Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Making changes...

For those of you following this blog, I encourage you to continue following me on my new blog "Luminosity". I will no longer be using this blog address.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Here is the link:

As you may have noticed, I finally decided to create a fresh new blog...using the proper spelling in the address (creations instead of creaions). It was constantly bugging me.

Thank you for those who do follow my posts. I am doing better at keeping up on my new works and new photography. After our trip west via Trans Canada Hwy 1, I have hundreds of photos to paint and share with you. I look forward to sharing some scenes from this amazing country!

JL Kinsey

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Speaking with Paint

Cruising along the 401 in SW Ontario, I saw this tree off in the distance...quickly snapped a
couple photos of it as it whizzed by (why I always have my camera on my lap while in the passenger
seat). Its shape caught my eye. The sun was coming up in the east, causing this silhouette effect.
Ode to the tree? Any help with a title would be much appreciated! Still working on it (WIP).

I have been contemplating deep subjects lately. Well...maybe I always am doing this, but just wanted to share some things I have learned and just share some things about artists.

We like to share. Artists are speaking to you through their art. Some are loud and obnoxious while others are whispering in our ears. I prefer whispering myself, but a 'wake up call', although disturbing, is necessary sometimes. Sometimes we fall asleep. Our lives are hectic after all and we get weary. But we are not to fall asleep at our post.

The Red Ghost - almost done! Apparently we might keep this one...Mike
likes it too much.

Paintings usually have a story to tell you. Sometimes the story is not all that clear or important to us and the work is perceived as boring and unimportant. Other times it can change our lives or encourage us to step up to the plate, take action. Other artworks have a soft peaceful message; rest here a while, put your feet up and contemplate. The list goes on and on and on...
My point is that we all respond to music, paintings, sculpture and writings in slightly different ways. For as many variations of people there are, there are ways to communicate thoughts and feelings. I like to notice the similarities that bring us closer to one another, and the differences that hold us apart from each other and create that original individual.

So next time you gaze upon a painting in a gallery, or read a new novel or listen to a latest "hit" on the radio, I challenge you to think about what the artist is trying to say, to convey to you beyond the obvious (if it is not so).

The interesting thing you will find is that what one hears, is often not what was intended by the artist. There is something else there that speaks, or maybe is born out of a conversation your  having with the message you are receiving. I don't know the answer. Just some deep thoughts....what are yours? I'm interested to know. Or am I revealing my individuality?

Quote of the Day;

 "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite". William Blake

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Storms

Against the Storms - Work in progress - aged, weathered barn with stormy skies looming above.

Well its been quite the summer for some people, so far, hasn't it?! From flooding to drought and from fires to mudslides...our planet is experiencing some sort of polarization of temperatures and weather systems not seen for hundreds of years!

This area where we live needs rain desperately or many crops will be lost and this only adds to the loss of the apple crops this spring to  a late frost. We finally got a sprinkle of rain last night, along with a summer thunder storm...but too little too late in the way of moisture. Our lawn is burnt to a crisp and now we are wondering if our well will hold out much longer. I am only watering my vegetable garden now. We also have livestock to water, but we are fortunate that even if the well goes dry, we can water them at the crick alongside our property. We pray it won't come to that.

Other parts of the world are experiencing too much water and having to deal with those consequences.

Maybe the above inspired drawing came from somewhere in my subconscious self...somehow knowing about the coming storms in and of life and having to endure them. I started this one a couple of weeks ago.

I have several cupboard doors given to me to paint; left over from my husbands cabinet company he had years ago. He scrounged around in his wood shop and found them for me to paint on. I like them because they have a smooth surface to start with and a built in frame around the edges! But, alas, I was recently inspired by fresco paintings and took some molding paste to the smooth boards to create some texture. Oh well!

Then I learned that charcoal is one of the most archival materials out there, so I grabbed a piece from my storage drawer and started drawing an old barn (from one of my reference photos) that is actually just east of here. This particular barn has always attracted me because you can see right through it from front to back, from the road, because it has two big doors on either side, that are now permanently open. You can see right through the barn as you drive by.

Then I found a photo I had taken of a stormy sky (actually there were small tornadoes forming above our home, high up, that afternoon, so I grabbed my camera and took some cool shots looking straight up too), looking south/east from our house. The clouds were such a dark gray and swirling above my head, but if you looked south/east, you could see the edge of this dark cloud system and there were thin layers of white clouds way off in the distance, towards Lake Erie.

It was one of those most awesome moments when you witness and can feel the power of nature at work; like a storm could let lose any moment and pummel you to your knees. The air was being sucked upwards and debris was floating up into the dark sky! It was one of those moments you never forget. You realize just how small and insignificant you really are in comparison to the earth and its atmosphere.

