Friday, April 21, 2017

   Finally ready to go. Tomorrow we begin our annual Durham West Studio Tour. Lis Simpson
   and Ed Keith are guests again. Looking forward to meeting everyone again!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Preparing for the Durham West Studio Tour, April 22, 23rd. These are two very colourful
    non-objective paintings on my studio floor awaiting completion . Still a few additions
    before they're ready to hang. Please come by and see the completions.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

                            This is a new one, also done. Looks so much better in real life
                             viewing. Will be on display April 22nd and 23rd. Scene is from
                             Trinity Newfoundland. Dramatic sky colours and resulting ground
                              reflections amped up the intensity!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

   This is a portion of a larger painting ( 48 x 36) based on a theme I have revisited many times.
    Quite a few years ago I went on a journey around Haliburton with my daughter Angela, her
    husband Doug, Doug's mother Marie, his sister Elizabeth and Sue. It was a studio Tour. Up
    on a very steep hill was a home that didn't have electricity or running water. They grew their
    own food. In the garden were the biggest sunflowers I ever saw. They were over 7 feet tall
    with huge heads. This painting is a composition made of many of these flowers. A beautiful
    experience. This is not complete but will be for the Durham West Studio Tour of April 22, 23rd!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


         First, I want to hear about beauty. I want to know what you love. I want to know what
         words of love have been written on your heart - how you could smile at the bold beauty
         of a solitary hedgerow campion (flower) in December; how your taste buds might find
         sweet delight in freshly dug early potatoes, the way your flesh glows in the summer.
         Love creates beauty. I want to know how you create beauty, about the woods and
         beaches that you love; I want to know if Bach harmonies lift the top off your head.
         I want to know how you suck life into your being and live it, feel it, like sharp air
         in the lungs on a frozen, moon-smiling, diamond-clear night, and how your chest
         opens to compass the Cosmos.      Adrian Rose

                      After attending a show at the McMichael with many Norval Morrisseau
                      paintings on display, I came to the studio and played around again with
                      the iris as subject but the background as mini-plot. The dark outlines
                      suggest Morrisseau influence as do the bold colours!