Indian Summer

what beauty days indeed!  it can be tough sometimes for an artist who is fussing with the brushes to remain focussed when the skies are blue and bright, hot, and there is a river flowing through the front yard!


the Manitou is a roar!  clear and cool but perfect for those hot September afternoons.


all summer it has been blasting through here but these days it seems to want some artist friends.


a little Indian Summer tanning along side the water snake!  (not pictured!)


oh my goodness those bubbles are worth an hour or two!


good old “Wiggly, the water snake” is in there some where.  no sign of “Snappy, the snapping turtle”.


that little green space is an island and perfect for 2 Muskoka chairs.  usually i mow that grass and turn it into a room with a view but this year the river was thundering through there, completely not safe!  (this is also the place where “Snappy” likes to catch a few rays.)


and so she roars down stream, night and day.  that section is in front of the house.  sweet!


there is still time to work on that sassy tan line!  (ha ha!)


oh heavens yes!  there will be plenty of time at night to fuss with the paint brushes!


but for now, during the last of the hot afternoons, there is time to fool around in the river!



In September, on the range

been out here ten days on my own and thank goodness the last 5 have been a blaze of sunshine!  that blaze surely does make for some awesome green and blue!


the range:  Sept. 9th, at sunrise.  i have since mowed down that lawn!  the party crowds have gone home, and Jazz is in the capital city with sister Morgan, Shell is down south.  it wasn’t such an earth shaker this time around, the Tuesday after Labour Day.  i guess i’ve made peace with it, accepted it, and must carry on.


sunrise on the range:  sometime in August, now long gone.  it is the time of the crickets!  and as an artist friend recently wrote:  “we have a million of those, unseen”.  they’re out there somewhere, right now as i write.  plus bluejays, crows and earlier this morning, there was an eagle to the east, singing its song!


the river continues to roar, at full stream!  won’t be long before the salmon are making their way up that little waterfalls.


sunset on the range:  this was a few days ago, once the rain had let up for good.  i missed the real scene by 10 minutes!!!  the lighting, just earlier was incredible.  and i missed it.


sunrise on the river: peace baby!  we’re a long way from the metro, out here!


“Looking For Venus”, acrylic on canvas board, 16×20 inches.  this piece has made it through another summer, hmmm.  it might be time to retire this one.


“Moose Nahmiwan and Great Grandson (me!)”, acrylic on canvas board, 9×12 inches.  i got to looking at this one and started thinking about the old and long gone grandfather.  so the story goes, his name was Moses.  no one ever called him that.  from what i understand the old man was called Moose.  after looking at the picture, it was on the sales table for 3 months, here, there and every flipping where, i decided to pull this one back.  i’m always looking for an idea with a great personal story and maybe…  could this be one of them?  we’ll soon see as i try it on a canvas and switch out the whites for some woodland colours.

well anyway: gosh it is tough to focus on the paint and the brushes when you’re on an autumn paradise like this one!

Labour Day Weekend

i watched the last of the August shadows fade away last night, here on the range, alone, with a glass not half empty!  i had the Chet Baker playing in the kitchen, the windows wide open: the landscape was at peace, this boy was sitting pretty, looking out the window, using the imagination.


Cube Gallery, Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, on August 30th.  i was going to say stop by there and see some of my work on canvas but as it turns out, i think they’re sold out!  we’ll fix that before 2 weeks into September.


“Dream Weaver Dream Catching”  acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches, and SOLD!


The scene at Ten Mile Point, highway 6, Manitoulin Island, Thursday morning, August 31.


when i look back at the summer’s adventures the one wild time that stands out for me is the band, No Reservations, getting back together for the first time in 17 years.  we rock and rolled into the Northern Lights Festival in July.  that’s me and Jen, 20 minutes before our first show:  with butterflies…


on the main stage at the Northern Lights Festival, July 6th.  fun times!  No Reservations managed to deliver the goods.


