Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogs are Back

Blogging is slower--but so is art, so here I start...

Lots of canvas to attack now.  Getting those nifty, thrifty fingers wrapped around the brushes.  Who knows where this will lead.  Here's a photo that just won't fit those square parameters.

Cheerio, world.  Let's hope for the best in art.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Some more people drawings

A couple more from last night; she was a good model--held very still with some interesting negative spaces in the poses.  These are 1/2 hour poses:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Double figures

Last night there were two models.  Since I missed last week's class due to Bluesfest, I was feeling a bit rough!!!  But in the end, I think I was warmed up enough to capture these two figures.  One of the models asked to keep my sketch after she saw it, so I gave it to her (I don't usually do this!!!) #stingy.

But I did take a quick snapshot of it before I gave it away.  Here it is:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


This has always been one of my favourite Monet paintings; I love the vibrant colours and coy look--it's different from his other garden images.

Monet, The Japanese Woman

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Amazing Musician

Trying really hard to get motivated and inspired for my next painting!  So I thought back to all the people I've seen perform recently, and I think Tom Ward takes the cake!  Wow did he ever put on a great classical guitar performace on Canada Day--so glad I met him.  He's from Australia (Tazmania?) and was busking on Elgin when I caught up with him.  Here we are and I hope to get an incredible portrait out of this one!!! We'll see.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Simple Plan

I guess it's back to painting and finishing up my latest big project.  Just finished three long shifts at Dragon Boat; met the Born Ruffians last night--they played a great set. Here's a pic from after the show in the spooky midnight light:

Thanks, guys, you were great!!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Last Night

I had an incredible time at the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival last night; I met lots of interesting people.  Here are some photos of Sam Roberts + the band.  Thanks, guys!  You are some of the kindest and nicest people around!!!! :D

More festival shots to come when I get organized!

Monday, June 3, 2013


Sold at the Ottawa School of Art Boutique:

Apres Dark--Listening to the Concert
Oil on Gallery Canvas, 8x8 inches $225

Gallery of Strange Hairstyles 2

Bored again.  Finished beginnings of new painting but live in horror of starting colour fields at night time.  So to speak.  On to whip-lash energy and vehement paint throwing tomorrow.  In the meantime, another self-portrait.  #Get to work.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Just finished up a portrait from the Ottawa Tulip Festival 2013 from a couple of weeks ago; it's of Menno Versteeg from Hollerado.  This portrait was an incredible challenge to paint, as the facial direction and expression were not in the usual angles and format.

My biggest question was, "What's he looking at?" When I took the photos of Menno, I had asked him to look in a certain direction, and he chose 'up.'  So, in the spirit of one of their latest videos, "Pick Me Up," I thought, well, he's looking at hot air balloons!!!  That's it!

So here he is, in a creative-licence version of the festival:

Menno Versteeg--Hollerado, Ottawa Tulip Festival, 2013
Oil on Gallery Canvas, 24x30 inches

And one of me with it for scale!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Spent most of my day out and about in the fresh air, at one point watching a rapper named Jesse Dangerously (not what I had expected to be watching!) but good to get out of my comfort zone once in a while.  Thank God for sunlight, I thought it had disappeared...on to my relentless painting project!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

oh dear oh dear

Three-thirty am and I can't stop painting.  Creative bug must be taken when it arrives.  But I just did stop painting.  I'm here in my blog, right?   Good night.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Experiment 2

Experiment with strange poses 1:  (more to come, but I just lost a load of photos, somehow, mysteriously, digitally)


From a few weeks ago:  Experiment with strange hairstyles 1:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Figure drawing

Awesome time at sketch night--finally, a real person.  I left before the last pose--on to tackle more imminent projects!!!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Self Portrait with Two Circles, 1660. Kenwood House, London

Self Portrait as Zeuxis, c. 1662. One of 2 painted self-portraits in which Rembrandt is turned to the left.[77]Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

I was looking at some oil portraits today, and I came across these self-portraits of Rembrandt in his later years. He did many self-portraits during his lifetime.  I love the chiaroscuro; I also found very interesting that the Zeuxis one is only one of two where his head is turned to the left.  Goes to show you find something new every day!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


I had a pretty good time at figure drawing tonight; the light was making the model pass out (they turned it off), so there weren't really shadows.  But, I managed to get some decent poses in.  I really will post those darn things when I get a batch of time. 

