October 13, 2015

"Brown Boots" is my Granddaughter Jessie - standing in the hall in my house in Toronto. 28" x 22".  Jessie is an all grown up lawyer now!

October 11, 2015

"Jodelle" - 16" x 12" Oil on Canvas. Sold. I had a storefront studio on Danforth Avenue in Toronto. Named it A Place to Paint which is exactly what it was. Jodelle was one of the kids who came there to paint under my direction. She was/is a great little painter. I can't remember how she broke her arm and I doubt her hair was really that electric! A fun painting.

October 10, 2015

I haven't been painting lately - other stuff on my plate - a blog tends to die  if it is neglected  ...
Therefore I will post some of my old paintings. This is an 24" x 18" acrylic I painted in 1991 when I was in Greece. I lived in Glyfada for 8 very lonely months. Sold my Toronto house and mostly everything in it thinking I might retire in Greece. In December huge snowflakes started falling in Glyfada - my luxury apartment only had heat from 6 to 9AM and 6 to 9PM - the rest of the time it was damn cold! While I was there I would walk to the sea every evening for a swim - here I am suspended in the between the earth and the sky. 

September 28, 2015

Sometimes in the morning I lay in bed and read The Guardian on my iphone. I love the comments - the Brits are so good at sarcasm. This was my favourite this morning.

Someone posts "It was a tremendous blessing to have Pope Francis visit the United States, and especially Philadelphia, the cradle of liberty. His sermon to the families of the world on Saturday night was right on point, especially the part about families not allowing the sun to go down on their anger, when such occasions arise, and making peace with each other at night before they go to bed."

Someone Replies - "Couldn’t you get the same advise from a fortune cookie?"

September 27, 2015

Full Moon - over Barrie last night

September 05, 2015

Josie and I walking in Heritage Park after 7.30 PM tonight. Soon it will be dark at 7.30 ...  click on the photos for a  closer look at Barrie, Ontario!

September 02, 2015

              Oh Canada! Isn't she beautiful!!!

September 01, 2015

Why in the world is this dog looking at me like that?

August 31, 2015

Another work in Progress .... 

August 30, 2015

Work In Progress - Charcoal on Canvas Board 

August 27, 2015

Her house is tidy so she can have a nap!

August 23, 2015

Working on this one - charcoal on canvas board and I hope to make her [me?] look old....

August 22, 2015

A very good friend staring at my work. Yes!!

August 07, 2015

Another unfinished painting waiting and or wanting to be finished - You don't to know how many of these I have!
BTW the water lilies were painted my paternal grandmother - Elizabeth Gillies. She died in 1934 the year I was born so you know the paintings are old. They are painted on black velvet.
A beautiful day in Barrie - hope the same for you wherever you are!

August 05, 2015

I like this "Self Portrait with Josie" a lot .... ! When I look at it I think of Knox Martin's words "you are not for everyone". Knox teaches at the Art Students League in New York City. 12" x 9" Oil on Canvas Board.

July 31, 2015

                                                                      Finished Anya - 20" x 16 - Oil on Canvas

                                   Working on this self portrait of Josie and I - like it so far!
My reference is this selfie of Josie and I - taken in her bathroom mirror - when grooming her she always wants a snuggle so leans into me ...

July 29, 2015

I may have given up on this one - OR maybe I will go back to it another day. There are supposed to be 2 more men on the left side of the police lineup and I only have room for 1!! The measuring stick in the middle [which was where I started this drawing] should have been further to the right. All in the learning. I did learn something good though - The original painting was done by an New York artist and drawing teacher. Her name is Michelle Zalopany. I love her work! 

This is the 4' x 6' canvas that [in my dreams!] will eventually [will I live that long?]  hold the Barrie Polar Bear Club Swimmers - New Year's Day [2014].
First sketch - once I get a decent sketch [if ever?!] I will do some small paintings before attempting the big one. 

July 27, 2015

This morning's drawing/copying exercise - I don't remember the name of the artist who did this black and white drawing but I love her work.

I keep my art books piled against the wall of my studio - a great solution when you have too many books for your bookshelves!

July 25, 2015

Up early this morning trying to sketch Mary Beth McKenzie [.com] preparing to attempt to copy her self portrait ....

and a quick sketch of Josie and Simon facing off while watching a Delecroix video and taking notes.

July 24, 2015

Early morning in my studio - where I am is where Josie is!

Later - in the den with my mac and Josie under the computer table.

July 23, 2015

A tall friend came and finished hanging most of the paintings in my den. Isn't this a delicious mess?! Click for a closer look.

July 22, 2015

My Josie [She asked me to remove her diaper before posting this picture - sorry Jos!] facing down Sly who is my friends cat. First meeting between these 2 animals!

July 19, 2015

A great workshop with Tom Campbell yesterday. What a great teacher! I have had this  8 x 10 half finished painting sitting around for over a year. I felt the Red Umbrella etc was too big but didn't know how to paint them out - Tom suggested they were ok and sure enough they were once I put some more people in the picture. I hope you can see the naked woman on her iPhone as well as the one who is fully dressed?! 

July 15, 2015

You may have seen this before. I did it some time ago but have never liked it and didn't know what was wrong with it. Last week I had lunch with this friend and realized I had painted her with a square head!

Back on the easel she goes ....

Still lots to do but at least her head isn't square now!

July 08, 2015

More Ducklings at Heritage Park

Me about 35 years ago!

July 07, 2015

Josie and I

 Food hidden under carpet - DO NOT TOUCH!

July 05, 2015

Drawing  on Newsprint with various mediums

July 04, 2015

Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie

It feels like I am living on the Riviera! So many smiling people today!

June 27, 2015

My Artist Friend Dave