Saturday, March 30, 2019

ACEO - The Road Home 3

Today I wanted to work on this painting that I had started a couple of years ago (see posts on 25 November 2017 and 23 February 2018).

I started in the background and painted the buildings on the distant hill.

From there I used mixtures of cadmium red and cadmium yellow and applied the maple leaves on the trees with a sponge.

Next I painted in the three birch trees using burnt sienna and raw sienna on some areas of the trunks, followed by adding the dark markings on the tree with a mixture of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

With washes of burnt sienna I painted in the road followed by a wash of the blue in some areas for the shadows.

Using various mixtures of French ultramarine blue, Antwerp blue, raw sienna, new gamboge and aureolin I painted in the grasses and growies  on the land on both sides of the road.

Lastly, I used lemon yellow and put on the birch tree leaves and scattered a few fallen leaves onto the road

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, March 29, 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.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tubes of Paint - Two Works in Progress

Today I am at the Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio in the still life class. The theme for the class is art supplies.

There was a wide variety of things to draw and/or paint. A display of a small oil plein air kit, complete with wooden box, partially finished canvas, brushed, palette and tubes of paint was on the right side of the table.

In the centre was a watercolour set, with a block of watercolour paper, a palette with paint, a set of watercolour brushes, a small container of water and a book on how to paint in watercolour.

Paint Solo 1

The third display was of acrylic paint; which had a partially completed painting on an easel, a mug with acrylic brushes, a paper palette, a spray bottle and various tubes of paint piled together on the table.

I liked the tubes of acrylic paint that were set out on the table, for the first one I chose a single tube of paint that had been partially  used and had a "key" at the end of the tube to push the paint forward so there is very little wastage.

Paint Trio 1

The second one I did featured three different tubes of paint; two of which had been well used and the ends of two of the tubes had been flattened as the paint was pushed forward and curled into interesting shapes.

One was almost at the empty of paint and the other was about halfway finished, the third one was lightly used and looked as though it was almost new.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Background 90-92

Yesterday, after painting with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group, I used the leftover acrylic paint on extra canvases that I always bring with me to use as background or under paint.

Background 90

For the first canvas I applied more of the manganese blue with the lighter greens made with the cadmium yellow.

Background 91

For the next one I used various combinations of the greens and yellows.

Background 91

On the last canvas I applied the remaining paint.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Moonlit Evening - A Work in Progress

Today I was painting with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group at St. Matthews Church in Buckhorn, Ontario.

I decided to paint with acrylic paint for a change instead of watercolours as usual. I brought a couple of background canvases with me and started by using Background 51 (see post on 16 October 2015).

First I lightly indicated with a pencil, some trees in the distance on the right side of the painting.

This was followed by putting in the main pine tree on the left side of the painting.

I wanted to do the large pine tree first and put in the tree trunk with a mix of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

From there I started painting the needles onto the tree branches using various mixtures of ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, raw sienna and cadmium yellow.

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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

2019 Spring Show at A Place for the Arts

Today I went to my first meeting with the A Place for the Arts Group who exhibit their work at 23 Bridge Street West, in Bancroft, Ontario.

It is also the first time I will see how my paintings were hung in the Gallery they are located.

Since I wasn't able to be there to hang my exhibit I had set them out in a horizontal format at home, not realizing that my space was vertical.

Jane did an excellent job of hanging the paintings in the space that I had available.

The meeting was quite interesting in that they are also a not-for-profit and a co-operative gallery, very much like the Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio.

They are a smaller group having around 40 members and each member is required to sit one day per month whether or not they display any artwork.

The Gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through to Sunday and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

My first shift will be next month and I will have another member there with me at the beginning of my shift to show me the ropes. 

I think I am going to enjoy being a member of this art group.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Autumn Rapids

Today I saw my first Robin on the front lawn; although I have seen them a number of them at the bottom of the front field for almost a month.

I thought that I would work with acrylic paint today and pulled out this painting that I had started quite some time ago (see posts on 11 October 2010 and 21 February 2017).

The mass of trees in the distance was just too solid a colour and I decided to add a few more trees into the background.

Using ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and raw sienna I added a few trees into the background between the maple trees on the right side of the painting as well as a few dark colours into the background between the maples and the birches..

This original 16" x 20” acrylic painting when framed will be available for $425.00.

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Stainless Steel Trio - A Work in Progress

This is another of the sketches I did in the Still Life class yesterday at KAGS.

I picked three of the pieces, in this case the percolator, the tea pot and the metal cup.

The drawing still needs more work and I will post it at a later date once it is completed.

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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Group of Seven 1 - A Work in Progress

Today I am at the Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio all day. In the morning I was in the Still Life class where the theme was Coffee or Tea?

There were two different displays. The first display featured a tea cup and saucer, a coffee mug, a creamer, small clay teapot, a stainless steel milk warmer, silver spoons and napkins.

The second display was mostly made up of various stainless steel mugs, cups, a tea pot, a coffee percolator and there was a china tea cup and a couple of clay mugs.

I started at the right side of the display and gradually worked my way drawing the various pieces as I progressed to the left side of the arrangement.

I left out some of the cups and mugs where only a small piece of them could be seen and would detract from the drawing by making it look very busy.

More work needs to be done to the drawing, before I am happy with it and I will post this piece at a later date once the drawing has been completed.

Sunday, March 3, 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 March.

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

Friday, March 1, 2019

Confirmed Shows for 2019 - March

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
11 Mar - 13 May 19

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.
07 Jan - 27 Mar 20 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 10 Jan 20 from 7-8 p.m.

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

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, Peterborough, Ont.
27 Feb - 24 Mar 19 Awakenings
Opening Reception 03 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.

Gayle Nelson Keene Historical-Society, Otonabee-South Monaghan Library, 3252 County Road 2, Keene, Ont.
A Pictorial History of Hope and Lang Mills
23 Apr - 03 Jun 19

Miskwaa Art Studio and Outdoor Gallery, 250 Edwina Drive,Trent Lakes, Ont.
28 Jun -29 Aug 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

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