Our song bird visitors... amongst them our three ruby throated humming birds appear less regularly...and seem somewhat unappreciative or disinterested in Deb's sugary offerings. Jays and crows... once quietly absent in the heat of summer are now obnoxiously omni-present... their raucous ranting especially unpleasant in the very early morning. Silently marauding flocks of American Robins sweep the yard and treed areas in search of food... foretelling their mass departure. Swallows line the telephone wires and long... strung out flocks of blackbirds swarm corn fields. Fall has arrived! On the art scene... my focus must soon shift to annual trips "out there"... trying to record the rapidly changing landscape from summer greens... to scarlet fanfare... and finally to winter bareness.
Time management becomes the real concern and necessity for the plein air painter. As well... for the first time in over a decade... flower beds must be tended and readied for sleep as well. Given the number of ancient oaks closeby... there will be much yard clean up as well. I am entering three painting into the ECOAA's annual "Mystery in the Park" exhibition... an Algonquin opportunity for exposure to large numbers of visitors for the annual leaf tour.
After a recent invitation... a recent piece of my work was featured at the grand opening of new The Eagle Point Winery closeby. It was a gala cultural affair blending the presence of the new Chinese owners and the local residents. I am including a couple of jpegs to give a bit of the flare of this late summer harvest event. My first time witnessing a "Lion's Dance"... an energetic and colourful spectacle for sure!
Friday... our 2nd Annual Rockport Plein Air Paint Out is taking place here in the village and in the Islands.
You'll remember that it was my coming to this event to paint that resulted in our decision and action to move bodies and business to Rockport! Am looking anxiously forward to painting with the twenty odd painters already registered for the event! Hope that the weatherman cooperates! Thunderstorms are on the radar for Friday! Pack the rain gear gang!
Given all of these tasks coming up (too) quickly... my blog will have to receive less than my usual attention and time. I had seriously considered taking a hiatus for a few months... but have learned from experience that sometimes the road leads away and if left... even with the good intentions to retrace the path back... often that never occurs. I enjoy writing... and sharing thoughts and events in the common lives and pursuits of "regulars" who visit and share with me on our sites! I'll do my best to check in as my time permits... and when things slow down a bit!
Until then... Happy Autumn Painting ... to ALL!!!
"Annual Mystery in the Park Exhibition" opening on October 29th, 2012
"Tamarack Time" Opeongo Road, Algonquin Park--oil sketch on linen 14x18 inches
"Pointers" - oil sketch on canvas 16x20 inches
"Spring Tumbles In... at the Chute in the Algonquin Park Logging Museum Exhibition" - oil Demo 24x18 inches
The Grand Opening of The Eagle Point Winery
Lion Dancers entertaining the crowd of visitors
The Eagle Point Winery main building
Casks of aging new wine
\ New General Manager greeting visitors at one wine bar area
"Island Joy" oil on canvas 30x24 inches on the mantle at the Winery!
Looks very comfortable! HA HA!!!
Once again.... Happy Fall Painting ... to ALL!!!