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Sky Drop

I had an image of an Earth Mother type figure that acted as the central engine of life. A flow of light and energy and spirit that fills everything, guided by the organizing principal that seems to be what life is, weaving ever-more widely reaching possibilities out of the materials at hand and creating the wonders that we share in as living creatures.

I wasn’t sure just how a painting of this would come together, but I at least had an idea of what it would look like.

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Time

There has been a shift, somehow, in ages past that has resulted in this place I now stand. I sometimes wonder what is the real place I am standing in. Is my perspective limited in some way? Ought I shift my viewpoint in order to really see what is around me?

Once upon a Sketchbook

12 years ago I realized that I had to do something with my artistic ability. The press of kids and work had left me with no room or desire to pursue art. But I couldn’t leave it lying fallow any longer – I was not only short-changing myself but I was depriving my family as well. It is one thing to know that a possibility exists. It is something else to begin the long process of realizing the possibility. So I decided to start drawing. Drawing is the basic artistic skill that I wanted to develop as a first step to being able to express my artistic visions.

The Boatman W.I.P.

Many, many thousands of years ago there were vast lands that now lie beneath the oceans of our world. Before the collapse of the glaciers and the rise of the waters people had a long time to knit themselves into these places that we now only can visit in dreams or visions. The Boatman guides his craft on a surface that is now hundreds of feet deep beneath the waves and 15,000 years deep in our forgotten past.

Artisans at the Distillery 2012

I am showing this upcoming long weekend in a booth at the historic Distillery District just east of Downtown Toronto. A free event in this very attractive and pedestrian friendly venue, the art show runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday August 4, 5 & 6. Officially the hours are 11 am to 6 pm each day. I’m guessing that there will be a little leeway in those times depending on crowd & weather. There are times people keep their booths open for the evening crowd.

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Square Foot 2012 AWOL Gallery

So yet again I’ve submitted 3 pieces to the AWOL gallery annual Square Foot Show. This is a Toronto show that requires all submissions to measure exactly 12″ x 12″, be no more than 5″ thick, and able to be hung squarely on a wall. The gallery hangs one, two or all three of an artists submissions depending.

The Dancer

The Crane Visits

Spring Rising

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