Category Archives: Sketches, etc

Quick sketches done mostly on a daily basis of home, cities visited and holidays.

Year of the pig 2019

The year 2019 is the 12th year of the Chinese calendar symbolized with the pig. Many explanations are given for why the pig received this last place finish- the wolf destroyed his house and he was re-building, he overslept and then stopped to have lunch on his way to the selection committee.

Every 12 years if you are born under the zodiac sign of the pig you are not lazy as many may think. I see it as the need for more time to consider the situation. You are humourous, honest and understanding of others.

So I took in upon myself to sketch at the market here in Mexico at the butcher stalls. Pig, cow or goat heads hang side by side with individual parts of the carcasses. Unbelievable, I was completely out of my comfort zone as a landscape painter of harmonious colours and shapes.

Real food, here is part of the process to my table

Real Food, before they invented styrofoam packaging

Flowers everywhere in large buckets of water at the market in Cubasa tin pail

Winter 2019

I continue to work in my studio on new paintings and updating others. It a cosy feeling when you are working on spring landscapes with lovely greens and blues when outside it is minus zero or below here in Quebec .

Recently, I have been looking at the paintings of Neo Expressionist Danish painter Per Kirkeby  ( September 1, 1938-May 9, 2018). I am attracted to his paintings for their earthy tones which correspond to the natural tones of our landscapes. Here is a quote from  him ” My canvas is the plot of land and my colours- that is, the matter of paint itself- are the soil, the flower beds, with their different components and varying textures”. Simply stated but it does explain his works.

I like to “top up my painting mind” by looking at works I have a sensitivity for and Per Kirkeby is one of those artists.

Here are two recently completed 2019 oil paintings.

Spring Marshland




December 2018

The end of another year is fast approaching, thanks for your support this year. My solo show at the Two Barn Owls in Hudson, Qc was a success. I appreciated seeing old clients and new ones who supported me with purchases and kind words.

I am happy to say the Old Brewery Mission of Montreal received a donation of almost 5,000$ thanks to the selling of art pieces at the annual square art exhibition. This was my 3rd time contributing to this effort and I appreciate all who bought my roosters.


Presently I am working on new canvases and reworking older canvases in my studio. Season Greetings and Happy New Year.

Fall 2018

My painting exhibition, at the Two Owl Barn in Hudson, Qc finished on September 2. I appreciated the expertise of owners Mavis and Nancy, the support of my family, friends and clients in giving me a wonderful two weeks at the gallery.

Two Barn Owls, Hudson, Qc

Coasters of my paintings

Kamouraska Shoreline, Qc

interior of Two Barn Owls Gallery with my painting of the village church in Kamouraska, Qc

My next collaboration will be with the Old Brewery Mission of Montreal. This will be the third year for the Annual Square Foot Art organized by Montreal artists Sue Porter and Karen Hosker, save the date – November 10 at 232 chemin  Senneville, Senneville Qc, from 11 to 4.

Summer 2018- August

My exhibition at the Galerie 2 Barn Owls, Hudson, QC commences on Friday, Aug. 24 with a vernissage from 5-7pm. Suzy will be my bartender in her converted vintage Rice Horse Trailer. Please come and enjoy. From Aug. 25 until Sept. 2, I will be present at the gallery on Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4. These are the same opening hours as the 2 Barn Owls. You will enjoy the creative talented works of art by co-owner Mavis and Nancy in the adjacent room.


This summer is hot and it was a good choice for vacation time to go to Vancouver island and visit our friends. Here we dined on local food and watched the ocean.

Sushi Ichi in Parksville, is an eatery we visit each time we come to the island. Sushi rolls, tempura, Japanese soup and warm sake.

We always dine at Cuckoo Trattoria in Coombs on the terrasse or inside.The menu has a wide variety of Italian favourite and all are wonderfully good.

At Kingfisher Spa and Resort, Courtenay Comox, we stop for lunch at Aqua Ocean 7.  The vista toward the ocean is spectacular and the food exceptional with choice of mussels, seafood chowder, salmon and many other seasonal local foods.

I have my watercolours and paper with me but did only a few sketches.