Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Gruff Family

OK, I know they are not goats but Bighorn sheep look more like goats than sheep and besides, I like the title. I took this photo down by the lake and the little family was all lined up grazing down the hill.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Making Hay at McKersie's

This is one of those paintings that just fell off the brush. I like it better than a lot of stuff I've done recently.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day -- Good job, Dad

The good looking young man that my mother fell for.

The hard working man that looked after us all.

Good grandpa.
You did a good job. I miss you.

Friday, June 19, 2009

"Spooky"---Juanita's pick

Juanita purchased this painting from me a year or so ago. It still is one of my favorite paintings. Please read the following blurb about Juanita's book release (written by Tony Berryman, the guy who wrote about me for Art Calendar). She wrote and illustrated the whole works!!

"You all know Juanita’s passion for unexplained mysteries; she’s been researching them for years. Now she’s sharing her discoveries with the world, in a book like no other.

Almanac of The Infamous, The Incredible, and The Ignored is headed for publication on October 1, and the excitement is building. The website and Facebook group are up and running, and pre-orders are coming in to online booksellers.

But wait, there’s more! (nudge, wink) Facebook group members will receive free, MEMBERS-ONLY additional mysteries, not included in the book! Sign up today, and forward this email to your friends so they can receive this amazing extra, too.

Spread the word. Have a look at www.incrediblealmanac.com. Join the Facebook group and invite your friends. Help build the landslide that will turn Almanac of The Infamous, The Incredible, and The Ignored into the next book to live on every bedside table."

I bet my friend Tony would have been great snake oil salesman!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Field of Shooting Stars

In the spring, down near at a big ranch near the Wasa bridge, there is a field that explodes in shooting stars. I have a photo of a year when they were very brilliant and it is the basis for this painting.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Causeway Series #1

I took a bunch of photos one evening as I sat on the dock looking back at the Victoria causeway. It was a beautiful evening with lots of strong yellow light. I am hoping to do a small series from the pictures. I am comtemplating going over this with a yellow glaze but I will try it on plastic first. The foreground and wall are the same color in the photo. I finally had to make that wall darker so that it would recede. Never trust a photo!

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Hat

I attended a hat making workshop at Ft. Steele on Sunday and learned quite a few new tips for putting one together. I can see a lot of my old bonnets will be getting a makeover. It was fun and we had a sumptious tea. One of the ladies shared her recipe for clotted cream...oh dear, it's too good and will make heavenly strawberry shortcake when my berries ripen!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm published!

I strongly urge artists to cultivate any writer friends. My friend, Tony Berryman, wrote a terrific article about me and it is published in the May issue of "Art Calendar" magazine. If you go to the subscription part of the website, you can download the entire May issue (or one of your choosing) for only $2.95! I think that's a great deal. And as soon as I have free moment, I intend to read the rest of that months magazine. Check it out, it appears to be a good artist mag.

Great thanks to Vicki Shuck (check out her wonderful blog) for letting me know that the article had been published.

The big boys at the top are the Ft. Steele Clydes.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ft. Steele

This is a reproduction of the old Wasa hotel at Ft. Steele Historical Park and the new home of "Art at the Fort" a co-operative of artists that will be displaying their work upstairs. This is my first day at the fort, and I am excited and very pleased to be there.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I'm feeling hugely guilty that I haven't been painting more. That is the instigation that a blog has. This was a little slap-up, warm-up painting inspired by a Burridge DVD.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Mom

Doris Cox was born on May 28th. I am a little late to mark her birthday but I wanted to post this recently discovered picture of her. I'm intrigued by the effect of this painted photo. It may help to explain why I love to paint redheads. It has been nearly 25 years since she passed away and I miss still.