At the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg Ontario
Opening Night Gala Friday October 21 from 6 to 10 pm Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres, Free Parking and Admission, Cash Bar
Sale continues Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, $5 parking includes free admission to the fundraiser. Regular admission rates apply to the McMichael Art Collection and exhibitions.
From the McMichael volunteer committee:
"The annual Autumn Art Sale is recognized as one of the most prestigious events to see and purchase original works from some of Canada’s most talented artists. There is no better setting than the gallery’s stunning Grand Hall, surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful conservation land, to showcase unique one-of-a-kind works. Over the course of three days, art will be on view and available for purchase from 50 juried artists who will be in attendance. The quality and variety of works on sale will please the taste and budget of seasoned art buyers as well as those beginning to build a collection. This is your opportunity to invest in a beautiful piece of original Canadian art that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment."
I am delighted to be one of the 50 artists selected to exhibit at this year's sale. I will have over 30 paintings available at the show, many of them new, and I would love to see you there.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Thursday, October 20, 2016
Three demanding alien creatures emerged.
|American Robin's nest under the eaves, oil on panel, 8" x 10" ©Shannon Reynolds 2016|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Monday, September 19, 2016
|A delicate Balance, two black-capped chickadees, oil on panel, 6" x 12"|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, September 13, 2016
|Two Young Blue Jays "How do I open this thing?" oil on panel 8" x 10" ©ShannonReynolds|
This is one of the paintings I plan to take to the 2016 Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser, created and run by the McMichael Volunteer Committee, in October this year. I'll be writing more about the show in future posts.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Monday, August 22, 2016
|No Bull, Highland Cow, oil on panel 12" x 12" © Shannon Reynolds 2016|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Monday, August 15, 2016
|Black and Tan, Highland Cows, oil on panel, 11" x 14" © Shannon Reynolds 2016|
|Sketches of Highland Cattle, watercolour and gouache in Moleskine sketchbook|
|Cow in the manger at Hotel Le Germain in Baie St. Paul|
|Sketching the highland cattle from my balcony|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Saturday, August 13, 2016
|Owl's Head at high tide, oil on panel, 5" x 7"|
We kayak around this rock formation called owl's head every year, but only this time did we really see the owl--or what we think is the owl. It's really only obvious from a kayak's vantage point between the cliffs (and is not visible in this painting of the spot). Last time we were lucky enough to see Black Guillemot chicks high on a rock ledge keening their raspy calls and getting ready for their first plunge into the sea below. This time we didn't see or hear any of the Guillemots, although I did spot a solitary chick swimming in the cove where we stay.
I keep venturing into landscape in small ways, but I think I might paint a larger studio version of this painting sometime in the future, if only to conjure up the ocean from my land bound studio.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, August 02, 2016
|'Beagle in Snow' getting framed in a custom 3" reverse bevel frame|
|Beagle in Snow (detail), oil on panel 12" x 24"|
|'Beagle in Snow' and 'Snow Dog Trio' framed and ready to hang on the wall of their adoptive home|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Sunday, July 10, 2016
|Last of the Summer Strawberries, oil on panel, 8" x 8"|
|Strawberry still life on the easel in progress|
Sadly, the berries have now been eaten, every one.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Saturday, July 02, 2016
|Small, oil on canvas panel, 8" x 8" ©2016|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, June 28, 2016
|Abbey, Norfolk Terrier, oil on canvas wrapped board, 8" x 8"|
From the mockumentary, Best In Show, here are the lyrics to "God loves a Terrier" written by Eugene Levy and performed by he and Catherine O'Hara in the movie:
yes he does
God loves a terrier
brown sturdy bright and true
they give their hearts to you
God didn’t miss a stitch
be it dog or be it bitch
when he made the Norwich merrier
with his cute little ‘derrier’
yes God loves a terrier!
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Thursday, June 16, 2016
|Black dog, leashed, (detail) oil on panel 12" x 12"|
Black dogs get a bad rap. Winston Churchill famously referred to his depression as a black dog. But in Ian McEwan's postwar novel Black Dogs, which I read a few years ago, the black dogs symbolize a greater malignity, something not specified directly, but glimpsed peripherally as a looming menace over Europe. And then there's the so-called black dog syndrome which suggests that black dogs are less likely to be adopted--perhaps because of their association with depression and evil.
|Black dog, leashed, oil on panel 12" x 12"|
I was painting this black dog stoically waiting for his owner when I heard about the death of groundbreaking editor of Elle magazine in the UK, Sally Brampton. She'd written a book about her own struggle with depression called Shoot the Damn Dog, which I haven't read, but which resonated a little as I painted with all these associations in my head.
