Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Ready for Halloween"

"Ready for Halloween" oil on 8x8 board

A little pug that belongs to a friend and neighbour close by, he is the cutest well dressed dog in the neighbourhood
this little painting I call all ready for Halloween.
Fun to paint!

Monday, October 10, 2016

"Two Friends"

"Two Friends"  Oil on  8x8 board

Last week  we delivered a painting 8x8 oil on board it was of two horses close together. Our neighbour asked if I could paint it for a close friend who was upset her horse had died suddenly. She had him for 33 years and they were very close.

The picture has a story and made me think how much intelligence horses have.

It seems the horse in the back of the picture is younger a close friend to the older one. It seems if the older horse decided to rest and sit down the younger one stayed close by his side if any other horse came near he would make sure it moved away in short shrift  they were true friends!

My thoughts are we don't know half about animals and their obvious abilities to help and care for their own kind.


PS thank you Marianne giving me the opportunity to pick up the brushes again! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"By the Grackle, Schomberg"

By the Grackle! Oil on 8x10 board

Grackle Coffee in Schomberg has fast become very popular,now having a Barista
that serves some of the best coffee the whole of King not only that they encourage
Good Eating and the best selection of ice cream you can imagine.

It's a small place that's fun to visit and enjoy their company , pop in and meet them
it's the Schomberg fair this weekend a great place to visit for a fun day.
John took this picture some time ago, I decided to try a small painting oil on
board 8 X 10. just to show you this little treasure!
Ps the Grackle sign has changed since the photo was taken.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"The Royal Pug"

"Royal Pug" oil on 8x10 board
Our Blog has been very quiet lately,due to unforeseen ailments along with a broken right shoulder, but we have more or less come through all that, and very grateful to be on the mend enough for brushes and paint to be used!

When I saw this little pug all dolled up in his red scarf and looking quite royal it gave me a smile and a little motivation to paint him on 8x10 board in oils. 

I will say I found the red scarf quite a challenge especially the light and shade to make it look silky.

Hopefully I will get back into the groove and looking forward to what might take my fancy for the next subject.

Meantime John is painting but not on canvas,we decided to paint the stairs not a nice job,but, it's coming along slowly and will perk up the hallway for Spring, he is hoping to finish a large picture half done on the easel since last September

Time flies! 

Thanks for the comments it will,speed me along to bigger things! 


Friday, January 15, 2016


"Samantha", oil on canvas board 11x14
This was a commission that had to be ready for Christmas, and I did it on time...just!
The reference photo, was from a school portrait.
My style of painting is loose, but a portrait demands precision, and I had to be very patient with myself, and not allow my eyes to confuse me!
My dear wife was of great help, pointing out errors, some of which took me a few days to accept, but it worked and at the end I'm happy with the result, and the commissioner is too!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

American Pharoah

"American Pharoah" oil on 8x10 board

After seeing a photo of Pharoah and reading the story in the attached link I decided to paint a small painting, 
He certainly a beauty and well known a horse like this doesn't come along too often. Hopefully he will have a long and happy life.

An excellent story in Pharoah is here


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Work in progress!

What next!
Got a bit lost here, you stare at horses and riders and paint what you see, then you look at your painting and it seems everything has moved, especially the horses legs!
But we shall persevere!
First painting in a year and its doing me good to get back into it.
Oil on 36x24 inch canvas, from a photo I took at Caledon couple of years ago.