To all artists out there:  carry on!!!  Got to paint!


Here's a couple of photos from my last trip to Montreal.  I was so excited to be wearing my new spring zip around shoes that I kept taking pictures of my feet.  And there's me in a bike shop window, contemplating the world of Cindy Sherman'esque' visual ideas again.

Starting a new Montreal series of paintings soon!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Love it!

I just found this great clip on Gotye--I almost painted him--his Dad is an artist???  Awesome!!!!  I love people who love art!!! Gotta love that Australian accent!


I happened to be in an art class this morning, so I decided I would do the assignment that the students were doing.  Brought back lots of memories, of doing colouring contests when I was really little for Shoppers Drug Mart at Easter and Halloween.  And I won three times, and got 3 foot high stuffed animals as a prize each time!!! :D

Here is my doodle version colouring in Van Gogh's "Starry Night" from this morning:

Had a blast doing it--rather psychedelic colours!  I guess I was fighting the bleak rain outside!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Positive Thinking

It's working, it's working!  Woohoo!!!  Paint is on the canvas!!!  Baby steps, baby steps!!!
Now playing on Sirius!

Getting ready to paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I think I can I think I can

Awesome Cover

I heard this awesome cover of Bob Dylan on the radio a couple of days ago--so glad I found the singer!

Here is the youtube video:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

And another one:

I had never had a piece of toast
Particularly long and wide,
But fell upon the sanded floor,
And always on the buttered side.

                     --James Payn (1830-1898)
                        from Chamber's Journal 1884
I've been stuck, stuck on the last painting I started, so I though I'd post this poem:

Writer's Block in the Computer Age
By: Peggy Smith Krachun

Cursor, cursor, blinking cursor
Shade of iridescent green
Cursor in the "Home" position
On my new computer screen

Cursor at the starting gate
Chomping at the bit and byte
Pawing at the screen, impatient
Nagging me to start to write

Cursor poised for the race
In Position One, Line One
Waiting for a brilliant word
To set off the starting gun

Until now a plain old scribbler
Was the only thing I'd use
On it I would draw and doodle
While I waited for the Muse

Now I have a winking cursor
Mocking me in brilliant green
Have you ever tried to doodle
On a blank computer screen?

Nagging cursor, cursed cursor
Blinking on without a sound
Go away until I'm ready
I'll never write with you around


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Another 'fantabulous' night at figure drawing--only one pose where I had to stop after the model moved halfway through the pose to stretch.  So I stopped, too!  Anne-Marie's sitting worked well with the lighting tonight.  Will post some sketches soon--I promise, I promise!!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Painting Business

Sometimes it's good to get some time to get to the business side of art--it only took me 3.5 hours yesterday to climb on a chair, set my tripod on three stools, photograph my painting with and without bracketing, and do all the necessary paperwork.  Yikes!  But some good tunes got me through...

Cheers and really looking forward to tonight!! :D

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Looking forward once again to the Ottawa Art Association's Semi-Annual Show--see everyone there on Tuesday evening!!!

Event details:

Ottawa Little Theatre
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
7:15 pm

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Drooling for books! My fantasy for sure!

Awesome photos--I hope this link works:

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Eyes are burnt after a long day and an intense figure-drawing session.  Adam and his model partner provided for some interesting intricate poses!  Will post some tomorrow, or whenever I get the camera out to photograph all those drawings from the last weeks that I need to catch up with!  Want to paint, but wow, my eyes are closing!


Why does paint always look different during the day????  Yikes--those post-midnight painting stints sure play with the brain.


Burning the midnight oil (pun intended!) working on a new piece.  May the masterful painting forces be with me!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Laura Secord 100th Anniversary

Sold, at the Ottawa School of Art Boutique:

"Laura Secord Store, Ottawa--Commemorating 1913," Oil on Canvas, 16x12 inches

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More random shots from random years

Dreaming of summer, I found these pictures from a few years back: (+ one totally random one, with my old hair!--weird!  but fun!)  I really gotta get back to my painting!!!!  Yikes!!!

