Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
|Wellington Plein Air Afternoon|
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
|Rocky Lake Sunset|
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
|The Red Umbrella|
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
|Three Cherries Oil (6x8 in.) $100.00|
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|Rose Hips and Snow|
Thursday, December 2, 2010
|Early Morning In Hills of Manitou|
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The day after I painted this small oil Little Manitou froze over for the winter. This is early morning, the sun is just peeking over the eastern horizon and the foggy mist is hovering over the lake, casting everything into a wonderful ethereal effect.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Its been a rather gray day in this part of the world and I couldn't help reminiscing about the summer past. At a bed and breakfast owned by Martin and Margerat down at Shellmouth, Mb I came across a lovely pot of flowers sitting in front of the yellow cladded wall of their former home. I promptly took a photo of the scene with the idea of painting it someday. That day was today, it was an uncoventional start to the picture, I sketched it out with a felt marker and then went to it. Fun!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I went for a walk the other day at the local park which has a lovely creek running through it all year round and was so inspired by what I saw that I rushed home for my paint box (the one that I didn't forget at Jan's place in Langenburg) and painted this scene. I love sitting by water and painting as it is a very meditative practice for me, as I am sure it is for a great many other people. I am thinking of my friend James Dean from The Pas, Mb who used to accompany me on painting trips to places such as Mistik Creek and the Grassy River near Snow Lake, Mb. Wellington Creek is no match for those places but it does have that special something.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I had a great time with this painting. Imagine Don Layh's face when he came into his office (which I had appropriated for a studio) and saw his prized bottles of Scotch being used as a support mechanism for the pears you see above! I had arranged the pears in a precarious placement on top of a Scotch box, which in turn was sitting on the other box in a T form. All of this in front of a large window overlooking the valley below on a gray kind of day. He liked the painting and rewarded me with a drink of scotch, much appreciated Don. And congratulations on winning your two cases at the Supreme Court of Canada! By the way, this painting was done on a cigar box provided by Dean Bauche, who bought about 40 of them at a Dollarama for $1.25 each. We painted on them all weekend.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I spent the Remembrance Day weekend with some dear friends down in Langenburg, SK. It was a time filled with painting, eating fantastic meals, listening to live music by the great musical couple Silk and Steel and generally having a great time. For some reason there was a focus on Pears, which a number of the guest artists had a wonderful time painting. The oil painting above is my response to some pears bathed in the early morning light pouring through my guest studio windows.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Rememberance Day will soon be upon us in Canada. My Dad tried to serve but he was too young so they sent him packing back home. Good thing because all his brothers were already in the army and someone had to look after Mother and the farm. After listening to Stewart Macleans Vinyl Cafe this past Saturday I was reminded of an amazing experience Crystal, Michael and I had in Winnipeg a number of years ago. You see, Stewarts story was about a Canadian bag piper who went to the Memorial at Vimy Ridge to play his pipes in honour of his parents. We were in Winnipeg's old hockey arena to take part in a Tattoo to honour a group of Cadets who were to be presented with various awards of distinction, including my son Michael. Part of the ceremony was the playing of Amazing Grace on the bag pipes, starting with one lone piper way up in the stands with all the lights in the building off. The piece culminated with I would estimate a couple of hundred bag pipers. Tears come to my eyes as I write this because I have never been so moved in my life. I think I can understand the effect those pipes have on soldiers in the battlefield after hearing all those soldiers playing that evening. God bless our men and women who served and are currently serving our country.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I came across this pastel on my studio desk this morning, under a pile of other stuff I have been working on and was struck with a pang of nostalgia for summer days past. Where I live is a constant source of inspiration for me, I am a lucky man indeed. I love pastel, the colour is so rich and the act of drawing is quite natural for me.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Today was largely spent in my studio as Crystal was off to Saskatoon to visit Angie. Angie had a bad day today, damn Cancer trying to get the better of her. Tried to contact Andrew Lloyd Webber to see if he would be interested in Angies latest production "Awakening" but he is all booked for the next three years and is not accepting unsolicited work. To bad for him. Anyways here is my Halloween picture, an abstract view I came across down in Utah. A watercolour with an attitude.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I've been working on this pastel off and on for a few days now. The idea was to use short dash strokes to portray the landscape, stay lyrical and faithful to the ambiance of the place. I am somewhat happy with the result but plan on re-visiting the idea with another painting. The scene is called the "Bridge", the sandstone is carved into a natural arch that overlooks an amphitheater type basin which further looks out over a valley. A wonderful place down in southern Utah on the way to Bryce Canyon.