11129407_10155437949865525_641367551_n

My interview with Cody Bown – unedited

A story about filmmaker Cody Bown appeared in the Fort McMurray Today on Saturday (April 18, 2015).  I wrote it for the YMM Arts column from an interview I had with Cody via Facebook.  His answers were insightful, honest and interesting.  I thought it would be fun to share them here, completely unedited, along with
+ Read More

IMG_2165

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 9 (a photo essay)

We had a great Saturday rehearsal for The Odd Couple at Keyano Theatre.  The show will open on May 14th and run for a total of three evenings.  Each day of practice is different, though there is one common thread through all of them: a dedication to the process and to each other. “I love
+ Read More

IMG_9238

The first thing I do…

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is step on weight scale.  It’s less of an obsession and more of a mental check, a pre-game ritual designed to keep my wellness journey in the forefront of my busy life. “You should only step on the scale once a week,” several have
+ Read More

IMG_9687

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 8

It was so good to have Natalie back in her stage manager’s chair last night.  I was able to get my nose out of the script and enjoy the great work being done by the entire cast. This is such a good ensemble and they almost are at the stage where they can put this
+ Read More

Russell-2Band-2BChico

Painting Luke and Memphis

I have this memory of being at my grandparent’s house grieving the death of our dog Chico.  He had been hit by a car and Mom had to take him to the vet to be put down.  Presumably, she had to drop us off at Gramma and Grandpa’s house because Dad was at work.  I
+ Read More

One-2Bact-2Bposter-2B2015

Westwood One Acts

Unfortunately, I’m going to miss the Westwood One Act Festival this year; we have rehearsal for The Odd Couple both tonight and tomorrow night when the plays will be presented.  However, I was lucky enough to slip into a preview performance of A Rope Against the Sun, a one-act play written by Al Pittman.  My
+ Read More

Every painting has a story

Every painting has a story

As I’ve gone down this painting path, I’ve discovered that every canvas is a story, an arc that plays out in its own unique way.  There is usually context when I paint portraits, a compelling reason why I was either asked to paint someone or inspired to do so.  The resulting chain of events, comments,
+ Read More

Painting Shane Daye

Painting Shane Daye

Just over a year ago, Shane Daye was a victim of a workplace accident and died at the age of 27.  He was an instrumentation technician and an avid paintballer.  Shane made quite an impression on Zachary Fradsham, now 13, then 11, teaching him about the sport at XCalibre PaintBall in Boyle. Zachary made custom
+ Read More

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 7

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 7

The theatre is quiet; there are still 30 minutes to go before the cast arrives for their Friday night rehearsal.  I’m here earlier than normal, primarily because I am also wearing the hat of stage manager while Natalie is off on vacation.  I don’t mind.  This is good thinking time, a chance to focus on
+ Read More

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 6

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 6

The girls, Diana and Leanne, came to yesterday’s rehearsal of The Odd Couple off book, with more than a month to go before we open.  God bless them.  The boys are working hard at divesting themselves of the little blue script, often delivering entire segments without looking down. What I love about this gang is
+ Read More

Leave a message