Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spirit of Dance #5

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

Along Highway 11

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

Sarah

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

The Hidden Voice.

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
face ourselves. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Harold Tookenay #2

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

Wolf & Raven

Here is an acrylic painting I did almost 2 years ago but for some reason never posted here.  It's painted on wood panel and measures 24in x 18in 


Monday, November 14, 2016

Self Portrait - Life

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

Harold Tookenay

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

Spirit of Dance 4

Here is another 2ft by 3ft acrylic painting done in a more abstract style. Its called Spirit of Dance#4 and continues a style that enables me to paint in a somewhat spontaneous manner. I may do a few more in this series.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Spirit of Dance #3

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

I finished this painting in 2015 but just forgot to add it to my blog.  I was commissioned to do this painting by a good friend for her father.  It is done in Acrylic.  It measure 12 x 16 and is painted on wood panel.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reflection

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

The Protector

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

Leonard


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

The Wanderer

Here is an Acrylic (with some Casein) painting measuring 16in by 20in. Just a quick painting depicting a fellow whom I call "The Wanderer". I imagine him being guided by spirits uknown, but whom he fully trusts to get him where he needs to be.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Little Dancer & Blackbird

Little Dancer & Blackbird. An acrylic painting more rooted in abstract and fantasy, depicting the spirit of dance. It measures 24in x 36in


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Spirit of Dance (Two)

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

Spirit of Dance

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

Here is a 3ft by 2ft acrylic painting of my dad.  It depicts him in his Legion Jacket with all his medals.  When all is said and done, this man accomplished so much and had to overcome just as much and came out on top.  Sadly he passed away May 25th 2015.  



Here is an acrylic painting of my mom and dad.  Just a moment I wanted to capture them both in.  Words cannot describe the whole of their relationship.  To think is human.  To experience love is divine.


Here is a large oil painting I did about 4 years ago.  Bozidar and myself.


Here is a full sheet watercolour painting done on 140lb cold press paper.  It depicts Kakabeka Falls in the Thunder bay.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Here is a small video I finished recently

Thanks for watching

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Casein Painting - Native warrior



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

The Dancer - 12" x 36" Casein Painting



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

Casein Portrait

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

The Bear Keeper



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

Icicle Lake Shorelline 24" x 8" Acrylic



Spent the afternoon fishing with my father and brother catching fish and some cool looking reference photos.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Highway 11 Orient Bay

Here is a painting done in Acrylic.  It depicts the area between Beardmore and Nipigon, just past Reflection Lake, with Palisades on the Left just out of the frame.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Another view of Treptow Lake

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

My mother

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

Willow on Treptow

Here is a 17x13" watercolour/gouache of my brother's dog Willow looking anxiously at his owner heading down the shoreline to pick up a motor.  Yes Willow, he's coming back.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pijitawakik Bay

A quick watercolour/gouache painting.  The shorlines are stunning on this bay just off of lake Nipigon.  I would love to explore more of this bay.  It's a small 8.5" x 11"


Friday, October 11, 2013

Here's another quick watercolour depicting the shores of Lake Nipigon.  Taken from the bay in MacDiarmid Ontario while out on a cruise in my cousin Mishy's boat.  Hope you like it.


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

Finally finished this painting commemorating my dear friend Bozidar who sadly passed away Oct 2011.  I hope he likes it.


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

Oil Painting - Bozidar

This is a painting I am currently working on.  I want to try to finish this prior to Mid October.  This marks the one year passing of this influential man in my life.  I will do my best to finish, considering the size of this portrait.

Monday, June 18, 2012

My mother


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

This Painting was done a few years back.  A bit of a departure from my interests at the time.  I came across it today and decided to post it.  Done in Acrylic. 



Sunday, April 29, 2012

On the go. In Works. On the easel.

Just a quick update to assure you that I am doing some painting.  I have a few more on the go but these two are the ones I would like to finish soon.  The one to the left is done in casein and is my first attempt at the medium.  I am painting on 140 cold press watercolour paper.  The next is a larger oil painting (5' tall) and is a theme I have ongoing in my mind.  Hopefully these two will be done in the near future.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bozidar Acrylic Painting




Here is a 16" x 10" Acrylic painting. I finally decided it was time to finish it. I consider it my first serious attempt at an Acrylic Portrait.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Work In Progress


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.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Untitled (as of yet)




Here is a painting I just finished. Once i figure out the Title I can comment a bit more on this. All I can say this is oil on canvas measuring 20" X 24" and it was fun to do.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Granny, Ian & the Chews




A painting of my granny done in Alkyd along with a painting of my cousin Ian done in watercolour and a painting of the "Chews" (a Commissioned Portrait) done in oil

Self Portrait & Reaching Hope






Here are 2 Oil Paintings I completed about 6 years ago. Not really too much to say about them other than they were meant to be interpreted by the viewer rather than have any specific meaning.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bozidar Watercolour




I just wanted to do a quick watercolour painting for practice.  I may do some more work on this and if I do I will replace this image.