Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Communion - A Work in Progress

Today I wanted to do a little the more work on this painting to at least get the decanters finished (see posts on 09 May, 18 July, 02, 09, 19 and 23 August 2016).

Now it was time to start painting in the wine to complete the first decanter.

Using mixtures of new gamboge, alizarin crimson, raw sienna, burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue I started below the front edge of the wine in the darkest area and as I worked down toward the bottom of the decanter the colour lightened slightly and become more dark amber and the areas of reflected colour from the plate and a few reflections from the lights were left untouched.














With a slightly more red mix the top surface of the wine was painted in leaving areas of colour where the plate and lights were reflected onto the surface. The area to the left side had only a pale wash of alizarin crimson on it with a few spots of pure white showing the reflections from the lights and the silver goblet.

Now that the wine decanter was completed it was time to take a break and I will post this painting again once I start on the water decanter.

I would like to thank long time collector Mme. Cecile Desrochers of Ste-Ramon, Quebec on her purchase of Dixon Cove Wreck I and II (see posts on 23 April, 22 July and 27 November 2012).

Thank you for looking at my artwork.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

ACEO - Foggy Day 4

I wanted to complete this painting that I have been working on for the last couple of months (see posts on 12 June 2016 and 03 July 2016).

With a pale mixture of French ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson I painted in the very distant trees keeping the colour muted.

I added a little more of the blue to the mix to darken the colour slightly and put in the next row of trees.

More blue was added to the mix and a little raw sienna and it was painted in with more detail and at the bottom for the tree grasses were put in with negative painting.

The mixture was darkened once more with blue and the largest pine was painted in with even more details on the branches and needles.

Again the grasses were again painted in the negative.

I painted the water into the foreground with a mix of raw sienna and new gamboge and left some areas of the background colour showing.

Then I put in a few streaks of the dark mixture in the water for tree reflections.

Lastly, with a pale wash of burnt sienna I painted the rock.

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 90lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beach Scenes - Four Works in Progress

Today I thought I would like to work on some of the scenes from the Caribbean.

I pulled out three drawings from Aruba (see post on 16 September 2013) and one from Roatan (see post from 08 April 2015).














Along the Shore 1

I thought that I would work on all four pieces at the same time starting with the sand.















Along the Shore 2

I used raw sienna in various strengths for the sand on the beaches leaving some areas of white paper by the shore for the froth from the waves.














Along the Shore 3

Using Antwerp blue in the sky I brush in the sky and then added in a little of the raw sienna for the water, leaving some areas white for the froth on the beach and for a few white caps.















Caribbean Shore 1

I will post each of these paintings at a later date as more work on them is completed.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Desert Sunrise 1-3 - Three Works in Progress

Today I was thinking about when we went to Nevada for a vacation a number of years ago and thought I would like to paint a few desert scenes at sunrise perhaps as a small triptych.

I decided to work on all three pieces at the same time, beginning with the sky and using various mixtures of French ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson as I worked down toward the bottom of the paper.

I lightly drew in the horizon line and added some mountain ranges in the distance and a large rock race in the foreground on each of the paintings.

Desert Sunrise 1

On the first one I put in some of the desert sand with a mixture of burnt sienna and raw sienna. I may change the colour of the sand slightly in each of the three paintings, depending on how they appear against the foreground rocks.

I started painting the closer rocks using various combinations of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna and alizarin crimson.

Desert Sunrise 2

Before I could complete the foreground rocks on the third painting I had unexpected company drop by and had to put everything away.

I will post each of these painting at a later date as more work on them is completed.







Desert Sunrise 3

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Forest Stream 1 - A Work in Progress

Today I worked on this painting that I worked on earlier this month (see posts on 13 February 2012, 13 March and 13 August 2016).

I wanted to finish all the background trees. As usual I started working from the furthest back trees to the closest ones using various mixtures if French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and raw sienna.

Once the treea were completed I put in some grasses and growies that were still above the snow into the background with raw sienna, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson.













Next I added a few leaves onto the trees that are often seen still clinging valiantly to their place on the tree branches, refusing to leave until pushed out by the new spring growth or eaten by hungry squirrels.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Black and White Plus One Colour

Today Cindy and I sat at the new Black and White Plus One Colour art exhibition at KAGS today.












There are many news things being tried at this show for the first time.

First we are having a People's Choice Award by ballot from the people coming in to view the exhibit.














We are also trying out QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) on two of the paintings and hope to have more in future shows.

