially off its hinges showed the old dirt inside the shed and indicated the barn board on the building.

The big barn didn't need a lot of work, I fixed the roof line, added another lightning rod, put in the barn boards, some stonework at the base of the building added a vent hole at the top of the front of the barn.

Lastly I added a fence behind the big barn and another in front of the trees at the back of the pasture. I put some grasses and growies along the path from the barn.

This is an original 6-1/2" x 9” graphite pencil drawing available when matted and shrink wrapped for $50.00.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunset Lake 1

As I was coming home from Lindsay, I could see the bottom end of Chemong Lake and I stopped on the shoulder of the road to do this little drawing of the lake with the islands.

It is something that perhaps I will develop into a full colour painting at a later time either in acrylic or watercolour.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

OSWOA - Sewing Machine

I know it is supposed to be spring but when the day starts off at 22F (-5.6C) with blowing snow and the wind making it feel like 10F (-12.2C) and our high for the day is 32F (0C) and the continuing wind and snow making it feel like 20F (-6.7C). I certainly don't feel like working in my garden.

Today at KAGS our theme for the Still Life class was Sewing, Embroidery and Needlework.

Fortunately for me the old Singer sewing machine was one of the pieces in the display and I was able to get more details on a painting I had started a couple of years ago (see posts on 19 January 2012 and 24 July 2013) and I will finally be able to get it completed.

I also did a number of sketches of other parts of the display and I will post those at a later date.

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 $80.00 and sold unframed.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Skeletons I

It is a cool, 29F (-1.7C) cloudy and overcast and we are supposed to get more rain today, but at least it isn't as windy.

However, as the day progressed and the temperature rose and hovered around the freezing mark, it brought us an interesting mix during the day of rain, hail, snow and then more rain, more snow, more hail and then a mix of rain and snow. But the sun did finally come out and we had perhaps less than 10 minutes of sunshine.

I pulled out this drawing that I did a couple of years ago (see post on 02 September 2013)and thought it needed something more to make it a little more "spooky".

I played around with the drawing for a little while and settled on a full moon in the background.

This little 2-3/4" x 3-1/4" original pen and ink drawing is available matted and shrink wrapped for $20.00.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Koi 6 and 7

Today I was watching a program on Koi and how they are raised and while the program was on I did a couple of drawings of them.

One of the many interesting things on the program was that koi have been reported to achieve ages of 100–200 years with the average age at a little more than 50 years.

There was a well-known red coloured koi called "Hanako" who lived to be 228 years old (1749-1977). Needless to say, he was owned by several owners through the course of his lifetime.

Koi 6

To the Japanese the koi fish is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune. They are also associated with Japan's national identity and culture.

Which is why I was surprised to find that Japan was not the largest cultivator of koi in the world; with the top five being Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Trying to keep all of the varieties and variations of koi straight can be hard enough, especially since new koi varieties are still being actively developed.

Koi 7

I fell in love with the Butterfly koi (also known as dragon carp, or longfin koi) when I first saw them in Aruba at The Butterfly Farm, but unfortunately with all the predators I have around here there is no way I can have a koi pond on the farm.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four Seasons 3

It is not quite as warm as yesterday but I am happy with it reaching 54F (12.2C) and the bright sunshine which is helping to dry everything and my lawn is showing signs of starting to turn green.

Today I am painting with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group and I thought that I would do four different drawings each representing one of the four seasons with people on a roadway..

Spring 3

I thought I may as well start with spring, which is well known for its rainy days. After putting in the road and some trees on each side I put in a few puddles on the road.

Then I added a lone figure walking on the road and carrying an umbrella to keep off the rain.

Summer 3

Next it was time to work on the summer road, with its hot days and trees covered in leaves which provide shade from the sun.

After getting the road and trees put into the drawing, I thought for this one to put two couples out for a walk on the road heading toward each other.

Autumn 3

After lunch I started on the autumn road with its semi bare trees on each side of the road and a scattering of leaves at the edge of the road.

For this one I thought I would like to have three people walking down the road.

Winter 3

Before the afternoon was over I wanted get the last season completed. I started by indicating the road and putting snowbanks on each side of the road with the trees bare of any leaves.

Lastly, I put an adult with a child walking along the road.

At a later date I may decide to do painting of the four seasons.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lake Reflections I

Today I was going to paint with the Lakefield Creative Arts Guild but with the weather being so nice, sunny and warm 62F (16.7), I decided to work outside in the garden.