NR, July 9th, playing the beer gardens at the Northern Lights Festival, and owning the joint!


NR playing “Indian Car”, July 9th, a rock and roll adventure!


Jen saying:  now this is a rock and roll crowd!  they really were a great audience.


a serious looking “yours truly”, July 9th, Northern Lights Festival: what an adventure!  and what fun memories.  we need to get the band back and turn it into what it was.


sunrise on September 1, 2017.  it’s frosty out there!  autumn is on our doorstep!  but i’m here on the range, yes, alone, but what beauty scenes in every direction and peace.  so it is Labour Day weekend, what good things do we have in store?

Scenes from Summer

Providence Bay Fair weekend is here!  Back in the old days, 1972 to 84, it always meant:  the summer was ALMOST over…  Next stop: Labour Day and then…

I’m here on the range, waiting for paint to dry.  Outside:  big time rain, winds, and mild.  But I’m going down memory lane this morning, looking at some of the photos from the past 6 weeks.


No Rez, July 6th, Northern Lights Festival, Sudbury: first show in 17 years.  We’re working our way through Shag’s song:  For The People.  I got to looking at us, me, Jen and Shawn, and am I seeing things or do we all have the same expression?  What a weekend that was!


At Ravenseyrie Studio and Art Gallery, Gore Bay Harbour Centre, Aug. 2nd:  that is the owner and I guess you could say she has the corner office at that address!


At Ravenseyrie Studio and Art Gallery, Aug. 2nd:  she also has one of the “Before the Blue Moon” series in her private collection.  Acrylic on canvas board, possibly 9×12 inches, 2015.  One of my personal favourites.


At Ravenseyrie Studio and Art Gallery, Gore Bay Harbour Centre, Aug. 2:  Thank you Robin!  And many thanks to you L.G.


At Neon Raven Art Gallery, West Bay Indian Reserve No. 22.  Acrylic on canvas, 16×20 inches.


Sunrise on the range:  Aug. 15.  Alone in paradise.


At Huron Island Time, Providence Bay, at the beach, on going art show:  acrylic on canvas, 22×28 inches.  Sold!


And so, with either guitar in hand, or paint brush, ball point pen or spear, we shall hopefully move forward or at the very least:  hold the line.

The Prov. Bay Fair was always one of those markers along the way, and after 40 years of having been there and done that, switch roles!  I’m driving Jazz to the fair and I…  well I might have some inkling of what my mom was feeling back in 74.

Friday afternoon, rush hour

here are a few scenes of my Friday afternoon during rush hour!



the river is running very high for August 11!

oh my goodness we have a lot to be thankful for!

August 10, 2017

another beauty day on this grand island!  so many things to see right here on Manitoulin Island!


the full moon rising up over the range!  this was of course over the weekend of the Wiki Pow wow.


Jazz and her pal at Meldrum Bay, this afternoon.  tough bunch of gals!  they went swimming!  that Lake Huron water is down right cool!


sunset tonight at Providence Bay.  this part of the beach is in front of the pavilion and the Huron Island Time ice cream parlour where I have an ongoing art show.


Acrylic on canvas, 30×40 inches, and one of my personal favourite works of art, created at the end of my Ottawa days, 2008.

we’re at home tonight.  our Ottawa visitors are gone, the house is very quiet and let me tell you it is super and ultra dark out there in every direction!  i can hear the river and the crickets but we can’t see a thing.

July 31: beautiful.

we’re on the range and it’s smoking hot!  beautiful island weather: hot summer days and peaceful nights under the Milky Way.  a grand and glorious way to spend a summer:  at peace on the green and blue!  the last day of July has begun.


the green and blue:  our walking path at sunrise!  with the end of July, it means we’re rolling up on that time when the spiders fill those fields with their beautiful designs and when the crickets take over the soundtrack, just after sunrise.  but we are still here in July, for just one more day.


