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The Rooster

I finished this painting earlier this year before I went home to take care of my mum but only now have I had the time to blog about it.  It is June and in the Chinese Lunar calendar we have just passed into the fifth month of the Year of the Rooster. Being a Rooster...

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An on-going art project

  This is where my 'office' will be from now till October.  It has been my unfinished canvas for the past 18 years. Through trial and error, I have learned a lot working with this garden.  Good results have come from hard work and loving care and this sanctuary...

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Harvest Song

The idea for this painting came to me one day when I was looking out my window and saw this huge bully of a Robin chasing off a small chickadee so that it could have the berries on the Pyracantha bush all to itself.  It was mid-autumn and the bush was just overladen...

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Time-out

For two months and more I had been called back to Malaysia to take care of my mother who had suffered from a stroke.  She has always been a very independent woman and so it was very difficult to see her motionless and helpless lying in her hospital bed.  After her...

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A time and canvas for everything

] For those who paint, you will understand what I mean when I say that there is a painting for every canvas.  Some years ago, I took pictures of some really beautiful bromeliads while vacationing in Hawai'i but since then I had no success in painting them.  It was...

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Old gum trees of Mernda

I see a lot of good things when I travel in Australia and one of them is the government's effort to preserve old gum trees of which many of them are older than the day when the colonists arrived from England.  Developers work around the really old ones and make them...

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Sometimes you just have to move on

It happens.  Sometimes, what I can visualize in my head will not necessarily commute onto the canvas.  This canvas has been primed and painted over a few times now and I think it is trying to tell me yet once again that it is not working out except for the turquoise...

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Souvenir from The Blood Tub

If there is a random place where I can be plopped down into right now, it would have to be The Ship at Lamont or better known to the locals as the Blood Tub in West Lancashire, England.  It has been a public house since the early 19th century and over the years has...

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Happy Thanksgiving

A long and hot summer here is giving us a very colorful fall this year.  I just can't get over the golden hues of the acer right outside my window.  This will all very quickly go away as the wind and rains predicted for Thanksgiving Day will bring all of them down to...

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Showing at Providence

The Providence Eastside Cancer Gallery My paintings are up on the walls for two and a half months of this narrow corridor at the Providence Eastside old building that connects to the new Cancer building I have a little of everything for the people who uses the...

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From Portland to Mernda

  From Portland, Oregon to Mernda, Australia Three months ago, I started on a 'Thank-you' project for Tro, the owner of a cafe called Two Beans and a Farm in the Carome Homestead in Mernda, Australia.  He had so kindly agreed for me to show my artwork in his cafe...

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Now showing Downunder

Now showing Downunder I am proud to announce that my paintings have found their way toTwo Beans and a Farm in Mernda, Australia.  For an indefinite time, they will be hanging on the walls of this Homestead that is housed at the majestic and historical grounds of...

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Paint by numbers, kinda

Painting the Black Majesty Sometimes, the idea of a painting just comes to me as quickly as when my eyes catches a glimpse of it and the seed is planted and I know Exactly as what mediums to use etc, etc.  The fist thing I thought of when I saw the image of this Black...

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Getting back to business#BlueMansion

I can always use a vacation but right now that is not going to happen.  So I have been flipping through my pictures and came across this one of a rickshaw taken at the Blue Mansion in Penang.  Yes, so want to be there right now - 95F weather, tropical rain storms,...

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My summer so far….

About ready to sign on this commissioned piece which is 24" x 48". Like an assembly line, all stacked and lined up ready to work on and finish. Also, working on three Chinese ink paintings. It has been a very productive summer so...

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On Cloud Nine

I cannot help but think that time is flying by too fast. We are now into April of 2015 already and I am thrilled to bits that I am showing my artwork at www.southstorecafe. A lot has happened since I last blogged. Our eldest daughter got married in Australia of all...

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Life and Feng Shui

I recently received a commission to paint a small piece for a neighbour.  The couple in their late thirties along with their two Golden Retrievers moved to our street a few years ago and then in a matter of three years later, became proud parents for the first time in...

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Back to Work

The November 2013 Wild Arts Festival has not been such a success for me as I was hoping but I learned about the people and what in this economy, they are looking for are art items that are affordable but unique.  A tall order but it doesn't mean that it cannot be met....

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Home Sweet Home

I sometimes wonder how my sold paintings are doing, hanging on the walls of strangers whom I have only briefly met while exchanging paintings and money from one hand to the other.  If I were my sold paintings, what would they be seeing every day from where they hang....

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