Friday, May 31, 2019

Setting up Northey's Barn Boutique Art Show

Today I went over to JoAnne Connell Northey's farm to set up the art show in her barn as some members of the Buckhorn Artists" Group did last year.

The peg board panels were already set up for me in the same space that I had last year, which I had requested.

First I brought all my paintings into the barn and as I unwrapped them I set them around the walls to be able too see them and decide where I would put them on the panels.

I started with the middle panel and placed the largest painting at the top in the centre.

This was followed by putting up my name sign on the left panel and hanging the second largest painting.

On the right panel I put three quarter sheet paintings near the top and staggered them a little bit.

I went back to the centre panel and thought I would add another barn painting, this was followed by a couple of pen and ink drawings diagonally across from each other and the last piece was another watercolour.

Next I sorted out the remaining paintings.

I set a number of paintings that had yellow, orange or red in them by the left panel.

Since the right panel already had an animal at the top I added the photographs of the pig, the cat and the pencil drawing of the horse.

I finished this panel by adding a still life and abstract painting to the bottom on the left side.

On the last panel I ran the three rubber ducks down through the centre of the panel below the boat.

Lastly, I put two paintings on each side of the rubber ducks and I will set up the tables and the small paintings up in the morning.

If you have a chance please come out to the Northey's Barn Boutique Art Show held at 1981 13th Line, in Selwyn, Ontario this weekend. The show runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Blue Skies 1 and Grey Skies 1 - Two Works in Progress

We started the day with a foggy morning which gradually cleared to give us a beautiful blue sky.

But that was not to last, by the afternoon it changed to a grey sky, which progressed into a thunderstorm.

I thought I would paint the changing skies so I started with the blue sky.

I wet the paper and dropped Antwerp blue into the top of the sky and lightened with water toward the bottom.

Blue Skies 1

I then set this one aside to dry.

For the second painting which was the grey sky before the rain started falling.

I wet the paper and using a mix of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna I brushed in the cloudy sky leaving some areas of white showing.

I wanted to put a bird in the sky, but I put it in when the paper was too wet and it bled.

Grey Skies 1

I will post both of these paintings at a later date once I decide which scene at the farm I want to put in the foreground.

Wednesday, May 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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Calm Water 1 - A Work in Progress

Today I was painting with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group, and one of our members Emil Varga did a demonstration on how created coniferous trees using a sponge.

First masking tape was put across the horizon line and then the sky was brushed in using layers of French ultramarine blue and cobalt blue.

Once the sky was dry the background trees were brushed in using various greens made from the blues with raw sienna and allowed to dry while the tops of the rocks were lightly drawn with a pencil.

Using a sponge and dark green watercolour paint made from various mixtures of French ultramarine blue, Antwerp blue and cobalt blue together with raw sienna, burnt sienna and new gamboge.

While the paint was still wet, cadmium red, cadmium yellow and a mix of both colours were splattered and dropped into some areas on the green trees.

Next the rocks were painted in using various mixtures of alizarin crimson, burnt sienna and a little cobalt blue.

Once the rocks were dry the masking tape was removed and the reflections of the rocks were drawn in and then painted.

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

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Abandoned Farm - A Work in Progress

Today I am gallery sitting at A Place for the Arts, in Bancroft, Ontario.

After doing everything that needed to be completed to open the Gallery I thought I would work on this painting that I recently came across while going through an old box of paintings I found in the attic (see post on 10 October 2013).

I started by adding some trees into the background and worked my way forward by adding a few closer trees.

Next I began working on the farmhouse adding  shadows around the windows, door and under the eaves.

I was just starting to do some work on the barn when a number of people came into the gallery and the rest of the day continued to be busy.

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rock Shadows - A Work in Progress

Today I am painting with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group.

I thought I would get a little more work done on this piece that I started a number of years ago (see posts on 30 January 2011, 12 March 13 2016 and 14 December 2016).