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Took the day off of work today, we had a heck of a winter storm and that was a good excuse for me to work in my studio. I am quite fired up about Utah, there are many paintings I would like to do. I think I am going to work the theme to death and see where it takes me. I did this pastel today of a wonderous place in Arches National Park, sun was just going down and it lit up the tops of the sandstone edifices quite nicely.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Somewhere between Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon we came across a really cool place to hike for a few hours. We started off by checking out some ancient Indian markings on massive sandstone forms, it was humbling. We watered up and started off on a long climb to an amazing natural bridge carved out of sandstone. My watercolour doesn't really do justice to the scale of the place, maybe I should add some humans in it? There was a wonderful silence there, a good place to meditate on the wonderous creation we all live in.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Arches National Park, in south eastern Utah, is the first place Crystal, Michael and I camped after a long drive from Everett, WA. We were all enthralled with the geography and were anxious to start hiking the area. There are many great walks to go on there, one of our favorites was a place called the "Devils Playground", which is where this watercolour was painted. We spent almost two days there and then moved on to Bryce Canyon.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I'm back from my trip to Utah with Crystal and Michael. We had a fantastic time spent hiking and camping in some amazing places. I took hundreds of photos and managed to do a few sketches, but I plan on doing some studio work based on what I saw and felt down there. More of that to come. This is a quick watercolour I did at Bryce Canyon, where we stayed for two days. There are fairytale like rock formations and trees growing in the most impossible places, a very special place to say the least.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
After much trials and help from my brother Richard my website is up and running again. I had to find a new host for the site as the previous company mysteriously folded up shop and disappeared! I plan on doing some major updating of the site as I haven't done that for some time and I have alot of new works that I would like to showcase. Thanks for everyones patience. This oil painting is my response to a plant I discovered in the back alley and my studies of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele. I am currently giving it a rest before I decide whether to work further on it. When I came across it I was struck by its beauty, even though it was practically dead. There was something regal about it and this is what I am struggling to convey.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I am happy to say that in a few days we are off on a short vacation to Utah, where we will be back packing in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. My son Michael has already been there and judging by his photographs we are in for a real treat. I am struggling right now trying to pack my art gear in such a manner that I don't need a pack mule to carry it! Seriously though, I will take my watercolours and casien paints along with some pens and pencils and hope to make good use of them. I post this watercolour because it has an autumn feel about it, even though I painted it this summer in Eastend. Enjoy.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This painting has been accepted into the FCA show titled AIRS, which stands for Annual International Representational Show. The event will be hung at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island in October. I am honored be showing my work alongside many talented artists from Canada and abroad. The painting is all about my life in Canada's north. I invite anyone who will be in Vancouver around that time to drop in and have a look at the artwork! My apology's to everyone who has tried to visit my website to no avail, the server has been down and we are looking for another host.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I am thinking that we should start to stockpile cereal grain based products, this has got to be the worst weather farmers have seen in the prairie provinces for decades and it will be a wonder if they manage to get any substantial harvest this fall. What a tragedy to see the bumper crops sitting in ponds of water, I empathize with the Canadian farmer..... The plein air painting above was executed one overcast day at the Shellmouth retreat and it pretty much sums up where my head is at today.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I am a great fan of painting out of doors and when I do I employ a limited pallete of ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow pale and alizarin crimson. I also add white and winsor green. With these colours I can usually capture the scene in front of me. Another benefit of using these colours is that you can always come back to the painting at a later date and do fix ups, if so needed. I have learned so much about colour mixing from using these three colours, what an amazing range of possibilities there are. I also wonder why I have numerous boxes full of paint tubes and when I will be able to use them! This painting above was completed in Shellmouth on a painting excursion with some fellow artist friends. I am glad for this blog site as my website host has not fixed his technical problems as of yet, therefore I have not website!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
With every passing day it is becoming more apparent to me that one must live their life moment by moment, such is the preciousness of the gift of life. I know so many people that are holding on to life by a mere thread, their courageousness astounds me. I think of my sister in law Angeline Tysseland and her life with Ovarian cancer. My friend Brenda and her life with cancer. My Dad and his life with Dementia. Then there are those who have lost their partners, Carol Harrison from Winnipeg lost her husband Earl just recently. The wonderful photographer Courtney Milne is no longer with us. Do what you have to do to be happy now, just don't hurt anyone in the process. My painting of these lilies came from a small body of water just off of Highway # 85, near Madge Lake, SK.
