recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Monday, August 26, 2013


 For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.      
             Leonardo da Vinci 

August remains of the day, oil, cold wax  on canvas, plein air, 8x8in, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013


my witness is the empty sky

Jack Kerouac

August, remains of the day, oil on canvas, plein air, available

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

self portrait

Another re-work of a painting from last August that I wasn’t happy with. This year, I`ve been especially moved to paint my `homeland` as it might be the last summer here-change is in the air. 

 As followers know, this tree has been a constant in my work over the years. With it’s wild unkempt branches growing in different directions I consider it to be a self portrait. 

 August, oil on canvas, 24x36in, 2013

We have had cooler weather and early in the season, lots of rain. I have never seen so many apples adorn this wild tree since I moved here fourteen years ago so am assuming the season’s climate has factored in.

On a related note I have just returned from a press conference for the The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. It`s location, at Christie Lake Conservation area, is beautiful! The outdoor music event  features farmers markets as well as visual art. 

It was really lovely to meet some of the farmers and musicians at this morning’s media conference, although I think my enthusiasm over meeting White Horse in person might have placed me high on their `beware`  list of stalkers! 

Melissa McClelland & Luke Ducet (whitehorse)

Follow up

Below a few images of Sunday`s 
workshop held at my place. I also wanted to report that my opening at Earls Court Gallery went REALLY well, however their photographer is on vacation so I will not be able to post images until she returns. 

in order of appearance:
Daryl, Liz, Bob, Marj

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

plein air painting workshop in the garden

This beautiful weather has even made my garden glow-come out this Sunday afternoon to paint it or the surrounding vineyards. Thank you to GPAG for the opportunity to introduce this plein air workshop. All levels welcome.The fee is a steal at only 25.00 members and 35.00 non members. If it rains we will work in the studio at the Grimsby Public Gallery with fresh cut flowers. Please register via the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
phone: 905-945-3246

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

openly exposed

 I dropped this new painting off at Earls Court Gallery-in hopes it will be included in my upcoming show with Dara Anam  However, aesthetically it depends on the combined body of work. The curator has an excellent eye and I am happy to go along with her decision--fingers crossed!

 July, goodbye, oil / cold wax on canvas, 30x40in, 2013

I confess that I abhor openings where my work is featured and I must show up- I feel vulnerable and exposed and all I want to do is run and hide. my saving grace? WINE!

That's not to say I'm not excited to see everything up, as well as chat with old and new friends as well as collectors who will be attending. If you are in the region, please stop by for some art, wine & refreshments.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

July (goodbye)

I set off last night hoping for a brilliant sunset. Instead, a study in greys.
July, (goodbye), oil on canvas, 18x18in, 2013
 This is the third of the sky series on it's way out to Earls Court gallery on Saturday- hope the paint dries!