This dog, leashed and waiting, looks too benign to be a threat, but I won't discount him entirely. It's easy to glimpse black dogs today in the lead-up to the American election, the refugee crisis, global warming... I really should stop listening to public radio in the studio.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Monday, June 06, 2016
|Garden Nemesis (aka Easter Cottontail Rabbit), oil on panel, 12" x 12"|
|Garden Nemesis (detail)|
A girl can dream, right?
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, May 17, 2016
|Jake, oil on canvas board, 8" x 8"|
|Jake, (detail) oil on canvas board|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Thank you to everyone who joined my mailing list and by joining entered my pet portrait contest. The winner is Emma Storey, who has very graciously accepted her prize. Congratulations, Emma. Emma has and has had many pets and will have to decide which will be the portrait subject. I'm looking forward to seeing her choice. I will post the painting here once it's completed, likely in the new year.
|In the interest of fairness, I cut up my mailing list and drew one name from the pile|
To those of you who didn't win this time, I am happy to accept pet portrait commissions any time.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, December 15, 2015
|Woodland Caribou, oil on panel 8" x 10"|
|We Caribou You! postcard © Shannon Reynolds 2014|
|A languid Elk at my brother's family's campsite in Jasper this summer|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Saturday, December 05, 2015
|Irena, portrait study from life, oil on gessoed board (detail)|
|Irena, portrait study from life, oil on gessoed board, 9" x 12"|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, December 01, 2015
|Tasha, Golden Retriever, oil on panel 6" x 6"|
I'll draw the name and contact the winner on December 14th and make the announcement here and on my facebook page.
Of course, if you'd prefer not to leave things to chance, or can't wait until the 14th, you can always commission one of your own by contacting me directly. Just follow this link to my website and click the info tab at the top, then contact at the bottom to get my email address.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Sunday, November 15, 2015
|Angry Birds (detail), oil on birch panel, 30" x 40"|
|Angry Birds seen through the front window|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Saturday, November 07, 2015
at the Red Brick Café
8 Douglas St. Guelph, Ontario, Monday- Saturday 8am-11pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
October 26 through December 13
My paintings will be hanging at the Red Brick Café in downtown Guelph until December 13th. The exhibition features a few large paintings and many smaller landscapes and animal studies as well as some oldies but goodies from earlier series, notably my dj hands. There's something for everyone. The historic cafe/gallery space is high-ceilinged and light-filled with several comfortable rooms. If you are in Guelph over the next few weeks, I hope you stop in for a cappuccino or a craft beer and let me know what you think of the show.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Wednesday, October 28, 2015
|Young Female White-tailed Deer, oil on panel, 12" x 12"|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Sunday, October 18, 2015
|Clangor, oil on panel, 18" x 18"|
|Cacophony, oil on panel, 18" x 18"|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Wednesday, October 14, 2015
|Barn Owl sketch, oil on panel, 6" x 6"|
This is my far more humble sketch of a Barn Owl painted earlier this year. Even in Southern Ontario, we're at the very northern tip of its habitat. Maybe if global warming continues, the Barn Owl will venture farther north, and then we'll have yet another reason to preserve small family farms, which offer ideal nesting and hunting grounds.
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Tuesday, October 06, 2015
|Baltimore Oriole in Magnolia, oil on panel 8" x 8"|
Oh, and I'm not usually one to jump on the bandwagon, but Go Jays Go!
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Wednesday, September 30, 2015
|Red fox mid-pounce, oil on panel 8" x 8"|
|Coyote cub pack in storm sewer drainpipe, Spring 2015 (photo credit Ben Reynolds)|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Friday, July 10, 2015
Amongst the paintings I'll be showing are these two small swan portraits:
|Head of a Mute Swan, oil on panel, 6" x 6"|
|Head of a Mute Swan, oil on panel, 6" x 6"|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Thursday, November 27, 2014
|Great Black backed Gull on Rocks (detail), oil on panel|
The opening reception for the exhibition titled Flights of Fancy is Thursday, November 13, from 6:00 pm, with general admission starting at 8:00. Gallery 1313 is located at 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.
If you'd like your name on the guest list for the preview, please let me know to avoid disappointment.
|framing the gulls|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Friday, November 07, 2014
|Fallen leaves, watercolour in sketchbook|
|Fallen leaves, watercolour sketch, detail|
Posted by Shannon Reynolds at Monday, September 29, 2014