Monday, August 30, 2010
This painting is somewhat of a surreal depiction of a still life I set up at a retreat down in Eastend, SK. It is a large painting, 48 x 36 inches, so it kind of jumps out at you! I painted it at our 2010 retreat in Shellmouth and rather enjoy it, particularly the enameled bowl. One of these days I am going to upload my new images to my website, which is currently down for some reason.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The image on my blog's home page and the one for this post were done while I was at our annual Shellmouth retreat, which I have talked about at length in previous post's. I guess I can't say enough about the event. What I do know is that I have made some life long friends there and to me that has been the most valuable gift of the place. It seems that I have only touched the surface of the land down there with respect to my plein air work as there is much to paint in that lovely little valley. This year marked my tenth time down there!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
One of my resolves for the Shellmouth retreat was to do a painting of a Honduran child, which is what I managed to do with this pastel. I came across this little girl on my way to work down in Honduras one morning and was quite taken with her demeanor, she looked so forlorn. I fell in love in with the children down there, they made a huge impact on me.
Monday, August 23, 2010
I mentioned in a previous post titled "Observation" my interest in Goldfinches that were visiting the weedpatch next to my home. I was enamored by the contrast of their feathers against the purple flowers of the thistles that they enjoy eating so I decided to do an oil painting based on that vision. I found a canvas that I had started a number of years ago that fit the theme and finished it off with the painting knife. The painting sold instantly! I did another in watercolor and it also sold. I will have to do another for myself.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I am just recently back from my annual Art Retreat to Shellmouth, Mb. As usual I had an amazing time. We had quite a crowd this year and many more young people, including my daughter Sacha, which added a nice flavour to the whole event. I am quite excited about the painting to the left, it has a strange appeal to me and I plan on exploring this idea further. I tend to suffer Retreat withdrawal for a number of days after getting home as it is quite an intense affair. Long hours painting and visiting with old friends and not a lot of sleep can catch up to you. Even so I wouldn't give it up for anything!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Another few days and I'm off to the annual Shellmouth Art Retreat. Time to get my canvas's stretched and gear organized as I never know exactly where the muse will take me. This usually means taking everything except the kitchen sink down there! One whole week of painting and hanging out with dear old friends. My daughter Sacha will be making her first appearance there and I am quite pumped about that as I know she will have a great time. I get lots of work done at the retreat, usually a painting a day. This painting is yet another view from my studio window portraying the afternoon sun playing on the trees and lake. Enjoy.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
This morning as I sat on my deck drinking a good cup of coffee I found myself thinking about the art of observation and how much this informs my life as a whole. There were the robins singing their lovely songs, a warbler hovering above a Canada thistle and eating the seed head. Actually it was that warbler that got me thinking about observation. Firstly, here was this beautiful yellow bird flying above a purple flower head - a perfect complementary pair in more than one way I bet. Nature gave the thistle its thistles to protect it I assume, but it also gave the thistle the warbler, who in the process of munching on its flower also helps propagate its species. And on and on it goes. The way that warbler gives out a joyous song as it bob's up and down as it flies away. The purple martins performing aerial acrobatics that would make Cirque du Soliel envious. Pelicans slowly circling above the lake and climbing higher and higher until they disappear from view. I have to think that I have been observing events such as these all my life and they are as important to me as breathing and my art making is all the more satisfying for it. The above painting was done many years ago while I was on a crazy fishing trip with my brothers and our sons. That is a story for another time!