Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Confirmed Shows for 2020 - April

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.

A Place For The Arts, 23 Bridge St. W., Bancroft, Ont.
CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
19 Feb - 19 Apr 20
22 Apr - 07 Jun 20
10 Jun - 12 Jul 20
01 Jul - 03 Aug 20 Solo Show in The Annex
Opening Reception 11 Jul 20 from 1-4p.m. 15 Jul - 16 Aug 20
05-31 Aug 20 Buckhorn Artists' Group in The Annex
Opening Reception 08 Aug 20 from 1-4p.m. 19 Aug - 20 Sep 20
22 Sep - 22 Nov 20
24 Nov 20 - 15 Feb 21

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 81 Queen Street, Lakefield, Ont.
Lakefield Creative Arts Group
09 May 20 Mother's Day Show from 10am-4pm
07 Nov 20 World War II Show from 10am-4pm

Northey's Barn Boutique, 1981 13th Line, Selwyn, Ont.
23-24 May 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Miskwaa Art Studio and Outdoor Gallery, 250 Edwina Drive,Trent Lakes, Ont.
27 Jun - 31 Aug 20

The Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, 425 Douro Fourth Line Road, Hamlet of Douro, Ont.
08 Jul - 27 Aug 20 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 10 Jul 20 from 7-8 p.m.
05 May - 30 Jun 21 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 07 May 21 from 7-8 p.m.
05 Jan - 30 Mar 22 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 07 Jan 22 from 7-8 p.m.

St. Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
Buckhorn Artists' Group
14-16 Aug 30th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
Kawartha Arts Festival
05-06 Sep 20 31st Annual Kawartha Arts Festival

Please come out and enjoy the artwork displayed at these shows.

Monday, March 30, 2020

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, March 10, 2020

Cardinal 3 - A Work in Progress

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

We had guest instructor Gail Hawkins in to teach how to draw and paint a Cardinal in watercolour.

She had copies of a photograph of a Cardinal that we could use, but I chose to work from one of my own photographs.

Once I had drawn my bird onto the paper, I brushed in a background colour using various mixtures of French ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna.

While the background was drying, we broke for lunch and when we returned it was time to put the colour onto the bird.















Using new gamboge, I brushed in the sun touched areas of the bird as well as the under paint for the beak.

Next, using a mixture of alizarin crimson with a small amount of burnt sienna I put in the base colour for the cardinal. While that was drying I used a dark of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson to indicate the area of the mask.

I put in another layer of the red in some of the darker areas, by then it was time to leave.

I will post this painting at a later date once more work on the bird has been completed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Confirmed Shows for 2020 - 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.

A Place For The Arts, 23 Bridge St. W., Bancroft, Ont.
19 Feb - 19 Apr 20
22 Apr - 07 Jun 20
10 Jun - 12 Jul 20
01 Jul - 03 Aug 20 Solo Show in The Annex
Opening Reception 11 Jul 20 from 1-4p.m. 15 Jul - 16 Aug 20
05-31 Aug 20 Buckhorn Artists' Group in The Annex
Opening Reception 08 Aug 20 from 1-4p.m. 19 Aug - 20 Sep 20
22 Sep - 22 Nov 20
24 Nov 20 - 15 Feb 21

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 81 Queen Street, Lakefield, Ont.
Lakefield Creative Arts Group
09 May 20 Mother's Day Show from 10am-4pm
07 Nov 20 World War II Show from 10am-4pm

Northey's Barn Boutique, 1981 13th Line, Selwyn, Ont.
23-24 May 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Miskwaa Art Studio and Outdoor Gallery, 250 Edwina Drive,Trent Lakes, Ont.
27 Jun - 31 Aug 20

The Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, 425 Douro Fourth Line Road, Hamlet of Douro, Ont.
08 Jul - 27 Aug 20 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 10 Jul 20 from 7-8 p.m.
05 May - 30 Jun 21 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 07 May 21 from 7-8 p.m.
05 Jan - 30 Mar 22 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 07 Jan 22 from 7-8 p.m.

St. Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
Buckhorn Artists' Group
14-16 Aug 30th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
Kawartha Arts Festival
05-06 Sep 20 31st Annual Kawartha Arts Festival

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

Sunday, February 23, 2020

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.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Medieval Times

Today we went to Medieval Times at 10 Dufferin Street, in Toronto, Ontario for my birthday. It is the first time I have been back since I broke my femur just before my birthday in 2017.















After getting our photograph taken with the master falconer and Lady Guinevere a Lanark peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus peregrinus), we went into the main hall and I was pleasantly surprised that Ron and Christine invited the all of the family and my friends to attend my birthday celebration with us.
















It didn't take very long before it was time for us to head into the dinning area and be seated at our tables. We were in the green section and high enough up that we had a wonderful view of the arena.















Once everyone was seated the lights dimmed and the Queen welcomed her guests to the court and the Master of Ceremonies entered the arena on a Friesian stallion. After greeting us he proceeded to introduce each of the knights starting with the yellow knight, followed by the blue knight who were both at the far end of the arena, then the black and white knight and the red and yellow knight who were in the middle of the arena and lastly the red knight and our knight the green knight.













