Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wildflowers of Ontario

Just as spring is making its presence known with warmer sunlit days, melting snow and wet streets,  I dream of bursts of floral colour to follow in the coming months. Many may already know that I sold the farm in Milford, Ontario where I would take long relaxing walks on the acreage where there was an abundance of wildflowers there to enjoy.

Here is a new series inspired by the warm glow and colours of a summers day on the farm. An early pioneer writer, Catherine Parr Trail in 1868 wrote Canadian Wildflowers of Ontario with hand painted lithographs by Agnes Fitzgibbon. I thought how interesting it would be to revisit that theme of wildflowers but this time pushing toward sprays of colour and texture-Fitzgibbon abandoned!

These became first a series of 18  5" x 7"in. watercolour sketches, some of which were sent to the Pontiac Art Association, Shawville, Quebec.  There they will be part of an 'Artists' Exchange' to be re-distributed to participants who offered their work.

I am developing a series of watercolours from those sketches that will be exhibited together in the coming months in the local area. They represent some new techniques that I am pleased to display here today. Let me know what you think!
Next comes my submission for the Reves d'Automne show that takes place every September in the Baie St. Paul area in Quebec.

Blue Vervain, 14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.)      $220.

                                               Bergamot14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.)      $175.
Queen Anne's Lace, 14" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.)      $260.

Black Eyed Susan, 4" x 20 in. (36 x 51 cm.)      $260.

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