"WHAT ART OFFERS IS SPACE; A CERTAIN BREATHING ROOM FOR THE SPIRIT" - JOHN UPDIKE

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Arts Upfront Festival, July 13 to 17th, 2016




I spent 2 days in Whitehorse at the Arts Up Front Festival.  Four hours per day demonstrating and the painting was completed!  Yet Another sunset.  It was so nice to be in the "Big City" and talk with the people and paint.  So grateful for the opportunity!




Original Acrylic
18x24 on Canvas
Dragon Lake Sunset

Saturday, 9 July 2016

A Fleeting Gift

A sunset I painted recently.... why do I love sunsets so much?  I love their colours, their peace, their ability to make me feel the divine.  A sunset brings me home to myself.  It washes away the cares of the day and I feel at peace with myself and the world.  It is a fleeting gift given freely and humbly, countless times but never the same.
This one was inspired by our midnight sun in the Yukon.



Evening Solitude
36x36 Acrylic on Canvas





Friday, 18 March 2016

Becoming Unknown

 Original 24x36" Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel
"Storm Over Little Salmon"

 Original 11x14" Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel
Fox Lake, Yukon

Original 21x42 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Commission: Kluane, Quill Creek 

Before I write about this I thought I will post a few of my recent paintings.  So if you aren't interested in reading,  you can see my artwork, which is really what this blog is all about :)

Becoming Unknown?   What does this mean.   Well this is my statement, I guess, of defiance against the current wave of culture where we are told what it means to be successful.  Specifically for artists, "the big thing is to become "KNOWN".   Known on the web, on facebook, with the art establishment, with collectors with "THE WORLD" and then of course to be financially rewarded for all of this.    I am not much of a writer but I want to put it out there that this is not something I care to pursue any more.  In recent years, I have decided  it is more important  to be "KNOWN" to myself and unknown to the world.  At the end of the day, true fulfillment is on a personally meaningful level.  Happiness is not created by fame, the approval of others, money.  Sure it would be nice to have some of  these things but I choose not to make it my aim.   Now that I have all the time in the world to paint, I realize that what will lastingly sustain me as an artist for the rest of my life is to go inside of myself and look for what is truly meaningful and special to me and to paint that.  It is a journey.  I love nothing more than to be in that moment when I am painting and the PROCESS is happening where after all these years  and thousands of hours of painting,  I feel this joyous energy coursing through my veins and the resounding YES! in my soul.  The energy flows through me, it feels effortless, .......This to me, is the ultimate success.

Monday, 18 January 2016

New Works to Yukon Artists at Work Gallery

Two New Works heading to Yukon Artist at Work Co-operative Gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon. What is different about these paintings?  I put some wildlife into them.  Definitely something you would see in my part of the world.



"Evening Solitude"
Acrylic on Canvas
24x36 inches

          
          
            "Northwestel Road, Little Salmon Lake"
Acrylic on Canvas
36x24 inches



Saturday, 14 November 2015

Well-Used Books Christmas Sale December 4,5 and 6th


I will be one of the artists in this Event!  I am preparing right now.... lots of little paintings and Art Cards. The Well-Used Book Store is in Whitehorse on Fourth Avenue just north of Main St.  Friday December 4th from 7 to 9pm.  Saturday and Sunday during the day.  I hope to see you there. We will have cider and little appetizers and cookies too!

Here are a few of the pieces I have been working on daily:

 Winter Evening, Klondike Cabin
8x10, Acrylic on Canvas

 5x7 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
Winter Cabin with Northern Lights


 Aurora Borealis Reflections, Kluane
5x7 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Northern Lights 2015



I decided to do some small studies of Northern Lights in watercolour, gauche, ink, soft pastel - a mixed media.  I saw the Aurora Borealis in the night sky for the first time this fall outside my cabin for quite a few nights in a row.  I always welcome back the night skies of stars and northern lights after a long summer of midnight sun, this is a land of extremes at times, but there is so much beauty in each season. 


 5x7 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel


5x7 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel


 4x6 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel


4x6 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel


6x8 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Watercolours of Autumn

 Original Watercolour
5x7 Inches
The Magundy in Autumn 2015

Original Watercolour with Ink
5x7 Inches
Rose Hips Autumn 2015
I spent some time last week painting small images of Autumn from around my place.  The leaves are pretty much gone but the rosehips were a brilliant red with the pond behind them. I could not resist painting them.  Both paintings are 5x7 matted and framed in an 8x10 frame.  