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I've made a box to hold all of my pastels in an orderly manner and had a chance to check out its suitability at our retreat down in Eastend awhile back. It actually worked quite well for me and I will only have to make a few small adjustments to make it right. Had a great time down in Eastend and was sorry to leave the place, as usual. Seems like you just get settled in and its time to go home. This pastel was inspired by the view from my studio window and employs a new method I am playing around with.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Today is the start of a two day event (July 9-10) called the Spirit of Manitou Studio Trails Tour being held in the Resort Village of Manitou Lake, Watrous and outlying area. If you are close to us why not consider coming out and visiting the studios of all our wonderfully creative folks here? We had a wonderful turnout last year and are hoping for the same or better this year. I am set up at the Renown Room of the Manitou Springs Resort, along with Helen Herr, a wonderful artist and poet.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
We are back from our annual retreat to Eastend, SK, which is hosted by my good friends Barb and Dean Bauche. It is always a memorable time, getting together with old friends and meeting new ones, dealing with wild weather events, and exploring the wonderful landscape. This year I couldn't help feeling sad and also upset with respect to what is happening with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its terrible impact on the bird population. This year at Eastend I saw and heard the most beautiful birds that I've never seen before and the thought that they are soon heading down to that disaster zone, possibly never to return is unconscionable to me. We are supposed to be looking after our small friends, aren't we? This oil painting represents the place we stay at down at Eastend. There are numerous blue bird houses around the property and to me signify good stewardship. I would encourage others to take steps to protect our birds, the world would be eerily silent without their songs.
Monday, June 21, 2010
We've had a couple of days of sunshine finally. Rain has been the new normal for most of the prairie provinces and it looks like more is on the way. My thoughts are with those people who have suffered heartbreaking losses due to the inclement weather. I got up quite early the other morning and painted this picture from my back yard, looking down towards Little Manitou Lake. It is an oil on linen.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
There is a lake I used to frequent with my brother Richard up north of The Pas, Mb. where we
came across a pine tree which made us think of the Canadian painter Tom Thompsons famous painting. In honour of that occasion I painted this pastel. It in no way comes close to the beauty of his work, but what the heck, one can only try!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing an amazing performance by what I believe to be terns over the waters of Manitou Lake. A group of them were flying in formation and they appeared to be a mass of white flecks. When they turned and abruptly changed direction they literally disappeared from sight as there black markings blended into the landscape behind them. What a beautiful and memorable sight! I submit this pastel in honor of the event. It seems like a simple thing to comment on but it really was an awe inspiring spectacle.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Who out there doesn't love to take a walk after a warm spring rain? The smell of the budding poplar buds and choke cherries, the fragrant earth, the bird song and the wind in the trees. Everything has been given a new lease on life and exuberance is in the air. This little watercolour is a testament to my feelings on just such a day.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I was banging around the studio this afternoon looking for a canvas to paint on and I came across a panel that was previously painted on. After some consideration I decided that it had the makings of a water type painting with lilies. There is a particular type of water lily that grows in Percy Lake, where my good friend and artist Jan Layh has a summer cottage and I have wanted to paint them for some time. With that in mind I went to work on the piece and very shortly I had what I was looking for. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Monday, May 10, 2010
This is a painting that I have done for a client from
Flin Flon, Mb. It portrays a wonderful lake in East Central Saskatchewan called Amisk Lake, or Beaver Lake as some of the locals prefer. I had great fun painting it and believe that it captures the essence of the place. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!