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".

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Working the Landscapes

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant".

Robert Louis Stevenson

Belmont Marker - acrylic on paper

Just trying to work out some ideas for a group of landscapes of farms. This one is of an old farmstead near Belmont just southeast of London. I am working on a small scale right now, on paper and in acrylic, just to get some compositions. Then when I have a couple I like, I will rework them in oil on canvas in larger format. These will be auctioned off on Ebay later.

There is something beautiful about these old barns and golden fields of corn and soy fields in the fall. I am also attracted to the old stone foundations and silos. When I lived in British Columbia, I had the South Western Ontario, I have the tall silos : )

I think it is the textures combined with the colors that intrigue me and challenge me to portray.