I have not worked with watercolour for some time.  It does take practice to get back into the technique.  I have a small series of Northern Lights as well that I completed that will be in another post. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Impasto Painting with Acrylic - New Works and News

On July 15 and 16th I attended the UPFRONT Festival in Whitehorse on the Wharf on the banks of the Yukon River.  Arts Underground sponsored this wonderful event and for 2 days I was one of their demonstrating artists.   I decided on Impasto painting for the demos as I find this to be a very spontaneous way of painting and I do not look at any reference material when I do it. There is a lot of interaction with the public when I am painting so this works well for me.

There is some preparation the day before. The canvas is gessoed with some colour and shapes drawn in with paynes grey. Then I use impasto gel to build up the texture before I start the main body of work.  The gel needs 24 hours to dry and is placed in the areas where I want extra texture ( like in the leaves and trunks of the aspens/birches and the petals of the fireweed. ) I had so much fun during the 2 days that I decided to do a little more impasto work in the next few weeks!

  Yukon Birch
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
24x18 inches

Yukon Fireweed
Impasto Acrylic on  Birch Panel
11x14 inches


Impasto Yukon Autumn Aspens
Impasto Acrylic on  Canvas
36x12 inches


Fireweed- Little Salmon Lake
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
6x6 inches


 Yukon Fireweed Sunset
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
6x6 inches

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Yukon Sunsets

 Little Salmon Lake
 Acrylic on Canvas
24x36
Sold

Dragon Lake, the North Canol
Acrylic on Canvas
12x14
Sold

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival - May 1 to 3rd, 2015, Faro Yukon

Original Watercolour 11x14 on Arches Paper
Sandhill Crane in Flight
Sold
Once again, I will be participating in the Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival held annually in the Town of Faro, Yukon this weekend.  People come from all over the Yukon to witness the migration of the Sandhill Cranes and many of the other migrating birds.   The Town's Staff work very hard to make this event happen. The festival signals the opening of the Interpretive Centre and RV Park as well.  Faro has a population of about 400 people and the community helps out in many ways to make the event happen.
For example there is a wild game bbq where town folks donate all the meat (caribou, moose, sheep) to feed up to 300 people at times.
For three days there are continuous events,  tours of the sheep viewing sites, intrepretive talks and hikes, bird watching,  a community BBQ And of course Art Demos and Displays.

Some of my Work which will be at the Festival

Original Acrylic 20x20
Spring at Blind Creek, Mount Mye Sheep Viewing Centre

Original Acrylic 24x36
Cranes over the Pelly River Near Faro
Sold

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The World In Solemn Stillness Lay

Wishing you all a Lovely Christmas 
Some  Small Works of Nature; painted in the last few weeks. 
Peace On Earth....... Good Will to You All!

All works 5"x5" on Stretched Canvas

 Snowy Aspens

 Early December Light
Sold

 Evening Walk on the Magundy
Sold

 Evening Light Magundy
Sold

 Evening Reflections
Sold

Early November  on the Magundy River
Sold

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Northern Lights Christmas Series

Every year around Christmas I paint these little gifts and take them to the local craft fairs that I attend in Ross River and Faro. 
I paint the Northern Lights because it reminds me of Christmas.  
I love painting these little works, I spend the days before the little Christmas Markets working for hours everyday
 -  to me this is happiness. The day after the craft fair I am good for nothing hahaha!  
It is a lot of work. 
My next post will be of some of the local landscape I painted as well in the last few weeks.   
Merry Christmas everyone


 Original Acrylic on 5"x5" Canvas
sold

 Original Acrylic on 5"x5" Canvas
sold
 Original Acrylic on 5"x5" Canvas



Northern Wonder
Original Acrylic on 8"x8" Canvas

Northern Lights on a Cast Iron Skillet:

This little guy is about 6 inches square.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Serenity Series: Watercolours to In-Still Peace

These simple little works were created to in-still peace and simplicity in a world that is so complicated and busy.  My  Zen of Watercolour is the peaceful and creative act of making each one. I found my calm centre in each piece; I hope you enjoy them!

Each painting  is 4x6 inches on Arches 140 lbs cold pressed watercolour paper. 
Using watercolour ink, graphite  and coloured pencil.