There aren't quite as many dogs as hares in Keno City ... but close! This adorable husky pup was lounging in the middle of the road (it's Keno no worries) while her owner was working in the museum. Keno City has a fantastic Mining Museum full of fascinating history and includes outdoor exhibits with antique machinery used throughout the storied "Hills of Silver"
I had never seen a Yukon Hare prior to my trip to the Yukon, but in Keno City they were omnipresent! Even still, getting a photo of these furtive creatures was challenging and with winter's arrival they were already sporting the beginnings of their winter coats, making a photo even more desirable.
We had a special young visitor who's adventures included meeting and feeding the sheep in my field. Apparently he was retelling his adventures to his Mother but had forgotten the names of his wooly new friends. So I sat down to rectify the situation ... what started out as a quick cartoon turned into a wonderful Sunday morning drawing session. Drawn to depict the view a 5 year old would have. I had never realised what funny looking beasts sheep are!
Toby has had the good fortune to live the majority of his life on a large acreage in the Cariboo with freedom to roam. My good fortune was to meet this lovely old dog and to paint him. I learn so much from painting portraits and know that having met Toby is what enabled me to create such a good likeness; by implying his love for the outdoors with the bright sunny atmosphere, the wind ruffling his fur, and infuse the painting with his gentle spirit through his eyes and gesture.
After a busy few months of painting, it is nice to get back to basics. Pure, honest but far from simple; drawing is the foundation of a good painting. All the rendering in the world cannot hide a mistake in drawing, just as a cornerstone would be sorely missed in the foundation of a building. So, not only is it nice to simply sketch, frankly, it is essential to every aspect of good art.
These little balls of fluff are the second in my "Chicklets" series. They are just so delightful scurrying in and out of the lilies, cheeping, scratching and running after Mother hen.
If you are in Vernon this weekend come on out to the Cowboy Festival at the Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Along with the many things going on at the ranch on Saturday, I will have paintings for sale and will be joined by blacksmith artist Doug Alcock.
The Silver Star Wine and Food Festival is fast approaching - August 8, 9th and 10th, for which Gallery Odin sets up a temporary Gallery in the centre of the village. Mountain guests are free to visit the gallery during the festival which will feature work by six local artists who will also be painting outdoors in and around the village on Friday and Saturday, myself included. The paintings created over the two days will be donated by the artists and those original fine art pieces will be [silent] auctioned on Saturday evening to raise funds for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
I found this scruffy collie resting in the shade when I was at an open air market in Monpazier, France. Le Chien was among my new paintings at the Art in the Garden show yesterday. Over 300 guests walked through the garden arbour on a pleasant sunny day to view the many paintings, sculptures and raku pottery on display.
Thank you everyone who came to the show. Your support, conversations, interest and purchases are so very appreciated!
There is something just so touching about a sleeping kitten. I have three sleepy cats that provide a constant source of painting subjects ... and hair. But no vacuuming today ... Happy Mother's Day!