Art Exhibition Invitation

73 Walter's Falls Mill Pond & Spillway 16x12 On Canvas

My new blog, Pictures of creative minds (PCM) at,  is now officially up and running!

This month is the first of what I hope to be many interesting and inspiring art exhibitions for your viewing pleasure.

I plan to promote one artist (photographer, painter, writer, or sculptor) per month.

If you know of an artist who would be interested in exhibiting their work on PCM, please leave an email at or a link to the artist’s blog when you comment at PCM.

To kick off January 2013, PCM has a large selection of acrylic paintings by Mr. D. Burt from Ontario, Canada.

I hope you will take a look and continue to stop by, browse, and enjoy the many pleasures of some creative minds!


Tale of the Water

(Inspired by my Dad’s paintings, I wrote this poem. If you like his paintings please drop by my other blog,, in January for his first web exhibition.)

11 High Country 16x20 On Canvas

Bubbling out from a spring high in the mountains, comes the water, cool and clear,

Rushing down a steep rocky lane, it dashes and sparkles in frothy spray,

46 Rivers Edge 12x16 On Canvas

Down through wilds it advances, pushing rocks and dirt in its path,

The steep slopes now are behind, departed, on winding, downward splash!

72 Highland Trails 12x16 On Canvas

Sweeping under the footbridge up in the highlands, comes the water, fast and light,

Falling down narrow sloped rocks, it sprints and splatters midst rocky array.

71 Twin Falls 12x16 On Canvas (Inspired By Photo By Andrew Gregory)

Down to the waterfalls it splits, plunging over worn rocks to crash,

In the whirlpool below, wits jumbled, round churning, onward flash!

51 The Pines 20x16 On Canvas

Skipping low tributary in the forest deep, comes the water, lithe and strong,

Cutting down the grooved forest floor, it batters and erodes the rocks away,

 50 Cascades 12x16 On Canvas

Down to the deep river it joins, roaring flow sounding like a lash,

Over the choppy rapids, tumbled fro, clothes washing, forward smash!

27 View From The Top 22x20 On Canvas

Flowing and winding river in the lands below, comes the water, dull and broad,

Roaming down the open expanse, it slackens and deposits silt to stay,

 25 Northern Wilds 14x16 On Canvas

Down to the marshes it divides, straying finger-trails seek to pass,

The distant slopes but a dream, forgotten, and yawning, southward cache.

 35 Beaver Creek 16x20 On Canvas

Trickling through the hollows hidden in woodlands, comes the water, hushed and sleek,

Sneaking down between grass and tree, it twines and whispers as if to pray,

 37 The Hunted 16x20 On Canvas

Down to the thicket it passes, snaking round reeds like liquid glass,

Off to industry and homes, it travels, reaching, eastward amass.

 73 Walter's Falls Mill Pond & Spillway 16x12 On Canvas

Slapping over the mill wheel in the quaint hamlet, comes the water, fresh and free,

Rippling down the rocks on low, it glints and reflects the setting of day,

 41 Oscar's Pond 20x16 On Canvas

Down to peaceful lake it filters, calming, day ebbing, almost past,

Under ducks on the surface, so restful, the lapping; home at last!

A Progress Update on Bud’s Portrait

I wish I could say I am finished Bud’s portrait, but the reality is I still have a long, long way to go before I can say it is completed. I am at a point however, where I am willing to show it to you and hope you can see where I am going with it despite its very unfinished state.

If you have seen my previous posts on this you will know I used various photos to come up with this portrait. The hard bit is doing this in colour without a colour photograph to go by. I think for the face I will have to take a photo of myself and then try to use that as an aid to colouring when it comes to the finer details. I will also have to see if I can find colour reference material for the uniform.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

I had to look up the possible definitions for merge to see what I could come up with this week.  Finding one definition that stated “to blend or fade gradually”, I thought of my work on the portrait I am doing.  I am not ready to share the whole thing but I thought I would take a photo of a small portion of the portrait to depict the idea of merge.

I essentially merge when I paint.  I make my dark colour and then add a little white blending the two wet colours back and forth with my brush to help fade them into one another to become all part of one, in this case, part of the jacket.  This painting or merging process is far from finished but it is all about merging paint to create a sense of clothing, light, darks and in the end a sense of dimension.

A Painting: Stage Three (Refinements)

I’m much happier now.  I have aged him some and refined the face for painting detail.  If you look at stage two and three you can see a significant difference.  I think he looks nineteen now and still carries a sense of pride.  I have other small pics to help gather his characteristics and I think overall it is a decent composite of him at this stage.  I have yet to detail the clothing or background but now the face is getting there (I might do a few more adjustments) I feel better about getting on with other bits.

A Painting: Stage Two (Frustration)

After looking at various pictures I have of my relative I started sketching him on to the canvas using the general rule of thirds.

The top left pic is when he enlisted and the bottom left and top right are when he became a sergeant.

This composite is still not what I want…  I’m frustrated with it so far.  I’m struggling to get it to look like him between the three pics but it has a feeling I wanted to capture, that sense of pride and him being very young.  He was only nineteen when he died.

Still lots to do…  I’ll keep working on pushing the charcoal around to help give it more of his character.

A Painting: Stage One

Have patience…this painting could take some time to go from nothing to something.  I normally do not let anyone see what I am painting so this will be a new experience.

I have not painted in ages (at least two years).  I bought a large canvas some time ago but up until today I was not sure what exactly I was going to do with it.  I have finally decided to take the plunge and prep the canvas for drawing my initial ideas out.

I do this by putting burnt sienna Liquitex acrylic paint on a wet rag and wiping it across the canvas.  One, it gets me beyond the white canvas syndrome.  Two, it allows me to use charcoal to draw onto the canvas instead of pencil.  This means I don’t get pencil bleeding through (I have no idea why that happens but thus why I use charcoal).  Charcoal can also be easily wiped off the painted canvas with a rag so it allows me to redraw areas if I make a mistake.  Three, when I paint over the charcoal drawing it melds into the paint.  I can keep the effect or paint it in entirely.

This painting will be a tribute to my second cousin Bud, a WWII tail gunner.  I am thinking of adding some things into the background of what will become a portrait pic.  I am still not sure what will be included,  perhaps a Nissen hut or part of a turret or something.  If you have any ideas feel free to comment!