I started by making a pale green of the background colour using Antwerp blue and raw sienna and put it on the shadowed side of the birch tree trunks.

Using mixtures of burnt sienna and raw sienna I indicated some of the larger areas of dark markings on the tree trunks.

With a dark of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson I started putting the dark lines onto the bark on the trunk and branches.

I will post this painting at a later date once the birch trees have been completed.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Hanging Baskets

Today is Mother's Day and I would like to wish everyone a very happy day.

When I let Kyora out this morning I found on the front porch my first Mother's Day gift. It was a flat of Marigolds.

Ron has watched while I fought with the many weeds that have taken over my rock garden and how long it takes me to remove them from just a small section of ground.

When I returned from grocery shopping I was greeted by four hanging baskets along the side of the house.

There was a fuchsia, which is one of my favourite plants and the other three were petunias, two were of mixed colours; pink, purple and red and the last one was a rich burgundy.

The nice thing about these flowers is that they attract hummingbirds throughout the summer.

Around suppertime Christine arrived bring Chinese food for supper, which was wonderful as I really didn't feel like going out to eat.

The other thing she brought for me was a beautiful hanging basket of very dark, almost black  pansies.

I moved the fuchsia to the hook by the maple tree at the front of the house and hung her basket on the hook by the kitchen window where I can see it every time I look out the window.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Old Outhouse 1 - A Work in Progress

I thought I would do a little work on this piece that I had started while in Magnetawan at the Knoepfli Inn.

First I wet the paper in the background, then carefully wet the area around the outhouse and the two main trees leaving them dry and finished by wetting the foreground.

Using aureolin, I brushed the paint into the wet areas to create the look of sunlit foliage in the background and the under paint for the brightly coloured leaves in the foreground.

Then I set it aside to dry while I mixed the colour for the tree trunks and the boards on the outhouse.

Before I could get further on the painting Ron came by and needed my help raking up the branches from the willow tree that had broken and fallen during the winter.

It took the rest of the morning and after a short break for lunch we worked through the rest of the afternoon and finally had all the branches raked up, placed onto tarps or piled into the wheelbarrow. By then it was time for supper.

I will post this painting at a later date once I have painted the boards on the outhouse and the foreground tree trunks.

Friday, May 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 May.

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Chopping Block 1 - A Work in Progress

The theme at today's still life class at KAGS was "what's cooking?"

We were spoiled for choice with two tables of pots, frying pans and soup pots, knives and cutting boards, vegetables, spices and seasonings.

I chose to do a small section of the display with the chopping block in the foreground, the stainless steel soup pot behind and various vegetables, knives and seasonings.

At a later date I will add some colour to the drawing, especially to the soup pot with the reflections showing on its side of the vegetables which was also quite interesting.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Confirmed Shows for 2019 - May

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
11 Mar - 13 May 19
13 May - 10 Jun 19

Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, Peterborough, Ont.
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

A Place For The Arts, 23 Bridge St. W., Bancroft, Ont.
23 Apr - 09 Jun 19
11 Jun - 14 Jul 19
16 Jul - 18 Aug 19
20 Aug - 22 Sep 19
24 Sep - 17 Nov 19
19 Nov 19 - 16 Feb 20

Northey's Barn Boutique, 1981 13th Line, Selwyn, Ont.
01-02 Jun 19 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Miskwaa Art Studio and Outdoor Gallery, 250 Edwina Drive,Trent Lakes, Ont.
28 Jun -29 Aug 19

Isabel Morris Park, 20 Concession St., Lakefield, Ont.
06 Jul 19 21st Annual Jazz Art & Craft Festival 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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

Selwyn Public Library - Bridgenorth Branch, 836 Charles St., Bridgenorth, Ont.
04 Sep - 01 Oct 19

The Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, 425 Douro Fourth Line Road, Hamlet of Douro, Ont.
07 Jan - 27 Mar 20 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 10 Jan 20 from 7-8 p.m.

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