Later in the day after I had finished the section of my garden I wanted to clear, I thought that I would mat and shrink wrap a number of the pen and ink drawings I had completed last year.

I pulled out the mats I would like for the various drawings and found that there were a couple that needed a little more work before they were finished.

This was one of them and it needed a little more land put into the background (see posts on 12 June and 30 November 2014).

By the time they were finished I didn't have time to cut mats; but when this original 7" x 9-1/2” pen and ink drawing is matted and shrink wrapped it will be available for $50.00.

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

OSWOA - Evening Sky 5

I recently pulled out 25 paintings that I had started and they needed perhaps an hour or less of work to complete.

I chose this one that I had started earlier this year (see posts on 20 January and 27 March 2015) and wanted to finish.

It needed another tree on the closest island and rather than put in a full tree I added a tree stump and a few more growies.

More work needed to be done on the trunks as well as adding a few more dead branches onto the trees.

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.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Twin Birches 1

It is nice to have a warm 43F (6.1C) morning for a change and to make things even better I was greeted to a thunderstorm earlier this morning as well. Even though the storm didn't last very long it was still nice to watch and enjoy.

Down by the Snelgrove Brook in the last bottom field before forest starts there is a pair of large, twin birch trees.

About four years ago there had been a slightly smaller birch but the beavers came along and cut that one down to build their lodge.

I thought I would do a quick sketch of the trees with the brook and far shore behind them.

This drawing with spring colours would be nice, or perhaps in the future I could easily do them as a four seasons series.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Caribbean Shore 1

We are under a freezing rain warning for later this morning and with the temperature at 27F (-2.2C) and the wind chill making it feel like 20F (-6.7C) it gives me a feeling of déjà vu back to 2013 when I was without power for almost five days due to the freezing rain storm that we had about this time of the year.

So rather than dwell on the upcoming storm I thought I would do a drawing of a nice warm place like a beach in the Caribbean, with the surf rolling up onto the shore and a soft breeze making the palm fronds gently sway.

This little black and white drawing brings back warm memories of the white sand beaches. I can hardly wait to head south to the Caribbean islands again.

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Emerging Art Show

Today I dropped off my paintings for the upcoming Emerging Art Show at KAGS which will open tomorrow afternoon and the opening reception will be held on Saturday 11 April from 1-4p.m.

If you have a chance, please come out and meet the artists on at the opening reception or just to enjoy the exhibit before if closes on 30 April 2015.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Run in Shed I

It is 24F (-4.4C) and overcast and we are to get more snow flurries today. I think it is supposed to be spring, but winter just doesn't want to leave.

I pulled out this sketch that I did a couple of years ago (see post on 18 June 2013) when I went out for a drive in the countryside.

Beginning with the closest building I put in the barn board and straightened the fascia boards. Next I added some overgrown grasses and weeds at the base of the shed.

Then I moved to the next building and began working on the well weathered, wooden roof. Some of the boards had warped and twisted showing their age.

From there I started on the solid side wall with its entry door for the times when the animals are shut into the shed during bad weather. Then the back wall and interior sidewall.

Lastly I added a fence line in for the pasture and some long grass and growies around the second shed.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Autumn Solo 1

It is another day that I am greeted with a light covering of snow on the ground with cold temperatures of 21F (-6.1C).

I decided that I would go out to Burleigh Falls and take photographs as at this time of the year the water is quite high, but I also wanted to do a sketch of an oak tree that was near the water that I didn't have time last year draw.

The colours on this particular tree instead of being the usual shades of brown and rust, was in shades of red, yellow and orange.

At a later date I may do a painting of this tree against the rapids above Burleigh Falls.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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 April.

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

Friday, April 3, 2015

Confirmed Shows for 2015 - April

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.

Norwood Skillet, 4247 Highway 7, Norwood Ont.
25 Mar - 27 May 15

The Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Road, Peterborough Ont.
02-04 Apr 15 The 15th Annual Peterborough Garden Show

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery, Peterborough, Ont.
08-30 Apr 15 Emerging
Opening Reception 11 Apr 15 from 1-4pm.
10 Jun - 05 Jul 15 Warm and Cool
Opening Reception 13 Jun 15 from 1-4pm.
26 Aug - 27 Sep 15 Faces and Figures
Opening Reception 29 Aug 15 from 1-4pm.
11-29 Nov 15 Outdoor Painters' Show - Elements of Nature
Opening Reception 14 Nov 15 from 1-4pm.
02-20 Dec 15 and 06-17 Jan 16 Winter Show
Opening Reception 05 Dec 15 from 1-4pm..

