Archive for October, 2017

19th Annual Witches Gathering

monday morning and a chance to look back at an amusing weekend on the road: to Ottawa, for the 19th annual, bells and whistles costumes or last minute costumes, it was a grand looking party and a great time.  i’ve been going to the Witches Gathering for…  well 17 years at least!  likely 18, and did we, as a rock and roll band, NR, play it twice?


back on Island Park, relaxing on the morning of the big bash.  hard to believe that just beyond those trees is the loud and proud runway they call Island Park.


fun decorations:  we were in at 5, decorated, lights out and doors open at 7, ritual at 830, dancing, fun and games at 10 till 2.


“where there is smoke, there is fire”, 2nd place for sexiest costume!  ha ha!


spooky table top scenes:  how would like to have a drink with this character staring at you?


“raven scenes on Halloween, 1 of 6”, 7×9 inches, acrylic on canvas board, by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  painted during Indian Summer, 2017.  i slipped 6 of these bad boys into the prize baskets but next year i think we’re going double down at the very least, with what can offer an outfit that will be celebrating 20 fun years and community service.  (personally i think everyone who dresses up and comes out deserves a prize!)


waiting for a taxi after midnight:  the reason why pole dancers use a pole is if you don’t have something to hang onto…  down you go!  the higher up you are, the further down you have to fall…  (i made it through the night without any embarrassing scenes!)


at the Savoy Brasserie on Richmond, Sunday morning, reading all about it in the morning papers!

always a fun time:  The Witches Gathering.  put together and hosted by volunteers, with an authentic ritual to assist in easing, i’m very happy to say that yes i have been going for at least 17 years and if all goes well, i’ll be at the 20th annual.

Life on the Road, Page B


sunrise, October 26, highway 7 and McCowan, Markham, Ontario.  my how the scenes can whizz by the window!


“7 Changes Approaching”, 22×28 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2008.  by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  a War Horse from the twinravens 08 era.  PRIVATE collection.  (it’s in Ottawa!)  WOW!  i saw this one, first time in a very long time and yes…  i like that work!  (they won’t sell it back to me…  )


war trophy:  “Untitled”, 36×48 inches, acrylic on canvas, by First Nations artist Peter Purdy.  twinravens collection (in Ottawa).


Friday night high jinx at the Pub Italia, Preston Street, Ottawa, Oct. 26.


a swanky address:  the Ambassador Court, on Bank Street, just south of the 417, Ottawa.  i always thought that would be a slick address.  if i could take over the entire 4th floor: gut it, re plumb it, re wire it, and turn it into the twinravens Ottawa address, it might be worth moving back to the city for…


at CUBE GALLERY, on Wellington, Ottawa.  i think it is 24×36 inches, on gallery canvas, and painted during the heat wave/indio summer of 2017.  art work by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.

fun times and the party hasn’t even started yet!

Life on the Road


at Value Village, Highway 7 and 400, Wednesday morning: on the snoop for Halloween costume ideas and “things” for the cottage.


i don’t know…  opened up “The Book of Living Verse” looking for Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach, 4th stanza in partic, (it was there!) but instead was captivated by this, on the inside cover.  i wonder what became of Hugh, and i wonder if his Xmas back in 1905 was a good one…  (thought of my own poem:  thumbing through a dead man’s books!)(ah but it is one morning of many, October 25, 2017)


view from the 10th floor, 250 Bloor Street, Toronto, Ontario.  looking north.


amusements at The Stag Shop, Church Street, Toronto, October 25, 2017


a swanky address:  The Manhattan, on Charles, at the corner with Church Street, Toronto.  (hey Tash, do you remember March 9, 1987?)


nice shoes!  at the Brass Rail, Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario.  Oct. 25, 2017


at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Street, Toronto, October 25, 2017


“60’s Scoop Survivors: Lost parent.  Lost child.”, 20×40 inches, acrylic on canvas.  By Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  Painted on the range, during Indian Summer, 2017.



a change in scenery


sunrise on the range, July 8th, the weekend NR was back on stage at the Northern Lights Festival.  seems like a mighty long time ago!


sunrise on the range:  indian summer!  September 16th: heat waving for a very groovy 2 plus weeks!  perfect for the woodland artist alone in the woodlands.


sunrise on the range:  September 21.  still in the heat wave and still alone in the wilds, paint brushes in my hands!


sunset on the range:  September 21.  i heard the thunder to the south and directly behind i had 3 bald eagles: singing and carrying on, doing that eagle air show where they link up with the claws.  what a show!


sweet times at the falls on September 24: at last, safe for swimming and wading.  (just watch out for the salmon going up alive or coming down dead!)


