Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cool Dude

This painting was based on a photo of my brother Mike in his early days. He is 63 today (old!) He had a black Bel-air in his late teens-early 20's that I envied him for. The speedometer didn't work but he knew when he hit 60 mph because all the windows would start to rattle. I always remember him smelling of cigarettes and jujubes. The red car(local) is standing in for the Bel-air. Happy Birthday Bro!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Twin Beam

My wonderful daughter Haley came down from the great white north to spend some time with me and soak up some sunshine. We had a great time on our trip to Idaho and Banff. Now we are going to go hike the Hoodoos. I find old trucks everywhere!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mule Show

We went to the International Draft horse and mule show in Sandpoint Idaho on Friday. The dapple grey mules are just the prettiest things! Now I want a mule to ride around the village. The driving skills of some of the teamsters is quite phenomenal

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Boogers! I messed up the date yesterday. Just imagine if I had people all over the place swaggering and talking like a pirate on the wrong day! Shiver me timbers!! In 2006, Pynelogs invited all pirates to attend the September art reception. That was my pirate garb.

Monday, September 15, 2008

ARRR!! Don't forget!

To find out about International Talk Like a Pirate Day, google that topic.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Revamp on Trusty Rusty

I have a quote for the day from the Robert Genn site,"Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes." This is my mantra for the next little while..that and the "be a factory concept". If you want to know more, go to the Painter's keys website by Robert Genn.

If things hang around here long enough, they will get painted on or painted over. I went back into this paintng and beefed up the values. I love the grills on the old trucks. They are so dashing!Tomorrow's the show at Strand's restaurant. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Red Green

I want to thank everyone about their comments on the floral. I think I learned a little from it, but it is getting painted over. I may turn it into a landscape this afternoon as the weather is beautiful but won't be with us long. Frost could happen any night!
I loved the crazy mottled colors on this old car.
I see there is a cowboy happening taking place mid-october in Ruidoso N.M. How I wish I could go.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Jimmy (another little truck painting)

It looks like a busy week. I have an art show this weekend in the beautiful garden area of Strands Restaurant in Invermere. We have had a couple weeks of cool, wet, grey weather which I am heartily tired of and I'm hoping Saturday will be bright, warm and sunny! I am trying to crank out some new paintings to hang with the rest of the summers work. I also have shows coming up at Pynelogs in Invermere and in Cranbrook, so work I must!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Unfortunate Floral

Last weekend, my wonderful daughter Morgan came down from Yellowknife to visit me. We had a great time. We also took part in a beginner Ikebana course. I was amazed at all the wonderful bouquets that were created with minimal instruction. Accolades to our instructor, Chizuko.

I was inspired by the violet gladiolas (and a Robert Burridge video I watched while recuperating from a migraine). Robert makes everything look so easy, he just slaps on paint until he ends up with a stunning painting. I thought I would take a stab at it. Initially, I was very literal about following the photo..then I decided the painting was bland, drab and I did my usual thing and flung lots of color at it. It's not working and I'm not sure why. I'm just very frustrated!! Comments and suggestions would be appreciated..or it dies!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Arte e Pico award (finally)

I was most pleased to receive the Arte e Pico award in August and am just now getting around to responding to it. I want to thank Lorrie Drennan, that wild and crazy gal from Mississippi who sent me the award. Unfortunately, Lorrie picked all the blogs I would have recommended, the people I met in Santa Fe last year: herself, Vicki Shuck, Faye Phillips and Terry Rafferty. They are on my cool artists site and have been very kind and encouraging to me. We all met at Carol Marine's painting a day class in Santa Fe. Please check out their sites. And thanks to Carol for her encouragement and teaching us the importance of blogging.

However, I had to think long and hard about my picks and finally came up with:

Jennifer Woodburn, my painting friend that is now painting in Eastern canada. I think she shows great promise and talent.

Kay Cox, a wild gypsy woman with something to say.

Angela Morgan, a canadian artist who I love for her sense of color and whimsy.

Erin's Dress a day is a great site about dresses and fashion. Where does this chick get all her time to sew and blog?

Kristi Bridgeman, a wonderful artist and great marketeer from Vancouver Island.

FYI...The Origin of The Arte y Pico Award and Rules if you choose to accept.
You might be interested in the origin of the "Arte y Pico Award" The designer of the award puts it like this..."The Arte y Pico Award has arisen from the daily visits that I make to many blogs which nourish and enrich me with creativity. In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain and enrich me day to day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few."

The Rules:

1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award through creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author with a link to their blog.
3. Award winners have to post the award with the name and link to the blog of the person who gave them the award.
4. Show these rules and the paragraph (above) explaining the awards origination.