If you have a chance come out and view the exhibit which runs from 24 August - 11 September 2016 and if you would like to meet some of the artists please come to the opening reception being held on 28 August 2016 from 1-4pm.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Communion - A Work in Progress

Today I thought I would do a little more work on this painting that I started earlier this year (see posts on 06 May, 18 July, 02, 09, and 19 August 2016).

I started with the wine decanter and put in the edge of the tray that would show through the clear glass. For this I used mixtures of raw sienna, burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue.

With burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue I started to add areas where the background panelling was showing through the glass.

Using various mixtures of raw sienna, new gamboge and burnt sienna were used for the reflections on the glass of the brass plate.













At the bottom of the decanter the white cloth showing through the glass was put on with French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

Using a pale wash of alizarin crimson I indicated the darkest areas of the wine in the decanter and then put in the reflected colour of the wine onto the cloth.

Next I mixed a large batch of a warm dark colour using French ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna which can also be paled down to a warm grey by adding water.

First I put in the areas of the darkest colour starting at the top of the stopper, working down through the handle and finally, gradually completing the empty glass to where the edge of the tray showed through the decanter.













Adding more water to the dark mixture I started at the stopper once again and worked my way down the decanter the same way as I did for the darkest colour being careful to leave the small areas of white paper showing through for the reflected light.

Below the edge of the tray I put in the white cloth that shows through the glass just above the wine.

I will post this painting at a later date once I have completed the wine decanter.

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

Monday, August 22, 2016

Industry 1-3 Three Works in Progress

Today is the first day since 19 July that we have had a day without a humidity of 86F+ (30C+). Temperatures and humidity this high and for this long is very unusual for this part of Canada, in fact it has never happened in my lifetime.

It was a good day to go out and mow the lawn, a chore I enjoy doing. So I started my mower and carefully went through the doorway (which only allows a 1" (2.5cm) clearance on the deck).

It didn't seem to handle the way it normally does so I took it to the shop where Ron was working on the tractor and left it with him to see what was wrong with my lawn mower.

When I returned a little later he had it in pieces and this is what I saw. Needless to say I wasn't impressed and told him he shouldn't use my lawn mower if this is the end result.















So until the new parts come in and he fixes it and puts it all back together I will have to use my old one with the smaller deck.

After doing mowing the lawn, I thought I would do a couple of pieces showing industrial areas.















Industry 1

With a pencil, I lightly blocked in the factories and buildings complete with smoke stacks.

Working across all three pieces I started by going around the building with a dark mixture of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna in some areas, then adding cobalt blue with a small amount of alizarin crimson in some areas.















Industry 2

Next I lightened the colour and added a little more alizarin crimson to the mixture and put into the areas above the blue. I added more red to the mix for the next layer and then set it aside to dry.

For the middle I used a mix of lemon yellow and new gamboge and brushed it through the paintings.















Industry 3

While the paint was still wet at the bottom area of the yellow mix raw sienna with a little cobalt blue was put in to join the bottom part to the centre.

Using cobalt blue and aureolin some distant hills were put in above the bright yellow area.

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dark Water I - A Work in Progress

It is going to be another hot 90F (32F) and very humid 106F (41C) day.

Ron and I continued to work on replacing a section of the barn floor that had rotted (see post on 09 July 2016) from many years of the rain coming in through the opening in the loft where we put hay out for the horses.















By late afternoon we had it completed and Ron tossed some hay down onto the floor from the mow.

I wanted to do a little work on one of my sketches and I picked this one that I had worked on last month (see post on 02 July 2016).















I started by adding more branches and details to the dead twisted cedar tree.

Next I added in some rocks along the shoreline and a few dead pine tree trunks behind the live pines.















Lastly I drew in the distant treeline into the background.

I started with the trunk of the large cedar tree in the foreground, but before I could get too much further on the drawing I realized it was time to start supper.















I will post this drawing again once more work on it has been completed.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Communion - A Work in Progress

With it being hot 86F (30C) and humid 98F (36.7C) today I wanted to do a little the more work on this painting to at least get the decanters finished (see posts on 09 May, 18 July, 02 and 09 August 2016).

First I wanted to complete the wood grain on the panels and I mixed various dark colours using alizarin crimson, French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.














Next I removed the rest of the masking from the plate, decanters and the handles on the tray.

With French ultramarine blue I painted in the shadowed areas in the cloth in the tray leaving some areas lighter to indicate the light going through the glass decanters.