While we were served the first course of our meal, we were entertained by four Andalusian stallions being exhibited on the long lines. Each horse came out separately and performed a different movement, the Spanish walk, the passage, the levade and the capriole. At the end of the performance the horses bowed to the audience.















Then, we were treated to a display of falconry using one of their three peregrine falcons. The bird flew about the arena, often coming very close to the people seated in the stands. This is probably why before the bird was released from the glove everyone was cautioned to not raise their hands in case the bird thought they had bait. At the end the falconer allowed the bird to take the lure and have her meal before leaving the arena.













As the second course was being served, we were entertained by a quadrille performed by six of the Royal Guards. The quadrille is a choreographed dressage ride, which is often compared to an equestrian ballet, where the horses perform movements together.  I was pleased to see a number of the more advanced movements in the performance such as flying changes of lead, half-passes, the passage, shoulder-ins and travers.














As the third course arrived, we enjoyed one of the Andalusian stallions performing a liberty routine with his handler. This was followed by the knights being called back to the arena to compete in various mounted games including, capturing a small hanging, ring on the lance, hitting a small target with the lance at a gallop and a flag toss between two riders. I received a carnation which was tossed to me by the green knight.















After reading out all the birthday and celebration notices, the Master of the Horse brought out one of the Andalusian stallions and performed a dressage routine which included, flying changes of lead every stride, passage, piaffe, and the levade.














The last course was served as once more the knights were called out; this time to engage in a joust. The squires remained in the arena with them to be able to serve their knights by bringing weapons to them for the battle on the ground once they had been unhorsed.












The final battle between the green knight and the red knight was fought first by two passes of the joust where neither rider was unhorsed. Then a battle on horse until one was knocked off the horse.













This was followed by a battle on the ground until there was only one winner, in this case, the red knight.

This was a wonderful birthday celebration.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Against the Sky II

Today after taking Christine out for her birthday breakfast we went home passing by one of the Standarbred farms in the area.

There were a couple of horses on the track jogging and I thought I would do this little pencil sketch of one of the pacers.













I had thought about doing a series of four seasons paintings with Standards being jogged on the track. 

Perhaps at a later date I may work this one up into a winter painting.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Buckhorn Artists' Group Blog - Norma MacEachern

I have posted the biography of another new member of the Buckhorn Artists' Group, Norma MacEachern, to the blog as well as examples of her artwork.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Rain Clouds - A Work in Progress

Today I was painting with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group and thought I would like to do more work on the trees I put into this painting last month (see posts on 14 January 2011 and 05 January 2020).

I started by washing a in a base colour onto the trunks and main branches of each of the trees using mixtures of Antwerp Blue, French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.









Using darker mixtures of the same colours gradually added the bark texture to the tree trunks and main branches, as well as adding smaller branches and twigs.

I will post this piece at a later date one all the branches on the trees have been completed.

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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.

Monday, February 3, 2020

OSWOA - Country Road 1

Today I wanted to finish this painting that I started in a Colour and Composition class with Neil Broadfoot many years ago (see posts on 29 January 2012, 11 December 2015, 20 February and 11 August 2016), this painting started as Colour and Composition 6.

I started with the main tree in the foreground on the left side o f the road, using various combinations of French ultramarine blue mixed with burnt sienna, and continued by putting in the rest of the tree trunks and branches on the background trees.

From there I lightened the tree colour and brushed in the road, followed by darkening the colour slightly to put in the ruts in the road.














This was followed by mixing various greens using raw sienna and French ultramarine blue to put in a few pine trees and add more definition to the grass.

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.

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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Confirmed Shows for 2020 - 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.

A Place For The Arts, 23 Bridge St. W., Bancroft, Ont.
19 Nov 19 - 16 Feb 20
19 Feb - 19 Apr 20
22 Apr - 07 Jun 20
10 Jun - 12 Jul 20
01 Jul - 03 Aug 20 Solo Show in The Annex
Opening Reception 11 Jul 20 from 1-4p.m. 15 Jul - 16 Aug 20
05-31 Aug 20 Buckhorn Artists' Group in The Annex
Opening Reception 08 Aug 20 from 1-4p.m. 19 Aug - 20 Sep 20
22 Sep - 22 Nov 20
24 Nov 20 - 15 Feb 21

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 81 Queen Street, Lakefield, Ont.
Lakefield Creative Arts Group
09 May 20 Mother's Day Show from 10am-4pm
07 Nov 20 World War II Show from 10am-4pm

Northey's Barn Boutique, 1981 13th Line, Selwyn, Ont.
23-24 May 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Miskwaa Art Studio and Outdoor Gallery, 250 Edwina Drive,Trent Lakes, Ont.
27 Jun - 31 Aug 20

The Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, 425 Douro Fourth Line Road, Hamlet of Douro, Ont.
08 Jul - 27 Aug 20 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 10 Jul 20 from 7-8 p.m.
05 May - 30 Jun 21 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 07 May 21 from 7-8 p.m.
05 Jan - 30 Mar 22 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 07 Jan 22 from 7-8 p.m.

St. Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
Buckhorn Artists' Group
14-16 Aug 30th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
Kawartha Arts Festival
05-06 Sep 20 31st Annual Kawartha Arts Festival

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

Friday, January 31, 2020

Stevan's Funeral

Today we held the funeral service for my brother Stevan.

He passed away last week at the age of 63, due to a combination of C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) complicated by pneumonia.

May he rest in peace.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Queen Conch and Sand Dollars - A Work in Progress

Today I was painting with the Lakefield Creative Arts Group at the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Lakefield.

Since I wouldn't be able to stay the entire day, I chose to work on small pieces in pen and ink.














I brought along three pieces that I had started a long time ago (see post on 26 September 2014).

Beginning with the first one of three sketches featuring Queen Conch shells, I finished the first Sand Dollar and started on the Conch shell before I had to leave to for a number of appointments.

I will post this drawing at a later date once it has been completed.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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, January 14, 2020

Oil Lamp Trio - A Work in Progress

Today was the first session in the New Year with the Buckhorn Tuesday Painting Group.

Last year we spoke about having a small still life display set up on the first session of each month for those that were interested in working from life.

To start the year off with a challenge I brought in glass objects which are always interesting as well as challenging.















Three of the group decided to take up the challenge. Next month another person will bring in the still life treasures.

I managed to complete the outline drawing for two of the glass oil lamps and made some progress on the third one.

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

Monday, January 13, 2020

Front Field II - Lone Pony - A Work in Progress

Today I was painting with the Lakefield Creative Arts Group and brought along a number of pen and ink drawings that I have been working on for a while (see posts on 18 June and 19 July 2017).

I started with this one beginning with the closer stand of trees on the right side.

I put the foliage onto the trees and added more details to the tree trunks and branches.












I finished this section of trees by putting a few smaller young trees in around the base of the mature trees.

From there I moved to the other side of the drawing and began to put in the start of the forest at the lower edge of the field.

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Rain Clouds - A Work in Progress

Today I had a little bit of time ans I thought I would work on this painting that I had started many years ago (see post on 14 January 2011).

I washed in a sky behind the clouds using Antwerp blue and set it aside to dry while I decided what to put into the foreground.









Next, using a pencil I lightly drew a few trees into the foreground against the rain clouds.

I will post this painting at a later date once more work on the trees has been completed.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

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 January.

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

Friday, January 3, 2020

Weeping Willow 1 - A Work in Progress

Today I was sitting at my kitchen table looking out across the front lawn at my weeping willow tree which we planted 36 years ago to celebrate the year my daughter, Christine was born.

This tree has grown to a height of almost 50' (15.24m) and my arms will only reach a little over half way around the trunk.

Using a pencil, I lightly drew in the trunk and main branches of the tree. With it being winter they are no longer hidden by the multitude of leaves.

Once I was pleased with the drawing, I got out my watercolour paint and started putting on leaves.

Before I could get very far, I had company arrive and I will post this piece at a later date once more work on it has been completed.

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

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Spooky

It is a New Year and I have to come to terms with myself that my little Spooky cat won't be back again.















The last time she was here was on 27 November 2019 and she hasn't returned, which is unusual, as she always stays for the winter and in late spring she leaves for the summer and comes back when the snow returns.

I can only hope she is with my other animals which have passed over before her and is enjoying a peaceful existence.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Confirmed Shows for 2020 - January

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.

A Place For The Arts, 23 Bridge St. W., Bancroft, Ont.
19 Nov 19 - 16 Feb 20
21 Feb - 15 Mar 20
20 Mar - 10 May 20
13 May - 14 Jun 20
17 Jun - 12 Jul 20
01 Jul - 03 Aug 20 Solo Show in The Annex
Opening Reception 11 Jul 20 from 1-4p.m. 15 Jul - 16 Aug 20
15 Jul - 16 Aug 20
05-31 Aug 20 Buckhorn Artists' Group in The Annex
Opening Reception 08 Aug 20 from 1-4p.m. 19 Aug - 20 Sep 20
19 Aug - 20 Sep 20
23 Sep - 25 Oct 20
28 Oct - 29 Nov 20
03 Dec 20 - 17 Jan 21

Northey's Barn Boutique, 1981 13th Line, Selwyn, Ont.
23-24 May 20 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Miskwaa Art Studio and Outdoor Gallery, 250 Edwina Drive,Trent Lakes, Ont.
27 Jun - 31 Aug 20

The Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery, 425 Douro Fourth Line Road, Hamlet of Douro, Ont.
08 Jul - 27 Aug 20 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 10 Jul 20 from 7-8 p.m.
05 May - 30 Jun 21 The Buckhorn Artists' Group
Opening Reception 07 May 21 from 7-8 p.m.
05 Jan - 30 Mar 22 The Art of Daniel Marlatt and Susan Sydney
Opening Reception 07 Jan 22 from 7-8 p.m.

St. Matthews Church, Buckhorn, Ont.
Buckhorn Artists' Group
14-16 Aug 30th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Fenelon Falls Fair Grounds, Fenelon Falls, Ont.
Kawartha Arts Festival
05-06 Sep 20 31st Annual Kawartha Arts Festival

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