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New work.

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Orion, The Hunter, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 16×20 inches.  Brand new!

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We Deliver!

ah yes, and so it is gone:  the 36×48 has been safely delivered.  maybe we’ll see you again some day.

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Whitefish Falls, April 10.  that’s highway 6 up there and what remains of the AER just behind it.  spring run off can be very spooky at a place like this!  you fall into that:  you’ve got about 15 seconds left to live.  i kept that in mind as i made my way down to where i took this picture.  i didn’t feel safe in my shoes and so went barefoot and let me tell you:  barefoot on what is left of one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, barefoot through the last of the snow, barefoot over last year’s oak leaves…

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the road to Willisville, Ontario.  i didn’t go all the way in there (about 2 miles).  i wanted to see the great wide open as seen from this very spot: a view of the south.  what a scene too!  beauty blue sky, sun blazing, vultures sailing the big northern breeze and way way up there, high above the mountain, seagulls swirling through the blue!

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Queen and Pape, Toronto, Ontario.  April 2018.  hey Tasha!  do you remember that smoking warm March Break 1990?

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Queen and Grant, Toronto, Ontario.  back in art school i had a friend who would have painted a scene like this.  (i wondered too, if my dad walked down this way sometime between 1935 and 38)

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ah yes:  barefoot over stones!  soon my road trip will be over and i will be back home!  but we are here today, April 13th, a Friday!  and we have 4 paintings that need an hour of my time.  so lets have some fun!

 

36×48 inches!

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the phone rang and we’re good to go!  we deliver!  they asked for something in blue and as you know…  that just happens to be one of my fave colours.  a 36×48, a fella like me can stretch his arms on!

A Self Portrait on November 30th by Mark Seabrook

A Self Portrait on November 30th, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches, private collection.

we might going down this road, photo above.  those greens and blues need a special mix and a special kind of light!  we have tons of both up here on the 9th!

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Acrylic on Canvas board, 9×12 inches

can we imagine for a few minutes, what something like this would look like on a 36×48?

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Before the Blue Moon, 6 of 9

or say something like this!

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Lost Sketch, c. 1987, acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches, listed as Missing In Action.

that sketch in blue, created way back in art school, sometime, likely in Feb. 1987, at Linc the Wizard Boy’s crib, 2nd Ave., Owen Sound, is also something we want to get back to.

Doc.  if you’re out there and reading this, please email me.  you have the big version of this on canvas.  i’m in the GTA.  let me come over and see it again.

as for the big 36×48, don’t forget!  we do commissions and we deliver!

 

untitled…

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untitled, 2013, acrylic on canvas board, 16×16 inches.  Private collection.

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A Self Portrait on March 22nd.

it wasn’t at the George Brown College pow wow, which was yesterday, and it wasn’t at the University of Toronto pow wow on March 11, so it must have been York University pow wow back on February 17, when someone came up to my paintings on display and, after giving them a seriously good and long look, said:  Your paintings come from a very dark place…

what i wanted to say in return was:  We didn’t come up through Indian Disneyland, we’ve seen a lot of action.

of course i ended up saying nothing.  but the fact of that matter is quite simple:  i love the colours of the night!  and i love the music of the night.  there it is.  i like wearing dark clothes…  and i like wearing black shoes.  (ha ha!)  my pow wow dance outfit is a mix of raven and crow feathers.  those shades of blue in my paintings, i can not get tired of looking at them.  so maybe they do come from a dark place:  out there on the island, where there is zero light pollution.

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Important photos on display, on the 9th, March 22nd.

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Highway 7 as seen from the 9th, 6:20 a.m., March 25th.

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Good Old Blue Eyes, September heat wave on the range, 2017.

you see there is blue everywhere in this lad’s world.  even in dreams!  last night i was dreaming of HER, again.  i thought we were down on Providence Bay beach, south shore of Manitoulin Island.  it was in the summer time and she was wearing a black one piece swimsuit AND a blue jean jacket.  it was one of those days.  but the beach was wild and rugged, the waves rolling in were huge, and it was definitely not the south shore of the island.

ah yes:  shades of blue…  i love you…

 

 

Acrylic sketches

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Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, c. 2016.  Private collection.

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Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, c. 2016.  Private collection.

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Acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, 2018.  Available.

up here on the 9th, with the blue skies deluxe, you can see colours in a brand new way!

Snap shots from the road!

hey…  i thought i heard a robin yesterday morning…  Sunday morning, March 11th, Markham, Ontario.  music to this boy’s ears!  i’m ready to bring on some spring time climes!  but lets go back a few weeks with the photo story:

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acrylic on canvas board, 7×9 inches, from late January 2018.  i was dreaming about the wintery fields back home!