To complete the tray I used various mixtures of raw sienna, burnt sienna, new gamboge and French ultramarine blue to paint the brass handles being sure to leave the small highlights the white of the paper and paint the cast shadows from the decanters and goblet onto the sides of the tray.














Using mixes of new gamboge and aureolin I put in the bright areas on the plate and the reflected colour on the decanters and on the wafer box.

To give me an idea of the how light or dark I wanted my colours on the remaining pieces I put in my darkest dark which allows me to see which areas need to have the highest contrast.

I will post this painting again once I have completed the plate.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Buckhorn Artists' Group Blog - Shades of Summer Art Show and Sale

If you go to the Buckhorn Artists' Group blog you can see the daily results of about what happened during the 26th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show and Sale as well as some of the paintings that were exhibited in the show.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scenes of Magnetawan

Today Sheila and I took a trip up to the Knoepfli Inn, which is located at 5484 Highway 124, in Magnetawan, Ontario.

Earlier this year (see post on 22 June 2016) the KAGS Outdoor Painters' Group, who spend a week every year at the Inn to paint, were invited to have an exhibition of paintings called "Scenes of Magnetawan" which featured the Inn and paintings of the area.

Since five paintings had been sold from the show we went up to fill the empty spaces with new paintings of the area.

A few of the paintings were rearranged to accommodate the new pieces and after speaking with Bea Kolman arrangements will be made to have a "Meet the Artists Afternoon Tea" in October when the Group returns to the Inn.














Once the date and more details are confirmed about this event I will post it in the future.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

OSWOA - Morning Reflections 1

We are finally getting more rain which started around 4:00am this morning and has continued through most of the day. Although there was a Meteorological Alert issued by Environment Canada for severe rain and wind warnings for the area we were fortunate that it bypassed us, but we still had the 80F (26.7C) temperature and the humidity making it feel like 98F (36.7C).

I wanted to finish this painting that I have been working on (see posts on 10 January 2013, 05 March 12 and 14 August 2016).

After looking at it for a couple of days I decided that the painting needed darker colour in the closer tree trunks and in the water and rocks.

Using French ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna I added the darker colour into the trunks and branches of the closer trees.













With the same colour I added the shadows on the rocks and at the water line.

Next I added in some of the reflections into the water from the main tree trunks and coniferous trees.

Lastly I added a little more alizarin crimson into the stream.

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 $40.00 and sold unframed.

Monday, August 15, 2016

ACEO - Fence Posts 1

It is a nice hot day at 82F (28C) and with the humidity it feels like 90F (32C); good weather for the letting the second cut hay to dry.

I thought I would like to work on one of the fence post paintings I started last month, (see post on 17 July 2016).

I started by using water and lifting most of the colour off the fence posts.

Next I mixed a dark of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna and put the wood grain onto each of the fence posts.

Using a thin wash of Antwerp blue and aureolin I brushed it on some areas of the fence post to show the moss and staining.

Then using burnt sienna I put in the strands of barbed wire fencing across the fence posts.

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork.

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 140lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Last Day of Shades of Summer Art Show

Today is the half day of our show and it was also the busiest with a steady stream of people going through the show.

I thought I would continue with the painting Morning Reflections 1 that I had worked on earlier this week (see posts on 10 January 2013, 05 March and 12 August 2016).

I wanted to darken the warm colour in the sky which is also reflected into the stream using alizarin crimson.

Next I painted in the tree trunks using various mixtures of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. Once this was completed I took a much needed break for lunch.

On my return I added the darker colour onto the evergreen trees with French ultramarine blue and raw sienna.













Using the tree trunk colour, I put in some of the branches, twigs and growies at the base of the trees. With various mixes of raw sienna, burnt sienna, cadmium red, cadmium yellow and alizarin crimson I added dead grasses and leave around the trees.

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

Ten paintings were purchased from Heather Grant, Catherine Selinger, Ron Desjardine, Diane Collins Penny Little and Helen Sheppard. Small items were sold by Penny Little, Diane Collins and JoAnne Connell Northey, who also sold pottery.

The hours for our show are:
14 Aug 16 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm

We hope some of you will be able to come out and visit our show before it closes.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Shades of Summer Art Show and Sale

It was an interesting day at the art show, with a refreshing breeze blowing and the lack of humidity in the morning due to a much needed downpour of rain around 5:00a.m. this morning.

The skies however, remained overcast and as the morning progressed the wind increased along with the temperature 80F (26.7C) and the humidity 100F (37.8C) and then the rain came again in waves, of extremely heavy down pours and high winds, then eased slightly before another rainstorm came in, including two thunderstorms during the afternoon.

