Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hung Out to Dry 1-4

Today I spent the day at the Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio.

In the morning I took the Still life class where the theme was Wash Day - Things Hung Out to Dry.

A clothesline was strung from the support beams in the ceiling and it didn't take long for a couple of  brightly coloured summer dresses, a white dress shirt, a pair of denim jeans, a housecoat, flannel pajama pants, a bright red satin corset and a teddy bear were hung along with a clothes pin bag.

Hung Out to Dry 1

I started with a drawing of the teddy bear with his paw through one of the straps on the corset.

The next sketch was of the white dress shirt.

What attracted me to that one was the many folds in the material and the different areas of shadows and cast shadows throughout the shirt in a wide variety of blue, blue greys and greys.

Since I have reference photographs and this sketch I may do a large painting of the shirt on the line at a later date.

Hung Out to Dry 2

Beside the shirt was a pair of black denim jeans which I started on next.

After completing the sketch of the jeans I thought it needed a little more around it, so I added a part of the white shirt on the left side and although there was a brightly coloured dress beside it I took artist's licence and changed it into a towel instead.

From there I started on another sketch of the clothes, but this time those on the far left side of the clothes line.

Hung Out to Dry 3

I placed the pajama bottoms in first with the one leg flipped up over the clothesline as though blown there by the wind and then added in the house coat beside it to the left.

Hung Out to Dry 4

I felt that the sketch needed a few more clothes so I put in part of one of the dresses on the left side and a wash cloth on the right side.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Winter Show

Today is the first day of the "The Winter Show" exhibit at the Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio. It is an interesting show with a wide variety of subject matter.

If you have a chance you should come out for the Opening Reception on 03 December 2017 from 1-4 p.m., or visit the show this year until it closes for the holiday season on 22 December 2017 or perhaps join us in the New Year when it reopens from 03-21 January 2018.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Art Exhibit at the Academy Theatre

Today ten of the members of the Kawartha Arts Network are setting up an exhibit in the Guild Room at the Academy Theatre, located at 2 Lindsay Street, Lindsay Ontario.

Paintings will be exhibited year round in the Guild Room and will change every one to two months.

In 2018 this publicly owned non-profit organization will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Theatre.

Check show dates and come out to enjoy a live theatre performance and before, during intermission and after the show enjoy the art work exhibit our various members.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Waterfall 3

Today I was watching a program on television featuring the great waterfalls of the world. It was an interesting program and it was only toward the end that I took out some paper to try and sketch them.

This isn't one of the waterfalls shown in the program, but a mixture of different parts and pieces from three waterfalls.

Next time this program comes on again, I will be prepared to do some better sketches of the various waterfalls.

This has inspired me to pull out my paintings with rapids and waterfalls and get to work on them and perhaps get them completed.

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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Dark Water I

Today I wanted to finish this drawing that I had started last year (see posts on 02 July, 20 August and 31 October 2016).

I started by putting in the rest of the trees on the distant shoreline, indicated a few rocks at the waterline and added in a few ripples into the water below the rocks.

From there I started working on putting in the shadows on the large rocks behind the pine trees and the large dead cedar tree.

I added in the growies and small bushes along the edge of the water and at the base of some of the trees.

This was followed by adding definition and shadows onto the small rocks on the shoreline.

Next I put in the two dead cedar tree trunks on the left side of the drawing.

Lastly, I added more ripples into the water in the foreground below the rocks and the shoreline.

This original 6" x 9" pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $40.00.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Road Home 3

Today is overcast; with a mild temperature of 45F (7C) and showers throughout the day are in the forecast.

On the way home I was on one of the back roads and came across one of the long driveway leading up to a farmhouse off in the distance. I stopped the car and did this little drawing of the driveway leading to the house.

What I liked about this scene were the three birch trees at the side of the road and how their white bark and black markings were outlined against the cloudy sky and also how the road disappeared into nothing only to reappear further in the distance.

This drawing could be developed into a larger painting at a later date.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Grass Huts I

Today I didn't feel like working on a painting so I decided that I would work on this drawing that I started work on earlier this year (see posts on 15 February and 06 July 2017) once they had been found in a box that had been put away in storage.

