Friday, May 20, 2016

"Molly (Whuppie)"

This painting was commissioned by two young folks as a gift for their mother
on her birthday. 
She had wanted one of my cow paintings for a long time. 
My clients were 12 and 14 years of age and very pleasant to deal with. 
I gave them a break on the price of course. 
They'd saved their allowance to be able to do this.  
I enjoy commissions and the stories that often go with them. 
Such as this one! :) 
Acrylic on canvas, 12" X 12".

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Penny Lane"

Acrylic on canvas.

Monday, April 25, 2016

"Little Elbow"

This would be my turning point painting. The cows are there but only as minor players. 
Worthy inhabitants of the scene. My whimsical watercolours meet bovine bliss. 
I love colour and patterns. 
My comfort zone, deep in shape making. Time evaporates. 
I have recently come to realize why i paint the whimsy and colour as i do. 
It so helps with making sense out of a chaotic world that is overrun with evil. 
Within me there is a guilt and sadness that will not dissipate. 
My penance, the paintings. 
An atonement for being a player in the futility. 
Nature has it right. We do not. 
Acrylic on canvas. 20X30

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Charter School"

I have not posted here for some time and thought i might give it a go once again. 
This painting was in a show i am having just now in Calgary at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery. 
I had 14 watercolours and 19 acrylics completed in time for the opening. 
This is watercolour on Arches CP paper. 22" X 22". 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"Best Friends"

A young lady i used to work with asked me to paint these two,
for one of her relatives for Christmas. 
I had a difficult time with it at first as is often the case with commissions. 
But yesterday it started to take on the life i always look for. 
The results are very pleasing to me. 

I was going to call it "Best Friends Forever" but as you know 
the likelihood of these cuties being around still are slim. 
This is why i like to paint cows. 
They give us so much and are only here for a short while. 
I can honour them in a painting and love doing so. 
Acrylic on canvas, 22 X 28. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"The Family"

We know a little girl who is fighting a serious illness but is surrounded by her family and friends enveloped in their love. 
Their faith is seeing them through as they rest in God for strength. 
When families stand together, no matter what, miracles are apt to happen, 
like cows jumping over the moon. 
Watercolour on Arches CP paper. 5" X 7" .

Friday, October 23, 2015

"Prudence Dear"

Did this a while ago. She's in a gallery in Calgary. 
Trying now to get something going and paint again. The slumps are no fun. 
I know the best way to deal with it is to just paint. 
My favourite approach is to get out the sketch book and just start drawing. 
It's from the sketch books that the ideas begin to flow. 
The next step is to commit to one or more of these sketches. 
Put them down on canvas or paper. Then paint. 
So far i have about a half dozen drawn and ready to go. 
Just have to grab those brushes! Right? 
Acrylic on canvas. 20" X 30". 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Cowperate Ladder"

Some good folks wanted a painting based on the photo shown. 
They said they went out to check on the herd one day and this is what they found. 
Pretty funny to think the cow was wandering around with a ladder stuck on it's head. 
Acrylic on canvas, 20 X 30.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Miss Natalie's Mis-Adventures II"

My little wife wasn't excited about the mini skirt i had her in 
in the first sketch so i revised it to better reflect her normal 
dog walking attire. :) 
Then i had her packing up for a road trip to get away from the
skunk smell. Our poor puppies were not to happy about 
the whole ordeal. Skunk is very difficult to get rid of. 
Not nice. 
She did laugh at the cartoons which helped ease the burden some. 
Watercolour and ink on sketch paper. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Miss Natalie's Mis-Adventure"

My poor wife and our two dogs ran into a threesome of skunks 
on the way to the dog park behind our house. 
The dogs wanted to play with them, very roughly of course. 
The wee skunks had no interest in any of that and told them so. 
But alas the pups enthusiasm combined with the skunks impatience 
resulted in the inevitable. The three of them got it good. 
Boy does that smell! 
Worst of all the, cat saw the whole thing enjoying it immensely. 
Watercolor in a sketchbook. With ink i might add! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


