Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Slowly recovering from gallery show. This painting is again set in Newfoundland. It attracted
quite a bit of attention. It was a challenge to depict the wide array of grasses, most of which
were green. I really expanded my green palette and the dance between warm and cool
semi-neutrals. Texture, of course, was also an issue. The rugged terrain is most of the charm
of these settings. I've been toying with several new themes and probably a little different
style. Having said that my last three paintings in this Newfoundland style seemed to work.
Back to the drawing board!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
This painting is rather big and attracted attention at the show. Its style
is consistent with much of my work but I feel it's a little different??
It has been an interesting 5 days. Many loyal and loving friends and
family came and shared the art. I'm always flattered and humbled that
people take their time and support the arts. God bless you all.
Thanks to the supportive people from the Varley Gallery, they were
always willing to help in any way. Many people came in from off the
street which resulted in some intriguing conversations and contacts.
Again, lots of thoughts which when I relax I'll share. Finally, thanks to
those who purchased paintings, you help support my expensive hobby!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
This past week I've had 33 paintings on display at the McKay
Art Centre in Unionville. This gallery is associated with the
Varley Gallery down the street. The setting has a very historic
charm as Fred Varley ( Group of Seven) spent the later part of
his life living and painting here. Two very special people,
artists Margaret Grandison and her husband Ray McNeice were
responsible for the set up. It was amazing to watch them put
pieces together, adjust heights, etc. I am very thankful and
fortunate to have such friends. I love you both! My dear wife
Sue set up the reception, took pictures, and helped talk to the
very supportive people who came today. My children as always
are a great cheerleading chorus. It was wonderful to see them
today. It has been a very interesting process. Future posts will
explore some of the many thoughts that I pondered this past week.
If you can, come by tomorrow.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
|Mexican Stained Glass|
From October 30 to November 3rd, I will have a show
of 35 pieces ( 14 new ones since Studio Tour!) at the
McKay Art Cente, 197 Main Street, Unionville.
The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm each day.
I will be present, so hope to see you there! The
show is entitled 'EBB and FLOW'
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Yet another Studio Tour has passed. Many wonderful lovers
of the arts graced the studios of Stouffville. Very good attendance
everywhere by all accounts. I thank the great people who
came to my studio. It was an honour to chat, and share some
goodies. This painting from wave series was purchased
from one of my special supporters. Preparations continue
for my show next week at the McKay in Unionville. There
will be several new pieces. Finally, the Studio Tour is
successful because of all the dedication of our leader, the
accomplished Ray McNeice. Thank you Ray!
Friday, October 18, 2013
I have always been fascinated by and drawn to trees in a
forest setting. In the fall, it is an ideal and very poetic
setting. The cycle of life and the presence of a huge eco-
system is a source of much inspiration. Older trees have
spent many lifetimes contributing to our planet. Like older
people, their skin reflects the battles of the environment
and the test of time. This huge tree had fascinating bark
and I felt I needed to use abstraction to accentuate that
reality. Smaller, younger saplings to the right point to the
above-mentioned cycle of life. When we spend time with
our natural friends in the woods, often a deeper understanding
and respect ensues. This painting is on display during the Tour!