It is soon the end of the road for Road Trips and Cowscapes at The Bread Gallery. Show is up until September 3. It has been a wonderful summer for the show, lots of visitors and many of the paintings have already found homes. It is always hard work and kind of exhausting to paint for a show, I was pretty tired once the work was on the walls. So pleased people are seeing the work and relating to the themes.
I am in a small group show in Truro August 27 to September 1 at the Holiday Inn on Prince Street. It is in conjunction with the Blueberry Festival. There will be about 7 paintings, mostly cows heading to this show.
I will be Artist in Residence at the Hants County Exhibition in September. Hope to spend some time drawing at various sites, including the 'Goat Yoga' during the weekend of September 23 and 24. Always lots of wonderful subject matter there!
Several years ago I was approached to paint a special image to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Hants County Exhibition, celebrated in 2015. it was an honour to create the painting, and I spent a considerable amount of time and energy in the creative process to finally arrive at the image of the team of oxen. It was integral to the composition to also include several other elements, the landscape and colours of the Avon River, the Fort Edward blockhouse where the early fairs were held, the suggestion of the Acadian dyke system which tamed the Annapolis Valley and allowed the farming to succeed, and of course a ferris wheel, such an iconic symbol of fairs and exhibitions.
Lisa Hines, graphic designer for the Hants County Exhibiton and a volunteer director with the Windsor Agricultural Society that stages the event, designed the poster for the event, using the commemorative painting as the focal point in the poster. This poster was awarded Best Poster in 2015 at CAFE, the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, an association that has over 200 members. A huge honour for Lisa and the Oxen painting.
The original painting is 36 by 32", acrylic on canvas and hangs at the Hants County Exhibition on permanent display.