Wednesday, March 11, 2015


                                   This painting is called 'Carmichael Revisited' because
                                   it's based on a scene the Group of Seven member painted
                                   in 1939. It's of course a waterfall near Nellie Lake. I
                                   have abstracted the scene considerably with lots of
                                   scraped surface texture and collage. The photo is
                                   good but doesn't quite pick up the richness of the
                                   burnt orange tones. Lots of fun. I'm working hard
                                   for an exhibition at the Pumphouse Art Centre in
                                   Niagara on the Lake during the month of May.
                                   More to follow regarding this.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    This painting is 40 by 30 on a gallery canvas. The scene is adapted from my trip to Killarney
    with good buddy Joe Modeste which I have mentioned before. I haven't posted for a long time
    but I have been busy teaching and painting. Although teaching takes you from the studio, it
    really informs my painting in a rich manner. I have been so blessed with fabulous groups
    of artists, I have learned a lot from our chats. Four shows are coming up between now and May
    so I will be busy. I'd like to thank, so much, my artist friend Ray McNeice ( and his dear wife
    Margaret) who are so selfless and encouraging- not to mention amazing artists. I feel that
    we are only as creative as the good company we keep who inspire and feed of each other.
   God bless you all!

Monday, November 24, 2014

                               Continuing with some winter scenes, maybe my way of getting
                               ready for the beautiful ( sarcasm!) wintery days. Had fun with
                               this so far. Still a few adjustments, but it's close. I think I'm
                               in my purple stage. The purples are more subtle and neutral
                               in real life.

Monday, November 17, 2014

                               This August we went on a short Tour with dear friends
                               to southern Ontario that landed us in Port Stanley. The
                               area from London down to this area was beautiful, proving
                               yet again how wonderful Ontario is! There was this yellowish
                               home that attracted my eye and I played quite a bit with
                               additional medium to create an eye-catching rendition that
                               attracted many comments at our recent Studio Tour. Lots
                               of fun!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

                                As mentioned yesterday I am working on several winter scenes,
                                is this some type of psychological preparation? In any case,
                                I'm using a new type of gessoed hardboard ( Jack Richeson)
                                which I quite like. This isn't quite finished, probably a few more
                                expressive markings to harmonize foreground with middleground
                                and background. I like the colour harmonies, the beauty of snow.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

                              Winter is just around the corner and every year I love to paint
                              tranquil winter scenes. I live near many woods and this
                              was captured after a particularly heavy storm. The day after
                              the sun was shining and it was heavenly to use a celestial
                              term. I loved the warm colours bouncing off the snow and tried
                              to capture it. This painting was quite popular at my recent
                              Studio Tour exhibition. Hope you enjoy its calm!

Monday, November 10, 2014

   This past summer my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We treated ourselves
   to a trip to visit Paris and southern France. Paris is magical all the time, but one evening after
   rain it was even more so. This was a cafĂ© outside our hotel on the left bank!