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Rock of Ages Demo

One of the most interesting artistic processes for me to do is to work intuitively. Recreating the look and feel of a petroglyphic cave wall is very liberating and fun for me. “Automatism”, the performance of actions without conscious thought or intention, is how I like to proceed in this circumstance. This recognized Surrealist style […]

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Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta has the highest density of rock art in the plains of North America. It contains more than 280 panels in 93 sites. Archaeologists estimate that the oldest iconography is around 3,000 years old. A few panels are thought to present real events while other motifs present the Blackfoot artists vision […]

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Flinging paint around

We hear it all the time. “You have such a fun hobby. It must be so nice to just throw paint around all day.” Hmmm really? So what’s a day or week in the life of an artist? Let’s see. First, if clean up was not done in your studio before your session, you start […]

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Who do you paint for?

Just had a phone call from the owner of one of my galleries. The conversation ran like this. “I had a woman come in who was very interested in one of your pieces but your painting was too small and she needs to coordinate it with a brocade fabric she brought in. Can you do […]

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Who Painted Petroglyphs: Artists or Individuals?

It’s difficult to stand in front of a rock art panel and not wonder what type of individuals took the time and effort to put the rock art in either easily accessible or highly difficult places to reach. Were the petroglyphs and pictograms an expression of an individual? A group? An artist or artisan? A […]

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Personal Observations: Artistic happiness

What are the happiest times of your painting life? How do you conceive artistic happiness? What is it about painting that gets you excited? Is it the conceptual phase of the painting where you bandy about various ideas, make decisions regarding media, approach and size. Is it the opportunity to disappear into your own process? […]

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Art And Success

What is success in art? How do you define artistic success? I often get asked about my art sales as a measure of my success. This question somewhat confounds me. In a job that produces a product that is not a necessity in life how do you put a monetary value to it? Society at […]

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The “What if” attitude

I often begin a painting by throwing paint on the surface immediately. There is something in that white, empty space that sends fear into my heart. It is commonly known amongst artists as “white paper syndrome”. Once the color is applied the fear subsides and my mind immediately goes into what is termed the “what […]

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