I'm happy to share I was initiated into the "plein air club" this weekend after a couple of mishaps while out a Fanshawe Pioneer Village:
1. A windy gust sent my umbrella and easel and all my supplies toppling to the ground! While I assumed this would happen at some point... I did not anticipate #2.
2. No sooner than I heard a rustle in the the long grass next to me, than a sprinting fox appeared. Seriously... a fox! I'd estimate she was 3-4 meters away. The staff at Pioneer Village shared that there is a momma fox with a litter of pups in that area. To bad I didn't have my beagle Wylan with me... it'd have been the fox and the hound!
Here are some work in progress shots, and my final painting from Sunday. Click here for the story behind the house featured in this painting - Dr. Jone's house.
I haven't posted much new work in the past month or two-- so I am happy to share these two new paintings!!
To share what I've been up to, I've been keeping busy with some commissions and plein air (aka outdoor painting) work!! Myself and a fellow artist Shirley Thompson have put together a new painting group in our city... the London Plein Air Group. While I am loving plein air painting this far... It's definitely a steep learning curve. Very easy to get overwhelmed by all the visual stimuli. But a satisfying challenge!!! Lots of room for improvement and growth.
It is my great honour to introduce the official mascot for Kathy MacKay Fine Art!
I've had this handsome "elephant mouse" for about 4 years ... my version of the Expedia knome. Did I mention my sister and her friend Trev also have matching elephant mice? They originate from a quirky store in Senoma California. Now Stuart is being promoted from a mere travelling mouse to a mascot (a mascot that gets to travel...)
Will he be producing his own small paintings? I believe there is a good chance of this!! Stay tuned...
Some of Stuart's adventures as a traveling mouse
Find out why I had to pursue a career as a dietitian to figure out I wanted to be an artist: