Despite wintery snowstorms this past few days, several summer migrants have returned. Here are the species I’ve seen plus the date when I first saw them:
March 25: redwing blackbirds; first Vs of Canada geese overhead.
April 1: on Black River: 5 hooded mergansers; ~ 1 dozen buffleheads, 3 turkey vultures, 1 red-tailed hawk, male and female northern harriers
April 8: first keening call of killdeer
April 9: Eastern meadowlark, two tree swallows
April 10: Eastern bluebird
April 11, 13: American kestrels
April 14: 3 phoebes
Thursday, December 20, 2012
|Snowstorm approaching, watercolour|
I learned many techniques including how to render washes of colour, and use of “magic dust” aka salt.
This is the first painting I have sold – and it taught me “detachment” because I love this work! I exhibited it at Raymond Sander Regier’s Art Brûlant and Impressions gallery during his 2012 Christmas Stocking Stuffer show.
It conjures images of happy days spent at our family cottage, on the Black River watershed in the Pontiac region of the Outaouais (West Quebec).
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
|Trooper, pen-and-ink drawing|
Here is the second drawing I created that day.
I worked from a photograph I took of Trooper, Eric’s Friesen-Standardbred gelding. I used many pen-and-ink techniques including stippling and cross-hatching.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
|1/8 V/E b&w print:|
Spirit Horse Cry of Freedom
As a teenager, I visited the Picasso and Man show at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now Art Gallery of Ontario) in 1964. I was impressed by the power of Picasso’s spare line – and how emotionally evocative simplicity of form can be.
I saw Guernica there. Its raw depiction of terror, death, and spirited acts of defence inspired awe in me.
In Spirit Horse Cry of Freedom, I acknowledge spirituality and raw life force. I printed this block as a Variable Edition (VE) eight times, using different colours, some of which I printed on handmade paper I created in Narrawong, Victoria, Australia in 2010.
Monday, September 10, 2012
|Katharine painting |
on tipi, Shawville Fair 2012
This was a joint ARAS and Pontiac Artists’ Association (PAA) project at the 2012 Shawville Fair. Several PAA artists painted panels on the tipi, including Dawn Abercrombie, Jennifer Dale Judd, Kate Aley, and Tina Michaud.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Here I’ve drawn head of rooster, created a mother wash of crimson, and painted wet on wet.
Final touch? Add magic dust… salt.
At The Haliburton School of the Arts with my teacher Marta Scythes. Her class, Watercolour Basics and Beyond, is fantastic.