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.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Percherons oil on 11x14 board

I really enjoyed painting these two horses close up, mainly because of the different subtle colours in their coats varying from blues to blacks Browns and orange and because they were both standing so close together it took time to make sure they looked separate!

It was a challenge which encouraged me to squint a lot!

My thanks to you Barry for such great photos
They can be seen here:


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Peony in Ichiban Vase

Peony in Ichiban Vase, oil on 8x10 canvas

I was lucky enough to be given a gift made by one of Johns friends it's  a wooden vase with spikes for the flowers so you can arrange and keep them secured in place. Our peonies this year were battered with continuous  rain when in full bloom, but I managed to rescue a few and this is the result of a study I painted today.
I enjoyed it too using bright colours made a change from what  I use for horses or pets.
Thank you Mike, I really like my gift.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wet bird

"You never had a bath?" oil on 8x10 canvas

This is from a photo taken by Barry Wallace in his garden in King City, a picture of a Robin just coming from the bird bath on a hot day. I thought it was an opportunity to paint it,loved the indignant look and the wet feathers of the bird.

Barrie manages to capture some great pictures on his journey around the King Area and he is an avid Birder too, he has as many as ten bird feeders and the water bath in his garden plenty of food for the passing birds who pop in for a quick feed and a clean up before their travels.
This is a North American Robin.


Barry Wallace's blogs can be seen here:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Felicity & Davoo"

'Davoo & Felicity", oil on 8x8 panel
"Davoo" oil on 8x10 panel

These two paintings were a commission for a birthday gift for Felicity who has a passion for horses.
Her Mum was able to send photographs of her favourite ride, and I was able to paint two small pictures of one with Davoo & Felicity wearing her favourite hat and the second one of the horse close up.
Her birthday was in May I hope she had a pleasant surprise.

I got an email from Felicity a couple of days ago:
" For my birthday this year I received two oil painting portraits of my precious friend Davoo. 
Davoo was my first horse that I rescued when I was 15 years old. As a young teenager I struggled with socializing so my horse was my best friend. 
Davoo was taken from me far too early on New Year's Day 2015. Although I'm still heart broken from the tragedy I am thankful for the time that I had with him. 
Both portraits of Davoo are extraordinary. I can tell that they were created with great care and passion because they both capture every strand of his beauty. They will be cherished and hanging on the walls of our farm for the rest of my life.

That made my day!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Dandelion a Welsh cross filly with Mom"

"Dandelion a Welsh cross filly with Mom", oil on 11 x1 14 board

A story about Dandelion .

A friend Marie Beard who owns horses posted a photo of Dandelion a Welsh cross filly with Mom on Face book a few weeks ago, I really liked the look of the photo and decided to paint it.

Dandelion was born at Foresthaven Farms Ltd Puslinch Ont they breed and sell Westphalian horses.
Marie luckily knows the owner and sent a message mentioning I had painted the picture and sent a copy of it to Melanie Michael to see of she liked the painting. Melanie was quite enthusiastic and really liked what she saw and was interested in purchasing, which really pleased me.

We have received an invitation to visit the Farm a great opportunity to deliver the painting and see the real deal! we are looking forward to meeting  Melanie Et al and enjoy seeing the horses, of course we will take the Camera!
It should be an interesting experience meeting another breed of horse and a day trip out!

Foresthaven Farm can be seen here: http://www.foresthavenfarm.com/


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Who are You?"

"Who are You?" oil on 8x10 board
North Halton Kitten Rescue.

We have a lot of admiration for this rescue they work extremely hard to save many kittens and cats over a year. This particular little one really went straight to my heart, his expression did it for me.  He was found with his sister who is all black they were  in pretty poor shape when found but the Rescue girls took them in and now look  healthy and ready  to love. They were out and about last weekend
this picture shows how cute they all are:

I hope they will all find their homes and live a comfortable and happy life! can you pick him out?

He is quite a colourful  kitten and very difficult to get his fur/whiskers looking quite right with perseverance I think the result looks like him it's the eyes though that makes him special .  

