Sunday, May 4, 2014

Abstract Painting with Form and Structure

Inner Core.  oil on canvas. 6 x 8 inches. 2014.  SOLD

Wished to talk about this painting. 

The internal form. 
A cross.
An I beam.  Building a dream. An architecture of the soul. 
An internal compass.
A freedom on self.
a release 
a spinal cord
navigation. north, south, east, west
the expansion of the body and mind
inner light, cold white winter bones.
two x three mathematics
find a home 
with no house
a bird nest has no roof
no walls 
warm embrace 
alone and centered
balance breaking out off the edges of the space
an optimistic friendship 
a portrait of a soul. 

thank you for taking the time to read this.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Square Art Wanted

[SQUARE] Exhibition Fundraiser

[SQUARE] Exhibition Fundraiser for the Hintonburg Happening

Artists, help make it happen! Please submit 1-4 [Square] works of art to be part of the [Square] Art Exhibition Fundraiser at the Hintonburg Public House on April 3, 2014. Ideal size: Max. 16 x 16”. All works will be sold at $100, $150 or $200 depending on size. 50% of all sales will be will be returned to the artists. Please drop off your artworks at the Hintonburg Public House by March 30th at 8 pm, or contact us to make

Please ensure to provide the following information with your works:
Artist Name, Website, Email address, Tel number, Medium, Title, Price

1020 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON
APRIL 3, 2014, 7- 11 pm
All unsold works to be picked up by April 7, 2014 (5 pm)

For more details visit:

The Hintonburg Happening is a new festival featuring what makes Hintonburg unique. We are looking for submissions for vendor participation on the Launch day (June 21) and Happening Event Proposals to be featured from June 21-29. These events range from Poetry readings, Concerts, Art Exhibitions, Installations, Fashion Shows, and other Performances. Pair up with a Hintonburg Business, or select a location in Hintonburg, and propose your Happening!

More details on the website. All artists welcome!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Micro-Grants Available for Women Artists

Good to see things like this being offered in Ottawa-Gatineau.

Bourses Tontine Awards - funding women's creativity in Ottawa-Gatineau

Please help spread the word for our second new bilingual micro-grant of the Bourses Tontine Awards.

Every two months we are giving out a micro-grant of $500 to a woman* or group of women* or a person or persons from marginalized genders in the city towards a creative project.

Winning projects will connect to the community and contribute to the vibrancy of the city.

There is a really simple one page online application form to fill out. The deadline for this award is fast approaching and we are doing a last push for applications - March 10, 2014.

It would be awesome if you can help spread the word, and if you're eligible - apply!

Follow us on FB
Follow us on Twitter @Tontine_og

In creativity,
The Tontine Team

* We strongly encourage trans women, queer women, women of colour, women with disabilities, HIV + women, women of all ages, including young women, immigrant women, single mothers and people from marginalized genders to apply.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Something of Interest for "Mature" Artists in Ottawa

Professional Artists Are Invited to a Special Information Session

If you are a professional senior artist (60+), or; an emerging professional artist who might be interested in an opportunity to be mentored by a leading Canadian artist, or; if you just have an interest in these topics, please come to an information session about the Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN), on
 March 4, 2014, 5:00-7:30 pm at the Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.

CSARN was launched by the arts and cultural community to assist professional senior artists, whose contribution to the culture and economy of Canada is profound, to live in their senior years in dignity and respect. 

A particular focus of the evening will be a review of CSARN’S mentorship program through which professional senior artist mentors will be matched with professional mentees. A generous private donation enables us to pay the mentors for their time and knowledge. 

For more information, visit

What kind of mentorship opportunities will be offered by CSARN?

* Traditional one-on-one arrangements.

* Senior artists in either lectures or residencies in schools, businesses or other institutions.

* Seminars, workshops or lectures, for smaller groups or the public.

* Senior artists’ residencies in communities.

What are the benefits to the mentors?

* Confirmation that their knowledge, experience and wisdom remain relevant and necessary for the ongoing development of their art form, and the development of the mentee artists.

* Awareness that they have a marketable range of skills and wisdom in mentorship, and the continuing opportunity to be a mentor if they have done it before.

* The possibility of expanding their networks and obtaining future work.

What are the benefits to the mentees?

* The mentor can enhance career development, and assist the mentee to develop skills and confidence.

* In a one-on-one mentorship, the mentee has an opportunity to receive honest feedback in an informal setting

* The mentee will receive a broader understanding of the business of art and professional practice.

* The mentee will be exposed to different ideas, theories, and practices in the art form.

* Networking possibilities with other artists and arts professionals.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Moving forward... Lot for Sale

Moving Forward.
Sometimes walls present themselves. So you have to find ways to continue. 
The City of Ottawa forced me to close the gallery... In short... I had too many people coming to the gallery and failed to confine myself to the at home business rules and regulations. 

My 18 year relationship / marriage ended six months before the gallery was forced to shut.  So I was dealing with a lot.

With losing the gallery... I lost my business and source of income.  I had a 3700 square foot home... that was a big elephant.  Immediately I decided to convert my home in to a duplex.  That way I could afford to stay here and not bleed.  And it would turn this elephant into an investment property.  So later down the road I would increase my number of rental units.  Currently I have 4 rental incomes. 
I spent two plus months converting the building into a duplex.  I built a bathroom and a kitchen downstairs where the main gallery space was.. And in two and a half months I managed to rent the downstairs out. 
I took a year off to focus on life, love and art.  So I enjoyed painting. Spending time with a beautiful woman (now together for 9 months), did many paintings, and spent quality time with my daughter. I also built her a really nice play house in the back yard. 
Once I stabilized my home and heart.  It was time to push forward with my dreams.  Art Gallery... Art Space. 
Money... need money to make this dream.
The gallery property has a double lot.  If I remove a section of the house. And clear one of the two lots... I can sell the land. So it was time to demolish a large section of the property. 
See below images.

 this was not enjoyable

 All the electrical was in the old section of the building
So all the electrical panels had to be replaced and moved.   

one of the many electrical upgrades

I used a few basic tools to cut up and remove the house. 
This took two plus months.
But it save me about twenty thousand dollars to do this work myself rather than hire a company. 


If you see the large wood pile in the back of the photo
I put an add on the internet... Free Wood
14 large loads were collected by people.
They used the lumber to burn to heat their homes. 
And it saved me from taking it to the dump... and save me money.

It was a rush to get the project completed before the snow and cold settled in. 
But it all got done and done.

Once I sell the vacant lot... I will some funds to work with... and find a new location for the gallery.
If you know a developer, real estate agent, individual or family that wishes to build their dream home in Hintonburg...... As a PRIZE... I will give YOU (+ plus one guest)
FREE admission to the gallery for LIFE.
VIP membership to the gallery, all the parties, and all the events for free for life.
So please help Art. Please help me Dream. 
one of the gallery openings.