Here is a painting of a long time friend of mine Cathy Fobister. I've known her ever since grade school at B.A. Parker. I'm always looking for strong people to paint, people who put themselves out there for the good of others and I think Cathy exemplifies these qualities. I asked her to pose for me when I seen her in Geraldton on Aboriginal Day. She has not seen this so I hope when she does she likes it. The painting itself measures 2ft across by 4ft high and is acrylic on canvas.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Here is another painting in my Spirit of Dance series (number 5) in which I attempt to employ a very loose and quickly executed approach. The primal feel taken by the dancers is hopefully what I convey in my work when attempting to portray the nobility and courage of the dancers.
The Painting measures 24in by 36in and is Acrylic on canvas.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A watercolour of some real estate along highway 11. Maybe some will recognize it. (here's a hint - it's located between Geraldton and Toronto) It was done fairly quickly to try to keep it fresh and looking like a watercolour. It is done on a full sheet and measures 30in by 22in.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Here is my painting called "Sarah". It measures 24in x 18in and is oil on Canvas.
She is the daughter of my very good friend Shirley. I painted this to call attention to individuals who occasionally come up against certain aspects of life that inhibit personal growth. This could have easily been me in this picture, however I thought I've done enough self portraits.
I wanted to add a few indigenous teachings into the painting.
The Thunderbird is our messenger to the creator and is able to burn away all that is dead, giving way to new beginnings. The smoke is then able to heal our inner soul.
Anyways, this is my tribute to Sarah. She's a smart and talented young lady with good taste in music who I know will be prosperous in life.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Here is a painting I was commissioned to do by Greenstone Victim Services in Geraldton ON. They in turn presented it to Diane Redsky, a Governor General's Award winner, who was in Geraldton March 27th, 2017 facilitating a discussion on Human Trafficking, mainly dealing with at risk girls and women who are being targeted for the sex trade.
The painting i did is called "The Hidden Voice" It is done in Acrylic and measures 16in by 20in.
The intent of the painting was to give a voice
to the past and present women and girls who
have gone missing and will never have a voice.
The young girl's shadow is depicted by a
native woman painted in the Woodland style
of art. It is a reminder of where we came
from and who we are. The raven in the
background, often seen as a trickster
can show us the truth if we care to
look into our often troubled hearts and
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Here is a painting of Harold Tookenay done entirely in Casein and painted on canvas. It measures 36in by 48in. Would like to thank Harold for being such a good subject for painting. A fitting profile of an individual who I'm sure possesses a vast amount of knowledge and experience.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
I thought I had at one point finished this, however upon stepping away from it, I still was not satisfied with the way it turned out so after some thought, i wanted to give it a make over and maybe add some elements that I have been experimenting with on my previous acrylics. I'm finally satisfied and will call it done. The painting measures 2.5ft by 5ft and is done in oil on canvas.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Here is a painting done in Acrylic and Casein on canvas. Size is 24in by 36in. I wanted to do a portrait of a traditional dancer so I asked my good friend Shirley to approach Harold if he was interested in having his portrait painted and he was quite receptive to the idea. We arranged a photo shoot and we were blessed with a nice sunset evening. I wanted to keep in the same style as merging realism with abstract. Painting is titled "Harold Tookenay".
Monday, August 15, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Here is a 2' by 3' Acrylic Painting called Spirit of Dance #3, I wanted to use a palette knife to block in the majority of colour, while still employing the brush to handle the facial features and other smaller details. The painting itself is based off of Dancer/Warrior Marsh Hardy. I have a few others in mind that I will paint in this style. Not my usual approach but it was quite fun to do.
Here is a recent painting that was done as a retirement gift for long standing local OPP Officer Mike Groeneveld of the Greenstone OPP detachment. (I am not sure of his final rank) It is done in Acrylic and measures 24" x 18". Thanks goes out to Sharon Groeneveld who played a big part in the final vision of this painting. It was a pleasure. Congratulations Mike.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Spent a few years on this painting, most of which it just sat there without me working on it. It's called Reflection and is pretty much self explanatory (I think). I guess it's quite personal and something I had to go through at a young age to get to where I am now. It's not so much a religious painting, instead I use the imagery to portray an inner faith compelling me to do the right things, at least in this case. I assume it's an ongoing issue we all go through regardless of the subject matter. Its an oil painting and measures 30" across and 60" high.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Here is a painting I did in oil measuring 20in by 24in. I found it a challenge because I am not used to painting faces so small but it turned out ok. I call the painting "the Protector." It's a painting of my mother and myself.. I situated us in an abstract and almost ominous setting, yet we take comfort in knowing that we can be there for each other.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
This is an acrylic painting of my cousin Leonard Dick. Many of you know him as Moccasin Joe. I wanted to paint this as I enjoy painting portraits of my family. Leonard has been part of our extended family for many years and has become a role model and inspiration for many. I remember once as a teenager in Geraldton high school, I was surprised to learn he was to give a presentation to the student body. I don't remember what he spoke about specifically, but I do remember the message was positive and delivered in his trademark comedic way. But mostly remember how proud I was to tell everyone he was my cousin. He has stood by our family and has offered support when needed. The painting makes mention of his alter ego Moccasin Joe as well as the book "Broken Spirit" he authored, just two small facets of his life.