I started back working on the right side tree and added a couple more palm fronds to finish the first tree.

Next I put in the two remaining palm tree trunks beginning with the trunk of the smaller one on the left side of the group and then doing the larger one in the middle.

Then I started putting the last of the palm fronds on the first tree which were blowing in the wind, followed by putting those on the smaller tree, being careful to keep them behind the middle palm tree trunk.

Lastly, I added the palm fronds on the large tree in the middle, being sure to keep them behind those of the first tree.

This original 6" x 7" pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $75.00.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

ACEO - Farm Buildings 4

I thought I would like to finish this little painting that I had started last year (see posts on 13 June and 09 December 2016).

I started by putting in a few trees along the horizon line with Antwerp blue and aureolin.

Next I added a little French ultramarine blue and raw sienna to the green and put in the pine trees on the right side of the painting.

With a mixture of the blue and burnt sienna I put in the branches and trunks on the pine trees and then added in the deciduous trees on either side of the painting.

I added a little more blue to the dark mixture to grey the colour and put in the barn and shed. I used the same colour to indicate the path leading to the barn door.

Lastly I brushed some of the sky colours into the snow to add a little more warmth to the painting.

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, November 17, 2017

Barn VII

Today I pulled out this drawing that I started a number of years ago (see posts on 28 September 2013, 06 November 2014 and 08 October 2017) and did a little more work on last month.

I started by adding the fence line in the distant field and adding in the fence posts and the wire fence into the foreground.

Next I put in the trees starting with the one on the right side and then the one in front of the barn; it was at that point I decided not to put in the tree on the far left side to prevent having three evenly spaced trees in a row.

Now it was time to put in the barn. I started with the roof, darkening in the areas where the tin had been torn off of the roof leaving the dark spaces showing the rafters.

From there I darkened the windows, the open doorway and all the missing  and broken boards on the barn.

Lastly I put in the grasses and growies along the fence line, at the base of the trees and some near the barn.

This original, 3-1/4" x 9” pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $40.00.

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

More New Toys

I have always wanted to have a little trailer to put my gardening stuff in and pull behind my lawn mower to make it easier to work in my gardens which are located throughout the 4 acres (1.6ha) of lawn surrounding the house.

Especially when carrying buckets of water to the flower beds along the west fence at the entrance to the property and on the south fence where my arbour with my climbers are located and the hose is not long enough to reach so they can be watered.

Another thing I wanted was to have a small snow blower attached to the lawn mower so I could use it in the winter to clear out the small areas that the snow blower on Ron's tractor cannot clear and it would make it a lot easier than shovelling it out by hand.

Earlier this week when I went into Lakefield I saw a small lawn mower with a trailer and snow blower and I let Ron know that I have found one that was for sale.

Since I was at KAGS today he was going out to look at and it would make a very nice Christmas gift.

When I returned home from the Gallery Ron told me that he didn't get the lawn mower and accessories that I had looked at, instead I could go and look at what he found for me, which was in the shop.

Needless to say I was delighted with what I found there, which was a much newer and larger lawn mower and accessories. Ron will fix the flat tires on the trailer and get everything ready for me to use the snow blower for the winter.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

People's Choice Award

Today found that I tied with Lois Shaw as the People's Choice for Best Display in the "Outdoor Painters' Show - Rural Outlook" exhibit at the Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio.

I would like to thank everyone who enjoyed viewing my display of paintings and selected it as their one of their favourites.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Everything outside is white with a covering of snow that we received overnight.

With the temperature this morning, as I went down to do the barn chores at 9F (-13C) and the wind chill making it feel like -2F (-19C), I think it's going to stay for a day or two.

Tonight we started the first fire of the season, which is something I always enjoy.

I can now look forward to many evenings relaxing with the glow of a fire in the hearth. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Back Forty II

Today I was at the Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio sitting the Outdoor Painters' exhibit "Rural Outlook".

With this exhibit having a large number of visitors I decided it would be best if I took in some sketches to work on rather than trying to paint.

I started with this one, which is of the corner of the back field where four of the fields meet that I started earlier this year (see posts on 25 June, 07 August and 15 October 2017).