This is Lou! He is the quieter little brother of Kona whom i last posted. 
Unlike his rambunctious brother, Lou might be found laying poolside 
or lounging under a shade tree with Mom and Dad while Kona chases shadows. 
His Mom, wanted to surprise her husband with these paintings for 
their anniversary. I was most pleased to be included in their plans. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 16" X 20" 

Thursday, August 13, 2015


A commission for a lady who i know in the dog park nearby. 
This handsome fellow is often seen tearing around 
and just having the time of his life. Always! 
I hoped to capture his youthful attitude and fun nature. 
I did two for her and will post the other one shortly. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 16 X 20. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

"Queen Street"

A wee watercolour based on a drawing i had in my sketchbook of Victoria Street 
in Nelson B.C. 
I've used this scene several times but like to re-visit a painting from time to time 
and improve upon it or add things i thought should have been there 
the first time. 
Each time i do one new ideas come to mind 
and i make a note of them and to do another new painting down the road. 
While doing this one i thought a gas station would be fun to do
with rocking chairs out front and a dog or two. 
In a lake side community and of course there would be ice to skate on 
or a summer scene with diving platform and swimmers. 
Such fun, this art business. 
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. CP paper. 15" X 19".

Monday, July 6, 2015


More Cows! There can't be enough cows. 
I'be been having such fun with the backgrounds i am thinking the cows 
might be getting in the way! Perhaps put them further back 
into the fields. My whimsical watercolour villages are starting 
to show up in these acrylics. I look forward to seeing where it is all going. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24" X 36". 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


This is the second of the commissions i had donated to 
"Rescue A Boxer" from Vancouver as a fundraiser item. The family who won the bid 
wanted a portrait of their Luke. 
I've done a lot of Boxers and have gotten to know the breed quite well. 
With this one, i painted his eyes first so he could watch me work 
and keep me company. 
We became good companions as i felt his warm, gentle spirit. 
Watercolour, 12 X 16 on Arches 300 lb. CP paper. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Julia's Mom"

This was a tough one.
I had donated two 1/4 sheet watercolour commissions to a dog rescue 
group for their annual fundraiser. 
One of the winning bidders wanted a portrait of her mom 
and not a Boxer! Yikes! 
The challenge lay before me. It took a long time for me to get to it 
because i kept putting it off. But once i got started i had a lot of fun 
and think it would be good to not limit myself to just doing cows. 
There are many options before us. 
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. C/P paper. 12" X 16".

Sunday, June 21, 2015


This is a favorite model. She belongs to a lady in the Netherlands. 
I've painted her in watercolour and had it published in "Splash 14"
but thought an acrylic 
would be appropriate and much larger too! 
She is on display at the "Ruberto Ostberg Gallery" in Calgary. 
Delilah is on canvas, 20" X 24" Acrylic.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Elvis's Pup"

A young lady i know commissioned me to do this for her boyfriend. 
His name is Elvis. 
So it is not really the Elvis you might have thought it was, 
but a different Elvis. 
I loved doing this one. The photo was not very good.
You could just make out a pair of boots in the snow, 
so i thought i would put in a pair of boots so the dog 
has something he is looking up at. 
These are actually the hiking boots i long for. 
Had a pair when i was much younger and they were the best. 
Acrylic, on gallery wrapped canvas. 18" X 24" 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Blu Street"

This is a commission piece for a young lady who wanted one similar
a while back. Sadly, her husband would not let her have it.
 A short while later she got rid of the husband
and now has a painting! :)
Husband was gone probably not because of the painting
but it's fun for me to think so.
It has been a long while
since i painted watercolours and a village.
I was very happy to do this. They are such fun.  
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. cold pressed paper. 16" X 22" 

Monday, June 8, 2015


This little girl is on her way to an art gallery in Fort MacMurray called 
"Points North". 
She is acrylic 18 X 24 on gallery wrapped canvas.