Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bear Bell


I came across this old bear bell. I used to attach it to my dogs collar when we'd hike in the back country so we wouldn't startle bears.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

712 Charlottetown PEI Winter Scene


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Here's another Charlottetown scene. You can ski around town in December. But watch out for the cars. (The snow can be slippery like vaseline).

Thursday, November 14, 2013

709 Remembrance Day White Roses #2

Here are those pretty white roses again. I kept them in the fridge to keep the fresh. I love the texture in the paint strokes. They create a sense of movement and are interesting and beautiful in themselves.

Monday, November 11, 2013

708 Remembrance Day Roses

White Roses signify remembrance for a loved one lost. I found these on a path near Beacon Hill Park yesterday and knew I had to paint them.  While I painted them today I heard the gun salute from the ceremony in front of the Parliament Building.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Robert Genn

Last night I received Robert Genn's newsletter "The Painters Keys" informing his subscribers that he has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Robert described this news as a "The Bomb".

 I only met Robert Genn  once in person at the Sidney paint out competition about 4 years ago where he was juror. However, I've been receiving his biweekly newsletter "The Painters Keys" since 2005.  I've come to look forward to these letters which were his ponderings about art stuff (usually in response to letters from other subscribers).

Although I was one of many thousands of subscribers world wide I looked forward to it in my email as though it were a letter from a friend.  It was insightful, often amusing, thought provoking, and always personal.  Thank you Robert.


 



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

702 Tulips in a Jar

I found these pretty red tulips with yellow edges at the local grocers. I haven't seen tulips since the spring and I just had to paint them. I've been stuck on the girl in the library painting lately. Sometimes when I'm on a big painting I find I find it hard to break away from it onto something else. But sometimes it's the best thing I can do. 

The Girl in the Library (in progress)

I changed the dress a little to a smoother look. Still more work to do on this.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Lost Leonardo

This is a copy of Ruben's copy of the Lost Battle of Anghiari. The original was thought to have been painted in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.   It is believed that Da Vinci was trying out a new fresco method probably used cassin to paint on plaster. Over time the painting was consumed by mould.
I really liked the composition of this painting and felt it would be a good exercise (as well as a change from my own painting). 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

698 Sun Flowers in a Jar

 These are the same sunflowers from last week. I started this painting Sunday night and left everything set up and took a couple of days away from the studio at the Empress. Today I went in and started working on it again.  I had to lower the water line in the jar as it had evaporated (or the flowers drank it) over the two days. I decided to leave out the dark shadows from the flowers were casting on the blue cloth as I found it make the composition too cluttered.
Available $350 plus $20 s/h  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

697 Maple Leaf, Watercolour


This is the first leaf of the season. I picked it up from the sidewalk near my place. It is so early that it is still half green. It's a little torn too. But still worthy of a painting adds character.
$30 plus $10 S/H