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my sweet and beautiful Jazzy Moon, Zak’s Diner, Ottawa, February 7th.  hey i’ll be completely honest with you:  this stuff about letting your kids go, them growing up and leaving home, it’s one of the most difficult things this old boy has had to deal with.

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McKay Arts Centre, that groovy studio space on main street, Unionville, February 27th.  hmmm…  a room like that, back home on the range, for those hot summer nights…

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blazing down highway 401, 8:42 p.m. on March 4.  i love everything about my Jazzy Moon so i said sure, plug your music into the car stereo and lets give it a listen…  oh boy.  i heard 3 hours of death metal!  the last half hour of the trip was spent listening to the classic oldies station on the radio and thank the almighty the first song to come on was America’s Horse With No Name!

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one of Karl’s works, with the owner’s initials embroidered inside…

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and there it is, for 80 bucks, at the St. Vincent De Paul, Wellington Street, Ottawa, March 5th.  that coat was heavy, the real deal.  i wonder what husband paid a whack of $$$ for that, for his old lady, the both of them now long gone, dust and bones…  and here is this prized coat of hers, hanging in a second hand shop…  time marches on for all of us…

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blazing up highway 400, 1:17 a.m., March 8th.  radio blasting!  no death metal!  i was on my own, going back to the north country.

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Mask making, day 2, AOK indian reserve, Manitoulin Island, March 9th.  those are my two examples of what can be done with a neutral white face mask, markers, ball point pen, crayons, and one half hour!  there were some mighty fine looking works of art created by the 70 plus participants!  (email me if you have a group session in need of any art making activities!  we travel anywhere, any time!)

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ah yes…  the old “Savage Arms” label with the ever popular “indian head” as part of the logo.  gun case, Canadian Tire, Espanola, March 9th.

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the ROM, as seen from the corner of Avenue Road and Bloor, Toronto, March 11th.  fun place to visit but heaven’s lets go again on an off day!  the day we were there it was packed to the rafters!  (Viking exhibit)

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University of Toronto Pow wow, March 11th.  long before the grand entry the vendors arrive and set up shop.  nice room for a pow wow!  lets go back to that one next year and bring the feathers along for some dancing!

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“water spirit sketch”, acrylic on canvas board, 11×14 inches.  University of Toronto pow wow, March 11.  i like that one.

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sunrise in Markham, Ontario, March 12th, as seen from the 9th!  it would appear, from where we are today, that spring is in the air!  i’m a big fan of changing seasons.  when i was out there yesterday morning and heard that robin singing, well that soon had me singing!

roll out the early sunrise!

96 Days on the Road

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the Crib:  on January 22, 2018, foggy and mild.  inactive paint brushes going on a full 25 days by this point in time.  inside, up there on the 9th, it’s cosy and warm, an easy warm too, no fire keep.  been hearing things like “The Swan”, The Carnival of the Animals, among other like tunes, through these winter nights.

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driving this limo, and waiting around in a few of the local strip mall parking lots for a you know who, i kind of feel like a gangster/mobster, with my long black coat and black hat, middle aged, looking around, sometimes glancing at a cell phone.  the folks who see me…  they’re giving me the eye.  possibly wondering…

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we’re a long way from the scenes around Tehkummah and Snowville.  but then down here, we’re a long way from a lot of things.

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Anishnabe at sunrise, Jan. 25th.  kind of peculiar how things work themselves out…

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its not all gangsta mobster stuff in this boy’s camp.  there is still time to look at some art!  Le Voyageur sur la terre, 1958, oil on canvas, 33×53.5 inches, Jean Paul Lemieux (1904-90), Private Collection.  Currently hanging at the Varley Gallery, Unionville.

the gallery at Unionville has some pretty kooky things happening and on display, much of it, as far as i’m concerned, can be seen in a very short amount of time, but this one, Le Voyageur sur la terre…  hmmm…

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Detail.  every now and again i see something that reminds me of my own long ago childhood experience, a piece of art that will remind me of folks who are now, long gone.

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Detail.  or maybe its the composition itself: the use of 2 D space.  whatever it is, i had to come back to the gallery and take another look at this piece.

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Le Voyageur sur la terre, Jean Paul Lemieux, and me!  (using the force…  (ha ha!))

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also catching my eye:  Early Evening, Atlantic Shores, c. 1922, oil on board, 8.5×10.5 inches, J.E.H. MacDonald, Collection of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, gift of the estate of, 1996.

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Detail.  yes.  reminds me of back home, on the shores of Carter’s Bay, looking south at the great Lake Huron.  time is running out son…

and so!!!  the twinravens road show is gearing up!  although my paint brushes have been inactive for the past 30 days (not happy about that!)(sometimes though, what are you going do?)(write?) we are booking road shows and we ARE ready to go!!!  so i hope to cross paths with you soon!