Anyways, I drew in this dark foreboding sky as the background to the barn. It is turning out to look really neat and I have not even added paint yet!

Quote of the Day;

Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
Annie Leibovitz

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Cool Studio

Work in Progress - acrylic on canvas

It is around 40 degrees Celsius (with the humid ex) outside right now and its 5:30 in the afternoon. It has been like this for several days now, with a few breaks of thunder storms passing through. I have taken this opportunity to enjoy my air conditioned studio over the past few days...and evenings, to paint in my "cool studio".

Every few hours I go downstairs to let Xena, my White Shepherd out for a break...and its like being hit with a big wet, hot sponge! Like a wall of heat and moisture starts to seep its way into the house as soon as I open the door. Can't think of any other way to explain it.

For those of you that have never lived or experienced a hot and humid could never imagine what its like. It zaps the energy from you and leaves you weak and fatigued. I always compare it to being submerged in a fish tank...and I feel like I should be swimming as I gasp for air.

I think of those poor souls south of us, with the power outages, that are experiencing this heat without respite. I am so thankful for the airconditioning!

Above painting is coming along.There are 5 California Bighorn Sheep in the painting, total. Acrylic on canvas. Trying to keep is loose and impressionistic. Sometimes its difficult and I want to get into the details...especially with wildlife works, but this one I am using a larger paintbrush and keeping lines and shapes more simplified. At the same time, I am trying to create depth using overlapping of subjects and darker foliage in the front. This is going to be a challenge.

I have been itching to get outside to do some plein air painting! Its just too darn hot! And no...I am not complaining, not in the least bit! I am just nursing my sunburn and sore joints, from weeding the garden the other day.

Quote of the Day

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Og Mandino


Monday, June 25, 2012

The Optimist

I recently came across a note I had scribbled in one of my many 'scribble books' laying around my house; something to the effect that although I feel I am an optimist and my glass is always half full (not half empty)...further contemplation lead me to the conclusion that I was just happy to have a cup in the first place! Whether its half empty or full is mute. I am happy to have a life, period.
Thank you Father!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Painting For the Birds

I have a confession to husband jokingly calls me 'the bird lady'. I have a room in our home dedicated to my feathered friends. I have always had a fascination with birds, from a young age and had a little teal blue budgie name, Tico, when I was around 10 years old. I trained him to sit on my finger and my shoulder and he would 'preen' my hair. He was my little friend.

Fast forward (a few years, ok) and I now have several small parrots and breed the Linniolated Parakeet (there is one baby in the nest right now). I just enjoy their chatter and a couple of my parrots are quite proliferate talkers. I have discovered that birds are actually very smart! They do understand thing...but at a 3 year human level...which can be challenging at times!

Anyways...I do like all birds and owls are near the top of the list.

In the photo below, I am working on a piece of a family of Burrowing Owls, inspired by my visit to the Okanagan Desert and the Burrowing Owl Winery in Oliver. Burrowing Owls were re-introduced to the South Okanagan after they disappeared many years ago. I believe they are on the comeback!

When I was in Kelowna, visiting my brother and his family, I was introduced to their resident family of Horned Owl babies just leaving their nest! I managed to capture a few photos and glad that I did because a few days later, they 'flew the nest' and have not been seen since. It was a special opportunity to get a close look at these babies, because their nest was in the top of a tree, which was level with the bank on which their apple orchard and house sits. That made us level with them while they sat in the branches below the nest!

You can see that they still have some of their down baby feathers (fuzz) and they don't have their 'ears' or 'horns' yet. I believe these are Great Horned Owls or Grey Owls.

I don't believe in coincidences, and I noticed that the baby owls I was able to photograph are around the same stage of growth as the owls in my Burrowing Owl painting; I started that painting before I left for the Okanagan! Things that make you go, "hmmm".

I am so thankful for the opportunity to capture these beauties!


3000 years ago the prophet wrote, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Cowboy Equipment -  for information on this Oil Painting, contact Rustico Winery -  now available at Quail's Roost Art Gallery at Rustico Winery in Oliver, BC.

Looking up the Okanagan Valley from Oliver; MacIntyre Bluff (Legend has it that it is an Indian Chief from long ago).
Well, we are back from our holidays in British Columbia (Okanagan) and Alberta (Fort McMurray). I came home feeling so energized and ready to create! The lesson here is to take a break from your usual routine (break out!) and take some time for yourself. It had been far too long since we had gone anywhere.

The other big message (which I already kinda knew) is that being with family and really spending quality time with your family is good for the soul. I had not seen my parents for over 6 months and had not seen my brother, sister and their families for 2 years!

