May 22, 2015

Barrie from my balcony - looking East at 5.15 this morning. The clocks are above city hall which is only a 10 [maybe 15 minute walk away].

May 15, 2015


The first ducklings Josie and I have seen this spring. Wouldn't it be great to see them being born? Where did their Dad go? I see a couple of males swimming together close by - very unusual - maybe they are discussing the responsibility?!

April 26, 2015

You may have seen this before but I think it is cute enough to see twice?!

April 25, 2015

Since I haven't been painting lately I will have to show you what Josie has been up to. As you can see she neatly arranged her "feeding station" before she went to bed on this night. Do you doubt she is an artist?

March 22, 2015

DO NOT TOUCH THIS FOOD!! Can you not see it is hidden?! Saved for a rainy day! blah blah blah. You should hear her nasty bark if I even look at this hidden cache!

March 21, 2015

Getting back to work after a month of illness - all out of proportion but better than nothing!

March 07, 2015

RE LIFE DRAWING AT A PLACE TO PAINT [Under the Edge] - I will be 81 this month. I am running out of steam and it is time for me to Retire! We had the beginning of a nice group of Barrie artists wanting to do life and/or Portrait drawing on Sunday afternoons. If someone else wants to organize the sessions we can talk about using my studio space and I will attend! In the meantime I will go to the Portrait sessions at the Barrie Art Club on Friday mornings. Hope to see you there or at my studio soon [don’t think I will get back there until March 9 or so - be careful - there are some very nasty bugs floating around!]. Many Thanks to everyone concerned - both with the Life Drawing and for helping me beat the nasty bug! I appreciate everyone more than I can say.

March 01, 2015

Re- Life Drawing at A Place to Paint [under The Edge] this Sunday, March 1/15.
Sorry but it is not possible this week - I am hoping, expecting and looking forward to next Sunday but will wait until mid week to book the model. If it is a go we will meet at The Edge Gallery at 1.15, bring $12.00 and email me to confirm although you can also just take a chance. Don't forget downtown parking is free on the weekend. 
Thanks, bettybishop@me.com

Will try and get Barb to model again but this time it will only be for 2 hours - last week she sat for almost 3 hours and only charged me for 2!

PS-I spent a couple of nights in Barrie's Royal Victoria Hospital last week. As good as an experience as being in a hospital can be! I was impressed! I have some lost strength to regain before I can get back to work. Thanks to my friends for their care and concern. MUCH appreciated!

February 16, 2015

One of my rejects - painted it at The Art Students League in New York but it never worked so it has been under my bed with a lot of other rejects.

A month or more ago I started painting over her...

and last week I gave her a plant which certainly works a lot better than that blue what ever it was. WIP. 

February 15, 2015

Ready for Sunday's Life Drawing Session - even though it is freezing cold out there!


This Canvas is 6' x 4' and ready for Gesso - The photo is the Polar Bear Swimmers [from the Barrie Examiner] which we hope to paint on the canvas?!

February 14, 2015


Drawing portraits at The Barrie Art Club - a great way to spend a morning!

February 12, 2015

Josie up to her neck at Petscool Spa
Waiting patiently for a Shave and a haircut
"Oh God Mom I am exhausted!" - thats what she said. I swear!



February 08, 2015

Angela - I don't know why you can't see it but there is a dot of red in the corner of each eye.

February 04, 2015

I thought this looked pretty good when I drew it at the Barrie Art Club - when I got home and looked at it again I realized the head is way too big and the hands [especially!] way too small!
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and I have done it again here - tiny shoulders! Grrr.


January 31, 2015

My friend Angela - Oil  on Canvas - unfinished? 18" x 14" ? it is at the studio so I am not sure of the sizes.

January 29, 2015

A friend made Josie this lovely warm faux fur lined winter coat. Sometimes the hood falls over her eyes. When that happens she can't see so she simply lays down on the floor  - doesn't move a muscle but whines, moans and groans and once I thought I heard her cry "help" - until I lift the hood and she can Live again.  If she hadn't been born a dog I swear she would have been a clown!

Anja sitting for our Sunday afternoon drawing session 



My partially finished Charcoal on newsprint drawing of Anja 

January 22, 2015

This is an old old 12 x 12 that needs to be fixed or destroyed. I forgot to take a picture of it before I began painting over it - it was a woman holding a baby and it didn't work. My goal in my new studio is to either fix a great pile of rejects or dump them. Too many paintings under my bed!

I have no idea where she is going - if anywhere. I will see what she has to say for herself tomorrow.

January 19, 2015

I haven't decided yet - should I give her a turpentine bath tomorrow or allow her to live? Maybe I will know when I see her tomorrow?

January 16, 2015

CAN THIS PAINTING BE SAVED?? OMG it is so awful - it is only half finished [haven't done any work below the neck yet] but this woman needs some serious facial surgery! Everything is in the wrong place. I will let the paint dry and then go back at her. Sorry Anja!

January 14, 2015

Josie always saves SOMETHING for that rainy day!!

January 13, 2015

Josie was posing too!

January 12, 2015


Anja sitting for A Place to Paint

Dave Miller Sketching
Working on my portrait of Anja

We are working out the kinks - TIME CHANGE - we begin at 1.30 and work until 3.30. Anyone wanting to attend should be at the front door of the Edge Gallery after 1.15 - no admittance after 1.30 because the model is sitting in front of the door to the studio!

January 11, 2015

LIFE DRAWING TODAY AT 12.30 in downtown Barrie 
-Anja will be posing for us! Costumed. 12.30 until 3PM - $12.00 at the door. Email betty bishop@me.com before 12.15 if you can get there before 12.30!
Looking better?

January 10, 2015

On my easel. The first time I have painted in over a year - OMG I love it! So much fun. I don't worry about how good or bad it is - it is the actual process of oil painting that I love although I certainly hope I can produce something that someone would walk across a room to have another look at.

January 09, 2015


Barrie Art Club - I was late - dashed out my door with only charcoal and newsprint. Not even an eraser. Charcoal is so forgiving! I love it. Tonight is the first Friday Feedback at A Place to Paint [ aplacetopaint.ca ] but we are having a snowstorm so we don't need to worry about a crowd!

January 06, 2015

Further work on Ingres - his eye problem has been cured [?] and all and all I think he is looking "as well as can be expected". After all he is only charcoal on newsprint.

A quick sketch of him again. Now he is on a panel which I have gessoed and then sandpapered to make the surface less slick. I hope to start painting him tomorrow? 

             I haven't been painting or drawing for a while which makes me afraid to even try painting or drawing! My studio is ready and waiting for me so I had to make a start. To be kind to myself I  plan to warm up by copying 10 images from this book. 

 The first one is from a photograph of Ingres [pronounced Anngruh] who was born in 1798 and lived for 87 years. He painted exotic erotic women.The critics said his odalisque [harem woman] had "too small a head, an abnormally long back and "no bone, no muscle and no life"!

I wonder what he would say about my first quick sketch of him? Something wrong with that left eye - something I didn't even notice until I posted him here! Back to the drawing board.

January 05, 2015

Hey! I managed to change my age from 78 to 80 in this blog! only took me 2+ years and a good part of this morning! other sites keep calling me and I have little will power!