There were Meteorological Alerts issued by Environment Canada for tornado warnings, severe rainfall warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings in effect for the area. The power went out twice at the show, but no one complained about being in the dark for a short time and continued to enjoy the art work when the lights came back on.

I am not going to complain about the weather as we got the much needed rain which means tomorrow I will not be walking the dog on "crunchy" grass and no tornadoes touched down in the area.

I worked on this painting that I had started a number of years ago (see posts on 13 February 2012 and 13 March 2016) called it Forest Stream 1.













I put some shadow into the bottom of the painting using a pale mixture of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

Next I added another layer of maple and birch trees into the background using various mixes of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and raw sienna before painting in some of closer trees into the foreground with a slightly darker mix of the same colours used on the background trees.

Eight paintings were sold by Catherine Selinger, Susan Sydney, Bonnie Windover and Penny Little. Diane Collins, JoAnne Connell Northey and Penny Little sold small items.

I would like to thank new collector Ms. Barbara Worthington of Mississauga, Ont. on her purchase of Birch Song 4 (see post on 03 June 2010).

The hours for our show are:
13 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
14 Aug 16 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm

I hope you will be able to come out and visit the show either today or before it closes tomorrow.

Friday, August 12, 2016

26th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show and Sale

It was a fairly quiet day today with the temperature once again hot 94F (34.4C) and the humidity making it feel like 107F (41.7C) and even though it did cloud over in the afternoon there was still no rain; hopefully tomorrow will bring some of the rain we so badly need.

I worked on this painting that I had started a few years ago (see posts on 10 January 2013 and 05 March 2016) called Morning Reflections 1.

The background deciduous trees were put in using a pale mixture of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna and the under paint for the evergreens was a pale mixture of raw sienna and Antwerp blue.

Using burnt sienna, French ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson I put in some of the rocks along the edges if the stream.













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

One painting sold today and I would like to thank new collector Mrs. Anne Herron of Lakefield, Ontario on her purchase of Golden Birches (see post on 02 June 2012). Small items were sold by Diane Collins and Penny Little.

The hours for our show are:
12 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
13 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
14 Aug 16 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm

We hope you will be able to come out and enjoy our art at some point over the remaining two days.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Day of Shades of Summer Art Show

It turned out to be a wise choice that I waited until early this morning to finish hanging my paintings.  I was able to hang the additional nine paintings and arrange the exhibit so it made a pleasing display without being rushed or feeling tired due to the heat or high humidity in place at night.

Once again the temperature reached 95F (35C) and the humidity was even higher making it feel like 107F (41.7C).  I was fortunate in that where I was sitting at the back of the church hall I got an occasional breeze coming through the open door.

I worked on this painting that I had started quite some time ago (see posts on 29 January 2012, 11 December 2015 and 23 February 2016).

I started by painting in the hills using various mixtures of raw sienna, French ultramarine blue and Antwerp blue and left the trunk of the main tree in the left side field white.

Once the paint had dried I used a mixture of the grass colours and burnt sienna to paint in the fence posts and then using pure burnt sienna for the barbed wire fence.













Country Road 1

I am not sure that I like the light green colour of the hills but before I change the colour I will probably put in the trees take and decide at that point if I will change the colour. I will post this painting at a later date.

Although not many people came out to see the show today, fourteen paintings were sold from Ron Desjardine, Pat Harvey-McCourt, Rebecca Bilcox, Susan Sydney, JoAnne Connell Northey, Dianne Collins, Catherine Selinger and Heather Grant. Small items were sold by Dianne Collins and pottery by JoAnne Connell Northey.

I would like to thank Ms. Joan Smith of Toronto, Ont. on her purchase of Pristine Beauty (see post on 13 June 2010) and Sunset Reeds 1 (see post on 20 July 2012). I would also like to thank Ms. Lucy Lehmann of South Bruce Peninsula, Ont. on her purchase of Barron Canyon 1 (see post on 12 April 2016) and Evening Sky 1 (see post on 26 October 2012).

The hours for our show are:
11 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
12 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
13 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
14 Aug 16 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Please come out and enjoy the artwork displayed at our show.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Setting Up the 26th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

With the show being only four days instead of its usual nine days we had to set the entire show up tonight instead of being able to set up the grids the night before and then come back the following day and hang our paintings at our leisure to have the artwork displayed at its best.

