Painting show in 3 weeks….

Trail HeadI just want to give my friends out there an early head’s up – I have a painting exhibition opening up in about 3 weeks – the afternoon of Saturday April 26 is the opening reception. It’s at Yumart, at 101 Spadina in Toronto on the second floor. The show is called Paintings from the Lost Forest. It features predominantly new works completed in 2014, along with a couple paintings from last year and as well, a few blasts from the past.

The painting pictured here is a small oil painting, just 12″X9″ called Trailhead. It’s a piece I’ve worked on for a very long time, and completed early in the year.

Closer to the exhibition, I’ll post again about the show and send emails out to my contacts as well. In recent years, I haven’t showed often, so for those of you who have been asking how my painting is going, here’s a chance to see a number of paintings up in a gallery environment.




Jet fuel for the time machine

We found some great fuel for the time machine this afternoon at Nice Old Stuff – a recording by Hank Barns and the Country Squires with Calls by Smilin’ Ed Hayes, called Swing your Partners. Cuts include:

Arkansas Traveler; Birdie in the Cage; Bile that Cabbage; Ocean Wave; D&A Reel; Caballero; Red River; Duck for the Oyster; Tennessee Wagoneer; Darling Nellie Gray and Jitterbug. It was recorded in 1957. Fantastic!

Here’s Red River

By the way, the photo to the left of the album cover is the wonderful Ellie Mae.


IMG_0803We took a drive today to Jarvis Ontario, home to Nice Old Stuff, a store and a yard and a garage and a couple sheds full of just about anything. We loaded up the car with all kinds of stuff we “needed”, including material for a second book box (patience, patience, pictures in due course). We also came home with this concrete train planter. These things are seriously heavy items. I’m considering painting the train before planting it, although I think it looks great as is. Thanks to our neighbour Chris for helping unload these items.  There is no way I could have managed on my own.



White bean stew with kale

I’ve never been a big kale fan, but this veggie stew featuring white beans and kale is fantastic. It uses:

  • shallots
  • carrots
  • celery
  • garlic (I used some of my brother’s home grown garlic – awesome)
  • white beans
  • kale
  • white wine
  • crushed tomatoes
  • veggie stock
  • sprigs of thyme
  • bay leaf

Sautee shallots and garlic for a couple minutes in a dutch oven or heavy pot, add in carrots and celery, chopped roughly. After a few minutes, add a cup or so of white wine. Pour a glass of wine for yourself at this point. Let everything cook down and reduce the liquid to about half. Add white kidney beans (canned ones work fine for this). Add the kale. Add a few sprigs of thyme and a bay leaf. Add your stock + about a cup or cup and a half of crushed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 45 minutes.

Who’s training who?

We took the dogs up to a training centre near Cookstown this morning – the K9 Country Inn, for the first of a few training sessions. The idea is give Memphis a tune-up and teach Georgie basic obedience. George is likely going to be 180 pounds or even more when he matures so we want to be sure he will walk with good leash manners, not pull, not jump up, sit, lie down and so on. I learned a lot in just one session about how to go about this whole business. More on this as we make a little progress….


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