i’m going to want to remember that date! 5 short years ago we were on the range and it was one of those mornings in paradise: sunny, no wind, no clouds, the open range, and an unbelievable 20 C at 9 a.m., which is unusual for the north country at that time of the year. photo of said morning:

the pooch in the cedar grove at 830 a.m.

wow. what a morning for that time of the year! it is amazing what a sunny day will do for the soul!

the open range on November 5th

oh my goodness i look at that scene and what wonderful memories of time well spent! i walked my old buddy Jazz to the school bus and away she went, grade 8 at the time, i saw her off and then thought: nope! the office can wait. and so i went walking.

the Manitou at 815 a.m.

there she is: one of the crown jewels in the outfit. a place like the Range though, the crown jewels are big! and there are many! it is my home sweet home you see!

the Great Jasmine Moon

she’s off to college now and we’ll see where it takes her. i remember it well, running off to college, believing i knew a thing or two! (ha!)

Day One, Art School, age 18.

oh my goodness if i could tell that poor lad a thing or two! the things i would say to my 18 year old self!

Bear Clan, acrylic on canvas, 40×48″, c. 2008. Private Collection.

one of them of course would be: Don’t take anything personally.

NR, way back on October 19, 1995!

we’re going to write a book one of these days very soon, something about the art journey, or the artist journey, or the Anishnabe art journey, or crashing the thunderbird, or maybe something simple like: Hey Chief.

NR, way back on July 10, 2017!

well we carry somethings with us, that maybe we have our ancestors to thank.

Wild Indians (real) c. 1995

me and Norm on the movie set. what’s weird is i don’t even remember the name of the movie! ha! (i didn’t see the movie either!)

real indians! c. 2018

me and Joe on the set of Outlanders Season 5! (i didn’t have the guts to get next to Claire!)(didn’t see that picture either!)

chilling in NYC, December 2019. we went down there to see Kent Monkman’s gig at the MET. and it was well worth the trip!

at the studio on Stirling

me and Kent Monkman at his studio back in… now when was this? i think it was June 2017. drove over there to see the studio on Stirling and the first thing i did was check out the brand of acrylic paint he was using!

me and one of the lead dancers with the burlesque troop, in O Town, way back at Halloween 2013. that was a great show they put on.

5 minutes before show time!

me and J.B. with the butterflies, 5 minutes before show time! and that is one of things i really miss: show business. the to and from. the back stage high jinx. the butterflies. and of course the actual stepping out there to do the show!

23 seconds with NR

a fella like me though needs the outfit. i don’t have the goods to do it on my own. at least not this kind of show bizz!

where IS this painting? who has it?

11×14 inches, acrylic on canvas, c. 1997. whereabouts unknown. photo taken from an analog video.

matching set, from what i believe is around 1997

whoever has these, please contact me, i’d love to see them again.

as my old buddy James Hetfield would say: it ain’t fast till you put it up next to somethin’ slow.

and as i would always say: a map is a good thing. you see where you want to go but you can also see where you’ve been.

at this age, you surely have been! so GO!