Theme: The theme for the month of January is a Canadian Winter. This includes anything Canadian and/or anything winter. Anything winter includes the winter escapes as well.
Target Post Date: January 1, 2014 - January 31, 2014
Be sure to post your work here in this thread so our challenges won't get confused with each other.
Just a note: The February 2014 Watercolor Artist magazine has an article "Wintry Mix" with "the color of fresh snow" by Janet Nunn, "study of light" by Joel Popadics and "dazzling snow shadows" by Catherine Hearding. These articles illustrate amazing colorful winter scenes. I have increased the color saturation in some of the snow scenes to help illustrate snow's many colors.
All the photos are mine unless marked as Public Domain.
I did not really want the fence post in the front of this photo. Also you may notice the band of cloud along the horizon, this is very typical of my area because it is an island and the surrounding water has not frozen yet so with cold temperatures we have clouds of steam rising from the water.
This photo was taken at the Ravenseyrie Sorraia, Mustang Preserve (on Manitoulin Island) that is a transcontinental preservation to save endangered indigenous wild horses of the Iberian Peninsula - Sorraia Highlands.
One of the many Canadian winter pastimes is to feed the birds and to watch birds. So a few bird photos
A Bohemian waxwing, that we only see during some winters.
Then we have our bird seed thieves.
Canadians enjoy many winter sports.
From my Granddaughters figure skating show with the theme of Canadian Winter Olympics. Sorry for the poor photo quality.
There seems to be a long history of ladies playing hockey in Canada. These two photos are from the Public Domain.
Women Playing Hockey, Toronto, Canada, 1910 outside Varsity Arena.
Girls hockey team in 1921.
A couple of photos with buildings.
I thought I would add this photo of my father and his youngest great grandchild. My father's descendants were the first settlers in this area and his grandson's father is a First Nations Native.
The next two photos are representative of Native works and are from the Public Domain.
The majority of Canadians travel south for an escape from winters cold temperatures.
This photo is from the Public Domain.
While holidaying in the South, people enjoy:
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated
Bonnie, you have posted a fine collection of reference photos. It will be difficult to select one or two. My book on painting trees with emphasis on pen & ink arrived yesterday and I see some trees posted here that I'd like to try. I'm afraid that they will be tougher than I imagine.
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Thank you Sam, pen and ink would work well with some of the tree or building photos.
Bonnie, you did a fine job!! What a wonderful selection of photos. I guess I had better get back into painting mode although not sure when I will get back to the studio!
Jen C & C's always welcome
Bonnie some neat pictures. The one of your father and his grandson is great. By first nation I ASSUME HE IS Indian , eskamo, or enuet . (please pardon my horrible spelling). It would be neat to have that kind of heritage and relationship to the land.
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B.J. Bailey:The February 2014 Watercolor Artist magazine has an article "Wintry Mix" with "the color of fresh snow" by Janet Nunn, "study of light" by Joel Popadics and "dazzling snow shadows" by Catherine Hearding. These articles illustrate amazing colorful winter scenes
My where would one find a copy of this ;)
Jen, thank you, I hope you will feel better soon.
Geri, yes this baby's father is Indian, not living on a Reserve but is an Ontario Provincial Police officer. And yes, they both have a very strong relationship to the land. I need to correct the post in that this is my fathers great grandson.
Bonnie, such a wonderful theme and so many beautiful images!
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
A lot of great photos Bonnie! I really like the wild horses right off the top.
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(No digital alterations please)
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Thank you Alex, I hope you will find something inspiring.
Catherine, thank you and I'm glad you found something that attracted your interest.
Joyce, thank you for your comments. I had thought your northern lights would fit into this theme, they were so nice. I understand about time spent in the arena.
Hi Bonnie, this will seem like a very odd posting ... I was trying to show how snow would look on branches with the sky behind them ...
Alex, to me, this painting looks like snow on branches with the sky behind them. It also looks like a very lovely abstract. The red berries are a great focal point. The lovely colors meander around so as to keep the viewer's eye moving around the painting.
Alex, this is wonderful. The more I look at this the more I can see your excellent job of using the warm colours for shading to create light and fluffy snow piled up on the branches. Great colour with the sky peaking through, it looks like a clear blue sky. I wonder, is this done with w/c pencil?