Jim Morrison Portrait

Jim Morrison Portrait

A friend from out east requested that I attempt a portrait of Jim Morrison back at the beginning of this painting spree.  Last night, it was Mr. Morrison that really “spoke” to me and he emerged from the canvas over many hours in the stifling heat of the evening.  Unfortunately, the intended buyer has run
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Super-charged

Super-charged

I think my wife is wondering what the hell has gotten into me.  Where I used to go out fishing for an hour or two in the evening or on weekends, I now spend many more hours in the shop/studio pumping out paintings at a rate that feels a wee bit manic. As I tried
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Social profits generate stories and connections

Social profits generate stories and connections

“The greatest champion for your organization is that person staring back at you in the mirror.” I facilitated our Birdsong Connections “Telling Your Story” workshop with a group of about 25 social profit organizations yesterday as part of the United Way Agency Forum.  It was the largest group we’ve ever had for this process that
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Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams

Dylan and I were set to go for a walk after an early dinner when he said “I need to show you something.” I came over to where he was sitting on the sofa and he held up his phone. It was a CBC News story that Robin Williams was dead. My mouth said “This
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Illuminating Illuminate, with gratitude

Illuminating Illuminate, with gratitude

My weekend was filled with talent, naturally gifted performing artists, dancers and musicians alike, who elevated the Illuminate Talent Search to such a lofty place. One of the standouts has to be young Gavin Camara.  Only 9 years old, with his trusty ukelele in hand, he inspired a standing ovation after his final round performance.
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Illuminate Shines

Illuminate Shines

I always forget how it long it takes to go through contestants in a talent search.  In my planning, I banked on 5 minutes, but it didn’t turn out that way.  During yesterday’s preliminary round of the Illuminate Talent Search we had 25 entries.  By the time we wrapped things up and were able to
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Painting Robert Kennedy and trusting the process

Painting Robert Kennedy and trusting the process

Before I paint, I draw.  Using a pencil, I sketch out the subject on the canvas to the point where the proportions and lines capture the essence of the human being.  After that I grab my Sharpie and seal the deal. It took me longer than usual with the photo I had chosen of Robert
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Aladdin Jr. to open

Aladdin Jr. to open

They began looking at the script and the songs just a few short weeks ago, but the cast and crew of Aladdin Jr. have done a remarkable job pulling it together for an audience.  They open this afternoon at 2 pm.  Tickets are available at Keyano Box Office, or online by clicking here. All seats
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A school administrator AND a gigging musician?

A school administrator AND a gigging musician?

I met Danny Tulk during the launch event for the community graffiti wall at Some Other Solutions earlier this summer.  He was there offering support and singing some tunes to add to the festive atmosphere. This guy is great, I thought to myself, standing there in the searing heat, knowing that I couldn’t leave before
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Ideal Protein, 3 Weeks In

Ideal Protein, 3 Weeks In

It was a little tough being on a family trip and maintaining the Ideal Protein pattern that I had established.  It was especially difficult to keep my resolve when the desserts were brought out.  Much like my father and late grandfather, who was nibbling on sugary goodness till he was in his 99th year, I
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