Lake Manitou as seen from the dining room at the Red Lodge.  we used to go there back in the 70’s and i remember they had raccoons down there in the bar!  tame raccoons, sitting at a table, eating raisins…  well those owners and those coons are long gone!  but the view is just as i remember:  Lake Manitou with those giant old maples really is something worth seeing from that dining room.



beautiful Morgan, M.Sc., discussing the music selections while we blaze down the Bidwell Road, on the way home from Red Lodge.


unfortunately for me, i only get to see her a few times a year anymore…


oh my goodness:  to hear her words, her voice, to watch her walking across the lawn and down through the river…  what beautiful music she makes.


9 a.m., twinravens art show set up:  Roncesvalles United Church Arts and Crafts fair, Saturday, July 29th.  i’ve been going to the Roncesvalles United’s events for two years and let me tell you they have a great thing going down there, in that part of Toronto.  and there sure are a lot of friendly people in that neighbourhood!


Roncesvalle United Church and open air market, July 29th:  great summer day for an outdoor market!  and a very groovy part of town!  we always have a good time at their events.


11 a.m., the open air market in the parking lot at the Roncesvalle United Church, Toronto, July 29th.


5 p.m., alley way off Queen Street West:  after the show and sale had been folded it was off to the art supply store on Queen Street and gosh the climate can change pretty fast down there in the city of Toronto.  i took one look down there, while bogged in bumper to bumper traffic, trying to bug out of the city, and thought good lord we’re a long way from that blue and green!


intersection at Queen and Spadina:  famed loony tunes area for assorted art and music adventures in the twinravens art travels.  just up the street on Spadina is Gwartzman’s art store, which i visited for the first time while in art school.  i remember seeing a 30×40 inch Norval Morrisseau painting hanging up high on their wall.  and straight through the intersection, not far from where the photo was taken:  the Rivoli.  we played that place back in July 1995, doing a spoken word poetry event.  it was me, Shawn, Kev and Jen.  we never rehearsed it.  we just went and did it, off the cuff, me on the vocal and the NR front line in back.  we tore that place to shreds and nearly brought house the down.  what a wild night that was!  the NR crew were in their glorious summer colour:  native red.  tanned.


8 p.m., the Husky, just off the 400, exit number 64, near the town of Bradford.  met an art collector there and had a good chat, talked art and First Nations, shook hands and parted ways!  it was around this point in time i realized hey!  i’ve been awake for 2 full days!


sunrise on the range, Sunday morning, July 30th.  rolled out of the Husky parking lot and took the slow ride up to Sudbury, stopping along the way to view the Milky Way from such grand summer hide outs like Muskoka, the French River, and places in between.  it was a peaceful evening for a drive, a balmy 15 degrees at 3 a.m., but it was down right nippy when i rolled into the range at 630 a.m.


7 a.m., the Manitou, my front yard.  after two full days of wide awake, driving, art sales, and art supply purchases, i thought i’d stretch my legs and take a short walk down to the river.  there is so much water this year!  last year we had 40 days of continuous sunshine and that river was running slow!  it’s a different summer this year:  we have tons of water!  never seen it running so strong so late into July.


sunrise, July 31st, at home on the range, in Michelle’s healing building.  so after a full two days of travel and art fun, no sleep, i thought i’d take it easy on Sunday and maybe have an afternoon snooze but it never happened!  i muscled my way through all of Sunday and hit the bunk around midnight, after a game of dominos with our summer time visitors.  i think i broke my record on that one!  3 days awake!!!  holy waa!  but i hit the sheets at midnight and was out, in dreamland big time, until 5 a.m. this morning, when it was time to get up and go again!

you see July up here on the island is usually a time in paradise: the green and blue, the river, the birds and the night sky…

we’ll start sleeping in after November 18th.

it’s time for me to get ready for the Wikwemikong Indian Days and Pow wow Art Show, coming up fast this Civic Holiday weekend!!!