Goodbye, Piper

Been one of the toughest weeks of my life… saying bye to my old friend, our beloved dog Piper, 2007-2020. She lived an eventful 13.5 years, and I dearly wish it could have been much longer. Turns out the 2 knee operation (1 on each knee) gave her arthritis and she couldn’t move without pain. When she barely had interest in eating we knew it was time.

So glad she had a final visit to her favourite place in the world, our cottage in Quebec, 2 weeks ago. I walked with her down to the beach as she stood on shore looking up at me, waiting. This was our signal for a walk over to Sandy beach next door, as it turned out – for the last time.

She was my dog, really, always there in our home while I worked for so many years. I took her off leash, every day, for some amazing walks in Toronto and then for the past 9 years in Ottawa.

It hurt her when we got another small dog, a puppy we named Rocky… especially when she lost the energy to come for walks with us in the mornings. Or maybe her feelings were hurt, or both. I feel keen regret for that, and hope she had as good a life as possible, despite the intrusion of Rocky. Difference in ages was so great…

Goodbye, old girl. I’ll hold you close to my heart forever.

Paintings off to LA

Just sent off a shipment of 8 paintings to Artplex Gallery in Los Angeles… hope they all arrive unscathed, look forward to a great association with Kenney and the rest of the folks at this great gallery!

new work to Wall Space

Always such a pleasure to drop by my Ottawa gallery, Wall Space. Haven’t been there in a little bit but everyone is in great form – Trish is an amazing owner, really fun to chat with – and Erin and Trish are great support and excellent at what they do.

Left them with about 13 new paintings, many of them figurative… plus several landscapes… check them out if you happen to be in Ottawa!

Poetry Night at Toastmasters

We’re doing our Toastmasters meetings online, like most things these days. It’s still fun, just not quite as intense (especially with a glass of wine in your hand!). We’re doing them, like most people, through Zoom.

As it was Poetry Night, with Barbara acting as Meeting Chair, I took the liberty of writing up a little poem befitting the times. Here it is… the format came out looking pretty funky, but I’m not going to bother trying to make it look perfect, so please bear with me.

A Virus Called Corona

It was early in the year,


Some trouble could be brewing a long way from here


A virus called corona, named after a beer


But nothing that resembles The brew we hold so dear

Beer drinkers disliked the name more than others

They said that if they had their druthers

Another name they would prefer,

Than their favourite brand of Mexican beer

February brought us some new rumors,

Not that Corona brought on tumors

But fatalities were thought to have started

At an Wuhan, China wet market

From that point Corona doubled,
We started preparing for some troubles
Tales of people getting sick, and even death
Caused by sharing someone’s breath

Not much to fear, it wasn’t quite here yet,

But it was coming, you’d have to bet

At a later time they would explain

That people brought it with them on a plane.


Corona came here with some stealth,

Threatening our populations health

First a nursing home in Vancouver,

We knew it would be here not later, but sooner.

Myself, in March, I was sitting out west,

Visiting friends and family, I can attest

Crowded cafés and restaurants

Grew less busy as the week went on

My flight home to this fair city

Half an empty plane, it wasn’t pretty

A kid at back, he started coughing

Funny thing is no one was laughing

The week after I got back home here,

Domestic flights were getting rarer

We needed valid reasons for going,

besides avoiding all the snowing.

Late in March the NHL had good reason

to call a halt to this whole season

Instead of watching the Sens goaltending

Might find themselves with virus pending

Restaurants were closing, and closing fast

All were hoping this wouldn’t last

Parks were shut and hopes were dashing

We all hoped this wouldn’t be lasting.

And now the weather’s finally changing

The deck chairs we’re all arranging

It’s usually that time of the year

When warm weather comes and we all cheer

Now front line workers – they’re the ones who

We all find we’re looking up to

Guys like the A&W dude – is his name Fred?

He’s my hero for keeping us fed.

Most of us work in our homes,

To do our work, we’re in the Zone

And getting our stuff out on time

Fueled by an extra glass of wine.

Let’s hope things can as normal be

In short order, we need to be free

to shop in peace without our guards up,

and not be stuck in another drive up.

This whole thing has been a bummer,

But I look forward to the summer

To raise my glass, I hope I’m gonna

Forget about this virus called Corona.

TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR

Funny thing, I received my acceptance to the Toronto Outdoor Show, at City Hall, today. Like the other shows I had committed to, it’s been cancelled this year, which is a real shame since it’s the biggest and best outdoor show in Canada, and I did really well there last year. It was a fun time and profitable time for me so I do feel some sadness about it.

They are running sort of a virtual show though, so I’ll have to keep the link going on my site and through the electronic media. Keep watching.

Butter Gallery

Had the opportunity to drop off some new paintings with the beautiful Butter Gallery in Collingwood yesterday. Great to meet one of the principles, Andrea. She is a certified ball of fire, everything you could want in a gallery owner! So impressed with her and the quality of the art in her gallery, located on the main street in the downtown core.

Hope to have a long and fruitful association with them!

Fun times

An excellent show put on by Wall Space Gallery yesterday… lots of people there, another sale. Great to have a show with my buddy Dan Ryan. He does some excellent work and some beauties on exhibit. Wish I had taken a couple of photos but that’s how it goes!

Wall Space Gallery today, 3-5pm

Looking forward to meeting you at the beautiful Wall Space Gallery at 358 Richmond Road (near Churchill) in Ottawa today!… with Dan Ryan, a really good landscape painter and good friend. Mainly figurative work on my part, with a couple of tasty abstracts to round out the collection. ..

Here’s one that sold yesterday…. White Robe, 48 x 30″

Toronto Visit

I’m grateful to my wonderful collectors… had a great day in Orono, Oakville and Guelph yesterday delivering a commission to Hayley, spending some time with Sandra and Marsha in Oakville (Sandra bought 2 figurative works for her beautiful home on the lake, while Marsha was head cheerleader) and then a great visit with Martha and frisky lab at her lovely home in Guelph another larger figurative, “New Horizon”.

Hope to keep in touch and thanks so much to them for their interest in my art!