Cheri and I leave for Calgary Stampede in less than a week, and we couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been busy in the studio putting the final touch’s on a couple more paintings while Cheri has been designing and coming up with the layout for our booth this year. The two of us work all year towards this show and are really excited about the paintings we will have. As many of you know, due to the detailed nature of my paintings, it takes me working every day all year to create the body of work we bring out to this show. That’s both a pro and a con for many collectors. Pro, as it means that my overall body of work remains low and owning an original of mine puts you in an exclusive group. Con, as I can only paint between 10-14 paintings a year there are few opportunities to see my work in person, though none better than the Western Showcase! As the Western Showcase is an ‘originals’ only show, everything I paint that year is on display and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
One of the new paintings I have just recently finished in time for the show is ‘Making A Nest A Home’ 20″x30″ Oil on board. This painting captures an early morning moment of these two little visitors that have flown in through the window. There is a peaceful quietness to this moment that has been captured through the use of cooler and subdued values, bringing in touch’s of colour on the Common Yellowthroat’s that is echoed throughout the peeling paint on the door. This painting was composed while my mom lost her battle with Cancer this spring, and this peaceful moment was helpful for me to get lost in. I believe she would have really loved this painting, and her ability to make any place feel like home inspired the title. Bob Marley’s song ‘Three Little Birds’ (though I only chose two) kept going on in my head while painting this one and I think it captures the feeling perfectly:
Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, This is my message to you
Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right.