Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blog or Facebook Page?

As the title says, I am wondering if a blog is redundant if you have a Facebook page. I find it much easier to post on my Facebook page and the interaction is wonderful.

Now here is my dilemma: I have been blogging for over 6 years and many of my posts are still googled and commented on many years later. On Facebook, the half-life of a post is about two days at max. After that you may get a hit from someone who is looking through your page with a lot of interest.

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So here posts have a long life and are searchable and accessible. On Facebook, they are not. On the other hand, My Facebook page is dynamic and  interactive, and I can post to it without much effort. I can also engage with people and get a valuable insight into what is being enjoyed by them on my page.
How about you? What are your thoughts? Should I keep both going?

If you are getting this post by email or on a subscription bases on a reader, please visit my Facebook page and like it because I am frankly doing much more posting and interaction there than here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sweet Peas Watercolors

For working with fresh vibrant colours, there is nothing like the watercolor medium. I don’t really like painting flowers for their own sake. There is a cottage industry of that with technically adept leaders that capture every detail of a rose or a lily.
In my work, if you can tell what the flower is, that is an extra! The goal is color and mood primarily. Here are a couple of recent watercolors for you.
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Yellow Dress, Watercolor on 140lb paper, 4”x6”

Some times I like to varnish watercolors. Yellow Dress is such a case. Purists do not like to see watercolors varnished, but it does allow one to frame a work without glass, which is a huge plus for viewing and enjoying the work. In most cases, I will leave it up to the future owner of my works to tell me if they would like it varnished or not.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fly Fishing–Morning Rise–Oil on Canvas 16”x20”

Fly fishing is an art form and a sport that I can’t claim much knowledge of at all. The last time I was invited to take part in it, I spent all day just learning how to cast… unsuccessfully  I might add! Still the experience was fascinating. I can’t think of another sport where one has to be as focused and in-tune with the nature around him/her. The best times to fly fish are the worst time for painting of course. Fly fishers rejoice when there is a hatch of flies and the air is full of the monsters! I don’t know of many painters who can paint in such times. I actually tried it once and was covered from top to bottom with a net over my hat and face as well. By the time the 20th fly was stuck on the painting panel though, I had to give up. You just have to accept when its not your time in nature.

Recently I did a bit of pencil sketching and took reference pictures of fly fisher on the credit river. These are the base of some of the works I did and the ones I am working on in the future. I hope to have a fly fishing series to show in my annual fall e-show.

This one is called Morning Rise. It is a larger piece (16”x20” – 40cm x 50cm). Thanks to David Benavidez for helping me name it.

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Morning Rise, Oil on canvas, 16”x20” $750

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

After The Big One

"To him, all good things - trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy."
~ Norman Maclean from the book "A River Runs Through It"


I plan to do a series of these paintings related to fly fishing and canoeing this summer. I hope you will enjoy these and come back to see them.

I had a chance to sketch a few anglers on the credit river in Mississauga and these will be the base for the series. It is an amazing sport and one that is kin to painting since you are so close to nature almost at one with it to have a successful catch.


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After The Big One
Oil on panel, 8”x10”