Tuesday, 26 November 2013

♫ #Christmas Driving back home after that first snowfall, got a happy feeling listening to this @AmyGrant tune

                           "There's a happy feeling nothing in this world can buy ..." - Amy Grant

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

♫ Which song from the 70's has words from Psalm 137 and Psalm 19 ?

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer - Psalm 19:14

Saturday, 23 November 2013

#Cheese I love Hebrews 13:2 and white Stilton with Cranberry

Tastes best when shared

Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! - Hebrews 13:2

This, then, is how you should pray - Jesus

                                                          The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

Thursday, 21 November 2013

♪ Listening to favourites from the 70's

"Some people never say those words "I love you"
But like a child, they're longing to be told" - Paul Simon

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

#Money Whenever I am at the mercy of a #bank, #insurance company or #tax collector, I am reminded of Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.
When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away - Matthew 22:15-22

Sunday, 17 November 2013

#Leather Out there in those days, I couldn't find a jacket I liked, so I made my own ...

This is one of three leather jackets I've made so far ... (my friend who lives in the jungle owns one of them)

Notice the imperfect lines of the stitches on the inside 

That's what happens when it's completely handmade ...

I used a needle (like the one cobblers use to repair shoes), some tough thread ...

                                                                     ...  And a lot of patience!

Adding copper and graphite while #painting the winter wheels

Fading graphite into matte black on the outside ...

And adding metallic copper on the inside ...

For those of you guys in fast cars who have many a time asked me on the road - below is how I paint the letters 

The mountain/snowflake symbol shows that a tire meets the required performance in snow testing

Cannot wait to put these on soon ...

I wonder if winter will be mild or extreme this year

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Friday, 8 November 2013

#Art Listening to Gordon Lightfoot and #painting Hardy Lake

This is my first painting in 7 months ...

Hardy Lake is in the Muskoka region and it's very scenic at this time of the year ...

Since the '70s the songs and music of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Gordon Lightfoot have been a source of inspiration for me while painting. Here is one of my favourite Gordon Lightfoot songs - Whispers of the North available on iTunes

24"x36" oil on canvas

Sunday, 3 November 2013

#Art #PaintingInProgress Been painting for the last six hours ... :-)

To be continued when the first layer dries ...

♫ Listening to Isaiah 59:20 ♪

The words are here

My favourite version of this song is from the Christmas album by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (not available on YouTube). 
It's called Christmas with Kiri Te Kanawa.

Very powerful lyrics as well!

♫ O come, thou Branch of Jesse draw
The quarry from the lion's claw;
From the dread caverns of the grave,
From nether hell, thy people save ♪

Rejoice friends!! 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Turning back #time before 2 am

Synchronize time to the U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock

or read Time Flies 

#FamilyTime is movie time :-)

I'd rate this movie 9.2 out of 10

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Haven't done a #painting in 7 months ...

... thanks to the busy, stressful, materialistic North American lifestyle (for which I am to blame) :-)

Hope to start a painting soon on this 24"x 36" canvas ...

My last painting was Wild Horses at Sunset, Montana