August 06, 2017

I may have put this one in before but even if I did I think it is worth another look - she is/was so cute - and so polite!

August 05, 2017

Don't you love it?!

August 04, 2017

                                         Clouds over Barrie - from my 14th floor balcony.

August 03, 2017

But as the Chinese idiom goes, the shot hits the bird that pokes its head out.

Do not fear the aging of the body for it is the body's way of seeking the root. (Lao Tzu)

I could spend my whole life prying loose the secrets of the insane. These people are honest to a fault, and their naivety has no peer but my own. (Andre Breton)

Of all those arts in which the wise excel Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well. (Andre Breton)

July 29, 2017

Arthur Schopenhauer - From the Greatness category:
To be alone is the fate of all great minds – a fate deplored at times, but still always chosen as the less grievous of two evils. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Arthur Schopenhauer - From the Happiness category:
Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Arthur Schopenhauer - From the Sadness category:
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. (Arthur Schopenhauer

July 19, 2017


My Torso Sculpture - done from a model and it was very difficult because I had to keep staring at what we would now call "his package" while playing with the clay. I actually like the work I did on his back more than his front.

July 14, 2017

A small Sculpture of my first dog - Josie the Kommondor - great personality but  over 100 pounds when fully grown. 

July 13, 2017

                                                        GETTING COMFORTABLE!

July 12, 2017

                                                          Another slinky pose!

July 11, 2017

With her Teddy Bear. 

July 10, 2017

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In 3 months it will be 2 years since this little dog lived with me. This is why I still miss her - I miss the laugh a day she never failed to give me!  Dogs are wonderful. I am so tempted to get another one but I am too old [83] and the dander bothered my COPD although I didn't know that until she was gone.

July 04, 2017

My Granddaughter Shannon with her first Black and Tan!

May 30, 2017

First Quick Sketches

second sketch 


Third sketch - 5 or 10 minutes?

This one was almost an hour pose - still needs a lot of work ... click on them to enlarge

I think this one was 20 minutes and I did some more work on it this morning and will continue tomorrow morning if I find the time. All are drawn on my ipadpro using the Procreate App and the Apple Pencil. I love it! Get in touch if you are also procreate painting. 

May 17, 2017

I suspect Trump may have done himself in - watching ABC news. Comey will certainly be believed before the self confessed serial liar. Nice to think Democracy may actually work!

May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to all of us! Recognized or not.

April 15, 2017

Another fun learning experience with using Procreate and my ipadpro. Trust me - the model looked nothing like this!!

April 13, 2017

Drawing the model ["Helen" in a 1 hour pose] in my ipadpro with my apple pencil and using the wonderful Procreate App at Go Figure in Collingwood. Click on the image for a closer look. I see mistakes but all in all I am pleased with it. I have a lot more to learn about Procreate but I must say this way of doing art is wonderful for an older person like me. No heavy materials to carry, no dirty hands or dirty clothes as well as no fumes to inhale. Just as challenging as "real" art.

April 10, 2017

Our world has gone crazy - I am depressed, disappointed and disillusioned by mankind. I hardly know what to do about it aside from attempting to talk to anyone who might read these words which I tap out, from my bed, on my iphone, at 6 AM. 
Those of you who haven't gone crazy might want to watch a documentary I watched on my computer last night. It is on AlJeera and about a sweet 14 year old boy who unwittingly started the war in Syria. 47 minutes long but it tells us so much. I would love to know how it affected you. Make a comment or write to me at bettybishop@me.com

April 08, 2017

Does this photo [found in Al Jezeera] not speak 1000 words or more?!!!

April 04, 2017

iPadpro drawing in Procreate 

March 30, 2017

Stolen from The New Yorker - the caption is something like - "Oh nothing - we have just been home binging on CNN and the president". 

March 23, 2017

A lovely young woman modeled for us at Go Figure on Monday. I love these 2 hour sessions. 

March 14, 2017

Hey! I recently stumbled on this picture of me many years ago although it doesn't feel like it was all that long ago. I was somewhere between 42 and 45 at this Christmas party for Walter Coles Catering. Gee - I looked good didn't I? I am now paying the price for all those delicious cigarettes. I have fairly mild case of COPD but it is still enough to be life changing. If you read this and you smoke do stop or at least cut them down down down to give your lungs less reason to stop working properly.

March 07, 2017

Still learning Procreate which is a drawing program for my ipad pro  - lots to learn but I love it so far! Much easier to carry than painting materials! Nothing to clean up either ....
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March 05, 2017

This is my painting is of my brother Bob [Gillies]. He was boarded and killed while playing hockey 63 years ago today. 17 years old. The hockey player who pounded him into the boards and stood laughing over his unconscious body was charged with manslaughter. He was acquitted when his teammates lied for him. I imagine some of those teammates  are still around and having to live with themselves. Our sins seem to get magnified as we get older and closer to our own death. Bob was a good guy and a very clean hockey player. Still missed, still brings tears to my eyes. 


February 28, 2017

My Room at the Chelsea Hotel - This painting hung in the lobby for a month or so. Knox Martin of The Art Students League helped me place the bed - that is Chinese perspective in case you didn't know! The cast iron sunflowers were on my balcony overlooking 23rd Street. Always wondered who had occupied this room over the many years before I lived there. Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter lived down the hall and I had Thanksgiving with a very old French woman [about my current age!] who had painted with and swam with Picasso back in the day. 

February 19, 2017

Stanley Barb with someone I don't know in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel - read more about him and the Chelsea at      http://www.chelseahotelblog.com

Oh dear! The New York Times tells me Stanley Bard died yesterday. He was 82 - as am I. Stanley “managed” the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. I lived at the famous hotel  the winter of 1991/2 while attending the Art Students League. I love the Chelsea and Stanley was a very good man. I called from Toronto  asking about a room. Stanley answered the phone - “come on down and we can decide how much your rent will be later …” With some trepidation I did just that. He gave me a great large room on the 6th floor with a little balcony and  2 double beds, a combined stove/fridge and my own bathroom. After several weeks and several requests he told me my rent would be $1200.00 a month - a pittance! 
Thanks Stanley - I see David says you had a stroke, I don’t think you would have like living like that so I wish you god’s speed and I thank you so very much!

February 12, 2017


This is the same model - also done in my ipadpro with Procreate - also kind of creepy - click on it to get a close up. I love these Monday morning 2 hour sessions. The only sound in the room is the pencil, pastel, charcoal or paint touching the paper or canvas. 

February 09, 2017

iPadpro Procreate sketch at Go Figure in Collingwood - his legs weren't real cut off!