Sunday, October 29, 2017


"Homestand" 
Acrylic on canvas, 
22" X 28".
I used a photo from Flickr member, Carol Von Canon
for reference. 
I love doing the backgrounds now. 
Once upon a time they were intimidating as it was always a challenge 
to figure out what to do in them. 
Now i see them as a Playground in which we 
can experiment and play with colours. 


Monday, October 9, 2017

"Lunenburg - Almost"


Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. Cold Pressed paper. 22" X 22".
My take on Lunenburg N.S..
I love doing these whimsical village scenes. 
Boats and colour my passion. 


"It's Everything We Need"


Watercolour on 300 lb. Arches Cold Pressed paper. 14" X 18"
This painting depicts a corner grocery store from 
an older neighbourhood in Calgary. 
The corner store, was a so much a part of our communities. 
We have lost most of them. 
Sad i think. 

"Eau Claire Bay"


Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. Cold Pressed. 14" X 18"
A few of Calgary landmark buildings are present in the background. 
Whimsy for the foreground and my idea of a wonderful harbour for 
land locked Calgary. :) 

Friday, July 21, 2017

"Watercolour paper soaking tray"








I finally built a watercolour paper soaking tray after 10 years of using the bathtub. Ugggh! 
All it took was a piece of 1/2" plywood 24" X 36",  6' of 1X6 Spruce board, "Goop" plumbers adhesive, "Dap, Kwik Seal", 1" finishing nails, a few 1X6 wood screws, acrylic primer, 
and a quart of marine paint. 
I first cut the 1X6 spruce into 2" wide strips. The left over pieces were about 1.5" wide 
which i ripped in half and used on the underside of the plywood for a nailing strip. 
These were glued on and nailed. 
The 2" strips were then attached to the sides with adhesive, nails 
and a few wood screws to keep them snug. 
The next step was primer followed by one coat of marine paint. 
When this dried, (24 hours drying time) 
i caulked all the joints in the well with the Dap followed by a final coat of marine paint 
applied quite thick. 
Voila! A soaking tray which will handle a standard size watercolour  sheet
22" X 30". 
Can't wait to try it. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Polly's Dairy"


Polly's Dairy is a wee watercolour sketch.
It is approximately 8 X 11. 
The sketches such as this will often end up as larger pieces 
in one form or another. A summer version would be fun as well. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Coffee Cove"


Watercolour, 22" X 22" on paper. 
Another in a series. 
Love to work the colours in these. 
Hope to get another license for a puzzle. 
Will most likely re-do them all as a winter scene. 
Add some hockey players and skaters. 
Fun to be an artist i think. :)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Porpoise Cove"


A brand new watercolour. 22" X 22".
I have not painted in water-colour for some time now having 
found such freedom with acrylics. 
It was sure great to get back to this medium which i love so much. 
The whimsical villages are moving down to the seaside now. 
I have several completed and though doing them in winter would be a good idea too! 
Skaters, bon fire, hot chocolate and starry, starry night is all good. 
This one is sold but there are others! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Password Please"



Acrylic on canvas. 24 X 24

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"By the Bow" #1 & #2



I often enjoy taking an older painting that has been hanging around 
the studio for a while and see what can be done with it. 
In this case i felt the original was rather flat. 
The yellow house had no dimension. 
The grass was in need of improvement. 
Also i felt there was not enough contrast everywhere 
and the cows did not stand out like i thought they should. 
So! What to do? 
I started on the house and turned it a bit. The joy of acrylic. 
I then worked on the trees and created more dark values 
with the sky and water peeking through in spots.
I felt the bottom right corner was too large a space on it's own. 
I tried a boat but ended up with the road. 
And the road led to the far right building becoming a garage. 
Finally, i worked on the shadows and the grass. 
I think it works a lot better and i learned a lot doing this. 
As always there are many ways a painting can be re-worked. 
By doing this i am able to determine how i am progressing as an artist. 
In a few months if the painting is still here there may be further changes. 
I have come to realize that a painting is never really finished. 
We just need to know when to leave it alone. 
Merry Christmas everyone and God bless. 








Friday, August 12, 2016

"Annie"


This is Annie.
She was a beautiful show dog at one time.
I had the privilege of painting her after her owner successful bid
on a watercolour portrait i had donated to a Boxer Rescue Group.
This is watercolour on Arches CP paper. 13 X 17"

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Jiminy Cricket"s Birthday Surprise"



This is our wee rescue dog Jiminy. 
His story is being included in a new book
being published by a group in Kansas City. 
It is a book about animal rescue and is going to be full of stories about animals 
who went from brokenness to forever homes. 
There will be before and after pictures along with their story,
 and a painting of course! 
I am so excited to be able to participate in this worthwhile project. 
This painting is watercolour and is 10" X 13". 

Monday, June 13, 2016

"Cottage Country"


"Cottage Country". A wee watercolour 14 X 21. 
This is based on what i think an ideal place would be to enjoy winter and summer. 
Our house is the tall thin yellow one way off yonder. 
There's a pond out back with ducks. Must paint that some day. 
I'm sending this off to Ravensburger and see what they say.
 Got my fingers crossed. :)

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.
16X20

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. 
Yikes! 
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".