 Family has always been so important to me. When I lived closer to them, I would get home at least every 3 months, so this was a big change for me after 20 years of being pretty close to them.
But still, I was pleasantly surprised at how the visit energized me from within and now I realize just how important it is to connect with them on more of a regular basis.

I was also encouraged and inspired by my first art show in Oliver (the wine capital of Canada). My family really helped make it all happen and it all came together perfectly. We had packed 16 paintings into our luggage and we flew from Toronto to Edmonton, took a bus up to Fort Mac to visit Mike's daughter and son inlaw, got a ride back to Edmonton 2 days later, then flew to Kelowna!

Happy news to add! The Quail's Roost Gallery has asked to keep 7 of my paintings to show and sell over the summer months and through the Wine Festival times this Fall! I am so thankful for this!

We were also able to make several contacts with other artists in the Okanagan who's art careers I have been following over the past 3 years. We stopped by Kindrie Grove's studio on Main Street, Penticton, and we visited Shannon Ford at her home and studio in Willowbrook (near Oliver) and see her beautiful rare horses and studio space up in the mountains.

And while we were in West Kelowna we stopped in to visit New Moon Gallery. I must say that Linda Lovisa has collected together a really nice variety of artwork from some really good artists!

When I first walked in and slowly browsed around the gallery space, it dawned on me that this was just a really nice collection, well put together. From jewellery to pottery to sculpture and paintings; everything fits together and is well done. Just a really special atmosphere there!

Linda has a studio in the back where she works and teaches art classes! My sister has taken one of her classes.

And as a strange twist of fate...Linda actually had submitted a couple of her paintings to the "Paint Ontario" Art Show that I had participated in also this spring! Linda is from Ontario and often paints landscapes from northern Ontario. One of those 'small world' moments!

Oh yes! And we visited several wineries while in Oliver. Wow, the landscape of Oliver has changed over the past 20 years! When I grew up there, it was all about "fruit"! Now there are wineries popping up everywhere! Amazing and beautiful all at once. This area has also been referred to as the "Napa of the North" (in reference to the Napa Valley in California also known for its wineries).

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Opening Night at Quail's Roost Gallery

We had a great night at the opening to my show as the feature artist at the Quail's Roost Gallery at the Rustico Winery in Oliver, BC. Left to right; Donna Cooke (my aunt), me and Mike (my manager and husband).

Family and friends gathered to celebrate with me.

Special guests (artists) included Cameron Ogilvie, Shannon Ford and Leza Macdonald. Plus many other local artists were in attendance!

All in all, it was a great night and I was a bit overwhelmed with how many attended!

A big thank you to Sally, Arvie, Donna and Bruce for making this all happen for me! I am truly blessed.

There are many other artists in this gallery and my work will be up until May 30th, so there is plenty of time to wander in over the next few days.

Plus, tomorrow, May 27th is the "Half Corked Marathon" which is sold out at 700 entries! They are expecting up to 1000 people to wander through the local wineries as this group of marathoners make their way from winery to winery here in Oliver! Should be something to see! I heard that there is a contest for best costume!

I will be at the gallery tomorrow afternoon to meet those who want to venture upstairs to the gallery (Quail's Roost). I look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Stereotypical Artist

Rambo - 8" x 10" oil on board. $210
Click here to buy on my DPW page.

Okay...I just read a blog post from Carol Henderson, who often writes for "Fine Art Views", a newsletter I subscribe to. She writes about how artists are perceived in society (and in movies/tv) compared to what she has discovered herself over the years. I really like their newsletter and find their writers to be up on what's going on in the big picture of the art world and tips on selling art online, shows, galleries etc. Lots of good information and the ability to discuss and interact with other artists around the world.

So, back to today's blog post; here is the excerpt and link if you wish to read the entire post. I find Carol to be quite articulate (often more than I) and she backs her words up with her own research.


The Tough, Sensitive Artist

by Carolyn Henderson

It’s an odd stereotype we propound – this tenderly sensitive, fragile, batty creature who produces ugly art others swoon over, and while myth is often grounded in truth, it’s time we tore off our berets, crumpled up the smocks, and realized that, while artists are different, they’re not necessarily weird. [...]

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a free email newsletter about art, marketing, inspiration and fine living for artists,
collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art).

For a complimentary subscription, visit:



I know this is not about buying art I promised, but with the time restraints I am under right now...Carol has stepped in to help me out! What she has to say about what it takes to be a 'real' artist pretty much sums it up. It is what I have also experienced over the past few years both in local art groups and online art groups.

I promise... next post will be about where to look for art online.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Why Invest in Original Art?

Get in on the action! Don't miss out on this piece currently being bid on at SOLD!





The most obvious reason to invest in art should be enjoyment: do you like the work?

Beyond enjoyment, there is the consideration of making a wise investment. By definition, an investment should have the capacity to appreciate in value.

