{back to the brush} low tide – 2015



I woke up early this morning, which is unusual on a Sunday for me. Painting was the first and only thing on my mind (other than needing coffee) and while I waited for the sun to come up, I did some sketches for a new painting. It has been a long time since I last picked up a paint brush and worked in any medium. About two years. Last year I did not paint at all – not that I can remember. I did some drawing, but only a couple.

I didn’t intend for today’s session to be momentous or anything special. I just woke up and wanted to paint, so I did.  It feels good to get back to the brush. It’s been too long. I have ideas for more paintings. I will share as they come alive on the paper. For now, here is what today brought. Hope you enjoy 🙂



I was in the process of setting up the table and board to work on when I saw someone was thirsty, and clearly did not have the motivation to go into the kitchen where their water bowl sits. My mug of water to clean my brushes was a much better choice.

I like watching the painting emerge…  I am happy with the end result. The original photograph is below. I took this while on holiday visiting my parents in Nova Scotia in 2008. My kids and I drove down in October for Thanksgiving and stayed in Pleasantville, where my parents were living at the time.


We were on our way back to the house from Cherryhill Beach, when we spotted the full Harvest moon rising over the mouth of the La Have River. I stopped the car and grabbed my camera to record the moment. This photo is part of a series as the moon rose and then disappeared behind the clouds.

It is definitely good to be back painting again… below is the final piece… maybe. There might be more for me to do on this. I didn’t name the boat and I probably should.



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