Beechy Point

I just finished touching up my latest painting. It’s a big one at 28 x 36 inches. When working on a painting this big it is easy to get caught up in the details. When I thought I completed the painting a few days back I put it up on the wall and left it there for a while. As I repeatedly looked at it over the next day I was able to see things that I never noticed when I was less than one meter away from it. So today the painting came off the wall and I touched up all the little things that were bugging me.

The location of this painting is special to my wife and I as it is the spot where I proposed to her back in 2008. I told my girlfriend I was going to take a photo of us at the top of the hill. I set up the tripod hit the timer and then got down on one knee and popped the question. When I opened up the ring box the ring somehow popped out and nearly tumbled down the large hill. I quickly snatched it up, and put it back in the box and held it out just as the camera took the photo. Just for the record, she said yes.


Art Round the Pond, Wellesley

Here I am at Art Round the Pond in Wellesley, Ontario. It was my first time displaying in an art show. It was lots of fun and I got to meet lots of wonderful people.

While I was there, I decided to start another painting. It was a good way to pass the time and by the end of the day I had almost finished. The result is this painting of the moon rising.



Getting Ready for Spring

This weekend I am heading down to Point Pelee to do some birding and hopefully will get some good reference photos for future paintings. Last year when I visited Pelee, I found that I had a hard time identifying the many different warblers I saw there. This year I am coming prepared. I created flash cards with all the possible warblers I might see.

2 Year Painting

I started painting this picture soon after a trip out west but never felt great about it. It hung on my wall for years while I stared at it and pondered how to make it better, how to make it look right. Finally, I got fed up and reworked all the things that were bugging me about it. I have now finished this painting – it only took me 2 years.

New Painting

I just completed this painting of the Lehan family cottage laneway. I was inspired by a Robert Bateman painting called Cottage Lane – Red Fox. His painting shows a red fox crossing the laneway near the sign pointing to the Bateman cottage. In my painting I chose to include my dog Darwin in place of the red fox. I also included the blue ball that Darwin is obsessed with chasing for hours on end.