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…

new painting – Mitch’s Canoe

Hello there, The past two weeks have been the kid’s spring break. We had high hopes for a nice outdoors “staycation.” Early last week was looking good – warm sun, cherry blossoms, and everything a bright green. And then, this: Yes, I know we could get out there anyway. Maybe throw some snowballs or something….

new painting -The Quiet Hour (Shannon Lake, West Kelowna)

Hi there! Thank goodness. Our local snow is gone. Sure, I can still see it up in the mountains. I don’t care.I am declaring it SPRING. I didn’t have to wear socks outdoors yesterday, so it must be true. This painting was part of my “putting away” of winter. I just could not handle another…

new painting -Peek-a-boo Mythen

Hello all, A new painting! It is always a good Sunday and a good end to the week when I finish a painting. It gives me a sense of accomplishment that allows me to spend the rest of the day doing absolutely nothing. Well, except making dinner. And cleaning. And laundy. And hollering at the…

second time around…

Hello there, I have been busy finishing a commission piece – a copy of an earlier painting “Gottschalkenberg – New Year’s Day”. It was interesting repeating an earlier project. It seems to me that many of the things that happen in my paintings happen quite by accident – so trying to repeat these “accidents” is…

new paining – Tödi in the Distance

Hello All, First painting of the year! I have been working on this one since before going to Canada in December. For those of you who check out the blog occasionally, you may recognize the scene as a pretty literal interpretation of a previous photo taken this fall. We were hiking in Braunwald, Kanton Glarus….

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)….