Saturday, August 19, 2017

the little things

a ladybird visits one of the pods on my milkweed plants . . .

Friday, August 18, 2017

a new flower in the garden

martha washington's . . .  i hadn't heard of them until we discovered a few in the "leave 'em for dead" bin  . . . we got a great price on them, and slowly but surely they've returned from their state of near goneness . . .    this is the first flower they've produced . . . .

Thursday, August 17, 2017

international black cat day

yes it is!
here's mica (the black girl kitten) snuggled in with moksha her striped tabby brother . . .

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

a new piece

she challenged me:
"create a painting that uses grey scale - and one other colour."
i chose blue . . .

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

a late summer sky

i love the late summer clouds. so massive and majestic!

Monday, August 14, 2017

studio buddies

when i paint, these two like to keep me company. sometimes resting their paws on my shoulders to watch, sometimes racing across my lap in the middle of one of their scraps . . . .
usually though, they snuggle together and sleep . . .

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

trusting in the good stuff!

among the small joys . . . alternately trusting and ignoring the directions on her cell phone as we made our way across the southern ontario landscape . . .

Friday, August 11, 2017

just finished . . .

this would have been my dad's birthday . . .
i used this day to create a small six by six inch painting . . . .

Thursday, August 10, 2017

up above the world so high

i love when the clouds gather into these great fluffy beasts!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

storm clouds over warsaw

sitting by the indian river . . . .

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

finished . . . !

this painting waited patiently for months for me to find time to complete it . . . .

Monday, August 7, 2017

ride to the hills

my favourite part of the ride north through the hills to my home in peterborough is the view from perrytown across the ganaraska forest . . .

Sunday, August 6, 2017

ride to the sea!

i rode my bicycle down to my mum's home in cobourg  . . .

Saturday, August 5, 2017

august 5th. 2017

well, today i begin my sixty-first lap around the local star.

if you use birthdays as a measure of endings and beginnings (which of course is unrealistic but handy all the same) then i can look back on this year past and see a year filled with change, challenge, blessings, and of course goodness.

i've enjoyed an incredible year having switched grades for the first time in sixteen years and being gifted with a wild, fun, understanding group of grade twos. 
i met a truly wonderful woman who has brought hope. love, and goodness with her in so many ways. 
my son moved in with me.
my gardens are happy for the first time in years.
my paintings are growing in every way.
the kittens moksha and mica moved in here.
yep, it’s been a year filled with all the blessings and challenges of being a dad, a son, a nephew, a friend, a teacher, and all the many things that i am, each of which i treasure for the gifts that they are.

friends i am deeply grateful for your many kindnesses, for your insights, and especially for the simple fact that you live your passions out loud. thankyou for all that you are and do.

i was born at 8:30 pm. it was a monday.
my mum was in labour off-and-on with me for two days!
she told me just two days ago that i was indecisive about which part of my body was going to enter this world first - my feet or my head. 

this is how my life has unfolded, will i jump in feet first or head first?

thankyou for having me mum!

as walt whitman said . . .
"you have done such good to me,
i would do the same to you."

have a peaceful day!

with my love       


Friday, August 4, 2017

my little studio

this is the space i created for myself in order to create . . .

Thursday, August 3, 2017