720 Parc St-Viateur, Patiner


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I used to skate at this lovely park when I was a kid. It hasn't changed one iota in 50 years. Beautiful!

716 Montreal Winter, rue St-Denis


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St-Denis is so magical in the winter with the large coloured globes hanging in the trees.

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).

709 Remembrance Day White Roses #2

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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.

708 Remembrance Day Roses

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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.

705 Red Tulips

I found these lovely tulips  at Thrifty's today. I was thrilled. I just love red tulips!

704 Montreal, Sherbrooke Est


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This is a scene from my visit to Montreal last winter. I wanted snow and got loads of it.  

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.


 



703 A Wonderful Story

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Pardon the glare. A work in progress. I liked the motifs that surrounded and covered the girls. A very limited palette but exciting.

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.

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). 

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.
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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.
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688 Tea Room Scene, Work in Progress

Tea Room Work in Progress

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 Here's what I've been working on on the side the past month. I was using photo references for the room and figures but found that the figures are so dark in the pics that I end up painting them from my imagination. Today I decided that I will take all the major characters and replace them with figures from  the French Impressionist paintings. So far I painted in the two ladies in the right foreground with two Renoir figures. I like the result so far.