Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fresh Hope for a New Year

"Hope"    side 1 of a 12x12 diptych  SOLD

I hope everyone has a great New Years Eve. I am going to try to catch the fireworks in my hometown.

I have been working on my resolutions. I prefer to think of them as goals. They look increasingly familiar to the goals of the last few years...eat less, exercise more, swear less, think more, improve your art work, travel somewhere warm, take a good workshop...!

Has anybody got anything good to add?

Monday, December 30, 2013

In Progress

I think I will just let this sit and be away from it for a while. It always surprises me how much you can be involved in a painting and how blind you can be to what is going on it. Time and distance can often point out a lot of mistakes.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Indian Detour Couriers

I have started a painting based on this old photo.

The Indian Detour Couriers were accomplished young women that were hired to guide tours through New Mexico, I am quite fascinated by their stories. Check out their history here:  http://books.google.ca/books?id=jzR_PtaFNFoC&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=indian+detour+courier&source=bl&ots=m3OI3nUps6&sig=zHrTE8tgk4JhcW0QgBm2nvIznvc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jhS_UpaLE9PdoAThjoHwAQ&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=indian%20detour%20courier&f=false
I think I would really have wanted to be a courier!

The first thing I did was drop one figure. I don't like their faces. I may knock back the santa fe logo and Indian detour images although I would like to keep them for the historic reference. I am, as usual, letting the source photo influence me rather too much but I hope to move beyond that. We will see. Could end up being a big old paint-over.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Visiting Fort Steele

A few years back I took part in the shows as one of the Fort Steele, BC Artists. A lady I met there commissioned me to make a small portrait of her grand daughters dressed for their visit. They were lovely. I was pleased with the outcome.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

No LBD's for Christmas please

There is a time and place for the little black dress but I'm thinking...

Am I the only one with a dislike of black dresses for the holiday season? I don't care how slimming/sophisticated/etc. they are...
It's Christmas! Show some color.. 

 Your Christmas party shouldn't look like a mafia funeral!

You may not need to go this far...

but maybe this far..

and I definitely like Cassie's idea...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gelatin printing with the students of the Martin Morigeau school

A little late (it was held on October 18th) but what a great time we had! Big thanks to Principal Gail Rines, her helpers and especially the students who jumped in with gusto.

Boy, did they make me work!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas is coming....

I am busy making Christmas cards.

Hey everybody, the Headwaters Art Society is having their winter show and sale at the Discovery Centre (8866 Grainger Road, Canal Flats) on December 7th from 10 am to 3 pm. There is free admission, goodies, art and the ever affable Headwaters Artists. Come and See.