new painting – snowy pines

Dear visitors, I will take the opportunity of your stopping by to say that I hope you had a merry Christmas and will have a happy New Year – full of whatever it is that you like best for your New Year celebration. For me, this is pajamas, costume dramas, food I don’t have to…

Thank you!

Hello All, I mentioned in my most recent post that some of my paintings were going to a charity Christmas event at a friend’s church. Well, the event was today and I am happy to say my paintings brought in a tidy sum for the charity (an education initiative for impoverished children in South Africa)….

New painting – Unter dem Ortstock

Hello all, Two paintings posted in a week! Whoa, thats crazy. Such industry is highly unusual around here but I felt a certain sense of purpose with this little fellow. You see, I unloaded a bunch of paintings today to be auctioned for charity at a friend’s church. Most of the paintings I had to donate…

autumn update

Hi all, November! Where has the autumn gone? It is a beautiful season as well as a busy season. Weekdays are swallowed up by things domestic and school routines (plus residual physio and medical appointments from the accident – soon to thankfully taper off). Weekends have been largely given to outings, hikes, seasonal festivals and…

cows in bonnets!

Hello all, September 23 was the first official day of autumn. In Switzerland, autumn means many things – folk festivals, harvest, morning mists, pumpkin soup, wild game and spaetzle in the restaurants, and socially acceptable fondue-eating (eating fondue prior to autumn is for tourists and people who are too crass to know better – according…

New painting – “Fishing Hole at Sunset”

Hello all, This painting is of Shannon Lake in West Kelowna – only a few minutes away from where our family lives. We would retreat there many evenings to fish, walk, and just enjoy the sunset. So it seems that kids in school + autumn = painting productivity. Those of you who have checked in with this blog…

new painting – “Falls at Ruine Wildenburg”

Hi all, After a summer away visiting the folks in Canada, finally another painting. This one is taken from a local family hike to the 800 year old castle ruins at Wildenburg (Kanton Zug, Outing to Ruine Wildenburg). For those of you that live around here and haven’t been, I would really recommend it. Near the…

may and june 2015 wanders

Hi folks, I have come to terms with the fact that a weekly post for my walks is not sustainable, and very possibly boring. For this reason I think I will post a monthly recap of our travels and wanders by the month. I think its kind of a nice idea… Switzerland by the month…

new painting – Silver Sands Beach, SA

Finally. This one took awhile, what with spring and bikes and low attention span and hospitals and casts and useless right hands, little wonder. This painting is a sort of thank-you gift for a wonderful friend and her family, destined for their family summer house on this beach in South Africa. I hope it suits…

HD gets a weeklong holiday at kantonspital

True, it has been awhile. I still have that same beach scene that I am “a week away from finishing” and have added no wander posts despite spending a good amount of time out there in the spring swiss countryside. Truth is I had been pretty absorbed in rediscovering my old pre-kids love of mountain…

weekend wander – march 22/15 (and “false spring”)

Folks from around here know not to trust the weeks of warm sunshine and the big melts of March. A person could be forgiven for not believing that winter could return after the weather we had last week. But the locals are right. The high moorland crocuses and snowdrops are once again covered in another…

new painting – Gerlos in Thaw

Hi all, Just in time for the weekend I have finished my latest little painting, “Gerlos in Thaw.” The source material is a photo from a hike on a sunny afternoon during our ski vacation in Zillertal, Austria. This one is a little rougher, a little less sentimental than the last. Frustratingly, my regular “panel” (certain family…