Also with three of our members deciding not to exhibit at this show there was a lot more space available for paintings for the remaining eleven artists.

Needless to say I didn't take that into consideration and I found that I needed more paintings to fill the areas in which I was assigned to hang my work.

Once I had most of my paintings hung, rather than go home and pick up more artwork and return that night I decided I would return early in the morning before the opening of the show and finish hanging my work.














While there are many changes with this show, some of them are for the better. One that I do like is having the panels run in a solid row down the centre of the church hall instead of it having a narrow open space in the grids, dividing them into two sections near the centre area. This always seemed to cause a bottle neck when large numbers of the public came in to view the exhibit.















Before I left for the night I set up my table in my spot at the back of the church hall by the door and as usual I will be work on small paintings throughout the art show.















It will be interesting to see how the hot and humid temperatures affect the attendance at the show, with today being 95F (35C) and the humidity making it feel like 105F (40.6C) and the next couple of days are to be even more humid. But tomorrow is another day and we will take it as it comes.















The hours for our show are:
11 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
12 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
13 Aug 16 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
14 Aug 16 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm












I look forward to seeing some of you at our show during the next four days.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Communion - A Work in Progress

It is another nice, bright and sunny day, although the heat 88F (31.1C) and humidity 95F (35C) together with the lack of rain are causing drought conditions with crops failing and a total ban on any kind of fires.

I wanted to do more work on this painting that I have been working on for a while (see posts on 09 May, 18 July and 02 August 2016).

I used a mixture of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson and painted the shadowed area beneath the table and to the end of the wooden panel with vertical strokes varying the lightness and darkness so it was not one solid mass.













Adding more water to the mixture to lighten the colour slightly, the shadow colour was painted in from the right side to the left side of the painting as far as the last quarter of the collection plate for the shadows cast on the wooden panels on the wall.

More water was added to the shadow colour and the last panels on the left side were painted in, varying the colours on the wood.

I removed the masking fluid from the cloth in the tray, from the bottom of the decanters and the goblet.














A dark mix of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson was used to paint in the shadows on each side of the raised panels and along the top and bottom edges of the boards on the wall.

Using the same dark colour I painted in the wood grain patterns on the horizontal boards.

Then I indicated the wood grain into the shadowed area below the table.














Still using the same dark mix of paint I started adding the more detailed wood grain patterns into the shadowed area of the background.

Once that was done I started adding the wood grain patterns into the sunlit side of the panels but ran out of time before I could get it complete.

I will post this painting at a later date once I have finished putting the wood grain on all the panels.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Watering Cans I - A Work in Progress

Today is a fairly warm day with the temperature reaching 86F (30C) and the humidity making it feel like 89F (31C).

Since it is a little bit warmer than I would like for me to go outside and work in my garden, I decided to stay inside and work on this drawing of watering cans instead (see post on 19 June 2014).

I started with the watering can on the left, working on getting the perspective correct especially on the sides, base and handle.














Next I worked on the second watering can, getting the proportions and details correct.

I will post this drawing at a later time once I have completed the drawing of the deck and door.

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

Sunday, August 7, 2016

OSWOA - Showy Lady's Slipper 1

I started this painting a long time ago (see post on 09 December 2011) and recently came across it in a box of small paintings that needed to be completed.

First using cadmium yellow I put in the stamens and the little bit of yellow on one of the petals.

Next using French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna I added more details to the petals with shading.

With alizarin crimson I added a little more colour to the pink areas of the flower.














Lastly using various mixtures of French ultramarine blue, Antwerp blue, raw sienna and aureolin I finished painting the leaves and stem.

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 $40.00 and sold unframed.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

ACEO - Rainbow Sky 1

It is another hot day with the temperature at 82F (28C) and the humidity making it feel like 90F (32C).

I thought I would like to paint a sunset today and I picked this one that I had started earlier this year (see posts on 18 April and 24 May 2016).

With a mix of burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue I painted in the rock and trees on the distant shoreline.

I added a touch of alizarin crimson and painted in the foreground rocks.

Lastly, I darkened the mixture and painted the pine trees on top of the foreground rocks and added a few reflections of the rocks in the water.

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.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Clear Lake IV - A Work in Progress

The temperature is hot 93F (34C) and with the humidity it feels like 109F (43C).

Even though the Meteorological Report from Environment Canada was sending out severe thunderstorm warnings, high wind warnings and hail warnings all we received was a sprinkle of rain. It wasn't even enough to dampen the dust on the driveway.

