Saturday, December 31, 2011

Back near the easel again; having a hard time finding the muse during this holiday season.  Wanted to start a painting before my trip, but have since changed course.  Do I begin where I left off, or do I scrap it and start over?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

After a white-knuckle drive home along the 401 last night, heading up to Montreal for some more sights and visits; at least the sun is shining in this blustery, icy, frigid northern weather!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

We went out and I got carded tonight! Life is good! Very good!!!
Down here in the Banana Belt I heard a priceless Tom Waits interview on the radio today.  He said many interesting things; my favourite:  "They say life is actually just the dead on vacation."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

401 pit stop! The sun is so bright here that people are wearing sunglasses in the restaurant :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Hitting the road soon; I'll see you all on the other side!  Merry Christmas to all.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Looking to See

Bored's too dark outside.  So an artist is often their own best (or available) model; here are some silly shots, looking more like mug-passport shots.  Meet the creature...

I think I'll have to do a thorough self-portrait soon, so this may be the conscious or unconscious warming-up...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A bit like Ingres

The model and poses reminded me of Ingres tonight; she had a bit of a hard time keeping the poses because she felt faint, so I included one that was going well and then, well, it ended after about 7 minutes.

Feeling a bit like I'm living in a Russian novel; I think I've finally unchained my heart.

Lemonjellow Exhibit

Click on the link for a slide show of Lemonjellow:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free."                                                                                                       

                                                                                                             Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
"The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution."

                                                                                                   J. K. Rowling
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."                                            
                                                                                                       T. E. Lawrence


Monday, December 19, 2011

"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart."
                                                                                                           Maya Angelou

Recently sold at Lemonjellow:

"Coming Together, Oil on Canvas Panel, 8x8 inches"


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tonight my fortune cookie said:

"Every man is a volume if you know how to read him."
I think yesterday was a bit of a yin-yang day.  Anyway, recently got back from running over fluff and snow in the sun.  Hoping things are going to look up...

Friday, December 16, 2011

There's nothing like a fresh, crisp, clean and sparkling new bottle of linseed oil.  I think my spark is coming back!
Wait!  One more:

"No one worth possessing can be quite possessed."
                                                 --Sara Teasdale

As we all prepare for the nutty holiday season, I thought this quote would be apt:

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Tonight's model & poses had a very Renaissance Baroque feel to them; I think I tapped into my Muse and saw the light...anyhow, I had a great time!  I think I like the orange one best.

Feeling a little more human; just had my cappuccino.  I think filter coffee is a terrible disaster.  So, In the spirit of not making any headway with my oil painting at the moment, I'll offer up this quote:

"But if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself."

--Carl Jung

Going to fill some of the void with figure drawings tonight--I'll post them ce soir!

À bientôt!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."

Helen Keller

I think I have to start my painting's been a sparse period.  Still planning my creative adventure for the new year; it's always brewing in the back of my mind--I guess that's how it stays alive in some sort of dormant, flexible way.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Incredible, fantastic moon tonight; a bit lopsided, but I guess that gives it character!  So orange it looks almost edible.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Just ran 46 min--can't beat that for a middle of December Canadian winter!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Video Claudia II

A cool and crisp day (me saying hello); click on the link above if it's not showing up on your screen.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lemonjellow Event

Looking forward to the Lemonjellow house party on Friday!  The show runs all weekend, so make sure you drop by to look at the art on Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday!  I should be there on Friday for the vernissage.  Click on the link below to see some of the art.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Had a bit of a rough time tonight!  I guess I was tired.  Anyway, here are two poses:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you, you don't have to read nor analyze nor study.  If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish."

--Jessamyn West

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vernissage at Orange tonight

A nice night at Orange; here are some pictures from the vernissage.  Good to talk to my fellow artists!

"In my life's chain of events nothing was accidental.  Everything happened according to an inner need."
--Hannah Senesh

Looking forward to the vernissage tonight at Orange Art Gallery!  Also a vernissage at Ottawa School of Art for the Holiday Sale--I'm going to go to Orange first--not sure if I'll make it to OSA.  See you there!!!