Kawartha Arts Network - Art on Kent, Lindsay, Ont.
09 Apr - 02 May 15 Local Floral
Opening Reception 11 Apr 15 from 1-3pm.
02 Jul - 01 Aug 15 Annual All Members' Show
Opening Reception 04 Jul 15 from 1-3pm.
03-31 Dec 15 and 07 Jan-16 Jan 16 Affordibleism
Opening Reception 05 Dec 15 from 1-3pm.

Peterborough Public Library, 345 Alymer Street, Peterborough, Ont.
Trent University, Canadian Studies Department, Art and Culture Tour
22 May 15 from 6:30-9:30pm.

MacKelvie Gallery, Keene, Ont.
28 May - 25 Jun Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Keene, Ont.

The Lindsay Gallery, Lindsay, Ont.
24 Jun - 25 Jul 15 Motion in Stillness
Reception 25 Jul 15 from 2-4pm.

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Lakefield, Ont.
27 Jun 15 Artists in Bloom II 2-4pm.

Lockside Trading Company, 2805 River Ave, Youngs Point, Ont.
18-19 Jul 15 3rd Annual Art @ the Locks from 9am-6pm.
16-17 Aug 15 4th Annual Art @ the Locks from 9am-6pm.

St Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
16-23 Aug 15 25th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Township of Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, Warsaw, Ont.
08 Sep - 24 Oct 15 Three Good Friends
Opening Reception 11 Sep 15 from 7-8pm.

Millennium Park, Peterborough, Ont.
5th Annual Purple Onion Festival
20 Sep 15 from 11am-4:00pm.

Dancing Blueberries, 360 George St. N., Peterborough, Ont.
02-28 Oct 15

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
05-06 Sep 15 Kawartha Arts Festival

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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hanging the Peterborough Garden Show

Today was a beautiful, mild and sunny day with the temperatures reaching 53F (11.7C) which is wonderful although by the weekend we are to get more snow.

It has been over three weeks now and still no sign of Junkyard; I can only hope that he is safe and has found a new home.

I started the day by going to KAGS to help load the grids, lights and tables that were to go to the Evinrude Centre for the Peterborough Garden Show.

Once there, the panels were quickly unloaded and two of us went to work setting them up. In the meantime others on the committee were doing the take in of paintings for the show.

When we finished the grids, we hung the cloth panels and finally the lights were added and turned on; we were ready to start hanging the fifty one paintings that were entered for the show.

We first set up the center panels with the larger paintings and from there tried to give each artist a grid for their artwork to keep it all together.

We put the tags with the paintings and had everything set up by 1:30. It was a lovely display of floral artwork.

I returned at 5:00pm to do my sitting for the art show and while there decided to work on this drawing of African Violets in a basket. This original graphite pencil drawing when framed will be available for $65.00.

I hope you will be able to come out and enjoy the Peterborough Garden Show and visit our art show during the weekend.

The hours for the show are:
02 Apr 15 - 5:00-9:00pm
03 Apr 15 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
04 Apr 15 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

African Violet Sketch

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lone Tree I

Today has been a busy day and full of many surprises. The morning started off cool 26F (-3.3C) but by late afternoon the temperature was a wonderful 40F (4.4C) when I took Kyora out for a walk through the fields, which still have a little snow on the trails but most of it has melted.

When I returned from running my errands in Peterborough I was delighted to see my pair of North American Kestrels have returned and will once again be nesting in the hawk box on the south side of the house.

We have had a pair of Kestrels nesting there for over 35 years; originally they nested in a hole in the building under the eaves but after five years we finally finished that side of the house in the late fall and closed the opening. Rather than the birds trying to find a new home when they came back in February I called the Toronto Zoo and received the dimensions for a hawk box that would be appropriate for them.

Ron built it and put it up in the late fall and they adapted to their new nest with no trouble, other than the first year kicking out the starlings that tried to take over their nesting site.

With wear and tear from the elements over the years we have had to replace the box three times with a new one.

I wanted to work on a drawing of one of the old dead trees along the fence line that will soon be felled and turned into firewood. It didn't take me long to do this little drawing and return to the house to warm up with a nice cup of hot tea.

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