Happy Opening Week!!

Through September and into October Sun Peaks can be a quiet place. The guests and many of the seasonal workers are largely gone and most businesses take a little break to recoup or renovate.  The place is not dead entirely but it does take on a sleepy, dreamlike state. Then, starting somewhere in late October,…

new painting “Alpine Autumn”

And here it is. This great big hulking landwhale of canvas and acrylic. This time suck of epic proportions.  Just when I thought it would NEVER be done with. Finishing this 1.2 x 1.2 meter, heavily detailed canvas has been a ten month test of fortitude as well as a bit of boredom. Yes, there…

End of season update

  Well now, that went by fast. Last time I checked in here it was January and the high season was still new. And now, its all over. But while most of BC experiences proper spring it is still snow boots and white stuff around here. Its melting fast but the melting is interspersed with…

deep freeze, guerrilla snowshoe knitter and Happy New Year!

Happy 2017 everyone! The Christmas holiday has come and gone. It was fun but I can’t say I am sad it is over. Two weeks of rushing, overeating, and enforced togetherness has its place but is not healthy (for this family anyhow) in the long run. So I quite happily saw the kids up the pommel…

What is this “The Tipsy Pine”?

What is this “The Tipsy Pine”? And where did “The Humble Dauber” go? Those who check into this site occasionally may have noticed the change in site name. At the heart of it, its just a name. Just me, painting the landscapes that I love. Same as before. But it does signal a shift on…

new painting – Toward the Village – Afternoon Light

Hello readers, Only a few more days until Christmas. Last weeks’ Arctic front kept me off the hills and in front of the easel. Because of this I finished a fair sized painting in a little over a week. A rare occurrence. This scene is once again taken from in back of the house and…

new painting and lots else new…

So much new stuff to tell! I won’t bore you with details, but we have moved to a new (hopefully forever) house in a new town (Sun Peaks, British Columbia). We have a new puppy. Kids have a new school (where they can ski at recess!!!). We are making new friends and have new neighbours….

On cleaning out Kris’s studio

My mother-in-law, Kris, was a prolific and talented painter. For her, the passion started as a way to survive a small northern town, to keep busy after her early retirement, and as a sort of competitive sport with her sisters. Through the years, however,  “Painter”  became a large part of her identity. Kris passed away just…

Back in the homeland

Oh my goodness. That was a month. We have thankfully landed back in Canada.  All the bureaucracy, logistical complexities, sorting, downsizing, flat cleaning (to Swiss standards, mind you), tying up of loose ends, sad goodbyes, and the final journey “home” is done. We have been here over a week now and it is all feeling…

Last painting in Switzerland…

Yesterday I applied the final varnish to my last “Swiss” painting. While it was drying and waiting for its new owner (the lovely Canadian family across the way) I cleaned, sorted, culled and packed my supplies. I will not use these again until our cargo container makes it through the Panama canal to Vancouver and…

new painting – Autumn, Finstersee

Hello there, The time is drawing close on our big move back to Canada – a month to go. Despite the bigness of this move there is surprisingly little to do now except slowly organize and wait. Luckily, a commission project has kept my mind off of the big changes ahead. This painting was supposed  to…

new painting – Autumn Valley

Well hello there, So, its is FINISHED – this behemoth painting that I have been working on for the better part of two months. Its, well, bright. What is surprising, though, is that it is not much more vivid than the actual photo used as its source. Yes, autumn in Algoma country (Ontario, Canada) really does look…