Around here people wait anxiously for the cold and snow to come but during the time before its arrival there is a period of transition, marked by grey skies, rainy days and conditions that send most indoors in search of heat and comfort. For me, that time also has become an exciting period to paint. The sombre limited colour palette puts the focus on composition with the monochromatic quality lending a sense of what makes black and white images so intriguing. Good rubber boots, warm toques, gloves and windproof jackets are all it takes to make venturing out during this time of transition in relative comfort, something myself and Brownie do every day, looking for the next striking image to appear.
This new piece was commissioned as a Christmas Gift from a husband to his wife who grew up in nearby Meaford and remembers that time very fondly. Viewed from the nearby Niagara Escarpment, Meaford lies mostly hidden in a continuous forest of trees up to the winding shore of Georgian Bay. It was decided that the painting would show the town in the height of falls brilliant and varied colour palette. The unusual weather patterns that unfolded this year resulted in a spotty fall for colours but artists equipped with the power of the brush can help out where needed.
A large painting, 62"x28", there was lots to see and include and I spent a lot of time studying some of the masterpieces found in my trusty Group of Seven art book, to see how the colours of fall can be portrayed.
There is little to compare with the unabashed beauty of a fall sunset when Mother Nature turns up the brilliance dial! I'll admit its a bit overwhelming to a painter who typically paints with a restrained colour pallete, but I am always drawn to a challenge and here is what came out.
The fall always goes by too quickly for me and the few leaves still clinging on suggests that the Autumn days are numbered for this year.
With handmade frame this painting measures 21"x27" and is currently available for purchase, online or at the Kilby Gallery in Clarksburg Ont.
Very happy to post up this recently completed painting commissioned by friends Gord and AnneMarie. This project began with a visit to the home, not far from here. Immediately I was struck by the charm and beauty of the place and the challenge of coming up with the best view to depict the farm and its surrounding landscape. Heightening this task was a large knoll, or hill situated almost directly in front of the place. In the end we decided to incorporate this feature prominently in the painting, which allowed a great view back into the rolling fields located at the rear of the property. The lovely restored farmhouse and barn are part of the scene but became a piece of the scene rather than the primary focus of it. Numerous visits to the place allowed me to witness it in the glow of late day sun, which is how it is shown in the painting.
The final size of the piece is 32" x 62", which includes the frame, made from local reclaimed timber.
Something on the smaller side for me, as of late, but still fun and packing plenty of presence! A 'water scene' for sure, although regardless of home many paintings I tackle with water as a major element, each presents its own unique challenges! As per usual with me, the basic composition or arrangement of shapes and colours with in the format or edges of the painting is the first priority, and I am quite pleased with how this one comes off. The water dominates and is framed along the top with just enough info to give it a feeling of a particular place. Choosing names is always a fun distraction while executing a painting, and for this piece which I think epitomizes many folks ideal of a memorable 'Saturday', that is what I went with. The handmade frame seems to work very well with the painting, judging by the many favourable reviews it is receiving here in the gallery!
Wasn't it Enzo Ferrari himself that proclaimed the E type Jaguar to be the most beautiful car design ever?
This stunning blood red Jag was sitting across the street from my gallery one day and I managed to get a few pics of it before it drove off. A car as eye catching as this is always going to draw attention. I strategized a way of simplifying the background to mainly black and white shapes, allowing the long slender bright red shape of the Jag to really dominate the composition.
With the successful completion of this piece, it is now time to start looking around to see what may become the next piece of automotive art I choose to paint!
With no time to spare these new works are waiting for the varnish to dry and then they will be delivered to the Blue Mountains Centre for the Arts in Collingwood, to be part of the upcoming wildlife and livestock themed show 'Animal Love, Canadian Style'. I chose to represent the wildlife in my two efforts as part of a local scene rather than a close up portrait style, that depicts them as they might appear in a real life 'wildlife' spotting. Meaning, not through the viewer of a good pair of binoculars or zoom lenses, but as you might see them yourslef while walking along a trail or side road.
On my daily outings exercising myself and my dog Brownie, we frequently have the pleasure of spotting some of the local wildlife, but you do need to keep quiet and scan the horizon with attentive eyes because these co habitants wisely desire to keep a good distance between themselves and their human neighbours.
Both new works are shown here copied by myself (hence the slightly crooked edges!) to include the hand made frames. The frames are created using locally sourced heritage lumber and custom finished to highlight each respective painting. To view in person, along with other works included in the show, please visit The Blue Mountain Centre for the Arts on Collingwood @ 163 Hurontario St. 705 445 3430, opening on the afternoon of August 3rd. Hope to see you there!
In a few days the quaint village of Clarksburg, home of the Kilby Gallery and many other galleries and unique shops, will be celebrating its 'artsy side' in a one day annual extravaganza.
Lots to see and do and here at the Kilby Gallery, I ,Don Kilby gallery artist will be painting and meeting the public as usual and show the newest paintings, hot off the easel. To mark the event, I will be offering special one day only 'Artsburg' prices on a number of original paintings, so drop by, say hello, as see whats new.
In addition, Brownie faith four legged side kick will be on hand to meet and greet, smooze with the customers, and might even offer a tail or tow about the rabbit that barely got away!
Look forward to seeing you there,
Big, bright and visually arresting are a few of the words that come to mind when viewing this recently completed commission job. Never before have I stretched my colour comfort zone to include such punchy vibrant colours but it was a worthwhile exercise in exploring the range and capabilities of my box of paints. Soon the clients will arrange for delivery of their new painting; till then it will be proudly displayed in the galleries' window and hopefully turn a few heads!
On one of the less than frequent convertible worthy days this past month, we got a visit from one of our most favourite models at the Kilby Gallery! Seen in the north window is a limited edition print of the painiting entitled 'South Shore Motoring', which was based on the car seen here. The enchanting lines and gleaming beauty of this classic auto were a challenge to capture but came out quite well, with the original selling before the final brush strokes were applied.
Limited to just 12 editions, the signed and framed print on display in the window is one of a handful still available. Don't wait too long and risk being disappointed in adding this much admired piece of art to land on your walls!