I was featured recently on the Richmond Hill Studio Tour Blog 'Art on the Hill' as part of the promotion for the Studio Tour this coming weekend. I thought you might enjoy reading it too.
"Ona Kingdon is an internationally award winning watercolour artist and
will be in the front East room at Boynton House, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd on
Richmond Green on the 16th, 17th and 18th October for the Studio Tour
Ona loves being able to create a story or capture feeling through her art….
“Every blank piece of paper I use feels full of hope and promise.
Sometimes I am inspired by music I hear or a phrase or lyrics from a
song and this sparks ideas. Other times it’s as simple as a feeling or
emotion that inspires me.
Although I usually have a very clear idea in my mind from the onset
what I want to create, the painting journey is full of times when I am
unsure of how to proceed, times when I need to stop and think, or times
when I make a mistake and have to decide whether to live with it and use
it or to find a way to remove it.”
From initial reference photo to the finished framed painting, this
composite photo outlines the journey of the creation of Ona’s painting
“ As a fellow watercolourist said to me recently: Watercolour is such
a delicate and unforgiving medium but the trials during each painting
journey often seem to enhance that feeling of accomplishment at the
finish line.... It’s this journey that I love the most.”
We wondered if Ona had a favourite painting that she had created…
“There are a couple that I am attached to for sentimental reasons
(usually those of my children) but generally my favourite changes with
each painting I do because what I love most is the process of creation.
There is nothing quite like taking an idea only I can clearly see in
my mind and capturing the essence of it on paper so that others can
share in the emotions or story attached to it.”
In this photo Ona is painting the watercolour ‘Sugar sugar’ watched by
one of the hummingbirds as she carefully paints each note of the song in
During this year’s Studio Tour Ona will have many of her music series watercolours for us to see. She says:
“I love how you can be having such a dismal day, you hear a piece of
music and it can uplift you. Equally it can calm or energize you too,
so in my music series I set about finding ways to capture visually the
many different ways music touches us. For example, in Sognando I wanted
to capture that almost dream like feeling when music transports you to
Both Zayn and Sarah, the musicians in the photos above will be playing
live at Boynton House during this years Studio Tour. Several of Sarah’s
fellow musicians from the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra will also
be joining her. It promises to be a great event.
"I am really excited that some of the musicians that helped inspire
my paintings are going to be with me on the Friday evening and Saturday
and Sunday afternoon of the Studio Tour playing live music for us all.
They are also bringing some of their musician friends so not only will
my visitors be able to see the art but also hear some of the music that
inspired me to create it.”
Check out the brochure for location info, dates and times of the Studio Tour!"
I have also had a painting featured on the TAVES consumer Electronic show web page. The show will take place at the end of the month and will have a few paintings on display there the weekend of October 30-November 1
Hope to see some of you at one of these events.