A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

I am not a political person but I agree it needs to stop.

The Fifth Column


America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!

By William Thomas

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…

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Another kind of pet portrait

8 X10 Pencil on paper pet portraits available on commission  please contact me by  email

8 X10
Pencil on paper
pet portraits available
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Many ask for portraits of their loved pets who have passed on. This drawing done with pencil was for my brother in memory of his dog Shadow. When we loose a pet it is so nice to have a special recreation of the friend we loved and lost. I am honored to be chosen as the one to render that memory.

Until Tomorrow,
Love art and Live

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Pet portraits on Commission

12 X 14 Water Color on Paper Sold

12 X 14
Water Color on Paper

As an artist we share our abilities with those who would like portraits of loved pets. I enjoy the opportunity to spend time with these animals though at times it may only be through a photo. I feel a connection with the animals I have painted from the time I spend in concentration on their features. Each family that has the gift of a pet then shows joy in seeing the pet they consider family honored in the painting. Sadly pets do not live as long as we do and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to create for them.

This painting was created from a photo of my sisters pet Kelsey who passed a few years later she is grateful for the reminder of her friend each time she sees the painting hanging on her wall. I look forward to any chance I have to help savor the memory of a loved pet. Any who would like please contact me for a pet portrait of your own.
Until Tomorrow
Love art and Live

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Pull a Rabbit out of my hat

8X10 pastel on paper

pastel on paper

Ever find yourself needing a gift for that special occasion and not have the funds or the time to shop properly. That’s where I was when I painted this lighthouse. My sister was getting married that day and I hadn’t had the chance to purchase a gift before making the trip. I did however have my pastels with me and My sisters faience was a collector of anything lighthouse related. So I asked Mom if she had any light house pictures I could use for a reference. Not to copy but just to give me an idea of how I wanted to lay out the painting. She said no I don’t have one. So we looked for an old calendar and there was my reference. We sat together talking about of old times while the painting developed. I did not have to go to the wedding empty handed. Instead able to give a little bit of myself with pride.

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Not a painting in a day

9 X 12 Oil on board $50 email for details

9 X 12
Oil on board
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I first started this painting by setting the cantaloupe beside my beautiful tulips, freshly picked from my garden. Proud that something I planted actually grew and wanting to paint the way the light hit both so beautifully. But as always in those days time got the best of me, with three children under the age of ten, and did I mention that digital photography had not been invented yet. No time to sit and paint from life, and had to wait sometimes weeks to get the picture printed. I finally got around to painting about a year after taking the photo. At the time with so many other things taking priority I was not so confident in my oil painting skills. So I started, but didn’t finish. As a matter of fact didn’t get back to it till another year later. When the urge to paint hit me I finally picked up the sadly discarded painting and went to town. Just feeling the paints do their magic I was surprised to see everything come together in less than an hour. All that time I had avoided the sad little painting fearing I couldn’t do it. Only to finish in a flurry. Moral here is don’t let doubt control your painting ability. Walk away if you have to but you can create beauty if you only believe.
Until tomorrow,
Love Art and Live

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A shot at Still Life

12 x 12 Oil on Board $100

12 x 12
Oil on Board

I have avoided still life painting over the years. Not really sure of the reason. Guess there were always so many real life things that I wanted to paint. I have to admit though that this was quite enjoyable, My Daughter and Grandson are away leaving this little binkie as a perfect subject to help hone my artistic abilities, while I’m missing them. Expect to see more of the same. The daily painting experience is one that gives the artist in me more time painting and less time to allow my inner critic to rear its angry head. Yes painting daily is a good thing. I look forward to hearing from you, let me know in comments what you think, if there is something you would like to see and I will do my best.
Until tomorrow,
Love Art and Live.

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Digging through old photos

8 X 10 Pastel on Sand Paper Not for Sale

8 X 10
Pastel on
Sand Paper
Not for Sale

I had every intention of creating a new painting today. I even have the photo reference for what I want to paint, with permission from the photographer. Instead I cleaned my house, which was much needed. The reason it is much needed is because I have been so excited about my blog and figuring out how best to present my paintings. I am still learning the web design ins and outs. So, no new painting for today, hopefully I will start on it tonight and be able to post a new creation tomorrow.

I have chosen one of my favorite paintings from 2011. It took about 2 hours to finish, a pastel study on sand paper, (the reason why it is not for sale). I love doing pastels on sand paper because the texture really accepts the pastel beautifully. Yes I’m talking about regular old sand paper, the kind you use to sand your wood it’s an awesome surface for practicing pastels. They blend into the paper quickly allowing fast beautiful results, but I’m unsure how long the sand paper will last. I plan to find a professional grade pastel paper with similar texture, even entertained thoughts of making my own. We will save that issue for another day.

I have so many photos that sit waiting to be painted. This was one of those that screamed paint me. Taken of my daughter when she was small. She is now grown with a child of her own, who will soon be picking dandelions for her.

In this digital world we find ourselves with discs or jump drives full of wonderful shots. Gone are the days of printed photos. I have fears that I will loose those precious pictures inside my jump drives, and really miss the days when a picture was a picture. With that I encourage you to print some! Take the time and spend the money to actually print them out. Share your pictures with friends. There may be some who don’t have the chance to see them on FB or what ever social media you may use to share. Find a way to see your pictures in print. They are worth it.

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Limited pallet

10x7 Watercolor available $50 email for details

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I love watercolor, but some days it just seems to get the best of me. In my drive to post daily I am attempting new techniques, always hoping to advance my abilities. After watching a few tutorials on youtube I painted these lilies photographed at Phipps Conservatory. (reference in Photo Gallery) Using a limited pallet of just red blue and yellow and trying to work in thin glazes. I’m pleased with the results. Comments are invited.
See you tomorrow.

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Awesome Art Fast

12 X 16 Pastel on Paper $100 Email me for Details

12 X 16
Pastel on Paper
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I enjoy taking the time to just draw/paint, create that hopeful masterpiece. Releasing my inhibitions allowing the artist within to flow freely. This painting was created at a time when things were hectic, children young and always needing something. But as the artist within cries out, “I must create” any reference is a good one. A subject that says pick me. I didn’t have much time but within 1 1/2 hours the medium and desire comes together when I follow my heart and just paint.

Now that the kids have grown and most have moved out. The plan is to put my heart out there and create more of these quick little gems.

Lets Paint.

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The Follow Through

12 X 16  Pastel on Paper $100. Contact Email for details

12 X 16
Pastel on Paper
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The day after and here is my second post as promised. This painting was so much fun in the creating. Sitting in an open field with the trucks and people passing by. Inquisitive as to my reason for sitting there on the ground. I was not fully prepared for the experience no easel and only a blanket for my seat, but this connection to nature truly brought out the artist in me. I have not had the chance to repeat the outdoor painting since. But am making plans for more outdoor adventures soon.

My life has begun to present more freedom, children grown, a few more days of freedom throughout the week. I would love to hear from other artists who have successfully transitioned from the starving artist, who has to have a “real job”, into the joyful artist who is able to create daily seeing the reward of their art into financial gain. Watching collectors enjoy your style and appreciate what you have gone through to become the heart felt artist within.

Join me while I fly to artistic freedom.

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