October 2013 – Killarney Trees

I shared this drawing online here in October of 2013. For some reason that post attracted weekly multiple spam comments even though I edited it to indicate that comments were being moderated before being made public. As a final resort I’ve deleted the original post. I still want to share the drawing so I decided to re-post it. Hopefully the same issue doesn’t arise.

Killarney Provincial Park is located on Georgian Bay in my home province of Ontario. My favourite time of year to camp there is in the fall. There are less people around at the end of the season and the fall colours are gorgeous. I do draw and paint a bit on site but not too much. I like to be present and enjoy the park so I try to take a fair amount of photos to work from later. This piece was completed from a picture I took on the Lake of the Woods Trail. The drawing was made using pigment ink liners on a heavy cold press water colour paper. The pigment ink and texture of the paper create an effect that’s reminiscent of an etched print.

 

Painting on Found Objects – Barn Owl Saw

It’s common to find old implements at yard sales and second hand stores in my area. They can be oil covered or rusty so prep work is required before they can be painted. I bought this saw from a second hand charity shop. It was rusty so I sanded it and applied a coat of Tremclad rust primer to create a sealed base coat. The barn owl is painted in acrylic. It’s a bit stylized which I think is a good approach for a found object painting. To finish I applied a spray coat of Krylon varnish to the blade to protect the painting from scratches. I left the handle alone as I like the worn condition left from actual use. It’s a bit of an odd object to photograph so I opted to hang it on plant hook in my back yard to get a full length picture. I’ve included a closer look below as well with a bit less of the background.