Sunday, July 25, 2010


Row of Reds
Mixed Media


Nice to be home!

If you caught the not too subtle cue of my last post you'll know we headed off to California for a week.  Yosemite to be exact.  Sierah and John climbed The Half Dome while Holly and I sat by the pool.  The entire day they were gone I was on pins and needles as The Half Dome is not only daunting but dangerous if your not prepared.... but I knew they were and it ended up being such a major accomplishment for Sierah right before heading off to university in September.  I'll post some photos this week.  Still feel a bit jet lagged but I'm coming around.  The drive from Fresno to Yosemite was cram packed with hills and sharp turns so once again I'm thanking the manufacturers of Gravol for their tiny little pink pill.

I checked my email at the hotel and received a great one from Carol Currie.  She generously took some of my work to The Thunder Beach show and I ended up selling Row of Reds (my biggest piece to date) as well as a painting.  Row of Reds just happened to be one of my all time fav pieces and if it hadn't of eventually sold for the price I wanted I think I may have just kept it for myself.

Warning:  cheesy family pics ahead.........

Thursday, July 15, 2010

See you in a week ..... thanks Fletch!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Good News!

Ancient Voices
Mixed Media on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Yesterday I heard from Megan at The Village Gallery with (yay) good news.....they sold two of my mixed media on canvas pieces.  Yep,  I'm a pretty happy camper.  

Just found this trailer for a documentary I'd love to see as I've always been totally fascinated by the people who attempt to climb Mount Everest.  Bet you never knew that about me but it's true.  Not that I have any desire whatsoever to give it a try but reading about it .. now that's another story.  Years ago I read Jon Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air" which is still one of my all time favourites.  If you ever want to read a true story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the baby for you..

So here's the trailer for "Wildest Dreams"

Monday, July 12, 2010


Lost & Found
Acrylic on Canvas

Some people view Monday morning as quite motivating, you know, the start of a clean slate, brand new week to make things happen.... I clearly am not one of those people but I've got to kick it into gear as there is laundry to be done, work to be started and finished and the floors need a good washing.  What I really feel like doing is sitting outside with a good book but it's not going to happen today.

Yesterday I was checking in on Rita's blog and she was talking about good books for summer reading.  I think I mentioned a few posts ago how I had finished Elizabeth Gilbert's "Committed" and enjoyed it.  I also picked up "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" only because everyone kept telling how I just had to read it.  I never really like going into a book that way as the expectation is just far too high and at the end it just doesn't seem to measure up but I'm keeping an open mind.

So other than this little pathetic piece of "fluff" I've thrown out there I really don't have anything much to say...apologies all around.

Oh, but I will be heading to Midland on Thursday to take up my work to Carol Currie for the Thunder Beach Show

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


In Progress
Acrylic/Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

So I've been a pretty busy camper these last few days as I'm trying to make up for the time I lost last week.  Family came to stay for seven days and it just wouldn't have been right to take off for hours at a time to the studio which just happens to be outside in the garage.... I'll just call it my "summer studio".   I've really taken to what it is to paint in the fresh air.  When I need a break I simply hop on my bike and go for a ride ... rural living you know....

In Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I've found the last few weeks to be a real experimental period for me.  Sometimes I get too wrapped around the axel when it comes to deciding how I want to work and in what medium.  I'm giving myself a big break and just deciding to go wherever my instincts take me.  I'm at  a stage in my life where I'm refusing to be pigeonholed. At this moment I'm enjoying the lusciousness of working in oils.  The slow drying qualities of the medium I've developed a love/hate relationship with but oh, the fluidness of the paint is like drinking a good red (Bonterra) and listening to Miles Davis......  now, that's a one good visual...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

New Work in Progress
Oil on Canvas