Thursday, February 28, 2019

It's a Dog's World 1 and 2 - Two Works in Progress

Today I am at KAGS all day; first for the Still Life class in the morning and then sitting the Gallery in the afternoon.

The theme for the class is Pet Supplies. We had a number of things for the display relating to dogs, stuffed animals, a rubber ball, dog biscuits, chew sticks, brushes, dog treats and a collar and leash.

It's a Dog's World 1

For the first one I chose to use the stuffed toy Dachshund and the St. Bernard holding a heart, together with a collar and leash, a few dog treats and a rubber ball.

For the second one I made it a little simpler and to used the stuffed toy dachshund, the food dish, the jar with dog treats spilling out and a box of dog biscuits.

It's a Dog's World 2

I will post each of these drawings at a later time when more work on them has been completed.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Awakening Exhibit at KAGS

Today is the first day of the Awakening show at KAGS.

We had 63 paintings which is the first time in quite a while that we have had as many entries as this for a show.

I brought in four smaller pieces which would fit in pretty much anywhere.

The show's opening reception will be held on Sunday, 03 March from 1-4 p.m.

The exhibit will continue through to 24 March 2019.

I hope that you will be able come out and view the art; it is well worth the trip to see the variety and quality of the exhibit.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

ACEO - Dusk 6

It is cold today with the high being 21F (-6C) with the wind chill making it feel like 10F (-12C); so it was nice that I was painting with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group.

I wanted to try and get this painting completed that I had started a couple of years ago (see posts on 08 April and 09 December 2017).

For this piece I mixed a wide variety of greens using combinations of Antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue, aureolin, new gamboge and raw sienna.

I started with the trees in the background first with lighter shades of green and gradually darkened the colours as I worked toward the foreground trees which were the darkest.

Next I mixed a dark of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna and put in the dead tree trunks as well as the branches and trunks on the live foreground trees that showed between the pine needles.

Lastly, I used burnt sienna, raw sienna, new gamboge, aureolin and cadmium yellow for the grasses and growies at the base of the trees and in the foreground.

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.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

2019 Canadian International Auto Show

Christine had gotten Ron a pair of tickets as his birthday gift to the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, being held in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and we are going down to spend the day enjoying the exhibits.

We were fortunate that with it being the Flag Day long holiday weekend most of the traffic was heading out of the city.

1936 Chevrolet Master Delux El Padrote

We arrived just as the doors to the exhibit were opening and it didn't take long to enter the show and get started looking at the exhibits in the South Building Lobby - Level 600 most of which were retail vendors.

From there we went to the displays in the Alley - Level 700 where I thoroughly enjoyed the Art and the Automobile Display.


From there we proceeded to the Main Floor - Level 800 our first stop were the Army vehicles in the Military Zone. Some of them are huge monsters and they had a number of antique Military vehicles as well.

We continued through the displays on this floor and saw a number of imports including Alfa Romero, BMW/Mini, Jaguar/Land Rover and Porche.

Nissan Leaf NISMO RC

From there we went into the North Building Main Floor - Level 300 and started with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada display to see the new Jeeps which were on display.

We continued on this level going over to see the new Nissans. I liked the look of the Leaf, but it is not practical and definitely wouldn't survive on my unpaved country roads.

Nissan All Terrain/Snow Tracks

But, I enjoyed seeing the Altimate with its tracks in place of tires, which would be fabulous to use on the farm in the winter going up and down the many snow covered hills on the property.

By this time we had been at the show for five hours and it was time to have lunch, so we headed to Lobby - Level 2 for the Food Concessions.

1950 Dodge Coronet Coupe

After lunch we headed to the final floor which was Auto Exotica - Level 100, which had so many things that I wanted to see starting with the Devel Sixteen. I think we should have started here and worked our way in the opposite direction.

After we went through the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, we went to the Legendary Motorcar Company and then the Grand Touring Automobiles.

