Monday, December 16, 2013

Winter Art at smitty's

The current artwork featured at Smitty's is winter

Monday, November 25, 2013


I conducted a Federation of Canadian Artist Workshop with Holly Mcwilliams this weekend we worked on bold colourful figures

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Remembrance Day Paintings at Smitty's in Airdrie

These paintings are at Smitty's for sale until December

Art Exhibition and Sale with the Calgary Sketch Club

Calgary Sketch Club
Elveden Centre, 717 7th Ave SW
November 12-22

I will be there Monday the 18th of  November
These are the works I have brought to the show for sale


purple passion gladiolas

Cafe Du Monde, NOLA

Field of Dreams

 London Guard

Friday, November 8, 2013

Trying my Zhaoming Wu style of art

Well not so zhaoming wuish;  I need to marry my colours the hair and the background, the face and the hair, I need to lose some edges and less contrast on the gown, I'll try this one again, now that I have critiqued my own work i think i am ready to try again

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

'Bin There Dun That" Honourable Mention Federation of Canadian Artists Calgary

Here's a new pastel of a very interesting fellow,  I have titled this one "There's a story in the eyes"
This is an unfinished version

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Zhaoming Wu style

I am trying out what I have learned at the Zhaoming Wu workshop I held earlier this June for the Federation of Canadian Artists in Calgary
This was a photo of Alysia, yes My beautiful daughter who is an amazingly patient model.  This was from a photo that we took at the workshop
Seems I need to start a new one there are so many things I have changed

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My Zhaoming Wu style Painting style continues

I am going to paint a few figures form the photos we took at the Zhaoming Wu workshop last June
Here is my first one, this was my first version  thought i would post it as the before and after.  I better leave it alone now.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My favourite colour of Glads

My favourite colour of Glads.  I bought two bunches at the co-op and couldn't keep the camera away.  Had students paint them then decided that until I get one on canvas I would continue to haul the photos to every painting session.  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

mini - The Race with mother nature

"Fields of Glory"
Farmers have been busy this week combining the fields, Here is a photo I shot of the BIG RACE between the farmer picking up the crop and mother nature descending upon his intention, making a game out of it, so typical here in Alberta

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A mini painting - London: The changing of the guards

This is one of four photos that show the changing of the guards, so look like I need to do a couple more to illustrate the transaction

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mount Rundle Mini Oil Painting

I have lots of photos of Mount Rundle so I have decided to paint her a few times, this is at the end of summer, lots of green and no snow.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Workshop with Doug Swinton

This week I coordinated the Doug Swinton Workshop for the F C A and we had 30 minutes to create each painting, it was fun and void of the details but contained enough information to make beautiful works of art in landscape.  These are poor photos but here they are:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Jazzing it up - Living Loud

Walking along in New Orleans you could hear wonderful jazz music and it drew us in, we were amongst the large crowd of onlookers. These young fellows were just jazzing up the town!
Simply entitled "Living Loud"

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Alberta Flood Rose Project

Heavy rains have brought extensive flooding across Alberta, especially in our part of the province Calgary/ High River. This impacting multiple communities and forcing thousands of people from their homes. Canadian Red Cross teams are actively responding across the province to ensure that immediate needs are being met. 
 Welcome to The Alberta Flood Rose Project.  
During July 2013, The Alberta Flood Rose Project invited all Calgary and area working visual artists to create and donate an original, unframed 4"x4" (inch) piece of wall art, depicting the provincial flower of Alberta, the wild rose.  The finished pieces were arranged into eight groups of 81, and were framed together as larger "collection" pieces
The flood waters rose... Albertans rose to the challenge!
This is my contribution, I painted up two different roses and added sparkles beads and resin to set them. A little different for me but they look like tiles with a nice hard gloss finish.

This is the website to view the collection and fundraisers this project is still committed to. There are posters of the art, books and even some wonderful original panels of the original artworks for purchase.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jazz Man

Jazz, Man
This fellow was sitting beyond the market in New Orleans and played a few tunes for us.  He had just a joyful soul and made us smile. 

Donations to the Airdrie Food Bank Fundraiser for the Flood in Calgary

The Quote on the bowl is from Hellen Keller, It reads
" One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar "

The Painting is "NOSE CREEK" 12 X 16 
It was generously framed by Red Leaf Framers on Calgary for the fund raiser.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wolf Drum

My friend Sandra set me up to paint her friends home made drum. Very authentic. So here is the underpainting.  I had many ideas of plans but did not find a Cherokee symbol of the wolf lots of eagles so omitted my original idea and am going ahead with just the glare of the wolf portrait style on the drum face.
I am going to call this finished as soon as the whiskers are added

Friday, July 19, 2013

European Trip

Adding to my trip portfolio which includes new york, new orleans, hawaii, mexico, western and atlantic canada
Here is venice

Monday, July 1, 2013

Western Art for the Airdrie Rodeo

Every June the Smitty's restaurant is dolled up in Western Artwork.  here is a new one I painted, This is one of the horses in the Corral from last years rodeo.This year I have quite a few at Smitty's but there are three other artists participating as well. These will be up all during the Calgary Stampede and throughout the summer as rodeos around Alberta Commence.

Here is another little painting I have at Smitty's 

more zhaoming wu workshop