Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Emotions From The Sky

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” (Pablo Picasso)

I just finished a watercolour of something that my wife Margaret pointed out to me. It was a stark white farmhouse on the east side of Ninth Line, south of where we live in Stouffville, Ontario. It was set against another “will it storm or won’t it” sky that has become the norm this year. It was another interesting challenge!

Ninth Line (14” x 10”)

Monday, 3 July 2017

Life Is A Tide

“Life is a tide; float on it. Go down with it and go up with it, but be detached. Then it is not difficult.” (Prem Rawat)

Happy Canada Day weekend everyone! As we reflect on 150 years of Canadian Confederation, I would like to share a watercolour that I just finished of a scene a few kilometres from its birthplace. We stayed in Victoria-By-The-Sea, near Charlottetown PEI. In the morning and again in the evening, over several days, we would walk down to the shore to experience the various tide levels. This one struck me and, over the past year and a half, it continued to eat away at me until I had finally found the time to try and capture it in paint. I hope you like it.

“Red Mud” (10” x 14”)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Discover More Things

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” ( Claude Monet)

My first plein air painting of the year. Yay! I was able to complete about two-thirds of it before we were interrupted with a hail storm. Had to finish it in studio. It is a marsh meadow in the Hollidge Track of the York Region Forest just north of home. It was a few weeks ago now with the brilliant, welcome colours of spring.

“Marsh Meadow” (10” x 14”)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Living In The Heart

“Fear lives in the head. And courage lives in the heart. The job is to get from one to the other.” (Louise Penny)

For those Louise Penny fans out there... On the return trip from Prince Edward Island this year, we spent a few days in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec. Located south of Montreal, it is the home of Penny’s fictional village of Three Pines. According to our B&B host, most agree that the village of Georgeville, south of Magog, most fits Louise Penny’s description of Three Pines. This is my overly-ambitious plein air watercolour of my impressions of Georgeville. The road entering and leaving the village, and the parkland it encompasses, seemed to form a heart.

“Heart Of The Village” (14” x 10”)

We All Do What We Need To Do

“We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.” (Barack Obama)

This is the seventh in a series of paintings in which I have attempted to portray the dichotomy that I felt when travelling in China. On our tour we were shown the China that they wanted us to see. In our off hours, we saw the China that really exists. After thoroughly enjoying a musical/theatrical presentation of the history of this vast land, we walked the streets in the waning evening light. I saw this woman on the sidewalk doing alterations on an old treadle sewing machine. Her friend sat with her for company. I was struck by the contrast with the elaborate and beautiful costumes of the stage production we had just left.

China Series: Evening Out (24” x 24”)

The Power of Water

“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” (Mehmet Murat ildan)

At the end of May last year we were beginning our journey across this wonderful country. Near Thunder Bay, Ontario we experienced the power of late spring run-off over Aguasabon Falls. It was breathtaking! The water drops with thunderous pandemonium over a 30 meter drop on its way through a gorge of 2.6 billion-year-old bedrock and on to Lake Superior. White water all the way! This is my attempt to capture this fury in acrylic paint.

Aguasabon (24” x 18”)

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Importance of Public Parks

“Nature surrounds us, from parks and backyards to streets and alleyways. Next time you go out for a walk, tread gently and remember that we are both inhabitants and stewards of nature in our neighbourhoods.” (David Suzuki)

In Stouffville we are fortunate in having a very large public park right in the centre of town. It has play areas, ball diamonds, picnic areas, a newly constructed bandstand and a creek running through it. Hey, what a great title for a painting!

A Creek Runs Through It (14” x 10”)