Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nature's Palette

Today I am sitting the Nature's Palette art show at KAGS.

I was very surprised that only thirteen artists decided to exhibit their art in this show.














Regardless, it is a beautifully presented show with a wide variety of subject matter.

The show opened yesterday with the opening reception on 01 October 2016 from 1:00-4:00p.m.












If you have a chance please come out to the opening, meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.

The exhibit runs until 11 September 2016.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dancing Blueberries

This morning I went to the Dancing Blueberries at 360 George St. N., Peterborough, Ontario to meet Lorraine so we could change the paintings.













It worked out well as I don't mind going up and down the ladder to take the paintings off the wall and put up the new ones.














It didn't take long to take down all of Lorraine's paintings and then we started by putting the largest piece of mine in the centre spot.













Next we started at the far end with one of the two larger paintings and gradually filled in the spaces toward the centre painting.














On the opposite side of the largest painting the other larger painting was hung, followed by the remaining paintings.














If you have a chance please come out to enjoy the exhibit which will run from 28 September to 30 November 2016.













While you are there enjoy some of the wonderful pastries, try the soup or enjoy a meal, everything is made fresh daily.

Monday, September 26, 2016

ACEO - Autumn Snow 2

I thought I would finish this painting (see posts on 29 February, 11 May and 31 July 2016) that is the companion piece to the one I completed earlier this month (see post on 11 September 2016).

Using raw sienna and burnt sienna I put in the background grasses.

Next using a sponge and various mixtures of alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow and new gamboge I put the leaves on the maple trees.

I then used the same colours to scatter a few fallen leaves across the ground.

Keeping the colour more to the blue tones I mixed French ultramarine blue with a small amount of burnt sienna and put in the background shadows on the snow.

I put in the foreground grasses and growies.

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, September 25, 2016

6th Annual Purple Onion Festival

Today the Countryside Art Group exhibited at the 6th Annual Purple Onion Festival.

Our show was set up in the covered display space beside the Silver Bean Cafe in Millennium Park, Peterborough, Ontario.













As usual we ran the grids down the centre of the building and each of our Group members had tables on the long walls of the building.

The Festival is on from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and if you have a chance come out and enjoy the live entertainment in the Park or at the Dance For The Climate.














You can try delicious foods from ten of the area's finest chefs made from locally grown produce in the Taste of the Kawarthas Food Tent.

You can purchase locally grown food from local farmers and talk with wellness practitioners and see the specialty products they have to offer.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mixed Masters

Today I was at Art on Kent for the last day of the Mixed Masters exhibit.










There were many interesting pieces hanging on the walls in a wide variety of media.

Some of the acrylic had various metallic pigments and textured gels used in them.














Others were collages with cut outs from books and magazine pasted onto a background and painted.

Some were made of layers of cut paper and put into shadow box frames giving them a three dimensional affect.














I also took in my paintings for the upcoming show called "The Future is Now" which is Part II of a show held in February this year called "Blast from the Past".

The new show will feature the artists’ interpretations of items and images that had been displayed from the Olde Gaol Museum.














The opening reception for the new show is on 01 October 2016 from 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. and the exhibit will continue until 22 October 2016.

When I returned home it was to find that Ron had been very busy working on the new door he was putting into the living room.














He had taken out the support beams which has been on either side of the smaller door and replaced them onto either side of the new doors.

While the work on the door isn't finished yet and my living room looks like a battle zone I know that it won't be long before everything is finished and I will be able to enjoy the magnificent view from the top of my hill.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Clear Lake IV - Sitting Ducks I

I wanted to complete this drawing that I worked on last month (see posts on 09 June 2013 and 05 August 2016).

First I added in the rest of the cattails to the right of the large rock and the more I looked at the drawing the more I felt that something was missing.

Using a pencil, I lightly sketched in a pair of ducks sitting on the large rock near the cattails; it was at this point that I decided to change the name of the drawing to Sitting Ducks.











I carefully inked them in and then added some cast shadow onto the rock and put in some of their reflections into the water.

This original 4-1/2" x 9” pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped with be available for $40.00.

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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Moonlight 7

While on my way home from the Uncommon Marketplace exhibit I did this little drawing of the moon rising over the Otonabee River.

When I finally arrived at home after stopping to pick up pizza and salad for supper, along with cheese cake for dessert, this is what greeted me when I walked into the living room.

The wall had been torn apart in preparation for the new sliding glass doors, leaving a lot of rubble on the floor, dust covering everything, the furniture moved around and tools scattered all over the place.

There is still a lot more work that needs to be done, but I am sure I can survive the mess.

Hopefully, we will have good weather for next weekend and by then the doors should be set in place and I won't have everything in chaos for very much longer.

I have to say that I am looking forward to being able to see the view from my living room, especially with the autumn colours showing throughout the over 200 acres (80 hectares) in the trees at the bottom of the hill.