Compare a bare wall with one that features, carefully chosen and correctly hung original fine art, and you quickly realize that art can bring your home to life!

How to begin to collect art can be least it seems so at first. Let me help you with that...start with one.

Go on a search; a quest for your first piece.

Firstly, you need to know where to look. are beginning your search at one of the best times in world history; to not only be able to find original art easily, but to have the opportunity to purchase directly from the artist!

We are no longer kept outside of the artist's studio by the gallery owners (gate keepers), but can find a limitless amount of access to art on the world wide web!

Yes. I hear your trepidation. Internet = scams, illegitimate, scary!

Yes, you do have to know where to look and do your homework about the source and the artist advertising online, but I must tell you...this is the way of the future, whether you like it or not and the Internet offers opportunities never before available to us common folk, when it comes to collecting art!

Did I mention affordability? Did you know that 'Art Galleries' charge up to 60% mark up on the works they sell in their galleries? Yes there is definitely some great benefits to buying art from a gallery; they only sell art that is collectible and selling, they often offer instant framing of your investment, and there is a certain amount of security in your investment.

But if you a) don't have money to burn and b) want access to thousands more choices of artists and their art. and c) you are more concerned about whether you actually love the piece..the Internet might be your better choice.

So....where do you start?

I will continue this series on buying art online by taking you through a journey with me...'pretending' to buy a piece and what I would do if I were just starting out to collect.

We will peel back the layers and see what we can see; to see what it is that art can bring to our lives.

BTW...I have started collecting some small pieces through Ebay and local artists here in South Western Ontario (local art shows, fairs).

Watch for my next blog on finding your first art piece online.





"In my art I have tried to explain to myself life and its meaning. I have also tried to help others to clarify their lives".

Edvard Munch




Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Big Five Oh!

Cowgirl Saddle - 16" x 20" acrylic on artist board, gloss varnish.
With frame- $450
Without frame- $390
S & H included
Contact me to purchase.

No...I'm not turning 50! And even if I was do you think I would announce it on the world wide web???

Why 50 then, you ask?

Its just my 50th blog post!

My blogger stats state that I had 30 visitors to my blog just yesterday! Wow!
And I just snagged another follower in the process... up to 17 (yes, including myself and there is method to my madness; that means every post is automatically forwarded to my email, so I can then forward to anyone on my email list from there...I know...genius right?). ; ) Actually...truth be known, I accidentally stumbled upon this when setting up that widget.

More sneak peeks into my sketch book;

Sketching out ideas in my sketch book...
the writing on the left are notes from one of the online
 'webinars' I have taken on painting landscapes.

On a mission. I have been inspired to paint a series of works that I hope will bring awareness of the world food shortage. This is something the Lord has put in my heart and it has slowly developed over the past year from being one or two big paintings to a series of smaller paintings to tell the story (a narrative) and to just bring it to the public's attention. I know its happening, yet we see nothing in the news about it, nor do I see a collective effort by anyone to tackle this issue. Governments of the world are more worried about energy sources than feeding the people. I don't want this project to be about bashing world powers, but to bring awareness and hope for the future.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Why Mona Lisa?

Our Gallery at home.

I was thinking, today, about the famous painting; the Mona Lisa by one of my all time favorite artists, Leonardo Da Vinci. I came around to thinking about his particular painting as I was remembering how many great paintings I had seen while living in Paris, France back in the mid 80's. I visited Louvre several times, sometimes staying for hours at a time, looking at these huge (and I mean huge) oil paintings on the walls. I was young at the time, just out of high school. Although I was keen to learn about Art History, I was still very naive and just a 'small-town girl' who did not understand what it was I was looking at (at a deeper level). I did, however, understand it on a level beyond most girls my age. It was what I was interested in and learning it was easier than most other things (namely algebra).

But I do have one small regret. I never did get a good look at this 'Mona Lisa' painting. This painting is in a room, off the main great hall in the Louvre and this room was always packed with people (like sardines) and since I have never been good with large crowds, I decided it was enough to be able to just catch a glimpse of it on the wall. I remember thinking to myself; what is the big deal anyways? It is so small, and what are all these people hoping to see in viewing the 'original' painting? I mean, we are talking about one of the most reproduced paintings of all time! I am sure they sold cheap poster prints of it in the gallery shop if you really wanted to see it that badly! But...I can say that it was in fact there...I did see it briefly, from afar, and that seemed to satisfy my curiosity at the time. I just could not see what all the fuss was about in seeing "the real thing"!

Jump forward 25 + years and here I am, thinking to myself, with all my rekindled fire in art, I was so close! Why oh why did I not take an extra 20 minutes to get in line and get up close to that particular painting? Now that I understand more about what it represented and my appreciation of the artist himself has grown over the years, I really must admit, I am a bit disappointed in my 18 year old self!