I started on the left side of the drawing and put in the pine trees and grasses in the foreground and then put in the background forest and completed the maple tree.

Next I added in the centre background forest, drew in the maple trees and put in the foreground grasses to the drawing.

On the far right side of the drawing I put in the pine trees and then filled in the maple trees from the right side toward the centre.

This original 7-1/2" x 9" pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $50.00.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Road Home 1 and 2

Ron decided to take the scenic route (also known as the back roads) as we were returning home after attending our second funeral this month.

The Road Home 1

I did these two sketches of long driveways leading to farm houses and barns in the distance.

The Road Home 2

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

Sunday, November 5, 2017

ACEO - Dusk 9

Today is a rainy day and I thought I would stay inside and work on a painting, so I pulled out this piece that I had started earlier this year (see post on 09 March 2017).

I mixed various greens using combinations of Antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue, new gamboge and raw sienna and painted in the trees on the far side of the lake.

Darkening the green mixes I put in the pine trees on the island in the foreground.

With a dark of blue and burnt sienna I painted in the tree trunks.

Using burnt sienna and a touch of alizarin crimson I put in the rocks on the island.

Using raw sienna and burnt sienna I put in the grasses below the trees.

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. Fabriano 100% cotton, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

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 November.

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

Friday, November 3, 2017

Clear Lake VIII

Today I thought I would work on another of the many sketches I did while out in the canoe on some of the lakes in the area.

This is another of Clear Lake (see posts on 09 June 2013 and 13 February 2017) which is a part of three interconnected lakes often referred to as Stoney Lake.

I started by completing the pine trees and then added in the deciduous trees followed by putting in the rocks along the shoreline.

Lastly, I added in the water and the small waterfall that was almost hidden unless you were close to shore.

This original 5" x 9" pen and ink drawing when matted and shrink wrapped will be available for $40.00.

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Evening Sky 6

While I was on my way home from Buckhorn I stopped along the Buckhorn Road where Lake Chemong is on both sides of the highway.

With the sun going down and the wonderful colours of the sunset being reflected into the water I did this quick sketch of the lake and trees on the shoreline.

I also took a number of photographs as reference just in case I decided to do a painting of it at a later date.

I can also picture this scene as a set of the four seasons. Who knows what may happen in the future.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Confirmed Shows for 2017-2018 - November

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.

The Point - the Young's Point Diner and Pizzeria, 403 South Beach Rd., Lakefield, Ont.
03 August to 24 November 17

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, Peterborough, Ont.
25 Oct -12 Nov Outdoor Painters' Show- Rural Outlook
Opening Reception 30 Oct 17 from 1-4p.m.
29 Nov - 22 Dec 17 and 03-21 Jan 18 The Winter Show
Opening Reception 03 Dec 17 from 1-4p.m.
24 Jan - 04 Mar 18 Beauty of Stillness
Opening Reception 28 Jan 18 from 1-4p.m.
07-25 Mar 18 Small Treasures
Opening Reception 11 Mar 18 from 1-4p.m.
Draw 25 Mar 18 from 1-4p.m.
28 Mar - 03 May 18 SPARK Photography Show
Opening Reception 08 Apr 18 from 1-4p.m.
20 Jun - 15 Jul 18 Interactions
Opening Reception 24 Jun 18 from 1-4p.m.
08 Aug -09 Sep 18 Figuratively Speaking
Opening Reception 12 Aug 18 from 1-4p.m.
26 Sep -21 Oct 18 Driven to Abstracrion
Opening Reception 30 Sep 18 from 1-4p.m.
24 Oct - 11 Nov 18 Outdoor Painters' Show- Nature's Splendour
Opening Reception 28 Oct 18 from 1-4p.m.
28 Nov - 21 Dec 18 and 03-20 Jan 19 On the Move - A History of Transportation
Opening Reception 03 Dec 18 from 1-4p.m.

Extendicare, 860 Alexander Court, Peterborough, Ont.
30 Oct 17 - 01 Jan 18

Academy Theatre, 2 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay, Ontario
Guild Room
29 Nov 17 - 03 Feb 18

I look forward to seeing you at some of these shows.