I believe the kittens picture was taken just after they were brought to the Rescue Centre he's growing very quickly.
8 x 10 oils on board.


North Halton Kitten rescue can be seen here: http://www.nhkr.ca/

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Has Sprung ....Almost

"Spring Has Sprung ....Almost"  8x81 oil on board

Something I know is there is a shipment of baby trees  coming all the way from Oregon, how do I know?

A lady called Ellen she and her family own a Tree farm. Ellen has been in our lives for quite a while she has a blog that we follow called "growing Gills" she's a photographer and writes about all things in nature and goes along with her lifestyle.

She appreciates everything around her and Spring  I think  is one of her special times, lots going on with the Farm and surrounding areas.

She has the ability to see beauty from her family and where she lives.

She can write poetry so well it can bring you to tears or give you a big smile for the day. We enjoy our long distant friendship and treasure her as something special she even follows our blog!

Ellen this is to go with your afternoon tea I painted this a little while ago as it looks like a fine Spring morning.
Thank you for all you do.

Cheers have a fine day.
Growing Gills cab be seen here  : http://roaring-camp.blogspot.ca/

I had to show it on the blog, this little painting has been on my mind to do for a while and for some reason gave me a lot of problems but I like the feel of it it's bright and cheerful .


Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Princess Pink and Redneck Rich"

"Princess Pink" Oil on 8x10 board

Princess Pink and Redneck Rich.

This American bulldog is part of a young family who happen to be my grandson Mitchell and his partner Courtney they live in the country on 9 acres of land which is ideal for three rambunctious dogs 2 American Bulldogs and Toby a great friendly  water dog,who has his own pond!

Courtney has a  love for her babies and Toby Mitchell's dog. They have a busy life with jobs, nine acres of land 2 trucks one a Ford and the other Courtney's a Chevy.

Even started a business Redneck Rich to add to an interesting mix of a very busy happy life.

They keep us in touch through Instagram pictures which gave me an idea after seeing this picture she posted.I thought it was a good opportunity to paint 'Princess Pink for Courtney
as a surprise, just hope she gets a kick out of it.


Redneck Rich can be seen here:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Flowers in a glass vase

"Flowers in a glass Vase" oil on 8x10 board

A repeat of an earlier study.

I wanted to paint a still life, last time I managed to make an effort that pleased me , but in the back if my mind I knew I could improve it.

Glass ware is always difficult with reflections and there were plenty! So the need for me was patience and determination.  

The dark background brought out the colours which I like.  


Monday, February 23, 2015

"Hay, What do you want?"

"Hay, what do you want?" Oil on 11x14 board

Dog Tales & Rescue Sanctuary.
They are located in King Township, a very interesting animal rescue place.

This latest painting of two retired horses attracted me, again  borrowing the picture from Barry Wallace our roving pro photographer of King Township. This year Barry has braved the exceptional  icy weather and taken some incredible photo's one of which has given me the opportunity to paint just one of them. He gives a story of our area in pictures from the past and what we were and what is happening for the future. We are fortunate to live in this area combining History and the future and some fun ones too.

I enjoyed the working on this painting (11 x 14) although it was a challenge
Thank you Barry for sharing.

Barry Wallace has a blog here:

Sunday, February 1, 2015

"I'm Watching You!"

"I'm Watching You!"" oil on 11x14 board

This Icelandic horse seems to be a little distracted so I managed to realize horses do seem to have some communication with each other, and figured out she obviously is talking to someone about the state of her mane and definitely needs a shampoo and a trim!

Icelandic horses are becoming very popular, their gate makes it easy to ride them and although small have a lot of stamina. This picture was taken at Onice Farm in Caledon it is surrounded  in lovely Countryside when the weather is cold they have a beautiful Arena where they give classes. In summer there is always a lot going on and worth a trip to meet the owners who will show you around and introduce you to these lovely horses up close, they own quite a large herd and know every one by name.

Owners Brian, Wendy ,Sydney ( she is the trainer) Horas are busy people but,they always have time to talk when it's about their passion for Icelandic horse.

This year is an exciting time because the PanAm games are going on close by at the Caledon Equine Centre.