He is a man of many talents. He is a husband/father. He is a friend of many. This is my tribute to him.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Here is another painting done quickly in the same style as the last one. I like the freshness of this style as well as being afforded not having to paint every detail as well as keeping the colours saturated and not overworked. This is an acrylic painting and measures 30in x 40in.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
A fairly quick attempt at trying my hand at merging abstract with a somewhat realistic/representational approach. I wanted to keep the painting fresh and full of energy. My goal was to capture the same energy as displayed by the many dancers I have had the pleasure to witness. This is an acrylic painting and measures 22in x 30in.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Here is a painting done in Casein. I Really enjoy the medium and I'm looking forward to painting more with it. It measures 24" x 36" and is painted on Canvas. This painting is based off a dancer I encounted last summer at a Pow Wow. I changed up his regalia and based his face off no one in particular. The warrior seems in deep contemplation and seems unaware of his advisors.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Here is another painting done partly in the woodlands style tradition. It's based off a photo I took while at the Lake Helen Pow wow last summer. The dancer is fictional as I did not use the actual Dancer's face. The face went through a few changes, however I finally decided not to base it off anyone in particular. The painting itself measures 12" x 36" and is painted with Casein. I bought these tubes two years ago and thought I would never use them. I'm having fun with them now.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Here is a painting I started a couple years ago. Decided I wanted to finish it and free up a board it was attached too. I wanted to try casein paint so who better to experiment on than me. I decided to add some woodland art elements based off of Norval Morrisseau and some West Coast Haida art along with some of my own imagery. I thought the crow to be a interesting element as if it were trying to tell me something. The painting measures 30" x 16" and painting on watercolour paper.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
18" x 14" Acrylic Painting. I call it the Bear Keeper. It's based off my nephew's dad Perry who graciously posed for me last summer. Originally this was a painting of a boat but felt the painting was not strong enough with regards to composition so I decided to paint a warrior of days gone by, however he alone was not enough to cover the boat, so i decided he needed some company. Really not the way i would plan a painting but it was an interesting process.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Here is another painting of Treptow Lake. There are some great looking shorlines there. This is my first attempt at a new medium call Acryla Gouache (The medium itself is not new, rather it is new for me). Basically its acrylic paint made to have the characteristics of a gouache painting. I guess I sorta like it. Maybe I'm just on the fence because none of my paintings ever turn out the way I want them to. haha.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
This is my Native Warrior Painting just recently finished. It measures 14" x 11" and is painted in oil. The young man depicted here agreed to pose for me at the Rogers Centre Pow Wow in Toronto about 8 years ago. I told him I would show him once I finished, however I unfortunately lost his email during that time. Maybe one day he will see it and recognize himself.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Here is a watercolour/gouache painting of my mother. Even though I've been focusing on some landscapes, I still felt the need to paint a portrait. I put in the robin to signify a mother's dedication towards her young. My mom has always been there for me. It's painted on a half sheet of stretched 140 cold pressed arches watercolour paper. 15" x 22"
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Here is a quick watercolour I did today. I was out yesterday morning taking reference photos of Junior Rockies, located here in Geraldton Ontario. I wanted to keep things fast and fresh in order to try not to overwork things too much. Painting measures 10 by 20 inches.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Here is an update of what I have been working on. The large painting is the one I am concentrating on the most. The bottom left is a painting of my Godfather Eugene and is being done in gouache. The one to the right is of my sister Bernadette and is being done in oil.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
This is a painting of my mom. It depicts a moment in time where she as a young child would rely on her imagination to keep herself entertained. These little playful beings would often perform for her as if to simulate a circus atmosphere, much to the pleasure of the little girl, my mom. Love you mom.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Just wanted to keep this blog active. It's been some time since I have added any work. These are a couple of Acrylic Paintings I have been working on. I haven't used acrylic often but I wanted to explore the medium more in depth. In the past I had given up on acrylic and always ended up painting oil over it, but this time I have decided to stick it out and not give up. I will post the finished paintings soon.