Lesson; do take the time to notice the small things in life. There are great things in small packages. Don't live your life with regrets because you didn't take action! Make that extra effort, take that extra time and have a closer look at those little gems!

Mona Lisa - by Leonardo Da Vinci

To read up on this little gem; click on the link here.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Let Your Light Shine

From the sketch book

Light Shine - Graphite drawing

This is a graphite drawing I did from a photograph. I try to show the shapes created by the light source shining on the surface of the subject. I used stronger lines than usual as an exercise in making the lines look stronger.

I used to get picked on in art class as not being confident with my lines. They would look like a bunch of little lines to make one line (which is fine too). According to some, it looked as if I was not sure of myself, although this was not the case.  But you know those "superficial" people I referred to in the previous post...I had a few as art instructors in my teens. However, there is such a thing as a 'line drawing' and this is different than a 'sketch'. A sketch is loose and free-like, where a line drawing is more precise and, well, "linear". The above drawing is part line drawing and partly showing tones or shades.

Anyhow, I just wanted to share some of my drawings, sketches and ink drawings in my sketchbook.

Here is another one;

Sepia ink sketch - River Otter

It just so happens that we live on the "Big Otter Creek" in South Western Ontario, although, sadly, the River Otters died out years ago.

"A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere". Joyce Myers

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Who Are You?

The Grey Dance - 16" x 20" x 1.5" Mixed Media on cradled birch. Sides are painted black.
Work in progress.
We know that what we see on the surface is not all there is. When it comes to humans, we sometimes call those who only bother to look on the surface as, superficial.  I read a good blog post today by Carol Henderson (see excerpt and links below). I thought she was spot on about her analogy of how the different breeds of dogs are like how different people, namely artists, can be.

I wanted to take it one step further. Carol hits on how different artists see things differently and this is good. Then it got me thinking about how I and many other artists paint; in layers. We often look at a painting's surface first and don't always see all the intricate details. Often we can't even see much of what lies beneath the paint. This hits on a much larger topic I cannot begin to cover here; how to view art.

When I use acrylic paint, I ofter lay down thin washes of pigment in water, let it dry and then either do another layer of color or add lines, shapes or I will do a clear glaze first. This really adds depth to a painting as light hits it from different angles. This is something I love to add to my paintings because it adds dimension, which is precisely what I am trying to convey. I am trying to show more than just the surface; more than just skin deep. I want the viewer to see and think about what lies beneath the surface. Not only of the painting, but of the subject(s) in the painting.

The painting above, Grey Dance, is a good example of this. This acrylic painting is of an Arabian Stallion. I not only have begun to create layers of pigments, but also I started out with adding texture in the mane and tail with molding paste.

I add white gesso, a bit of acrylic clear fluid medium to the molding paste, mix it together well then apply it. I find the clear gloss fluid medium prevents the paste from cracking as it dries (especially if done on canvas which is more pliable than this birch wood panel). Then, as the thin layers of pigment are added with water, it pools (or is absorbed) in the creases and crevices, slowly building up in almost a natural way. All I really think about is movement in my brush strokes and trying to use the right tones to create the proper effects. I let the forces of nature do the rest.

The next dimension I am trying to convey is that of the subject itself; the horse. I want to capture; to bring to your attention, the spirit and soul of the horse. So there is yet another layer found in this painting.

Oh, and its not even near to being finished yet!

Dogs and Artists

by Carolyn Henderson

Right or wrong and largely in between, we move forward in accordance with the strengths and weaknesses inherent to our “breeds.”So do all artists – you learn a certain way, you create a certain way, you interact with others a certain way, you market a certain way – all in accordance to what you are inside. Like a dog, you have a potential that can be reached, or not, depending upon training, discipline, teaching, and time – but this potential is specific and individual to you and your unique personality. [...]

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a free email newsletter about art, marketing, inspiration and fine living for artists,
collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art).

For a complimentary subscription, visit:


I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.

Pope John XXIII

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Textured Horse Painting

"Summer Breeze" - 18" x 18" Acrylic on stretched deep edged canvas. Lots of texture and colour! $590.00 shipping and handling included.
 Wired and ready to hang on your wall!


“You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you.”
― Julia Cameron

Friday, March 30, 2012

Paint Ontario - Last Chance!

Just wanted to remind my local readers that the Paint Ontario Art Show is coming to a close April 1st, which leaves just the weekend to run up to Lambton Museum and gallery! It is well worth the drive!

I recently took a run up there to photograph and do a short video of the show room and my work on the walls (proof I was there)! It was a gorgeous day and we drove down to Grand Bend beach and witnessed the college kids playing hookie and actually braving the cold water! But it was a hot, hot day and sunbathing was not out of the question on the first day of spring!