Art in Self Focus Fun with the Camera Introspection

Some last summer shots I was thinking of doing self-portraits of.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Some more old poetry and a song

“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
William Ernest Henley, Invictus 

I just heard a new song by Mike Cavanaugh, so I thought I'd share one with a video:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Autumns Cannon

Here is my latest painting, "Autumns Cannon--New Year's Eve, Sparks St., Ottawa."  It features Mark Laforest.  Thanks for your positive comments, Autumns Cannon!  Nice meeting you again last Friday!

"Autumns Cannon, New Year's Eve, Sparks St. Ottawa, 2012," Oil on Canvas, 16x20 inches

Friday, February 1, 2013


During my move, I found this old gem of a photo of me playing piano, probably about 12-15 years ago!  Crazy!  Who knows what else I'll discover...

I played for ten years, through a strict classical teacher, then through a favourite 'hippy' teacher of mine--Lee--who inspired me and taught me chords and Beatles and pop.  All to say not sure if I can measure up today!!!


Thursday, January 31, 2013


In what feels like a weeks-long strange camping trip (where's the can opener?  who hid the socks?  why am I wearing boots in the living room?), moving is finally coming to an end.  And now for the unpacking...

I found more frames and brushes and painting holders than I even imagined I ever owned.  Here we go!!!  Can't wait to get set up in my new studio space!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ice and Lights

Moon over Montreal this past Christmas (and me skating as a dot/sliver) in the distance.

Can you make out the moon top left???

Monday, January 21, 2013

Moving on and moving forward

Settled into the new place, but the studio is still up.  Going to spend my waking hours perfecting a couple of new concert paintings--may the force be with me!!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

by John Donne

Francois Lemoine. Hercules and Omphale, 1724.

Francois Lemoine. Hercules and Omphale, 1724.

DEAR love, for nothing less than thee
Would I have broke this happy dream ;
                It was a theme
For reason, much too strong for fantasy.
Therefore thou waked'st me wisely ; yet
My dream thou brokest not, but continued'st it.
Thou art so true that thoughts of thee suffice
To make dreams truths, and fables histories ;
Enter these arms, for since thou thought'st it best,
Not to dream all my dream, let's act the rest.
As lightning, or a taper's light,
Thine eyes, and not thy noise waked me ;
                Yet I thought thee
—For thou lovest truth—an angel, at first sight ;
But when I saw thou saw'st my heart,
And knew'st my thoughts beyond an angel's art,
When thou knew'st what I dreamt, when thou knew'st when
Excess of joy would wake me, and camest then,
I must confess, it could not choose but be
Profane, to think thee any thing but thee.
Coming and staying show'd thee, thee,
But rising makes me doubt, that now
                Thou art not thou.
That love is weak where fear's as strong as he ;
'Tis not all spirit, pure and brave,
If mixture it of fear, shame, honour have ;
Perchance as torches, which must ready be,
Men light and put out, so thou deal'st with me ;
Thou camest to kindle, go'st to come ; then I
Will dream that hope again, but else would die.

To F--
by Edgar Allan Poe

Beloved! amid the earnest woes
      That crowd around my earthly path-
(Drear path, alas! where grows
Not even one lonely rose)-
      My soul at least a solace hath
In dreams of thee, and therein knows
An Eden of bland repose.

And thus thy memory is to me
      Like some enchanted far-off isle
In some tumultuous sea-
Some ocean throbbing far and free
      With storms-but where meanwhile
Serenest skies continually
      Just o'er that one bright island smile.

"A poem is a watch designed 
 To tick forever in the mind."
                   --Fred Cogswell

Friday, January 11, 2013

To do

Moving the 'studio' soon!!!  Definitely going to lend some new perspectives, in every which way of the word!

In the meantime, a random picture of me in the woods last fall:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More hundreds of years old words and things

Francis Quarles

FROM  Emblems, 1635


Respice Finem

MY soul, sit thou a patient looker-on ;
Judge not the play before the play is done :
Her plot hath many changes ;  every day
Speaks a new scene ;  the last act crowns the play.