A new low

A new low

Though I’m not much of a sports guy anymore, I can be a little competitive.  As I dived back into my Ideal Protein program in January, the day after returning from our Arizona holiday, I wanted to establish a new low water mark.  After doing a quick weigh-in and measure at Finding Balance Weight Loss
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In praise of Michael Kaeshammer

In praise of Michael Kaeshammer

I’ve been a fan of Michael Kaeshammer for a number of years.  He is a 38 year old Canadian vocalist and pianist, originally from Germany, who I’ve always felt would be a great programming choice for any of the marquee fundraising galas in the community.  Elegant and full of energy, his songbook – based on
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One remarkable day…

One remarkable day…

I am so grateful for what I get to do as an artist, and much of that came into focus over the last few days.  On Friday, I was able to deliver the portrait of Jack Avery to the Royal Canadian Legion.  He saw and signed it later that day.  Apparently he was quite taken
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CRY questions and challenges

CRY questions and challenges

“What do you think the guy calling out over the water was all about?” I asked as all four of us went home after last night’s performance of CRY, written by Gordon Ponak and performed by a talented ensemble of actors, musicians and dancers. I don’t remember the exact words they said, but it was
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Remembering David Cardinal

Remembering David Cardinal

Photo by Michael S. Williamson for the Washington Post I didn’t know David Cardinal, except that I had the sense that he was a good man.  I had asked to take his picture back in 2010, during the last iteration of interPLAY that took place on Franklin Avenue. Though long before I began my painting
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Trusting your gut

Trusting your gut

I believe the universe sends us signals all the time, little clues about life’s choices, pathways, obstructions and opportunities.  The signals come through the air into our bodies and inhabit that space called instinct.  Sometimes the signal is strong and dynamic, like that radio station that pops out of the car radio.  Other times it
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Read those statements

Read those statements

After you’ve been an adult for a few decades, there are a number of things that blur into the background, like investment reports, insurance policy summaries, and credit card statements.  They come in the mail, like clockwork, and often in bunches, some in my name, some in Heather’s, and some in both our names.  Generally,
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The Patch Adams experience

The Patch Adams experience

I couldn’t sleep on the late night flight home, so I reviewed our incredible day in Calgary and the process of painting Robin Williams as Patch Adams in front of a full room of people at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino.  They had gathered there for the fourth annual NorthStar Ford Canada Group Charity Poker
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Embracing the fear

Embracing the fear

Each time I try something different with my painting, I feel fear.  Sometimes that fear is rooted in a complicated composition or a face so beautiful, it’s impossible to imagine how I could possibly interpret it with my style.  I fear the beautiful ones the most, if truth be told. Last week, I was asked
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Sometimes the person who needs to change is…

Sometimes the person who needs to change is…

Two mornings in a row I missed getting Dylan to the bus at Jubilee Centre in time to catch the #2 to Westwood High School. In both cases, the buses were in motion and all we could do was wave them goodbye.  So, for two mornings in a row I drove him up.  In mornings
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