Here is a sneak peek video at the Lambton Museum Art Show...just in case you don't make it up there!

And I thought I might just add a photo of 'Collaboration' as I noticed the last photo of it was cropped! Sorry about that!

"Collaboration" - 24" x 30" Oil painting on stretched canvas (deep sides painted black).
$1850 includes shipping and handling. Contact me for further details.
Payment by Pay Pal, Visa, MasterCard or EMT.

We are in the process of ordering a few 16" x 20" (large) prints of Collaboration. Contact me for pricing. There will only be 100 prints made, each numbered and a Certificate of Authenticity issued with each one.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Grazing in the Sun

Grazing Grey - 8" x 8" acrylic painting on art board.
This one is $75.00 - Currently available on DPW Auction!
I did this one yesterday while putting my feet up on the recliner. Took me a few hours while I watched TV. My goal was to show the light highlights making patterns in the grass. This was a DPW challenge from last week ( I was too busy to do it then). Its not every day they have a horse in a challenge, so I just had to do it!

I think it looks quite sharp in this black frame!

FYI - it is not that strong of contrast in real life (I don't know if its just my new LED monitor).

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mystery Horse Painting Revealed

Okay...I might as well tell you, the mystery horse's name is...


Hickstead was a Canadian and world champion jumping horse from Canada (click on the link to read the story of Hickstead and Eric) who recently died suddenly and tragically just after competing in a World Class event over in Europe (I think it was Europe). His rider was Eric Lamaze and this team of horse and rider were at the top of the world standings in horse jumping. In fact they had been in the top positions for a few years now. So it is really a tragedy that he died, but he died doing what he loved to do. This is a tribute to the partnership these team mates had.

I took a photo of them at Canada's International Show Jumping ring at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta in July of 2008. They not only won this event but went on to win Gold at the Olympics that year (I think it was Beijing, China).

When these two made their rounds of the course, Hickstead and Eric were like a jumping machine. This stallion rarely touched a rail and Eric is one of the most focused and talented riders I have ever seen.

This painting depicts Eric and Hickstead only seconds before beginning to jump a course. I thought it really captured the intensity as they both gathered themselves and prepared for the task at hand. To me they almost looked like warriors preparing to do battle on the battlefield.

I am calling this one 'Collaboration' because I believe that this was the true essence of their partnership and how they succeeded were others failed.

Once completed, I will be showcasing this oil painting at the Can AM Equine Event this weekend at the Western Fair Grounds in London, Ontario. This is touted at being the largest equine event in Canada and they are trying to attract some artists to show and sell their work in the Lobby area. Click on the link to find out more about this huge horse show which includes breed events where many breeds of horses are given the chance to race against each other in speed and skill events! There are health and training clinics, a huge number of vendors, truck, trailer and tractor sales...I am getting very excited!

There will be a free draw for a Limited Edition numbered print of this painting. Visit our booth to drop your entry in the box for a chance to win!

We will have a limited number of small prints of both my artwork and my photography available for sale along with the opportunity to order and purchase larger prints to be shipped out to you after the weekend (approx. 14 days for delivery for these custom orders).

And of course there will be approximately 15 original paintings and several more framed photos on display and offered for sale!

There will be other items available...just come by our booth to see all that we have!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

More Mystery Horse

Just a quick post showing more transitions on my painting...probably going to call it Collaboration. I was looking to show the bond between horse and rider and the concentration level of the elite athletes just prior to performing.

Paint Ontario Annual Art Show and Sale

is on at the Lambton Museum from today until April 1st. We attended the opening ceremonies last night. All I can say is that I was blown away with the level of talented artists! This year they doubled the number of paintings juried in from 100 to 200 paintings!

The room was packed, fine wine and hors d'oeuvres were served and we spent at least 2 hours making our way around the room several times to take it all in. Just amazing work and a must see if you love art!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kony Justice

Revealing the Invisible

This blog post is about finding a creative way to bring about change in this world. I challenge you to watch the video posted here and to take some sort of action, no matter what it is you can do, you will become a part of something bigger than yourself.

I admire the people that put this video all together and have effected the change thus far; with all their creativity...but my challenge goes further... my challenge is to my fellow believers in Christ. Let's take this opportunity to show Christ's love and that with God, all things are possible.

I have heard of this guy over the past year. They have mentioned him several times on 100 Huntley Street (click on the link to see a couple of their feature videos on this). I was not aware that he was at the top of  a long list of tyrants actively pursuing and taking advantage of the children in our world.

My mission, in creating my art, has always been to reveal the show the invisible to the world. This is what this artist (videographer) has accomplished. So I pass this along to you.

