Saturday, June 27, 2015

Revisiting Three Winter Paintings

Today I took four paintings to Art on Kent for the Members' Show which opens on 02 July and runs through to 01 August 2015 and sat the show at the Gallery for the afternoon.

Twin Trees 1

I worked on three winter paintings, the first one (see posts on 13 February and 24 November 2012) needed a few shadows in the snow to add a little more character from the solid area of white.

Winter Gold 1

The second one (see posts on 14 December 2011 and 20 February 2013) had a large expanse of solid colour over the entire snow covered lake which was to plain.

I added a little pure burnt sienna over some areas of the lake to create a little more depth to the painting.

Winter Evening 2

The third painting (see post on 18 November 2014) was an evening scene and the sunset colours would be reflected back in the snow.

A pale wash of burnt sienna was brushed in some areas of the snow to make it more believable.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Break in the Fence 1

Today we finally finished building the first set of the new barn doors for the barns. In this case the west set of doors on the back of the north barn.

The barn doors on the east side of the barn fortunately only require a new entry door which is the next one on the agenda after we recycle the good section on the old barn door to hang on the courtyard side of the west barn.

I thought it fitting to do this sketch of a farm with a barn in the background  and a break in the fencing that needs to be repaired since we have been working on these doors as we had the time over the past two months.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Moonlit Creek I

Today I just started doodling on a landscape and gradually it started to take shape as a night scene with a full moon.

I added some large pines to the right side of the drawing and brought a bank down to the edge of a creek.

The moonlight would be reflected in the slowly moving water.

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

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Koi 8 and 9

Today I wanted to do a couple of drawings of koi for some paintings I had started a couple of years ago that just need the fish transferred onto the canvas.

I did my first sketch in the portrait format and had it heading down toward the bottom of the pond after a tasty treat.

I put slightly longer fins and tail of the fish, but bit as long as one would fin on a butterfly koi just to create a bit of interest.

The second one is in landscape format and had the koi rising up.

Koi 8

This one also had longer fins which creates more of a flowing movement.

Koi 9

Perhaps some of these drawings will be used in future paintings of koi.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

OSWOA - Rubber Ducky 2

I wanted to work on something that I could complete today and after going through a number of pieces I decided on this one of a rubber ducky that I has started last year (see posts on 28 March and 15 July 2014).

Using a dark mix of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna I painted in the pupils of the eyes.

Using a wash of raw sienna I put down the under paint for the duck, leaving the whites of the eyes and painting around the bill.

With various mixtures of blue greys gradually the shading was put on the body of the ducky.

Finally the bill was painted using alizarin crimson, new gamboge, cadmium red and cadmium yellow.

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.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Birch Tree Trunks I

Today I was at Millennium Park in Peterborough and I came across these three birch trees by the edge of the Otonabee River.

It started to cloud over as I sat on the grass and started to sketch the birches beginning with blocking in the three trunks.

It wasn't long before the rain started so I took a couple of pictures before leaving the park to head home.

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Winter Trail 2

I was going through some winter photographs of the trails going through the woodland at the south end of my property and thought I would like to do this part of the trail which is just behind the pond and gives you c choice of going toward the road to the west or deeper into the forest as you go east.

I started by putting the sky in with a mixture of ultramarine blue and titanium white and as I got to the bottom of the painting I added a cobalt blue and pthalo blue into the sky colour for the snow on the ground and the snow shadows.

Next I mixed various different greens for my trees using raw sienna, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue and cobalt blue.

Using more of the paler yellow greens first, I put in the distant trees into the background and gradually darkened green mixtures as I put in the closer trees and added more details to them as I worked my way forward through the background trees.

On the closer trees on each side of where the trail divides I continued to darkened the colours and added more details to the trees.

Next I mixed a dark of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and a little bit of alizarin crimson and put in some dark shadows at the base of the trees as well as a few of the bare tree trunks.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Norma's Peppers

Today is another wet and rainy day and I am painting with the the Lakefield Creative Arts Guild at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Lakefield, Ontario.

