Update to site

I’ve updated my website today with a new menu.  Through Muse themes I found a widget that creates a menu that is far more editable than what I could use through the widgets library.

Although I have used it on the current website, I’m also working to replace it with a responsive site in the near future.

Thanks for visiting.


It’s been cold here. The cold and dry air has been a bit harsh on my breathing but the weather is a bit better now. The restaurant opening is done and now I have a few hours off in the day so I can get a few drawings done.

So far it looks like I will have Thursday off and the weather is supposed to be good. It might be a photography morning. 

New Year and the Website

Lately I haven’t been doing much with the website.  Although I do have a few sketches to put on, I simply haven’t been able to find the time or the energy to actually do it.  I do plan on rectifying that in the near future.

As we change the calendar, for the first few weeks I will be busier than usual when I head up to Timmins in Northern Ontario to help in the opening of a restaurant.  After that is complete, I plan to spend a bit of time each day doing something with the website, even if it’s a simple blog entry.

Until my next post, thanks for reading.


As of late I have not been able to do much in the way of painting or drawing.  The reason for that is where I work has been undergoing some renovations which I have been a part of leaving me little to no time or energy to lift a brush. 

The renovations are nearing an end. Soon I will be able to hold a brush in my right hand and a glass of wine in my right.  I can’t tell you how much I look forward to it. 

It’s Autumn

You can feel it in the air.  The temperature is going down, the sun is out a little less every day and the even the clouds look a little different.

On the plus side there is the quite beautiful colour changing of the leaves and the fact that football is in heavy rotation this time of year.  The CFL is in the stretch run and the NFL has begun so for a football lover like me, it’s heavenly.  The down side however is that soon it will be freezing outside and instead of mowing the lawn it will be shoveling the white (expletive deleted).

This December I will be up in Timmins for a month or two helping to open a restaurant.  During my stay I will have some opportunities to get some winter photography and painting in the North of Ontario.  I can’t let an opportunity like that slip by.

Until my next post, thanks for reading.

Evening Trees

The first photograph I’ve finished has been uploaded.  With a total of four-hundred and sixty-one to go through, I could be putting up pictures from the North Ontario trip for some time.

The nights I spent in the two provincial Parks were very special.  Seeping in a car may not be the most comfortable experience, but it was tolerable.  The most magical night of the three was the last.  The first two nights at Halfway Lake I had a bright moon both nights.  At Chuttes, the moon didn’t come up right away so I had a magnificent Star field.

Evening Trees is a small panorama I caught on the way back.  After the Tobermory ferry it was evening and the sun was low on the horizon.  Seeing thevening-treese sky and the sun through the trees, I had to stop and shoot it.

I took three shots and merged them in Adobe Lightroom.  Very little was adjusted aside from removing a signpost and some power wires in Photoshop.

On vacation 

This is week two of my  vacation in Northern Ontario.  After a couple of nights at Halfway Lake provincial park I went to visit my sister and family in Sault Ste Marie. Our  this day I made it to Chuttes provincial park just outside of Massey. When I get back to Burlington on Wednesday night, I have the task of going through all the pictures I’ve taken.  There are quite a few good ones that I will put on my site in the following weeks. 

Thanks for reading. 


Next Tuesday I will be heading up to Northern Ontario for a vacation.  With the seasons soon changing I’m hoping to get some fall colours on the trees, however with the late season heat wave we’ve been getting I doubt there will be much in the way of reds, yellows or oranges.  There will however be plenty of time for watercolour sketching provided the skies don’t start to drop water on me.

The plan is to spend some time in a couple of Provincial Parks.  The first one will be Halfway Lake and the second, Chutes Provincial park just outside of the bustling metropolis of Massey.  With some luck I should finish with plenty of material to do some landscape paintings in studio over the winter and hopefully several quality photographs.

It’s been a while 

​It’s been a month since my last entry into Open Pallet.  I would like to say it’s because I’ve been busy painting, or busy drawing or busy writing.  Unfortunately, I can’t.  I’ve been busy enjoying the summer. 

This has been a spectacular summer for those of us who enjoy the outdoors.  Anyone who loves sunny days for the beach or walks in the park, this is a dream summer.  Those who enjoy a nice green lawn however, this is not a great summer.

It’s August 12, 2016 and I’m looking out the window at what has been a seldom seen sight this season.  It’s raining.  Good heavens the grass needs the water.  Between yesterday and today the browns of the lawns might turn a more appreciable green soon.

In about 5 weeks I’ll be enjoying a trip up to North Ontario where I intend to do some painting and photography.  When I went last year at approximately the same time of year I expected to see plenty of fall colours.  We had an unusually hot late summer and the result was everything was still green.  Maybe this year I’ll capture some colours.  Regardless, I will enjoy the trip immensely.