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…

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…

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 – “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 – Gottschalkenberg, New Year’s Day

Well, that took awhile. The paint-over is now complete. I will leave to you decide if you like it or not. Myself, I am ambivalent – mostly out of weariness from having to look at it. While I still maintain the re-do was a good thing, it really sucks the joy out of the process. So I…

new painting – view of kleiner mythen

Hello all, It has certainly been awhile. Bad weather and family commitments have kept me from my walks and shear laziness has kept me from painting and writing. I have, however, managed to finish one small painting. The material for this came from my hike awhile ago to Sattel. It was a lovely day, but…

weekend wander, june 2/2014

Oh, what a good weekend! I was very fortunate this weekend to have a partner in crime in the person of my lovely sister-in-law, Michelle. Now, I generally enjoy the solitude of my weekend wanders, but there are certainly a few people whom I would always welcome to walk with me. “Mitch” is one of them….

weekend wander – may 25/2014

Hello and happy sunday – especially to those visitors from the other side of the pond who are lucky enough to just be starting theirs! True to my word I managed a weekend wander and a little outdoor sketching today. Given that Saturday was taken up by visit to Basel, that left only sunday for…

on beginning a new painting…

After completing Höllgrotten in Spring Storm and taking a day to relax, I am back at it. But the excitement I felt at looking forward to beginning something new has turned to that familiar feeling of anxiety. Yes, starting a new painting scares me. I am afraid of regressing, rather than moving forward in skill and expression….

new painting – höllgrotten in spring storm

Hi all. Happy monday! To celebrate the beginning of the week I am posting my just-finished painting Höllgrotten in Spring Storm. The title is pretty self-explanatory. Höllgrotten is a pretty cool cave system near here that the family went to visit near the end of March. Unfortunately, we did not know it was still closed for the…

How do you measure success?

Hey fellow amateurs- how do YOU measure the success of one of your works? Does just getting one finished make you happy? Is it by the praise of your nearest and dearest? Obvious technical improvement? Success in a club show? A sale? I have a hunch that for most of you (correct me if I…

the brain

Awhile back I did a painting of an autumn landscape. Without being able to express why (something to do with colour), I was quite pleased with the results. I framed it and hung it up in a prominent area of our living room. I was proud of it. Then came my friend, I will call…