October was a busy, busy, busy month for your favourite Hobosapien. A trip up to Haida Gwaii in late September garnered some marvellous photographs from which I worked up some new canvasses. Early October found me holed up in a tidy little spot in Vancouver living the life of a painter, which was nothing short of a dream-come-true.
I've started to work on much larger canvass, which take much longer, but I've been finding the results to be very rewarding.
Commissions for paintings have started to really take off, and I was asked to produce a large canvass as a gift for Mr. John Ullyett, who recently opened "One Gentleman, Two Governors" at the Citadel Theatre. The piece shows him practicing the Xylophone in preparation for the role. (Apparently, the man rehearses nude...in front of the window... )
The inimitable Nancy Kenny (Fringe star and producer of the upcoming Fringe Festival Documentary "On the Fringe") was driving back to Ottawa after her Cross-Canada tour and I was fortunate to hitch a ride with her as far as Alberta in mid-October. The trip through the Mountains was absolutely gorgeous! Nothing beats fall, in my humble opinion.
I snapped a tonne of photos on the trip - including Lake Louise and Drumheller - which I can't wait to start working up onto Canvass once I get myself set up with a studio here in Calgary.
Mid-October found me in Lethbridge in time to crash a Thanksgiving Dinner with my Uncles Neil and Khym, my Aunt Ina, and my cousin Lisa and her husband John. Nothing beats a little impromptu family-time and a turkey dinner. Spending some time with my relatives in Lethbridge was great for my soul.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend I stayed at the time-restrained Lethbridge Lodge, which was frozen sometime in 1986. Quite a trip. It was a fairly nostalgic time in "the bridge", as I even had the fortune to visit the old Family Farm which my grandparents sold sometime in the 80's. It's been divided up, but the new owner was there and she even took my Uncle Neil and I on a tour of the house.... boy... talk about flashbacks.
I went to work at the University of Lethbridge for the middle of October. They treated me very, very well. I was set up with a studio and given a room right on campus. It was perfect.
They kept me very busy teaching, talking, and running a couple of workshops. I even got to do a performance of "Assassinating Thomson" while I was there. Marvellous and inspiring time.
A huge thank-you to Gail Hanrahan for arranging my time with her students and the University.
Here's a canvass I worked up while in the studio in Lethbridge:
Following my stint at the University I came straight to Calgary to start rehearsals for "Charlotte's Web" at Alberta Theatre Projects. The first week was an absolute blast. Such a delight to be reunited with old friends and make some new ones as well. Charlotte's Web is one of my favourite books from childhood, and having the opportunity to help bring it to life is a real joy.
The show runs November 28-December 31st, so I'll be here in Calgary for the time-being. I'm hoping to get my easel all set up and spend my free-time back in the paint.
And finally, I did an exhibition of my new show, "Blind Man's Bluff" at the Lunchbox Theatre space as a client-appreciation night for Kevin Cork's Absolute Group over the weekend. It was a smashing time all around - the room was full of my paintings and there's nothing so humbling as to see my work all in one place like that. I felt deeply appreciative of this new path my life seems to have taken. Painting has taught me to slow down and to see the true beauty that surrounds us all.
Wishing you all an inspired and beautiful day.