New Large Paintings 2017

September 18, 2017

In The Works:

After a short hiatus painting drowning maidens, exotic flowers and deadly frogs, I'm back to my "Canada 150 Series", with this almost done painting of a herd of musk ox. Did you know that musk ox wool is the finest, warmest and most expensive wool in the world? Probably the most rare as well. 

"A Musk Ox Dilemma: What Time is it Mister Wolf?"
oil on birch cradle, 37" X 48"
Not the best photograph-sorry










September 4, 2017
Taking a short break from the animal kingdom.
My new painting, which will be done shortly, may be called Ophelia Passing The Children, or perhaps
Ophelia's Lament as it has a certain operatic feel to it, in my opinion.
It is oil on canvas, 48" X 72" (4ft X 6ft).
It's very hard to photograph - either the bottom half is clear or the top half is clear.
The little dots and dashes are fireflies. 
Did you know Ontario has had particularly splendid firefly colonies this summer? 



July 16
Well, "The Bears Picnic: Be Sure of A Big Surprise" 
(oil on birch cradle, 104" X 64" X 2") Is about half way done. 
At this point you can get an idea of where it is headed. This is the second large work about the lose of the natural/traditional habitation of Canadian bears
It'll be done in a couple of weeks.

July 19
I've added a blue jay and some racoons to  the picnic because they are urbanites, 
just as the bears are becoming. 




July 2, 2017

"The Polar Bear's Farewell: If You're Skating on Thin Ice You might as Well Dance"

triptych, 10ft X 5ft,  oil on birch cradle

I imagine I will finish this in about 10 days. 

July 21 - Been busy with the Bears Picnic, but today I worked on Polar Bear. I wanted to have some stars glimmering in the distance, plus a bit of drama, so after some research I was able to add a favorite meteorological event, a bolt of lightning. Did you know that thunder and lightning 
are symptoms of global warming? Normally they would not occur in the Arctic. 





June 2, 2017

Work in progress.
The first painting from my "Canada 150 Series" is called  "Blue Flipping Whale".  
It's 47" X 37" X 2".  It's certainly not done, but it is starting to take shape.   





January 1, 2017

"Moose #6: The Christmas Painting" is starting to take shape. It's oil on birch cradle, 2 panels, which together measure 5ft wide X 4ft. Still a while to go yet, but should be done in a month or so.

Started the White Buffalo Calf yesterday. A New Year's Eve painting-very auspicious wouldn't you say? Now the buffalo painting is going to be a lot of work...there are 2 of them... mom & baby. Madonna & child. AND they will be beautiful. It's on that giant hand made paper I bought in Paris - like my last moose. The featured map that I will be using was created in 1618 by Domingos Sanchez.

Life is good don't you think? Back to my painting. Busy....busy...busy... oh BTW... Happy New Year everyone !!!!!



Work in Progress 
"Origin of the Northern Light: White Buffalo Calf"

May 16, 2017
Yesterday & today I worked on the winds faces.

The 3 text sections are: Verses from Mon Pays, by Gilles Vigneault (the best & most accurate description of the Canada I know & love), references to the Aurora Borealis from Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden & Homer, and an excerpt from Dr John Rae's letter describing his search for the bodies of Franklin's crew.





 





"Moose #6: The Christmas Painting" (work in progress)









"I have called you by your name: You are mine" 45" X 65", mixed media, 2016



September 22, 2016
"Moose" aka "I have called you by your name: You are mine" will be going to the framer's first thing tomorrow & then to his new home. He's big, my Moose - 48" X 68" in the shadow box frame, which is an architectural delight.


August 22, 2016. Things are going swimmingly. Close to being done. Sometimes I have to work flat so I put it on the bed-I don't have 6 x 5 feet of clear unencombered floor. I had this paper - the largest handmade paper in the world, I am told - sent to me from Paris. It's over 5ft wide and 4ft high. So far it's dry pastel, acrylic wash and  charcoal. The map in the background is a loose rendition of a 1722 map of Nouvelle France. The moose is piebald, part sacred sprit moose and part run of the mill, hanging around the garden moose. A bit like most Canadians I know, don't you think? I love this moose.




Moose By Moonlight
48" X 62"
pastel, ink & acrylic wash, on vintage map of
First Nations, & Early European settlements, on Fabriano paper.

June 10, 2016 - This work is currently featured in The Guardian. There's a link on my Home Page.
 
Moose By Moonlight, 2016





Spirit Moose: Ghost Forest
36" X 48" X 2"
oil on birch cradle







April  24
Still almost done...
Soon....

Blue Moose: I Saw You Standing There
36" X 36" X 2"







White Moose: Snow Storm
36" X 36" X 2"
oil on birch cradle










Yellow Road Series VI "Listen. Snow Flakes Falling",  2015, 3ft X 3ft (N/A)




"Yellow Road: Faraway"  2014, 4ft X 5ft  (N/A)






"O the mind, mind has mountains"  2014,  4ft X 5ft
 O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap       
May who ne’er hung there. 
Gerard Manley Hopkins 1918


                                               




The top one is "Heat Waves: Sun Spirals", 12" X 48" X 2"
The bottom one is "Blue Remembered Hills:Sun Spirals", 12" X 48" X 2" 

They're both the same size.  Oh, but you can see that for yourselves....;-)) 









"Cremation of SM: Northern Lights"  2013  12" X 48" X 2"


"Blue Remembered Hills:Sun Spirals" 2013, 12" X 48" X 2"


"Heat Waves: Sun Spirals" 2013, 12" X 48" X 2"

Sun Bolts: Chalk Cliffs
2011
12" X 48"
oil on birch cradle

Storm Over Blood River
2011
12" X 48" X 2"
oil on birch cradle



After The Fire: Burning Bush: Smoke Serpents
2011
16" X 64"X 2"
oil on birch cradle



Where Amber Mornings Break: Fire Fight
2011
16" X 64"X2"
oil on birch cradle













Meteorite, February 15, 2013, Chelyabinsk, Russia   (35.5" X 76" X 2")













"The Eye of The Sahara",  37" X 47" X 2", oil on board,  2013













Spiral Jetty: On The Eigth Day", 37" X 47" X 2", oil on board,  2013



"Spiral Jetty: There are no clouds to speak of"

48” X 24”

oil on board

2013