I pulled this drawing out that I had started a number of years ago (see post on 09 June 2013).











First I put in  the rocks and the shadows on them and then I added in the water ripples.

I started to put in some bull rushes before I ran out of time and had to leave it to finish on another day.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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 August.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Invitation for Black & White Plus One Colour

Today I was informed that my image of The Standardbred was chosen for one of the invitations for the Black & White Plus One Colour Art Show coming up later this month.

For the full image of the black and white drawing of The Standardbred please go to my post on 01 April 2013.

It is of a Standardbred stallion, Remlap Joe that my parents owned and raced back in the mid 70's.

He sired two foals that also made it to the racetrack.

When they retired from racing they were exhibited in Roadster classes in many of the local Fairs and Exhibitions in the area where they won many awards for their speed in the show ring.

If you have a chance please come out for the show at the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio. It runs from 24 Aug - 11 Sep 16, with the opening reception on 28 Aug 16 from 1-4pm.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Communion - A Work in Progress

The heat wave continues with the temperature today climbing to 89F (31.7C) and feeling like 95F (35C), so I decided to spend the day painting.

I pulled out this painting (see posts on 09 May and 18 July 2016) that I need to have completed for the 150th Anniversary of the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Art Show coming up next month.













With a mix of raw sienna and a small amount of burnt sienna I put in the under paint for the horizontal boards on the wall and while the paint was still wet streaked in a pale mix of burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue.

Next I worked on the communion tray using various combinations of the raw sienna mix, burnt sienna, French ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson.

While that was drying I mixed up a warm, dark colour for the table top using French ultramarine blue and both of the siennas.

I applied the paint in horizontal layers, having areas of light and darker colour throughout the top of the table.














For the shadows on the edges of the panels; and for the shadows under the table I used a mix of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson.

First I put in the shadows cast by the edges of the panels and then I started with the shadows beneath the table. I hadn't gotten very far when I realized that if I kept working on this piece I may make a mess of it. So I left it for the night, after all tomorrow is another day.

I will post this painting at a later date once the shadows beneath the table have been completed.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Confirmed Shows for 2016 - August

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.

Knoepfli Inn, 5484 Highway #124 Magnetawan, Ont.
22 Jun - 06 Oct 16 Scenes of Magnetawan

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, Peterborough, Ont.
KAGS
24 Aug - 11 Sep 16 Black and White Plus 1 Colour
Opening Reception 28 Aug 16 from 1-4pm.
28 Sep -23 Oct 16 Nature's Palette
Opening Reception 02 Oct 16 from 1-4pm.
26 Oct - 13 Nov 16 Outdoor Painters' Show
Opening Reception 30 Oct 16 from 1-4pm.
30 Nov -18 Dec 16 and 04-15 Jan 17 Warm in the Cold
Opening Reception 04 Dec 16 from 1-4pm.

Kawartha Arts Network - Art on Kent, Lindsay, Ont.
KAN
01-24 Sep 16 Mixed Masters
Opening Reception 03 Sep 16 from 1-3pm.
29 Sep - 22 Oct 16 Then and Now Part 2
Opening Reception 01 Oct 16 from 1-3pm.
27 Oct - 19 Nov 16 Feast for the Eyes
Opening Reception 29 Oct 16 from 1-3pm.
24 Nov - 17 Dec 16 and 05-14 Jan 17 Affordableism
Opening Reception 26 Nov 16 from 1-3pm.

St Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
BuckhornArtistsGroup
11-14 Aug 26th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

MacKelvie Gallery, Keene, Ont.
Lang Pioneer Village
01 Sep - 06 Oct Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Keene, Ont.

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
KawarthaArtsFestival
03-04 Sep 16

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 81 Queen St., Lakefield, Ont.
150th Anniversary Art Show and Sale
10 Sep - 29 Oct. on Saturdays from 11am-2pm.
Opening Reception 10 Sep 16 from 11am-2pm.

Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road, Peterborough, Ont.
17-18 Sep The Uncommon Marketplace

Millennium Park, Peterborough, Ont.
6th Annual Purple Onion Festival
25 Sep 16 from 11am-4:00pm.

Dancing Blueberries, 360 George St. N., Peterborough, Ont.
28 Sep - 03 Nov 16

Cavan Arts
1st Annual Outdoor Painting Festival Cavan/Millbrook
02 October 2016

Extendicare, 860 Alexander Court, Peterborough, Ont.
07 Nov 16 - 02 Jan 17

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