Tuesday, June 30, 2015


6 x 6 inches - oil on gessoboard - This is the last of  the peony portraits for a while. I am painting green but it is going to read yellow.......I am painting green but it is going to read yellow. Sometimes I think that our brain is our worst enemy. The peony's name is 'Bartzella'. Whether or not I have managed to capture it, this is just about the showiest Itoh peony you will ever see. - blooms as large as dinner plates on a sturdy plant with a long bloom time.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Charles White

6 x 6 inches - oil on gessoboard - Here is another peony 'Charles White' a nice bright white.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


6 x 6 inches - oil on gessoboard - This is 'Katherine', a peony that has a wonderful habit of occasionally throwing a dark pink ribbon at the edges of the petals.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Angel Cheeks

6 x 8 - Oil on Gessoboard - Here is another peony. These modern varieties are not your Grandmother's floppy ones. This one is called Angel Cheeks.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Do Tell

6 x 6 inches - oil on hardboard  Do Tell is the name of this peony. The colours really stand out from a distance. I have not posted for a little while due to medical issues, now in recovery but I am going to post a few peony portraits that I did before.  Here is the first of them.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


6 x 6 inches - oil on hardboard - There are petroglyphs near us. Unfortunately, a building had to be constructed over them for their protection.  This painting is an homage to those ancient painters who created images for others to see. I would not dare to hope that my paintings will survive as long as these.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


6 x 8 inches - oil on gessoboard - My brother lives in Orlando and while visiting him and his family we often take a stroll in the local shopping area, not that we could afford any of the merchandise except perhaps an ice cream cone or two. But it is a very pleasant place for a walk and people watching.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Greenhouse At The Toronto Botanical Garden

6 x 6 inches - oil on hardboard - We regularly visit the Toronto Botanical Garden. These are the greenhouses where the gardeners do stuff. We are not sure what they do in there because they won't let us in to see.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

At The Bend In Sherbrooke Street

6 x 6 inches - oil on hardboard - This is just down the hill from us. Some mornings the sun blasts right in your eyes but on a grey morning, the scene is interesting especially when the apple tree is in bloom.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dinner Cruise

6 x 8 inches - oil on gessoboard - I am not even sure this was a dinner cruise but its from a photo I took in Key Largo of tourists getting taken out where they could best see the sunset. The image brings back the time and place for me, which I guess it is all about.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Spiraea On The Hill

6 x 6 inches - oil on gessoboard - Our Spiraea has now finished flowering.  It looks great from a distance but I am not a fan of the smell or the work it takes to prune.  These are the stairs to the part of our garden we call bucket hill because everything has to be carried up and down in a bucket.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Store on the Corner

6 x 8 inches - oil on hardboard - this is an unusual store on the corner in Stratford and when the light shines on it in the morning it stands out from the other buildings.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Old York Street Kitchen

8 x 10 inches - oil on gessoboard - In Stratford, there used to be a lunch counter on York Street and while you could get a table inside if you were lucky, it was better to take a sandwich at the window and eat it in the park across the street. The business has moved to another location in the town but the building is still there and posed some challenges to paint.  I was trying to get the look of old brick without having to paint every brick.

Friday, June 5, 2015

House Across the Road

8 x 10 inches - Oil on Gessoboard - Every morning it struck me the way the light hit the house across from our B and B when we were staying in Stratford. When I got home, I had to paint it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Legacy B and B

6 x 6 inches - oil on gessoboard - We recently made one of our annual pilgrimages to Stratford to spend some time with friends and family and to see some great theatre, and of course to indulge in good food and conversation. This is the b and b we stayed at.