Archive for December, 2017

New sketches

we’re up here on the 9th:  what a view!  and we’ve been up here now, going on 2 months!  such differences from the open range, like:  on the range it takes a bit of effort to get that wood stove blaze going the morning of, and maintaining it, not to mention the heavy lifting involved with bringing the wood in from the back 50!  the old timers say that is some fire wood that keeps you warm twice!  up here on the 9th, all a fella needs to do is flick a switch.  photos to follow soon.

nice room for sketching!  and here are a few of the latest:


Raven on the Range, 2017, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Available for purchase.


Raven on the Range, 2017, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  Available for purchase.


Raven on the Range, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 7×9 inches.  Available!

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I.R.S. No. 3, 2017, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  (a re do of the original idea and definitely going to the canvas at a later date)


I.R.S. No. 4, 2017, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches.  (another re do of the original idea, also going to the big canvas at a later date)

fun stuff!  lets keep painting.


winter wonder landing…

snow has landed and i’m wondering how the cats are managing, up there on the range.


the range on Feb. 2, 2013:  a perfect place for cats, candles, the blaze on full, and cooking over that wood stove too!  a tasty red goes well.


the range in June, 2017:  still perfect for cats and candles, maybe skip the blaze but keep the red vin!


one of Jazzy Moon’s cats, 2017, 7×9 inches, acrylic on canvas board.  this is the guy who comes along around 3 a.m. and wakes you up.  he’s worth a picture book story!

we’ve got the tree up!  the holiday stash is looking good.  all we need is for the family to arrive!




Indian Residential School Survivor, No. 1, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches, by Anishnabe artist Mark Seabrook.

The above, new work, was not selected for the “highly competitive” juried show entitled:  Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit, at the Humber Galleries…  (I got the F/O letter this morning!)


Barrymore’s, Bank Street, Ottawa, December 1, 2017.  We enjoyed ourselves at many fun parties in this joint, over the years.  I was there on Friday afternoon thinking about the time I saw Blackie Lawless standing out front talking to what looked like a road manager/technician type person.  Blackie and his band were scheduled to play there and the bad news was just in:  the stage wasn’t big enough to accommodate the big LA show band.  I was across the street, a fellow “long haired”, watching.  Blackie looked over and acknowledged me with a nod.  I nodded back and continued down Bank Street, pushing the stroller with a 3 or 4 year old Jasmine Moon tucked inside.  And so I never got to hear “L.O.V.E. Machine” or…  “Animal…  “, performed live…  boo hoo.  Denied back in…  what was it?  2005?


Not Denied!!!  National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Friday night, 10 p.m., after the Diana Krall show.  And WOW!  What a show.  3rd time I’ve seen her and these were by far the best seats in the house: right up next to her, ready to shake hands.


There’s the house:  the National Arts Centre, 1015 p.m. Friday night.  She had this place packed to the rafters.  (Now lets use our imagination and picture my rock and roll band up there on that stage…  NR could go up there, enjoy that view, fill it to the rafters, bring the house down, and do it less than a hundred and twenty minutes!)


Sketch for “Indian Residential School Survivor, No. 1”, 2016, acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, artist collection.

Well Moose!  We must carry on, without the Humber Galleries!