I will post photographs of the completed door and the view at a later date.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Uncommon Marketplace

Today we took our paintings in for the Uncommon Marketplace show at the Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Road, Peterborough, Ontario.

We were fairly busy all day starting with bringing the grids from KAGS to the show site first thing in the morning and getting them set up in our space before the paintings started to arrive.

The artists could bring their art in starting at 10am with the last piece being accepted at 1pm.

Then it was time for the hanging crew to get busy with the task of hanging all the paintings onto the grids and having them arranged in a pleasing display to show each piece at its best.

It certainly isn't an easy thing to do when you have sixty two paintings from twenty three different artists in a wide variety of media and styles.

Then all the lighting had to be checked and final changes were made to the exhibit.

Next the tables was set up with the artists' business cards, brochures about KAGS and an information box for the sitters with receipt books, pens, sitting schedule, an artist contact list and a list of procedures.

Lastly the demonstration areas were set up for the artists that are going to be painting throughout the weekend.

The hours for the show are:
17 Sep 16 from 10am-5pm
18 Sep 16 from 12pm-5pm

I hope that some of you will be able to come out and enjoy the art show and the canoe exhibits at the Museum.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rivers 1-3

Today I was at KAGS and did a few small landscape drawings with rivers, creeks or streams.

On the first one I did was of what I could remember of a winter scene in Buckhorn, Ontario that I came across last winter when on a rare day that I forget to take my camera with me.

The center area of the river was dark, open water which contrasted strongly against the snow covered ice along the banks.

River 1

The pine trees had snow clinging to their branches and grasses and growies poked out of the snow.














River 2

The second one had a stream meandering through a farmer's field with a barn in the background.














River 3

The third one was an autumn scene with a stream running beneath a wooden bridge.

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Beached 1-3

Today I was watching a program on television about how many small ships and fishing vessels in the Caribbean are often lost during hurricane season.

It wasn't long before I got went and got my sketch book and a pencil and did a few sketches of some of the fishing boats which landed up on the beach, inland as well as a those that were underwater.

Beached 1

The design of the fishing boats were similar, though some were smaller and others larger.

Each boat cabin was painted white for the most part with the rest of the boats painted in different colours.

I will have to decide which drawing I want to have under the water and which ones I want to have beached on land.

Beached 2















Beached 3

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Big Cedar Lake III

Today I painted with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group and worked on this drawing that I sketched last year (see post on 23 August 2015).

I started with the background first by indicating the furthest back trees with vertical strokes.

From there I put in the water line for the distant shore and then started putting in the rocks and the shadows on the rocks.

Finally, on the far shore I added pine trees and growies above the rocks.

In the foreground I put in the outline of the rocks on the island as a base for the trees and bushes.

Next I started on the pine trees, beginning with indicating the main trunks and branches and then adding the pine needles onto the branches.















The bark was added to the main trunks on all of the pine trees.

Dead pine trees, broken trunks and branches were added to give interest.

I put the bushes in above the rocks and added some of the stems and branches.

Next I put the shadows onto the rocks.

Lastly, I put in the water ripples below the rocks and added some reflections into the water.

This original 8-1/2" x 9” pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $50.00.

Monday, September 12, 2016

OSWOA - Forest Stream 1

Today I am painting with the St. John's Art Group in Lakefield.

I wanted to complete this painting that I have been working on (see posts on 13 February 2011, 13 March, 13 August and 25 August 2016).

With a mix of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna I painted in the frozen stream running through the forest, darker in the front of the painting leaving some areas white for ice and snow.

Using various mixtures of alizarin crimson, new gamboge, raw sienna, burnt sienna, French ultramarine blue and cadmium yellow I put in the grasses and growies at the base of the trees and at the edge of the stream.













With French ultramarine blue and a touch of burnt sienna, I painted shows into the base of the growies.

Lastly I added a few more leaves into some of the trees with burnt sienna and alizarin crimson.

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.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

ACEO - Autumn Snow 1

I thought I would complete this painting that I started earlier this year (see posts on 29 February, 11 May and 31 July 2016).

I mixed a grey with French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

I started painting in the tree trunks and branches on the maple trees, doing the furthest away one first and then, I darkened the paint slightly for the closer trees.

Using raw sienna and burnt sienna I put in the background grasses.

With a sponge and various mixtures of cadmium red, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson and new gamboge I put the leaves on the maple trees.

I used the same colours to scatter a few fallen leaves across the ground.

Next I mixed French ultramarine blue with a small amount of burnt sienna, keeping the colour more to the blue tone and put in the background shadows on the snow.

Lastly, I put in the foreground grasses and growies.

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.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Moonlight Reflections 2

Today is the first day where the temperature has finally dropped below 86F (30C) to 81F (27C) and the humidity is below 104F (40C) to 86F (30C), which is a pleasant change although still fairly hot for September.

