Sunday, 30 December 2012

Merit badges

For the family that does not want for things, a little commendation. I made a merit badge for each person in my family.

For trying new activities: 



For first-time experiences:
A teaching job

A new career path
Traveling with a passport

For exceptional performance:
Most appearances in 'The Canadian Mennonite' in the family.

Most miles traveled on the Yellowhead Highway in the family.

Becoming a superb cleaner in his 80's 

Creatively working through a transition
Life time achievement award:

For 63 years of shortbread cookies.
May the cookie-press rest in peace.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Small canvas 1

You have seen this, and this

Now we have this:

A "peace barrier" was thrown up over night!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Moving on involves revisiting "We must"

In September I posted about 2 projects: one completed We must.... and one beginning 26 x 24. Time passed, travel happened, Christmas preparations happened, but the painting with a beginning did not happen.   

Try as I might to get the vibe for the new painting, conceiving and discarding loads of ideas, I could not push it forward. I don't necessarily know when a painting action is right, there is always risk that the idea or execution will fail, but I try to avoid the ones that I know are clearly not right. So nothing happened. Finally I imposed a picket fence on the beginning painting. Then nothing. 

In doing some shifting around for Christmas, I moved We Must.... When I walked past it in its new location I knew that what was bogging down where I was trying to go was too much happening in the one before: We must ..... was too full and busy. Something was lost because too much was there. My intention when I started the frame part was to just have enough to suggest or imply it, but it was fun to do and I didn't stop until it was all there. Finally I could see that it was overwhelming the can't get around it template. Everything needed more space to breath. Here, once again is We must.....    

And here is 26 x 24, becoming: 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Just Food online exhibition

In 2010, 18 artists from Canada and around the world were asked to interpret the meaning of the human right to food. I was one of 6 artists from Canada involved. The show will finish touring at the end of this year, but is now available at any time online. My 2 paintings are at the very bottom.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Monday, 10 December 2012


Acknowledging roots in their crazy splendour.

The getting-ready-to-move edition. It was time to think inside the box.   2010

A partridge in a pear..... 2011
Our new yard had 2 uberproductive pear trees.                    

Friday, 7 December 2012


"Take time"    2006

"Merry Christmas time"  2007

In Norway, tassels on wedding clothes promise fertility. 
This paper Christmas tassel promotes fertility of gardens, ideas, etc.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Both of my children were away to school. The light was in the window to guide them home. Our cat, forever watchful (and still living at 19 1/2) on the lookout.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." 


Homage to Gaudi. I spent a month in Spain in 2005.
Feliz Navidad

Monday, 3 December 2012


The year of house renovation    2000
"O hush the noise and cease the strife and hear the angels sing."

Writing off the Rural West, edited by Roger Epp and Dave Whitson published   2001

"When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendours fling."

"O rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing."  2002