Sunday, May 14, 2017

From the Woodlot

Recent collage paintings on 8 x 8 inch Masonite panel....exiting the woodlot after cutting down old blowdown for firewood.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Black Cherry Firewood

Black Cherry Firewood
I was surprised that my little 14 inch battery pack chain saw was able to so easily handle the cutting of all this firewood (the biggest rounds are about 14 inches). In the process, I learned to effectively sharpen the chain, and do some fine tuning regarding saw maintenance. Splitting this black cherry wood with a splitting axe is surprisingly easy....nice clean splits. I wish I'd gotten to more of the blow-down in this mature woodlot in earlier years, but these battery pack chainsaws are relatively new, and it's not nearly as pleasant using a gas chain saw to do this work. I don't even attempt to do anything with the widow-makers that you can see here.....the black cherry that you see leaning is hung up on another tree, so it likely won't fall properly for a few years.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Squares

These square paintings are on 7.5 x 7.5 archival paper....from the last few days. On the same surface and size, there is also a group of abstract collages that are happening.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Five Nights in Maine

Some of my the movie "Five Nights in Maine". Written and directed by Maris Curran, starring David Oyelowo (Golden Globe Nominee), Dianne Wiest (Academy Award Winner) and Rosie Perez (Academy Award Nominee)
I think they used about 6-7 of my paintings...but I couldn't get clear views of the rest. Sorry for the horrible photos...I don't think you can really photograph a paused image...the screen flickers. This is an unbearably sad movie....
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Timid Around Chain Saws??

......a bit timid around chainsaws???
I have 2 chainsaws...but this is by far my favourite. It's powered by a battery pack that fully charges in about 2 hours. With that charge you can make about 50 cuts...which is about all that pile of wood you see in one photo. The advantage of not using gas is...first....there is no pulling to start. It's push button start, and there is NO idle. You simply press the trigger when you want to make a cut, and the machine fully stops when you... release. No messy, noisy gas motor! This saw is wayyyyy can use it without ear protection, although I always use ear protection anyway. It is good for light to middle duty work. To fell a large tree you would still need a gas chainsaw, but with this you can chop up a some pretty reasonable sizes. I use a leather sling (the pink dealy) to walk the cut up sections to the forest path, where I will load then into my garden tractor cart.

This chain saw is much easier to use than a gas powered one...but all chain saws can be very dangerous. If you have never handled a  chain saw before, take a short course on saw safety from a selling center, or get pointers from an old hand. Learn the 'dos and don'ts' and stay safe!

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Watershed Magazine, spring 2017

Watershed Magazine, spring 2017
Life in Northumberland, Prince Edward County, and Quinte

 ...a nice little writeup, with some visuals. Thank you for this, Denny Manchee!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

A Painting a Day

....from the last 3 days. The dark, broody one is done with no reference other than memory. All are on thin, gessoed panel, 8 x 8 inches.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Abstract Collages

These abstract pieces are fewer in number than the landscape pieces, but they are important to do, primarily because they open up the process, and allow for a certain reinvention.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Coming

From the last few days. Perhaps the last snow of the season has is definitely getting warmer now. Sometimes I don't get out for the daily hike until after dark.  Both are acrylic collage paintings on gessoed, thin Masonite panel 8 x 8 inches.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sundown, March 7

Acrylic on gessoed, thin Masonite panel, 8 x 8 inches. As I keep doing these, one per day, the format becomes more and more important. The size and surface that I'll work on, becomes a key component of the work session. It's the critical thing, and the first thing, that starts the energy flowing.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Snow Shadows, Easement Hill

Snow Shadows, Easement Hill
I walked deep into the forest and came to this hydro easement corridor, which one can follow for miles. It's interesting to walk these, because the elevations change quickly and dramatically, offering a variety of views. Acrylic on Canson painting paper 5.5 x 8 inches.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


3 consecutive days.....these show the variety that is built into the process, both in terms of approach to the subject, and method. The sizes and surfaces also vary.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Smallest Works....

This whole series started with works this size years ago. I just finished one today that is 4 x 7 inches...some are a little bigger. All of the ones in this short current series will go into frames and be displayed at the Buckhorn Art Festival this August. But I list them on my websites before that...and many get sold in advance. Not a worry....I just make more pieces that will fit the frames. If you come to the Buckhorn art festival, I will have an assortment of framed and unframed pieces to choose from.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Old Prison Grounds

Old Prison Grounds, Millbrook, Ontario....on location...
...the prettiest 100 acres in Millbrook, Ontario. All evidence of the old maximum security prison has been removed...a good place to walk. Made on location from the front seat of my car. Acrylic on cradled birch panel 8 x 10 x 1 inches, wired at back and ready to hang. (Sold)

 ...still a few degrees above freezing...a quiet overcast day. People pull into this space at the entrance to the old prison grounds, and walk far up the hills with their dogs. The 'no trespassing' sign is still there, but the gate is open and many people walk these grounds...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

I will be taking part in the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, in Buckhorn, Ontario, August 19th, and 20th of this year. I'll be showing a wide selection of my small works. Some will be framed, and many will also be unframed, in plastic sleeves, and can be looked through.

Years ago, this series of small landscapes began with the approximate size of the 2 pieces above...5.5 x 8 inches. These 2 are  new and were completed today and yesterday. I'm going to go back to this size for a little feels like I'm making secret messages when I work this interesting and enchanting feeling. I started making work this size while I was a teacher....I needed to  keep making work, but time was short, so I would make a piece this size when I got home from school in the evenings. I was always tired, but making one of these would rejuvenate me.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to be Prolific

Isaac Asimov's Advice on Being Prolific

...a good little article written by Charles Chu. The thoughts in here make good sense. Don't aim for perfection, but strive to do good work, every day.  Don't obsess over mistakes. Enjoy your own production. If you take some of the advice in this article, you will be less prone to creative block, and you won't fear creative block.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

2 in 1 Sitting....

Although at first glance, there may be a lot of consistency from work to work, in order to keep the process always fresh and unexpected, I mess with procedure. Although they are all small, the slight variations in size are very important and have a huge influence on the work. I change the methodology and working procedures in various ways. Here, the size is a bit smaller than usual, and 2 are done in one sitting, one right after the other. Seen here are 2 consecutive days.....2 works from one day, 2 from the next.