Just a quick note to my readers and enthusiasts around my work:
Please know that I am "playing" with acrylics at this point. It is a totally new medium to me and I want to understand it in more depth. The pic here shows a sample of my splash into acrylic and I have been quite pleased with it. I will continue in oil as a standard but just so you know, i'm having a bit of fun with this.
Dog sledding at the Fern Resort.
This year we decided to do something different over the Christmas/New Year break. We booked a few days of R&R at the Fern Resort on Lake Couchiching. One of the activities offered there was dog sledding. I have never done it in my life and from a distance I have to say it didn't look like a big deal. On the second day of our four day stay I ventured over with my seven year old to see what all the barking and noise was about. There in a restless pack they jumped and yelped and howled as if their tails were on fire!
These dogs are bread to run!
I was bitten by the excitement and signed up for the next days run. I have to say I went to bed that night a little nervous, after all I had to sign a lengthy waiver for the run and what if I couldn't control those creatures?
I just want to say here and now that this experience was my highest point of the trip. Hopping up onto the back of the sleigh, lifting the hook out of the snow and feeling the pull of those frisky dogs! Wow! what power! What energy! s we slid for a mile or so through the woods I felt as though the dogs were the happiest creatures alive and at that moment I was one with them. Who can say how my seven year old felt sitting on the sleigh being whisked through the snow like a bundle of joy.
An activity I highly recommend!
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.