Monday, March 30, 2009

Lemonade Award

THE GODFATHER of BLOG, James Parker, honored me with a visit and bestowed on me this delicious award. Thank you so much James. I have decided to continue with my wicked ways and break the rules of engagement here, (definitely with no disrespect to James or the award.) I am passing this award to any and all of the artists participating in the Art for Shelter Animals program and encourage everyone else to give it a shot. It's a lot of fun, and even more rewarding.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Well, instead of watching a movie tonight, I spent a couple of hours getting to know Bruno here a little better. He is a handsome German Shepard mix and is looking for a forever home here in Winnipeg. This was from one of the shelters own photos, (they got someone over there who can shoot.) I hope to drop the first two off this week, as I think they will finally be dry enough.
oil on masonite 7" x 5 3/4"

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Passion For Painting

In the last few weeks I've been tagged and honored by some great artists, Dominique Eichi, Edward Burton, Maggie Mayer, Sheila Tajima, Joanne Giesbrecht, and Tom Pohlman. For various reasons I haven't replied in a timely fashion. ( laziness might be one of them, but not the really BIG one) Soooo.... I've decided to break all the rules and respond Crazy Canuck style. ( I play hockey and drink!)
The usual rules for all of the above awards are: Link the aforementioned best friends.
List 7 things you love.
5 random things about yourself,
5 more things you love and
Answer a series of questions!
Pass these great awards on to seven deserving artists.

Okay now for the fun part, I'm going to mix and match it up a little to start.

#1. I love to mix and match it up a little to start..... WOW, nice one!

#2. I love to HATE pina coladas and DEFINITELY walking in the cold wet rain. (because I'm usually GOLFING when that happens and guy here!)

#3. I LOVE pina coladas and walking in the rain if it means getting to THIRD base, (my wife can play SO hard to get on occasion, but what a baseball fan.)

#4. I love...well, LOVE... Now if only it could be as unconditional as it is with our furry animal friends. Did you see what I just did there? I changed it up, ...being very SERIOUS.

Changing it up again, this is from Joanne Giesbrecht's's tag. Here are a couple of the questions.

#5. What are you wearing right now?
Right now? You mean this instant Joanne? Next question.
#6. Who was the last person you hugged?
It definitely wasn't my stock broker or my banker.

Now for some incredibly interesting and fascinating things about...MEEEEEE!!!!
#9. and I could go on.

Well that's it for the listing stuff, and I'm going to continue my irreverent path of rule destruction by linking more than 7, (could be lots more) amazing artists who have influenced and helped me along. Pick up your award if you don't already have it by copying the one at the side of my blog. Please visit these blogs if you haven't already, and feast your eyes. I'm not tagging these people, I'm acknowledging them. ( Sorry, yet another rule violation, and I am now skating over to the penalty box.)

Karin Jurick, because she deserves it more than anyone I know.
Liz Wiltzen, not a blogger, but my teacher and friend.
Alice Thompson, got me going on the blogging among other things. She'll be back soon.
All of the artists linked above, they are cool people.
Camille Olsen, what a breath of fresh air.
Pattie Wall, an inspiring individual and great blog friend.
Akiko Watanabe, well everyone knows Akiko...she's amazing.
Adebanji Alade, if only I could sketch or paint like this guy.
Marilyn King, I love her work and her demos.

Rua Augusto, Lisbon

The Rua Augusto is a very famous pedestrian only street in Lisbon, that is not only notable for it's beautiful 18th century architecture and sculpture, but it's everyday bustling activity. A visitor to this wonderful and historic city would be remiss if they didn't visit this Portuguese treasure. Definitely a highlight of our trip there six years ago, I am very pleased to have completed this painting as a permanent reminder of that fabulous moment in time. oil on canvas 72" x 48"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

At The Beach

What a great photo Karin supplied this week. I loved all of the main figures in the photo, so I decided not to crop, but to put 'em all in. I found a very sharp #6 flat brush and as soon as I tried it, I loved it, but knew that it would be extremely hard not to noodle. I guess I ended up somewhere in between. The blues did not come out in this photo, so I'm thinking it's time to visit R. Garriott's blog and get the skinny on a photoshop program. 12" x 6" oil on masonite

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Here is another poor guy waiting to be adopted. His name is Rocky and he is a Husky mix. Handsome looking devil isn't he? 6" x 6" oil on masonite


This is my first painting for Art For Shelter Animals. Duke presently resides at the Winnipeg Humane Society and is looking for a new home. He is a Doberman / Bloodhound cross and definitely has those sad sad eyes. Let's hope he finds a good home. 6" x 6" oil on masonite

Friday, March 20, 2009

I decided to get involved and donate some paintings to the local animal shelter. I got this terrific idea from visiting Sheila Tajima and Carrie Jacobsen's blogs. These generous ladies have created the Art For Shelter Animals blog and I think it is fantastic. I am posting this painting of a little house horse that I encountered a few weeks ago. He was walking with his owner (I'm not sure if that is the right word here) and looked so magnificent in the morning sunlight, that I couldn't resist taking a photo. I know he isn't looking for a home, but I loved his strength and purpose and perhaps that may symbolize in some way what we are all trying to do here. 9" x 12" oil on canvasboard

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Made in the USA

Here's my submission for this week's DSFDF. I am really enjoying the diversity of subjects that Karin is giving us. I mean, who is going to go out of their way to paint sushi. There was some great creativity amongst the artists this week, not here though. I just wanted to do something representational in a loosely painted kind of way. 8" x 8" oil on masonite ( gesso and acrylic underpainting)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

By Maggie Mayer
By Dominique Eichi
By Edward Burton

Okay, I'm back...again! This is a very busy time of year for me, and as I have mentioned before, it is very hard to get a lot of painting done. The other thing that I have been forced to neglect, is the response to three artists who have tagged and acknowledged me. Sorry for being so late, but I would like to thank Maggie Mayer, Dominique Eichi and Edward Burton for thinking of me and giving me the honor of being recognized in our blogosphere. I consider it a privilege to participate and be accepted into such a fine group of artists. Definitely a life changing experience. In recognition of these three artists, I decided to post a favorite example of their art. I know you will enjoy them as much as I do. Thanks again.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hazards of Masonite

I just ran across the following article in Robert Genn's older weekly letters. I have been painting on gessoed, tempered masonite, and noticed that others are painting on masonite as well (not sure if it's tempered or not), so I thought you may be as interested as I was in this article.

Untempered Masonite is indeed fading from
shelves. Further, the quality varies--corners can crumble away
like oatmeal cookies. Sealing and reinforcing with something
like acrylic medium doesn't always do the job. Some painters,
driven to tempered Masonite, have seen other alarms go off.
This support, while harder, is simply loaded with acids that
gradually seep through several layers of gesso. After a few
years the painting surface will certainly be foxed. The estate
of a deceased painter friend was mostly ruined by tempered

Glad I didn't sell most of those paintings. May have a couple of redos in my future!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bad Hair Day

This week's challenge was one of patience and perseverance, and Karin won out ( with her computer issues), and so did a whole bunch of us with our paintings. Computer problems can drive me to drink, say bad words or make me want to practice my axe throwing (at the bad computer). Definitely one of the more frustrating things in modern day life is a malfunctioning or non functioning electronic device. So with that out of the way, I am happy to report that this painting is done. Not one that inspired, but I am glad that I stretched a little here and in the end enjoyed creating something out of ... well, what I thought was nothing. It was one of those do what you think you cannot challenges. Thanks again Karin. 10" x 8" oil on canvas panel