31 December 2009


Went for a walk along the river tonight and met a coyote.

Full moon, deep sparkling snow, coloured lights and smell of woodsmoke.
He's moving along, silhouetted against the sky, and when I stop walking he notices me and stops, too.

Head up and alert; we stare at one another.
He ducks his head and paws at the snow.
Head up again for another look, then a hop-skip-jump and he bounds lightly away.

Coyote: the trickster.

Remember your sense of humour.
Keep your eyes and ears open.
Keep an open mind.
Be prepared for sudden twists in your path.
Thus avert danger and, if you're lucky, notice the extraordinary.

Happy New Year!

19 December 2009

brief impressions

Toronto downtown view from Yonge st.

Take in the city for 10 days and then spit it out with ink on rice paper.

09 December 2009

wooed wood would

All right!
What you see here is the result of 5 sheets of 3/4" plywood ripped into strips at the lumber store. The lighter coloured ones have the bevel on one edge, the rest are just straight cuts.

A new beginning.

What the backs of these paintings look like.

It has been snowing for several days and the sparrows are fluttering and twittering in the bushes.

Now we are out of town for a couple of weeks, and then moving house straightaway we're back, so no work here for awhile. Merry Xmas everyone!

08 December 2009

'round and 'round

Another one gets the stitch:

More wood coming in tomorrow, I plan to build quite a few stretchers again.
Got the hang of making glazes without alkyd mediums & am raring to make more paintings!!
Ok, yeah, got a bunch to finish yet too... but now is the time to start some new ones, to keep the cycle going.