New work: Getting ready for Bancroft Studio Tour!

The Bancroft Studio Tour is coming up fast! Black Spruce Art Works is a destination on the tour on the weekends of September 16, 17 & 23, 24. My guest artist is the amazing, award winning painter Carol Westcott.
My own work continues to be very much inspired by the surrounding landscape here in Hastings Highlands, and is at times verging towards the abstract.

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Little Bog in the April Woods No. 2 40″ x 60″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth ON

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Aerial Survey 60″ x 20″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth ON

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Work from Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition July 14 – 16

TOAE was lots of fun and a great success!! I had a wonderful time seeing many familiar faces and meeting lots of new ones. A huge thank you to all who came out, and to those who added one of my paintings to their collections!

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Tamarack Bog No. 3 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel. This painting is the winner of the David B Milne Award of Best in Show at the Art Gallery of Bancroft Annual Juried Show – as well as winner of the People’s Choice Award. Available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Little Pond Deep in the Woods 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel. Available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Tamarack Bog No 2 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel. Available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Paddle 30″ x 30″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Waterlovesong No. 1 30″ x 30″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Waterlovesong No. 2 30″ x 30″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Waterlovesong No. 3 30″ x 30″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Dwelling 30″ x 60″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo SOLD

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The Kingfisher Waits 20″ x 70″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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The Trail Behind My House No. 1 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Warm Rain 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth SOLD

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April Thaw No. 4 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo SOLD

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April Thaw No. 5 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Little Bog in the April Woods 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth

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Nearly Silent 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Sparrow Song 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo SOLD

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Still, Summer 2 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Still, Summer 1 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Still, Summer 3 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Southwood 40″ x 48″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Spring at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth!

My little gallery is all spruced up for spring, with fresh paint on the walls and many new paintings hanging – some from my Art Gallery of Bancroft show, some newer still – and lots more in progress in the studio. The weather is warming up and there seem to be more visitors every weekend here in the busy town of Maynooth!

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April Thaw No. 3 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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April Thaw No. 2 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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April Thaw No. 1 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Cedar Lake Camp No. 2 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Gallery 133, Toronto

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Cedar Lake Camp No. 3 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Gallery 133, Toronto

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October: Track & Tower Trail 20″ x 60″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Gallery 133, Toronto

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Egan Chutes 20″ x 60″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth ON SOLD

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The Trail Behind My House 20″ x 60″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Musicale 24″ x 50″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo

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Little Clearing in the April Woods 40″ x 60″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Gallery 133, Toronto

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So I can find you in the forest 40″ x 40″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Gallery 133, Toronto

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Reflect 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth ON

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Whisper & Trill No. 2 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel, available at Black Spruce Art Works, Maynooth ON

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Art Gallery of Bancroft April 5 to 29

Invocation is the title of my show at the Art Gallery of Bancroft.  I have sixteen large paintings – mostly brand new – which depict my feelings of intimacy and belonging to the northern environment where I now reside.
I am leading a workshop at the gallery on Sunday April 23 called “Liberate your Landscapes” about creating personal and painterly work from your photos.

This is my exhibition statement:

Invocation
[in-vuh-key-shuh n]
noun
1. the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, Muse, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like.
For all my painting life, I’ve been a painter of landscapes: big skies, open vistas, distant woods and evocative atmospheres. And all my life, I’ve lived in the city. That landscape was something I dreamed of, and longed to be in, and would head to at any opportunity.
And now I live here, in the place I’ve always painted. And there has been a subtle shift in what I paint – no longer are my landscapes dreamy, distant, idealized places, but real, rugged and textured. My muse lives in these woods, and I am feeling the roughness of the bark, I’m hearing the rustlings and chirrupings, and smelling the brackish water of the bog. I am now a part of the place I paint.

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Opening Reception on Friday April 7 was well attending and lots of fun!

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Lodge 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Still 36″ x 36″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

 

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Whisper & Trill 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Tamarack Bog No. 1 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Kingsway-Lambton United Church Show & Sale April 1

I had a terrific show at the Kingsway-Lambton United Church. Thanks to all who came out to this fantastic event!IMG_20170401_150418163

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Backwoods 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Rangers Lake 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Red Canoe 12″ x 12″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Cedar Lake Camp cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

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Steadfast cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel SOLD

 

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Exhibit at Kidd Gallery, Kingston General Hospital: March & April 2017

I have thirteen paintings – some brand new, some from over the past year -on display in the busy Kidd Gallery at the Kingston General Hospital. The show is up until the end of April.

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The Trail Behind My House No. 2, 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel

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The Trail Behind My House No. 3, 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel

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The Trail Behind My House No. 4, 24″ x 24″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel

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Fireflies in the Dusky Woods

I just completed this painting, which I’m delivering to Earls Court Gallery next week, for their “Out of the Back” show, featuring new work by gallery artists, February 23 to March 25. The painting is an exciting one for me in that there are figures in it (egads!) and it has a bit more of narrative feel. Fireflies in the Dusky Woods is derived from a bunch of photos I took of my three kids, meandering through the woods one evening when we were camping near Thunder Bay.

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Fireflies in the Dusky Woods 40″ x 40″ cold wax, oil & dry pigment on wood panel: available at Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton ON

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