Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

"Widget Watch" - 16 x 16 oil on canvas.
June flew by.  We were blessed with some long-awaited summer weather, and I don't think anyone dared complain about the particularly humid days. I think I managed to paint all but three days, and I'm okay with that, though I wish I'd accomplished more.  It's always a challenge, juggling horses at home, plus trying to keep Gracie in regular work, and so on.  Hopefully I'll carry on the momentum for July, but thanks to a less-than-friendly summer cold catching up with me, I'll be taking the day off today!  Not for Canada Day celebrations....just to lay low!  Of course, the horses still had to be done, and the blacksmith was out to trim a couple and reset a couple...."day off" is relative!

I did a few little sketchy/study type pieces this month, but most of my work was focused on finishing the widget painting, and an oil of Leo and Briggi playing kissy-face.  I did complete the widgets;  progress on Leo and Briggi has been very slow, but I'm getting there.  I was hoping to enter it in a particular competition, but I'm not sure I'll have it done in time.  Such is life! You can see where I was at the beginning of the month ...and where I ended up last night (below).

Underpainting complete, starting to throw in some colour.

Leo nearly done...still a ways to go to complete the work.

Who knows, maybe I'll blog a bit more consistently in July as well.  Oh, on a somewhat related tangent....yesterday I sent out an email to my mailing list in concordance with the new Canadian Anti-Spam regulations.  If you didn't receive it, or would like to be part of my mailing list (don't worry, I send out emails less frequently than I write blog posts!  Ha!), let me know.  You can email me with your address, or use the link in the left hand column of the blog, or click here! Now, if only this new regulation would stop the spew of spam I get every day!

July's going to be another busy month - next Sunday is the Queen's Plate, and later this month, I do believe I'm actually going to get to Saratoga.  It's going to be great - have to make up for missing last year!
Various little sketch/studies on panel.


T Myers said...

July sounds fun :)

Linda Shantz said...

Saratoga is always fun! You should go sometime!