November 09, 2017

First Sketch on my ipad pro with Apple Pencil 

2nd sketch - Will it ever be finished? Time goes by so quickly! 

November 02, 2017

I am sorting out pictures I have taken and put on CD's - This one is of a store I rented on the Danforth in Toronto.  What a great space it was! Of course that is My Josie Guarding the open door. I can't tell you how many nasty people she scared away!

and these are some of the kids I taught at A Place to Paint. Not that anyone can teach kids how to do art. Picasso said "paint like a child" and I totally agree with Picasso. I will post some of their wonderful work...

November 01, 2017

Some more work on the Life Drawing class in Collingwood - I am finally beginning to understand the wonderful Procreate App! 

The way I used to be?? haha! Also "painted" on my Apple ipadpro useing the Apple Pencil. 

October 17, 2017

Yesterday was Life Drawing at "Go Figure" in Collingwood. Collingwood is an hour away from my home in Barrie. I am lucky enough to have an artist friend who drives us there every Monday morning. Yesterday was a Portrait Day and the room was packed so I sketched The Room rather than the model. All on my ipadPro, using the Procreate App and my Apple pencil. It is only a 2 hour session so it was a quick sketch which I continued last night and hope to do some more work on it today - or tomorrow? Lots more to do - stay tuned. Click for a close up. 

October 15, 2017

This is my neighbours dog - an adorable little Pomeranian - I am her "grandma" and she visits me every Friday night while her parents [well ..... you know what I mean!] go out for dinner. Since I am still mourning for My Josie [she will be gone for 2 years in one week but I still say "good night Josie" most nights!!😢] I guess we could call her my therapy dog?

September 25, 2017

 Life Drawing at the Barrie Art Club - quick sketch

September 03, 2017

Finished! - I can't explain this coloured pencil drawing at all - but I like it. Click for a close up.

September 01, 2017

I am working on this rather strange piece of work. I gave a friend a few pencil crayons and in the process I left some of them on my kitchen counter. Later I picked up an old pencil drawing, on a wooden board, of this friend of mine. I started to colour her with coloured pencils and am still colouring her - isn't it a strange piece of work?! Most of the time I simply copied the marks already engrained in the wood although the 3 spikes [?] in the upper right corner are the shadows of some of the pencils sitting in a cup on my counter. The bottom half is unfinished - I have only lightly outlined the shaped in the wood.
To be continued ...

August 27, 2017

                                            and here I am again - I feel like I am being used!

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

April 08, 2017

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

April 04, 2017

iPadpro drawing in Procreate