I wanted to work on a snow scene and I thought that one at night with a full moon in the sky would be a great idea.

As the drawing developed I had the moonlight reflected on the river and then added a small cottage nestled among a stand of pine trees.

I put some large pine trees on the right side.

Lastly I added some snow covered rocks into the foreground together with a few grasses and growies.

Monday, September 5, 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 September.

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

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Last Day of the Kawartha Art Festival

Today is the last day of the Kawartha Art Festival and the drive this morning to the show was sometimes challenging with a mix of clear areas and areas of dense fog.

I worked on a couple of pen and ink drawings on and off during the course of the day, beginning with this one (see posts on 27 July 2014, 21 March and 12 April 2016).

I decided that this drawing needed to be a little larger so I extended the rock on the right side as well as the tree line in the background.

I darkened the small rock and added more shadow to the base of the larger rock.

Coon Lake VII

This original 7" x 9” pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $50.00.

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

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Kawartha Art Festival

Today is the first day of the Kawartha Art Festival held in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

I set up most of my exhibit yesterday, but with a couple more artists in the Agricultural Building this year the committee is strictly enforcing the 4'(1.2m) x 8' (1.8m) booth space unlike in previous years where we had a 4' (1.2m) x 10' (3m) booth.

With the reduced booth length I could not put in my table as there would be no room to be able to get in behind it, so instead of the table I set up my paint out chair in its place.

With the booth to the side I had the chair facing my table with the paintings, which turned out to be much better that sitting behind the table.

For the first time I had available matted and shrink wrapped original artwork in watercolour and in pen and ink.

This was in addition to the OSWOA and ACEO I usually have available for the public who wish to mat and frame the art to their preference.

I always look forward enjoy exhibiting at this show.

Special thanks go to Maud Skoog and her committee for doing so much for the artists and making this show such a pleasant experience.

Each year the show improves, getting bigger and better with high quality art in a wide variety of styles, media, price and subject matter available to the public.

One of the nice things this show started doing a couple of years ago for its 25th anniversary was giving tickets for the hourly draws to the public who make a donation at the gate.

They have the chance to win their choice of a $25.00 gift certificate toward the purchase of art from one of the exhibitors in the show or choosing from one of the prints donated by the artists.














They have continued this practice ever since and plan to continue with it for all future shows.














The hours for our show are:
03 Sep 16 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
04 Aug 16 - 10:00pm - 4:00pm














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

Friday, September 2, 2016

MacKelvie Art Gallery

Yesterday I hung my three submissions for the exhibit in the MacKelvie Gallery at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene, Ontario.

The Village was established by the County of Peterborough in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area. It features over thirty restored and furnished buildings constructed between 1825 and 1899.

Many of these buildings were donated by townships within Peterborough County and moved to their present site when the Museum was founded.

If you have a chance, come out and view the show and enjoy the harvest festivities. The show runs from 01 September - 06 October 2016.

On 04 September from 10:00am-4:00pm the Village will celebrate the harvest season and the 170th anniversary of the Lang Grist Mill.

The festivities will feature an all-day Harvest Corn Roast, live music throughout the day, horse and wagon rides, demonstrations by the Lang Pioneer Village Quilting Club, old fashioned children’s games and many more events.














The following month on 02 October is the Applefest, a colourful fall celebration of apples and the harvest season, with horse and wagon rides, live music and many more events.

Today I am off to set up my display for the Kawartha Art Festival in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Confirmed Shows for 2016-2017 - September

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
Meet the Artists Afternoon Tea 05 Oct 16 from 2-4pm

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 The Future Is Now
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.
13 Apr - 06 May 17 Added Dimension
Opening Reception 15 Apr 17 from 1-3pm.
11 May - 03 Jun 17 Annual Members' Show
Opening Reception 13 May 17 from 1-3pm.
08 Jun - 08 Jul 17 What's Your Canada?
Opening Reception 10 Jun 17 from 1-3pm.
13-29 Jul 17 Diversity
Opening Reception 15 Jul 17 from 1-3pm.
03-26 Aug 17 Open for Interpretation
Opening Reception 05 Aug 17 from 1-3pm.
31 Aug -23 Sep 17 Holy Cow - It's a Moonet!
Opening Reception 02 Oct 17 from 1-3pm.
28 Sep - 21 Oct 17 Featured Artist in Members' Room
28 Sep - 21 Oct 17 TBD
Opening Reception 30 Sep 17 from 1-3pm.
26 Oct - 23 Dec 17 and 04-13 Jan 18 Affordableism
Opening Reception 28 Oct 17 from 1-3pm.

MacKelvie Gallery, Keene, Ont.
PioneerVillage
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-3pm.

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 - 30 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

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