Stages of a painting

Posted on April 12, 2019

Grade 1 Report Card

Posted on March 17, 2019

Mrs St Louis was such a nice lady.

Commission WIP

Posted on March 17, 2019

I’m running behind schedule on a commission because I didn’t like the first one and I’m doing a second. I started my process in the usual way on the first attempt by painting a burnt umber wash, waiting for it dry, and then painting using various browns. It didn’t work. I realized that the background had to be warmer, so I started the second attempt with cadmium orange instead (which took foreeeeever to dry). I think it works better with the blond, but I need to do a second pass and paint in the background flowers still. Lesson learned: you can’t do golden dogs like other dogs.

Capella Romana unveils new recording “Venice in the East”

Posted on March 1, 2019

National tour dates confirmed

“Bathed in glittering acoustics” — NY Times

“Here we have the answer to what this music can mean to us today” — LA Times

Listen here: Youtube

03/01/2019 (Portland, OR) – Capella Records has released its highly-anticipated new recording by Capella Romana, “Venice in the East: Renaissance Crete & Cyprus,” a recording of transformative experience, steeped in history.

Capella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the early and contemporary musical traditions of the Christian East and West. Audiences describe its performances as inspiring, moving experiences; as the music reverberates it penetrates deep into your soul.

The music on this recording has been meticulously researched and comes from a time and place when Venice ruled over the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. History buffs will appreciate the extensive liner notes describing the period, the composers, and how the music was incorporated into religious ceremony.

The recording witnesses the shared cultural space between Greeks and Latins, and marks the similarities between their respective traditions in celebrating Paschal Triduum, the period from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, when Christ was crucified and resurrected.

As you listen you feel the experience. The gravity of Christ’s crucifixion falls on you and you sense the profound sadness in the Verses of Lamentation, just as Christ’s followers would have felt. You walk through the ancient rites performed by both the Venetians and Byzantines on Easter Sunday, such as the procession to the closed church doors. The crowd knocks on the doors and chants “Lift up your gates.” You are there when the myrrh-bearing women are confronted by the angel at the empty tomb.

As you listen you walk through the emotional journey that Mary and the Disciples trod. The marching, the chanting, the buzzing hum, the solemn exaltations sound sacred, holy, mystical. You need not be a long-time fan of Capella Romana or a Christian to appreciate the intensity of the experience, as it goes much deeper than that; it speaks to the human spirit.

“Venice in the East” is a profound recording with the ability to move you on an emotional and spiritual level. It is a testament to the power of music – something everyone can rejoice in.

Capella Romana’s recording “Venice in the East” is available for purchase here.

Nearly Done

Posted on February 9, 2019

Getting there. Just need the colour in the dress and it’s pretty much done.

All My Posts Deleted

Posted on February 1, 2019

Well, our web hosting got hacked. We decided to switch to a new hosting company but I lost several months of posts. Here’s a whole bunch of photos from all those lost posts – enjoy!


Posted on September 25, 2018

I have done a grisaille today on this commissioned portrait with just black paint – well, it’s not so much a proper grisaille because that would also include white to give more of a grey scale. I find that adding white makes the skin look too grey and I prefer to have more warmth in skin tones, so I make the white of the canvas be my light.

Underpainting Done

Posted on September 23, 2018

The underpainting for this commission is done!

New Commission

Posted on September 19, 2018

Underpainting done.

Model Friend

Posted on September 17, 2018

Crop from ‘The Tragically Hip,’ 56×60,” oil on canvas, 2018
My friend Nish is an excellent model – I should really use him in more paintings!