Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Sun Shines Brightly

I want to thank Dean Haven and Bobbi Heath for bestowing the Sunshine Award on my blog. I post it now to acknowledge all of the wonderful people who have been so supportive and sent their prayers our way. My wife Rose was diagnosed with incurable follicular lymphoma in Aug/09, underwent chemo and other drug treatments, and has now been declared cancer FREE. We are elated and relieved. I don't know if it was the God Squad, as she lovingly refers to those who sent their prayers, and there were a lot of them, or the fact that she got this early and the treatments were perfect, but perhaps it was both. Her doctor has stated that if she can stay clear of it for the next five years, he doesn't feel it will ever come back. She has gotten her life back and I am thrilled to join her in the celebration.
Thank you so much to everyone, you are all truly amazing.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Show Guide

This is another Flying Moleskins contribution for that very talented artist, Liz Holm. I worked from a photo that I took in Baden Baden, Germany at the Museum Frieder Burda. We visited the Durer, Tizian, Velazquez exhibit and really enjoyed seeing a few paintings from these famous artists up close. I was quite taken with this exhibit room, which was filled with huge tapestries and had a great floor.

oil on paper 8 1/2" x 6 1/2"  NFS

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Josh and Breanna

It's always fun to have the opportunity to repay someone through something as personal as art. This is a little painting I did that reminds me of Hansel and Gretel walking through the enchanted forest. Gingerbread dead ahead just off to the right. Careful "witch" way you turn kids. Aren't they cute?

oil on masonite 12" x 9"  NFS

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Warm Bed

A warm bed is something most of us take for granted, and in this man's case, a subway or sewer vent is the best he can do. I borrowed from three different photographs to create this painting for Adebanji Alade whose moleskin theme was poverty and homelessness. In Canada we know that over a million people can afford either food or shelter, but not both. Scary numbers in a country with a population around 35 million. This group does not include all of the homeless, whose profile is quickly changing to include women and children. They represent the fastest growing subgroup followed by youth.

Oil on paper 9" x 7"  NFS