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10th annual Christmas Home Tour
entry for Christmas Home Tour
Dennison Home, Christmas Tour
November 16 & 17, 2018
come to Saugeen Shores ,

I am getting ready for the upcoming Tour of Homes and am submitting some new pieces and some older ones for the requested themes made by the designer Kaitlyn Shuler. I easily found some winter scenes and added a new one. It seems I like painting snow and trees and grey blue skies. It was a rare day that I found sunshine at Elsinore for the painting of the gorgeous late summer foliage. I took color notes between clouds. Plein air is always more enjoyable in the company of others and the memory of being there is forever connected to the companions of the day. A bonus for all of us who love the scenery here in Grey-Bruce.
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Early Spring: Ridge Ice at MacGregor Park

Finishing touches just completed and now there is only the hanging wire to attach. The first cold virus of the year has hit and is managing to slow me down. Consequently, I am really happy to have started this when I did. The edges of the 3/4″sides of canvas show some of the finger marks and brush work.
Personally, I like to see evidence of paint covered fingers and active brushwork left by someone completely involved with creating something and blissfully unaware of anything outside of making marks and colouring stuff (IMHO). If I were Leonarda da Vinci this would make my work sooo…much more valuable. Since I am not (sigh), cleaning up the edges will be the final step….if there is time before drop-off on Thursday.

I am certain that the expected crowd of several thousand visitors will be very intent on the visual feast presented in these specially chosen homes; including everything from Christmas decor to the actual room design and layouts.  Visitors may not be as focused on purchasing paintings so if I pick it up again on Saturday evening this piece will find a good home on my wall (until the next show). This is an image that I have wanted to paint for awhile and as is often the case, an event like this is just the motivation I need to put a few more miles on the paintbrush.

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Christmas House Tour

I am barely down to the last of the leftover Hallowe’en candy and already the Christmas events are being advertised. One of the popular annual happenings in this area is the sponsored tour of selected homes. I have never gone on one of these journeys but this year I will be participating in the decoration of one of them. Shoreline Artists Group, of which I am a member, have been given the a last minute opportunity to submit artwork for one of the Dennison builder homes on the tour. The designers will select the appropriate ones for the decor. I am working feverishly to finish a canvas for this. I have included a bit of the process thus far.

I select a photo with some elements that I wanted to record during a winter walk at a local provincial park: ridge ice, birch trees, cool colours against warm.

After cropping and sketching a few different compositions, I choose one to put on the canvas with vine charcoal.

24×30 oil on canvas

The painting thus far. I have stopped at this stage to allow the ‘white’ paint to oxidize for a few days. This may not be ready for the deadline of November 17th but fingers crossed…! After this I will finish adding details of ground foliage and tree trunks and post the final result.

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Saugeen River, March

So, I’m still putting ‘miles on the paintbrush’ and cabin fever took me out on a rare sunny day recently to look for signs of spring. The wind was strong and bitter so I grabbed this quick photo and retreated back to the warmth of the studio to interpret and paint.
The title could be ‘The March of the Saugeen’. I don’t think ‘flow’ when I see this river but rather a relentless presence that has at times carried me, dumped me, flooded me out, fed me and always reminded me to ‘march on’.