Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Canadian Landscapes - Limited edition 2018 wall calendars featuring my paintings

The new 2018 Mini Wall Calendars have just been printed.
Some of my latest landscape paintings are featured in this 6.5" x 8.5" calendar.


Printed on satin paper stock, 
this limited edition has been crafted in small quantities, 
and has Canadian holidays marked.


If they are still available, you can get these calendars here

Sunday, 10 December 2017

How I ended up buying a pair of battery booster cables

As I stepped into the gas station to pay for petrol, a tall lady who was with her young daughter, 
asked me if I had the cables required to start a car. 
She pointed to her large van that was parked outside at the pump, which she was unable to start.

I told her I didn't have the cables, and proceeded to the counter to pay for the petrol I had just filled.

I was suddenly reminded of how I got stuck just a few weeks ago when the battery on my car died. 
It was then that it occurred to me that I must help. 
So I asked the cashier if they sold these cables, and she took a set of battery booster cables off the shelf and gave me the price. 
Being a small store, the tall lady overheard my conversation with the cashier, and said that she wasn't able to buy the cable at that moment without checking with her husband.

It is at moments like this that I need to decide quickly ... 
... there are people waiting behind me in line to pay for gas ... 
I'd never used booster cables before, not sure how to use it ...
... and .... 
... I had a lot of reasons not to buy it ... 
... but I bought the cables. 

Learnt how to use the cables, and got the lady's car started in less than five minutes. 
She said "Thank you so much for your help! We were on our way to church"
I gave her a few tips on where she could easily replace the battery at that time in the morning. 
She said "Thanks, GOD bless you!" and she was on her way.

That's how I ended up buying battery booster cables.


If you need someone to get your car started, call me, 
and I'll be there for you!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Why is some music so hard to find?

Somehow the music I am looking for is usually not available on CD or MP3 or in any format,
on iTunes or on Amazon,
or anywhere for that matter.
Except my cassette tape!
Why?




This particular version of Island In The Sea (1987)
 features Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler along with Willie Nelson

Saturday, 2 December 2017

A day at the Cranberry Christmas Market in Mississauga

I rarely take part in painting exhibitions or art shows, and in 13 years,
this is the 2nd time I've taken paintings out of my home art gallery.
This is the Cranberry Christmas Market in Mississauga. 


Thanks to the Mississauga Arts Council
we had a great time meeting neighbours, friends, artists, 
and listening to the stories behind their artworks,


And guess who came by ...


Our Mayor is a very gracious person.
I wish her success in everything she does for our beautiful city!


Signing the guest book



Our Councillor with a painting


More photos from my 1st exhibition in Canada!

This maybe my last art show, as I focus more on art, than on show.
You are welcome to visit my home art gallery!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Painting Cardinals on the Birch Tree in our Backyard

Prompted by the cool winter evening breeze,
the two cardinals in the backyard,
And an amazing Christmas carol from 1582,
I couldn't help but paint!

These two cardinals and many others, 
are regular visitors in our backyard throughout the year




Love the angelic voice of Andrea Alonso in this particular rendition of Personent hodie
You can get the song on iTunes



This is a painting on Canadian birch wood


The male is singing ...


And the female is listening 


As the winter evening turns to night



16"x 20" oil painting on birch wood