South Bay Mouth on October 18th:  it’s a 15 minute drive through the country to the shoreline.  i had planned on doing some art bridge painting but on this day it was just too windy!  so instead i made the drive to SBM, mid afternoon, to see it for myself.


South Bay Mouth and Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on October 18th: what an amazing afternoon filled with big sights and sounds!


sunrise on the range, October 21.  i had to stop and stare as a change in scenery was coming up fast!


Ben Chee Chee print and kooky West Coast motif “things”, among others, St. Vincent De Paul store front, Wellington Street, Ottawa, on the evening of October 22:  shirt sleeve mild!


Corner of Somerset and Booth, Ottawa, October 22.  my old city address was just up to the left of the frame, on Booth Street, many moons ago to be sure!  and yet here i am back again, always looking around the same old area, the old part of town.


Blazing west on the 401 near Whitby, Ontario, 5 a.m., October 23.  Daddy’s Taxi, rolling through the day and night!


“Generations”, 30×40 inches, acrylic on canvas, by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.  One of the large paintings created during my trip through Indian Summer on the Range, 2017 edition.


Painting from the Art Bridge, created during Indian Summer, Sept. 2017.  9×12 inches, acrylic on canvas, by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.

and so we might be at a new paint address for the next little while, not sure how long, but it is a scene we have enjoyed in the past.  never painted any pictures here so we’ll see how it goes…

Indian Residential School Survivor No. 1


“Indian Residential School Survivor No. 1”, 30×40 inches, acrylic on canvas, by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.


Anishnabe artist: Mark Seabrook, on the range.

60’s Scoop Survivor No. 1

back in January i was finding amusements with the Joseph Boyden scam: Joe claiming to be native/first nations/indian or whatever you want to call it, and the national press getting big time, reporting some amusing stories on how the folks in Joe’s camp might say one thing yet mean another.  i chuckled as i read the story, and soon went down to Bank Street in Ottawa, visited the art supply and picked up a 24×36 which i’d hoped would become:  Joseph Boyden Meets Grey Owl, acrylic on canvas.

soon enough though i lost interest in the story and also discovered, through sketching on canvas board, that i didn’t have the brush working chops to pull off said painting, as i’d imagined it.  so the under painting sat at arm’s length for…  how long has it been?  9 months?  needless to say i’ve been looking at it for those 9 months, wondering…

yesterday i booted up the “art bridge” here on the range and fired up the twinravens almighty, and that 24×36.  it was a glorious autumn day for the creative endeavour!  windy.  sunny.  mild.  eagles singing down by the river.  ravens in the trees, watching.


“60’s Scoop Survivor, No. 1”, 24×36 inches, acrylic on canvas, by Mark Seabrook.

well the Joseph Boyden scam likely worked out alright for Joe, they’re making movies of his books and his sales figures likely went through the roof with all that wild press at the start of the year.  those 20 dollar bills can stack up pretty high, pretty fast when the national press is in on it, etc.

as for yours truly, out here on the open range, sun blazing down, “60’s Scoop Survivor, No. 1” inspires!  i do have:  “Indian Residential School Survivor, No. 1”, 30×40 inches, acrylic on canvas, but we’re holding that one back pending approval at a place where if it were, the beds we’d be making might make for a decent night’s sleep.

Back in O Town!

it was a short hop alright but what fun, visiting and dining with the ladies!  my time alone, 28 days…  whew!  it finally came to an end.  the good folks at Trattoria Caffe Italia know how to take good care of us.  and we have some fresh replacements delivered to Cube Gallery.  more importantly though, a chance to sit with and see the ladies, what beautiful creatures they are!


back on Island Park, seems like oceans of time have been crossed but really, the end of June was not that long ago.


flashy wheels cruising Exhibition Way, Saturday night!  perfect street name for a ride like this!

Moose Nahmiwan

Moose Nahmiwan, acrylic on canvas board, 16×20 inches. Painted on the Range in March 2015

on the drive home, starting out around 12:30 a.m., O Town to the Range, i got up close and darn near personal with a bull moose!!!  right near the back water outpost called Bisset Creek on highway 17.  i had the brakes full on and swerved into the oncoming lane, just barely missing that jumbo and trotting beast!  it’s kind of peculiar considering the painting subject matter from this month!  i’m getting ready to put Moose Nahmiwan on a 30×40 inch canvas and here was the real deal filling up my windshield at 4 a.m. on highway 17.  whew!  rock and roll over!


sadly, indio summer is over.  we had 19 days of it ending with a walloping 38 C/100 F, Sunday, Sept. 24th.  wow!  made for some grand and glorious times out there on the river, swimming with salmon and with bald eagles flying over head.  next stop is Thanksgiving Weekend!  have fun!