Monochrome Mystery Revealed in Living Colour
It is found here in Ontario and other parts of Canada. You won’t find it in Australia, Mexico, Roumania, Sumatra or England. It has on occasion been found in New Zealand. The master sleuth, with a keen eye and the right set of experiences was Tony ( Xraypics ).
A young moose will drop his antlers . If you are lucky you find them or, as in our case, know some who has found them……
How we came to acquire this set of antlers was interesting. My wife Elizabeth Kanski paints scenes and animals from our region of Ontario on a variety of materials, including wooden plaques. The gentleman who provides her with these plaques happened upon the antlers and when she got some more to replenish the stock, she also acquired the antlers.
Elizabeth tried to get in the annual Arts on the Trail this year, last year she was heavily involved with behind the scenes activities and acting as a presenter-host. The judges did not accept her, primarily because she was not working on traditional material ( canvas ), though some did like her technique and the work on the mirror & antlers. Elizabeth found the antler painting least satisfying, but then it was a new surface to work on.
One judge suggested she study Robert Bateman’s work. Neither I or Elizabeth are overly fond of his work. Elizabeth works in a totally different medium, type of paint & surface material, her work is bit more impressionistic in style. Some of the plaques above will be coated with a special resin that enhances and adds a 3D quality to the final product.
Art is never easy and is subject to subjective evaluation. The viewer brings their own set of values, ideologies & beliefs to the table and this creates a subjective context that shapes how the composition’s message is processed. There were five judges, one provided no comments whatsoever, the others provided a one or two sentence “critique” observations ( should have tweeted). In a previous attempt to enter, many years ago now, the judges were giving out one word responses or thanks please try again next year. At that time, the “suggestion” to work on more traditional materials was also made. Afterwards, I had suggested that perhaps Elizabeth should try again, but do her work on Cave walls – can not get more traditional than that.
……But You Said “It has on occasion been found in New Zealand”. And so it has,…… In 1900, an attempt to introduce moose into the Hokitika area failed; then in 1910 ten moose, four bulls and six cows, were introduced into Fiordland. This area is considered a less than suitable habitat, and subsequent low numbers of sightings and kills have led to some presumption of this population’s failure.The last proven sighting of a moose in New Zealand was in 1952 (by Fred Stewardson, of Hikurangi, who took the pictures on a hunting trip to Wet Jacket Arm ). However, a moose antler was found in 1972 and DNA tests showed that hair collected in 2002 was from a moose. There has been extensive searching, and while automated cameras failed to capture photographs, evidence was seen of bedding spots, browsing and antler marks.(Source Link )