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Monochrome Mystery Revealed in Living Colour

Guess What - A Cross Section In Monochrome

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 ).

Tony - Xraypics - Master Sleuth



Moose are common in Alaska, Canada and Northern Europe, from Norway to Siberia. They usually live in forests in cooler climates, temperate and subarctic areas. Click image for source.


Click image to go to All About Moose  antlers source page.

Click image to go to All About Moose antlers source page.


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……


Moose Antlers - 1

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.

Wolves on Wooden Plaque


Wolves & Cougar on Wooden

Wolf on Mirror

Wolf on Mirror


Painted Plaques -March 2015- Elizabeth (Kanski) Braune

Painted Plaques -March 2015- E. B. Braune ( Elizabeth Kanski)

Moose Antler - Full Rack - Painted scene1

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 )


11 responses

  1. leecleland

    I feel for Elizabeth, to be told to work in something other than your chosen medium would just not be your ‘art’. But don’t get me started on art and judgements on what is considered “ART”. I think it is so jealously guarded by the traditional painterly crowd because they feel threatened by creatives who work in different mediums or continue to explore the use of art in our modern world, here I’m thinking along the lines of graffitti artists or porcillain artists or (shock horror) iPhone artists. Very narrow minded of the judges. I do like her wood paintings to me that is a more natural place to paint an animal.

    April 7, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    • elmediat

      I think the problem is a combination of assumptions, beliefs and experiences. There is a similar issue with education – if a student can more easily present information for a science lab using a video rather than a written lab report is there a problem. The student demonstrates an understanding of the information, but delivers it effectively using a different medium. Part of the problem was that the teacher did not know how to evaluate the medium. perhaps saw the one medium as easier than the other.
      Same issue with the evaluation of the art. Change the medium to one they are unfamiliar with and they assume it somehow easier/simpler.

      One of the other issues that I think was influencing the judges was that some of Liz’s work was done on metal watering cans – functional art. I think they saw that as hobbyist/crafty/kitschy/tacky. Do a quilt that is intended to be hung up & displayed or weave a hanging that is art. Create a quilt that might actually be used or weave a garment and now it is not art.

      April 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      • Yes! This happens in many ‘disciplines’. I did a short course in The Philosophy of Religion a long time ago. I dared to say that not everything could be explained in rational terms, that intuition can be a way of understanding. The lecturer said: But this is a philosophy class. Pff! I think inter-disciplinary stuff makes judges/lecturers/whoever nervous. So stupid. Life is not a bunch of boxes that never meet. Needless to say I don’t much like that way of learning/studying/creating.

        April 19, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      • elmediat

        Inter-disciplinary studies should open up dialogue and show connections and new interpretations. Too often it becomes a battle ground of entrenched points of view. Too many careers are established and then must be defended at all cost. The best profs I had were teachers not lecturers – they wanted a dialogue of ideas.

        April 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm

  2. wow. i see it now. thank you for the challenge

    April 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    • elmediat

      Most welcome. It is the first time Elizabeth and I have had an opportunity to examine/work with any antlers. Liz checked online to see what other artists did with the antlers & how to prep them. We were both blown away by the carved antlers. 🙂

      April 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm

  3. Liz’s paintings are wonderful. On whatever medium she chooses! 😉

    April 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks George. I will pass on the comments. 🙂

      April 9, 2015 at 11:40 pm

  4. Aaaargh! Who cares what ‘canvas’ was used. I have a friend who submitted her work for a grant and it was knocked back because the judges said they couldn’t make up their minds whether it was a sculpture or an installation. For heaven’s sake!

    April 19, 2015 at 7:06 pm

  5. Oh, and I would NEVER have guessed what that first image was!

    April 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    • elmediat

      The art world, with there business interests & competing philosophies can be quite absurdist. Could be what inspired the abstract artists & the surrealist. 😀

      I am sure there are many Canadians who would have as difficult a time identifying the item. Some of those city folks are terrified of raccoons, while protesting the bear hunt. 🙂

      April 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm

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