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!