To Goldly Go


There’s a bit of ‘photo-shopping’ going on here as I have pasted one image over another before actually gluing the rope to the board on which the painting is on. The border/frame of the paintings are both gold.  As you know, gold can take on different hues. Example: Venetian Gold looks different than Emperor’s Gold, etc.

It would be really appreciated to have your opinion on which gold you think looks best or more fitting.

There are different paintings in this series other than the lighthouse at sunset.  So it may be best to not focus on which gold goes best with the lighthouse only. (Another sample here).

As always thanks for your input.  I will be asking on facebook as well here.

It’s okay to just say I like “left” or “right”



Dare to Share


Just sharing the web page.  …been trying to get some art up for sale as well. Hope you’re all busy with your artistic, creative pursuits.  Have a good one!

All Play and No Work


I grew up in a typical blue collar family.  We were so blue collar that a family photo could be easily mistaken for one of Picasso’s blue period paintings. 

In that context work had a simple definition.  It meant some sort of nose- to- the- grindstone trade, factory/shipyard work or some sort of soldiering on that involved grease, dirt, paint or at best the tools of the carpenter or electrician. Hammers, shovels, wrenches maybe even a modern device like a voltmeter, or an arc welder were permissible  . These common tools of the trade ensure an honourable pride that shines consistent and true over the course of an entire life.  In the end one could rest in peace for a days work well done or a lifetime of toil that awarded a clear conscience.

Enter the Idealist, Artist and Dreamer!  That was me.  It still is.  

I’m old enough to realize now that there’s no point in a blame session.  Why, for example, wasn’t the Arts promoted in our home?  Why did I spend many years focused only on those things that were “blue collar” in some attempt to balance the foolish imaginings of youth and the daydreams of art and illusion?  

A Pastor once said  , “Things are as they are…”.  A Waitress in a pub would often say, ” It is what it is!”. From both ends of the spectrum, as it were, came the same sage-like wisdom:  Some things you cannot change.  It is what it is so work with it!  

We cannot change what has been done.  Especially those things we had no choice over in the first place.  Did you choose your parents?  Did you have persuasion over their choice of career?  Did you choose the town you were born in?  In an age of supposed free will and autonomous power we are struck dumb by the truth of how little we actually can control certain things in life. Isn’t it funny how stressed we are!  Why be anxious for things we cannot change?  Instead, change the things we can.

I am no prophet and far from it.  My thoughts are that the best way looking back is to take whatever good we can and use it to help us move on.  I love my parents and almost lost them once .  They taught me good things and provided for my needs and more so.  Most of all they loved me.  I thought loving them was having to be exactly like them vocationally.  It’s not true I think. They gave me faith, love and hope.  They taught my brother and I to do an honest days work and do everything to the very best of our ability.

Art and design is work.  A kind of work that is just as hard as trying to get one pipe to weld to another.  I think we should aim to do what work is most amenable to our selves and our nature.  I do not regret the years of blood, sweat and toil that helped hone my character and provide for mine.  Life isn’t always what one thinks it is or will be.  The important thing is if you’re an artist is to dedicate as much time as you can creating and producing your art.  Blame Sessions about past mistakes only prolong those mistakes; brings them into Now when they should have been left in Yesterday.  

There I go again musing and philosophizing…

Enter the IdealistArtist and Dreamer!  That was me.  It still is.

Thanks for visiting!

Ready to Ship!


This original 8 inch painting based on Nova Scotia’s Bluenose schooner is getting attention at my Etsy store OceanSky Crafts . Several people have already added it to their favorite list and that’s great.  I call them PortHoles for obvious reasons. There are two others to choose from but this one seems to be the most popular.

They are listed as Limited Edition since I only have a few on hand and I’m not sure if I can get the wicker rings at the same previous low cost. Here is a close shot of the bow of the ship.

OceanSky Crafts (me) will ship, pardon the pun, to U.S.A. or Canada.  Any other destination may require special arrangements.  Thanks for visiting!

My Etsy Pitch

Etsy Stuff

Well every artist has to eat so I hope you won’t mind me putting in a little plug for some of my stuff now and then.  I just opened my shop at Etsy the other day and am starting with some crafts that I made.  They are handpainted and assembled by yours truly.  The little schooner is based on the Nova Scotian Bluenose, the lighthouse on Peggy’s Cove and the mountain is Cape Blomidon in the Valley of NS.

These are painted a few at a time to speed things up and keep the cost down.  I ship to the USA and Canada and perhaps elsewhere depending on the price of shipping.

I am a resident artist myself.  I’ve painted ( in real life size :^) fishing boats and did all my growing up in both the farms and fishing communities of Nova Scotia.  The climate here is overall pretty good however it can change completely from morning to evening.  In the winter the temperature has gone from 10 above Celsius to 10 below within 24 -30 hours.  The weather is always changing.

There are not a lot of jobs here however it is a great place to live and the people are mostly friendly.

You can check out OCEANSKY CRAFTS here and please check back as I am working on some other crafts to fit in here soon.

These PortHoles ( as I call them) are limited editions because I’m not sure i can get the wicker rings for as low a price as I did originally.  Thanks for reading!