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Next we went to Autostrada and enjoyed the many vehicles, followed by the McLaren, PFAFF and Lotus displays.

Lastly, we went and looked at my personal favourite the Lamborghini.

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

While the metallic lilac colour would not have been my colour of choice, it is only $680,380.00 plus taxes; and Ron decided he wasn't going to get it for me as a birthday gift.

It was time to head home and fortunately we weren't parked very far away.

Friday, February 15, 2019

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.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

ACEO - Winter Trees 8

Today I wanted to finish this painting that I had started last month (see post on 03 January 2019).

The first thing I did was to blend the hard edge below the trees on the right side of the painting.

Next I added a little more colour into the snow, softly blending in a little alizarin crimson in some areas to warm the painting and a little cobalt blue into other sections.

From there I started working on the maple trees on the right side of the painting, using mixtures of French ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and burnt sienna.

With a pale mix of the bark colour I put in the trees on the distant hill.

For the pine tree I used both of the blues and raw sienna for the needles on the tree branches.

Lastly, I put in the grasses and growies in the foreground using various mixtures of burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium yellow and new gamboge.

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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

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 February.

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Vertical 1 - A Work in Progress

Today I slipped coming down the stairs and broke my big toe and landed on my knees, badly bruising both of them.

Needless to say I didn't move around too much after that happened so I spent some time working on this painting (see posts on 03 October and 05 December 2018).

After looking at this painting before I started, I decided that the large white areas needed to be made smaller, otherwise which ever colours I put in would overpower everything.

Using a pencil, I reduced the size of the large areas and changed the direction of some of the spaces.

Using a mixture of French ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson for a deep rich purple, I added in some strong dark lines going in various directions.

I added a couple of areas of new gamboge to bring in light.

Next I added cadmium red for some rich colour and then mixed it with the yellow for a bright orange.

Using a mix of the yellow and the blue I applied some more areas of green into the painting.

Looking at the few remaining white spaces I knew that I wanted to keep some of the white, but not in such large areas.

It was time to leave it alone and give some thought to it when I wasn't hurting.

I will post this painting again once it has been completed.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Confirmed Shows for 2019 - February

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.

Academy Theatre, 2 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay, Ont.
Guild Room
01 Jan - 11 Mar 19

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, Peterborough, Ont.
23 Jan – 24 Feb 19 Monochrome and Black and White
Opening Reception 27 Jan 19 from 1-4 p.m.
27 Feb - 24 Mar 19 Awakenings
Opening Reception 02 Mar 19 from 1-4 p.m.
27 Mar – 02 May 19 SPARK Photography Show
Opening Reception 07 Apr 19 from 1-4 p.m.
19 Jun – 07 Jul 19 Two Guys and a Girl
Opening Reception: 23 Jun 19 from 1-4 p.m.
21 Aug - 22 Sep 19 Stems and Stuff
Opening Reception 25 Aug 19 from 1-4 p.m.
25 Sep – 27 Oct 19 Faces and Figures
Opening Reception 29 Sep 19 from 1-4 p.m.
30 Oct – 17 Nov 19 Sky, Land and Sea - Outdoor Painters' Show
Opening Reception 03 Nov 19 from 1-4 p.m.
04-22 Dec 19 and 03- Jan 20 Harvest of Colour
Opening Reception 08 Dec 19 from 1-4 p.m.

The Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, 425 Douro Fourth Line Road, Hamlet of Douro, Ont.
09 Jan - 22 Mar 19 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 11 Jan 19 from 7-8 p.m.

A Place For The Arts, 23 Bridge St., Bancroft, Ont.
19 Feb - 21 Apr 19

St. Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
Buckhorn Artists' Group
16-18 Aug 19 29th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
Kawartha Arts Festival
31 Aug - 01 Sep 19 30th Annual Kawartha Arts Festival

Please come out and enjoy the artwork displayed at one or all of these shows.