Let us join to bring this man and many others like him to justice. Let us create an army of believers that can change the world. I know...sounds radical doesn't it? But its an  idea that just might be worth trying...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Doing your best now..

is the best preparation for the future.

"Sufficient to today are the duties of today. Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you; well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it". 

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Here is a short clip showing transitions every few hours so far with this painting. Its the first time I have done this and finding it to be interesting myself!

It is definitely tougher to do a painting  knowing that it must succeed and will be you main piece in a showing of your work! I fight the temptation to put myself under too much pressure and work against perfectionism. I want this to be an expression of the photo I am depicting...not realistic, but representational. I want a mood to develop; some emotion. Will work on it some more this afternoon, painting in oil more acrylic under painting.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Mystery Horse

"We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there comes a clear and quiet realization that there is indeed a presence in the world, a non human entity that is not necessarily inhuman". 

(Ansel Adams) 

Second stage of this painting (see previous blog for the first).

Let me know when you have figured out the mystery.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Into Horses

"Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going".

Christopher Morley

I finally got a video of my work posted to You Tube! Yeah!

Sell! Sell! Sell!

I like the quote above because it makes me think of this whole internet marketing thing that artists are all crazy about! And yes...there are many.

 "They" say; If you want to sell your art on line you have to have a website (well, that's okay), a blog (not a bad idea either), but a Facebook page, twitter account, some pinterest, now Google plus, Linked In...the list does go on!

 I have managed to keep it under some form of control, but I am told; if you want to sell your art on line you must do a, b, c, d, e.....and then you must have great talent because you are up against thousands of other artists also selling their art (or trying to) on line and don't forget Ebay, Etsy, FAA, etc etc  and one can easily be drowned in this raging river of web promotion!

The thing is... you can't create great work if you don't do great work...(kinda like that bank commercial in tv...if you don't want to pay checking fees then don't pay checking fees). 

It takes many hours and days at the easel to get good at painting. Its just like anything else. 

Talent can only take you so far...its a great start, but if you want to sell have to be really good at making it.

It is so easy to get carried away from your main purpose and that is to CREATE!

My advice is to keep it simple (the KISS principle) and do the  creating first and foremost. All the other selling and promotion comes second.
 Its tough, I know. There is so much pressure out there; I get a flurry of newsletters and blog post notifications in my 'inbox' emails that get mass deleted every morning! I do scan through them briefly to see if anything catches my eye, but I am learning to be tough and to just get through my email as fast as possible.

Just pick 3 or 4 web promotion tools and start there. If you have time to do more, then add one. Always stop and re assess your time management.


One thing I am into is painting horses and here are a couple of paintings (also in the video) Refined by Fire has been 'finished' and I am just about finished Summer Breeze. White Roper is needing to be worked on and I have a 'Mystery' painting on the easel right now, that I will show bits and pieces of in the next few blog post...

Refined by Fire - 18" x 18" Acrylic/Mixed Media on stretched canvas. Sides painted black. Ready to hang on your wall! $650

WIP - Summer Breeze

WIP - White Roper


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finishing Touches

 "There's a Chinese proberb that I think is true: You often find your destiny on the path you take to avoid it".

Hector Elizondo)

I just wanted to post the finished versions of the last paintings I posted previously;

I am re posting the previous photo to show the progression.

This just wasn't finished off right...

Gray Sentinel - 16" x 20" x 1.5" acrylic on cradled birch. Sides are painted black and coated with a matte varnish.

This stage was okay, but I wanted to push back the trees in the distance and the values were all too similar; the subjects were getting lost in the background a bit.

Sunday Drive - 11" x 14" x .75" acrylic on stretched canvas with gloss varnish. I greyed out the background a bit...actually too much at first, so had to add color back into it. I also brightened the red in the tailites and made the back of the buggy more detailed (as it is closer).

I really enjoyed doing this last painting, as it did test me. I was going for a looser paint brush feel and trying to paint shapes found within the picture, rather than 'things' such as a horse and figures etc. I increased the light source to add more contrast and gave it a bit more of a red hue over all. Here is the photo reference for Sunday Drive.

