Discovered, a lost set of portraits

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In 1992 and 1993 Don Watt requested a series of head study portraits of his daughter’s horses. Her early junior hunters and later open jumpers. The images hung at the Watt residence in King Township for many years. Earlier this spring the two works turned up at auction in Brampton. There, they were advertised as “prints” [reproductions]. A Buyer loved the images, purchased both works., as “prints”.

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The Buyer then contacted me to ask about these “prints” [reproductions]. Since I do not do “prints” [reproductions] I was surprised. I immediately offered to examine theme. She had purchased two originals. All these years later the portraits are in exceptionally good condition. Fresh, clean with the reserved whites sparkling.

Growing up, we had two of E M Carr works in our dining room. Every night over dinner I studied them. Through this dinnertime observation Ms Carr taught me colour, to be bold, and to experiment with media, no matter what the subject. Years later the Carr works were sold to a very famous collection. Their new owner allowed me to make this copy of my favourite “Forest Landscape 1913”.

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Miss Carr loved watercolour, preferred it to oil. So do I. Inspired by Miss Carr my egg tempera and pencil crayon works often use her method. In the Watt portraits the background and underpainting is oil thinned to watercolour consistency with spirits. The works are on Museum Board, the feel of 400lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.

Rescuing an Egg Tempera Work

"Parvedean The Governor", a Welsh Section D Stallion, lived at Relhok Farm in Muskoka, Ontario's cottage country. He and his driver trainer Jeffery Kohler were a familiar site on the Brackenrig Road. They competec throughout Ontario and the Eastern United States in combined driving events.

Every once in a while a work has challenges. Such was the case with "the Gov". "Gov" was badly damaged, from heat & humidity, after exhibition. The surface foxed and bloomed. In effect the work was destroyed. The gesso layer and carrying board was not affected. All digital reference files are gone,  the Gov had returned to Great Britain after his North American career. From a linear study and black & white record. Gov is completely new.

 

Parvedean the Governor   11" x 14" Egg Tempera on tempered board

Parvedean the Governor 

11" x 14" Egg Tempera on tempered board