Many in the Group are getting mats cut and paintings framed for the up coming Artists in Bloom II Art Show and Sale later this month in conjunction with the spring Strawberry and Tea Social held on 27 June.

This is a painting I started last month (see post on 27 May 2015) and it just needs the yellow pepper painted to be completed.

To create the shadow on the pepper I used burnt sienna with a touch of cadmium red.

More layers of raw sienna, new gamboge and aureolin were layered over the body of the pepper to give it the illusion of roundness.

I finished the pepper with some areas of burnt sienna for the reflected colour.

This original 8" x 10" watercolour painting when framed will be available for $185.00.

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

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Harness Horse Head Study

Today I was at the Brooklin Spring Fair and enjoyed watching the Light Horse show with classes for Carriage Horses, Hackney Ponies, Harness Ponies, and Haflingers.

As usual I took along my camera and sketchbook and took photographs of the classes and did a number of sketches.

During the course of the day I probably did about 20 sketches which could be worked into paintings.

I also took well over 500 photographs of the various classes at the show.

Needless to say, I am very happy that I have switched to digital as I would have hated to pay the cost to develop the film.

This quick sketch is of one of the Harness Ponies.

Fortunately, I took a series of photographs of the stages of this head study sketch.

A lady who had been watching me sketch on and off during the course of the day came over an asked if she could purchase one of my sketches.

I would like to thank new collector Mrs. Marcia Darrin of Toronto, Ontario on her purchase of this sketch.

As I develop more of these sketches I will post them at a later date.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Twin Pines 1

Today, I wanted to do something simple and fairly easy.

I decided to do the pair of pines in one of the fields behind the barn and just before the sugar bush at the eastern edge of the property.

After putting in the main pines trees I added some of the trees on the far side of the Snelgrove Brook which runs through the back of the farm.

Over the years I have taken many photographs of these pine trees.

They are one of my favourite subjects and I will probably do a lot more paintings of them in the not too distant future.

Friday, June 5, 2015

OSWOA - Gardening 2

Today I wanted to work on another still life painting so I could have a number of them ready for the upcoming Still Life Show at The Lindsay Gallery later this month.

I pulled out this painting that I had started last year (see posts on 05 March, 14 August and 26 December 2014) and wanted to complete.

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.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

ACEO - Pine 2

I had a little bit of time to work on a painting today and decided to complete this one that I had started earlier this year (see post on 03 February 2015).

I brushed the sky into the background using cobalt blue and added a touch of French ultramarine blue and painted i n the water.

Next I mixed French ultramarine blue, raw sienna and added a touch of burnt sienna to darken the green and painted the needles into the main tree.

While the paint was still wet I dropped in some pure burnt sienna to give a little more colour to the needles.

I lightly drew in the trunks of the other trees.

Still using the same colour for the needles I painted in the trunks first and then added the needles to the other trees and again added touches of burnt sienna.

I put the reflections from the trees into the water.

To complete the painting I painted in the rocks with French ultramarine, burnt sienna and raw sienna.

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.

Wednesday, June 3, 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 June.

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Autumn River 1

Today I was in Peterborough by the Otonabee River and I stopped to feed the ducks, geese and seagulls.

It was so peaceful in the small park on Water Street, that while I sat at the picnic table surrounded by the water fowl, I did a little sketch of the river.

I thought I would like to have this scene of the trees as it would be in autumn rather than the summer.

I may turn this drawing into a painting at a later date.

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

Monday, June 1, 2015

Confirmed Shows for 2015 - 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.

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

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery, Peterborough, Ont.
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 Christmas Show
Opening Reception 05 Dec 15 from 1-4pm.

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.

Kawartha Arts Network - Art on Kent, Lindsay, Ont.
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.

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

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

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

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

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