I blurred the photograph with photo shop on purpose. This helps me to concentrate on the shapes and hues over-all.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Amish Country

“We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday Drive - Acrylic on 9" x 12" stretched canvas. Still a work in progress (on the easel).
I know, I know, not exactly a boat, is it?
But I could apply my criminal law definition of a boat which is a 'vessel' which could include a motor vehicle under the Canadian Criminal why not a horse and buggy?!
I snapped this photo (this is a cropped version) on our way back from the Bruce Peninsula last August. I added a red hue to it myself (artistic licence). Still in the works; want to push back the roadway and trees up ahead and add more details to the back of the buggy and horse etc. to create more depth. I do like how its coming along. Was not so sure a few paint strokes back if I could pull this one together!
This one will not be for sale right away as I plan on submitting it to a juried art show coming up soon! But if you are interested, you can put a deposit down on it with the understanding that you might not get it until mid April if it is accepted into the show.
Next post will about the horse tack swap we just attended today (couple of really good commission prospects) and met some great horsey people in the area!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sentinel Series

"Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it".
Marcus Aurelius

On the Easel;

Gray Sentinel - First large scale painting for my 'sentinel series'. Work in progress. 16" x 20" acrylic on cradled birchwood.
I feel that I am on the way or going in the right direction with this. There are elements I am happy with and feel I am achieving my goals...but some things that I want to add, but not sure how to do it. I think I may just have to be happy with this and the other will come with more works under my belt.

I am new to this area; South Western Ontario and have noticed a troubling trend happening. The small, 50 to 200 acre working farms are disappearing fast. There are so many abandoned barns and out buildings and even farm houses scattered around the region. The only way a farmer can make it in today's economy is to run and combine several small farms through leasing. This means the outbuildings on these small farms are not being utilized for the most part and are falling into shambles. Most are used for storage of old machinery or other miscellaneous items.

We live near the shores of Lake Erie, with Lake Huron to the north, so the winds can be constant and strong coming off the lakes from either direction. Many fields are just left to grow wild and are not being utilized to grow crops (or as they say here, cash crops). I will go into more about this in another blog post because I have a series in mind about this crisis too! But I wanted to portray these huge abandoned buildings surrounded by the long grasses, moving constantly in the breeze. Being new to this area, I use these buildings as landmarks so I can remember where I am. That seems to be their main purpose least until they finally deconstruct and fall down.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Ontario Landscapes

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.

Alexander Graham Bell

August Evening - acrylic on 8" x 10" 100% cotton rag paper.
Available on auction!

Still working on my possible 'Paint Ontario' submissions (Ontario Landscapes - March 9th is opening night). The above painting I started last night and finished it this morning. The clouds are not really that blue...but the camera seemed to pick up more of the blue hues rather than the grey (paynes  gray). Also there is a couple of wind turbines in this painting that can be seen more clearly in person. This scene is in Vienna, Ontario, Canada.

Curiosity - Belgian Draft Horses Posters and LE Prints available online through our website -
or they can be found in the auctions on Several sizes available.

Also have some good news! We were invited and will be a part of the CanAm Equine Event in London Ontario on the weekend of March 18th! They are trying something new this year and adding an 'Artisan' area to the event. They say that over 20,000 people attended last year! Very excited to be a part of this huge Equestrian event! They will have the star of Heartland and other Equestrian stars in attendance for you to meet! Lots of seminars and demo's...just lots to see and do if you are interested in the horse industry stop by! soon as I get my pieces off to the Paint Ontario juried art show, I will be continuing with my series on different horse breeds and horse related events paintings (in a bit of a frenzy - I might have to lock myself up in the studio for a few weeks!).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Canadian Horse Breed

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose".

Robert Byrne

Royal Reign's Run - Prints available different sizes and color or black and white.

I submitted the above photo of my Canadian Filly, Royal Reign, when a  call went out to different horse breed organizations for photos of horses best depicting that breed. I captured this shot one morning when I was exercising my Canadian Horses in their pasture. I simply would stay near the centre of the enclosed area and using a whip or a lead shank I would encourage them to run around from one direction to the other. They were used to the morning runs on my days off work and seemed to enjoy it. Once the young ones realized I was not going to chase them, they would start coming in closer and closer and it became a game of who can get close and get away the fastest. Their mom, Grace, knew better and that it meant expending too much energy on her part, so would just lope around at an even pace and sometimes she would stop and do a rear then a buck and take off again. One morning I brought my new camera (Nikon D80) and managed to capture this shot as I panned her running by me.
The sad part is that we lost Reign about 6 months after this photo was taken to a really bad bout of sand colic. The vet tried emergency surgery, but she was too impacted and had to be euthanized. I cried for days.
It was not until I moved to Ontario, the next year, that I remember submitting this photo of her running full out in the morning light.
I found the name of the editor, Michael Dregni, and he directed me to the author, Fran Lynghaug, and that is when I found out my photo of Reign had been chosen for the horse breed book!
I call this her tribute.  Her life, as short as it was, left a legacy for her breed. Reign's Run.
The book can be ordered through
The title is The Official Horse Breeds Standards Guide, The Complete Guide to the Standards of All North American Equine Breed Associations, by Fran Lynghaug
The dedication in the first pages reads;
"To the Maker of all horses, Who enjoys them tremendously and will come at the end of the ages, mounted on His horse. It was by His grace that this book was inspired and accomplished".