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What do maple leaves, Dudley Do Right, moose and my art have in common?


Canadian flag



A:  They are all things living in Canada.

Yes, I just sold two paintings to a collector in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Of course, being my first sales to Canada I had to figure out the paperwork and import charges required to ship work into this country.  Though there was no duty tax, I still had to pay an entry prep fee, a brokerage goods and service tax (GST), a disbursement fee, a provincial Manitoba sales tax and a customs GST.   Do you get the feeling that the Canadian government doesn’t want to import goods into their country, eh?  Still, I’m thrilled to have a new collector in the land of hockey!



Is she depressed, pondering or contemplative?


I wanted to paint my daughter, Kelsey, realistically within an abstract setting. After getting her to model for me for a photo shoot, I set down to work. I was trying for a dreamy look, but on my first attempt but I made her look down right depressed!  So we did another photo shoot and I tried again. In the second version, she is pondering serious world issues, not the least bit dreamy. I took one last stab at it and she ended up looking contemplative. Close enough! Here’s a close up of her first two faces and the full-size version of the final painting.  I was a surprise birthday gift for her but I didn’t finish it on time.  I guess I’ll find out tonight whether she reads my blog ;).

sad face

Pondering face



“Contemplative”, Oil on Panel, 40″ x 30″