Monday, January 29, 2018
My Nephew's daughter turned 2 a week ago.........seems just yesterday she arrived into this world.
It was my Mothers Birthday also this month. This is her 93rd year since her birth, but she left us 32 years ago. I also celebrated the 44th anniversary of my 20th birthday this month, the journey continues.
The first month of the New Year is almost at a close. The days have a bit more light, the temperature is slowly getting warmer, our world is evolving.
Enjoy your journey.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
If you follow my blog, you know I live in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in the Canadian Rockies.
I am very fortunate to live in the mountains. The fresh air, clean water and stunning mountain vistas are a delight.
With Banff being in the heart of the mountains, we always bump into wildlife. Deer, elk, coyotes....and sometimes bear, are a common occurrence to cross your path. Last week, early in the morning, I was driving down Banff ave., and a coyote was walking down the center of the road. It was as if he was checking out his kingdom, oblivious to me or anything else that was in his path.
I do some contract work for CMH Heli-skiing, and this morning was up early, heading to one of the lodges with food. At 5:30 am I was just about to leave the industrial compound where our warehouse is, and a cougar ran across the road in front of me. The average road is 30-35 feet wide. The cougar jumped from one side, landed in the middle, and then was on the other side of the road bounding into the woods. For a second my breath stopped, I rolled down the windows to see if I could see or hear it as it bounded into the forest.
As I drove down the road listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young , I tried to envision the cougar moving thru the woods. I have just begun to paint the wildlife in my world. After this short encounter, I think a painting of a cougar is next on the list. This will be a challenge, as many of my paintings are created either on site or from photos I have taken. Seeing a cougar for 30 seconds does not give you enough time to do sketches etc. I'll have to do some research to get the right image.
Monday, January 1, 2018
Hello my friends,
As we are on the eve of a new year, I wanted to reach out to each of you and wish you all the best in 2018.
I subscribe to a newsletter from the Four Winds Society. A special friend, Pat Bavin, introduced me to the Four Winds last year. The Four Winds offers the world’s most thorough training in Shamanic Energy Medicine combined with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology and neuroscience. I received a New Years message from them the other day, one I thought important to share with you all.
Like the image above, 2018 is a new canvas, a new beginning. I hope you enjoy the message from the Four Winds.
All endings are a passage to the next beginning. As 2017 draws to a close, we have a new year to look forward to. And as we consider what resolutions we want to focus on in the new year, it’s important to also bring our awareness to the accumulated baggage we need to dispose of. What roles have we carried throughout the year-or more likely years-that no longer serve us? What burdens do we carry that need to be left behind?
There is a story of a hiker who comes across a man at the foot of a mountain. The man has a wooden raft strapped onto his back. The hiker asks him why he is carrying a raft, as there are no rivers or lakes on that mountain, and the man responds that the raft saved his life once when he was near the sea.
The raft represents all the beliefs and skills that served us at a particular moment in our life, but that now have turned into burdens that we carry on our backs.
It takes courage to leave old, familiar parts of our lives behind-especially when we are not sure of what might come along to replace them. But once we understand that all change-like death-is merely a transition into a different form of life, then change ceases to be frightening. We can take comfort in knowing that we’ll be resurrected, even if we have no clue what our new existence will be like.
Folk culture gives us the image of Death as the Grim Reaper, a faceless being in a hooded black robe who carries a sharpened sickle and points his bony finger at his latest victim, designating that this poor soul must come along with him to the unknown world of the dead. But the sickle he carries is a tool of harvest, used to cut the grain away from the stalk so that it can be made into bread to feed and sustain life. If we leave the grain on the stalk, it will grow mold and become useless. Without death, without the harvest, there can be no life. Like the stalk of wheat that contains the seeds of future harvests, we also contain within us the “seeds” of our future life. This allows us to shed the fear of death-and change-that haunts humanity.
When a monk enters a monastery, his head is shaved, his street clothes are exchanged for a simple robe, and he receives a new name. Stripped of his identity, the initiate is free to discover who he is becoming. As part of your own initiations, you, too, will have to let go of the outer garments of who you were. This doesn’t mean that you go and shave your head, but simply that you drop the façade and relax a bit the finely crafted face that you put on in the morning. Then, and only then, can you discover who else is behind the eyes that look back at you from the mirror.
Once we experience the feelings that surface when we realize that an aspect of our life is ending, we can find a certain perfection to our life right now and see it as the clay of creation. What possibilities lie in that ball of clay? As you knead and shape your new beginning, may you be filled with peace, love and hope. Your friends and family at the Four Winds Society wish you all the blessings of the season.
Bob, Nancy and Robson
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The subject matter choice was of Mt. Rundle in early morning, pink sky, tall trees and a grizzly in the foreground. After much thought, practice sketches etc., I created the painting. A week or so ago I took the painting to the winner's house. It's always hard to read people's reactions, but overall I think the painting is appreciated. A few days later I saw the winner by the Post Office and they said they "Loved" their new painting.
Watercolour on canvas
22" x 30"
Saturday, December 23, 2017
It's -14c outside tonight. I'm warm in my home, my belly is full, and I am sipping on a glass of wine. Christmas is a time with family and friends. It is a time of happiness and bounty. A time of joy. Why am I sad?
The world is going thru a lot of turmoil right now, and Mother Nature is not happy with its inhabitants. Raging fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, flash floods, extreme drought......it is all happening. This concerns me, but what really saddens and concerns me are the following stats:
795 million people are starving every day
2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water
100 million people are homeless and 1.6 billion people do not have adequate shelter
100 million kids are homeless
We need to help change these stats. I made a donation from my art show in November, but it is not enough. I need to look at my lifestyle and see how else I can help others.
This Christmas, I wish you and yours the best. My only gift for Christmas is that we all help humankind in any way we can.
Monday, November 27, 2017
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Life is an interesting journey. I remember the day, 3 months ago, when I decided to have the art show, "The Five Senses". Since that day, I have spent hundreds of hours thinking, planning and creating. Many nights I was up until 1 a.m., painting and listening to CKUA or Radio Paradise.
The show is now in the rear view mirror, it is past history. It was a success in many ways. First off, it was great to see many friends and meet new ones. It was gratifying to see people talking about a piece I had created. It was a validation of my work, to have a few pieces find new homes. It was rewarding to see people excited about the new piece of art they had acquired. It was humbling and an honor to have so much help from my family, friends and sponsors.
I would like to thank my partner in life Nancy, and son Robson, for all their help and understanding these past few months, as I created in my studio. Also, thanks to them for their help during the show.
Thank you to my friends Tony and Anne, Connie and Tom, Lynne and Bill, Murray and Annie and Casey and Hannah, who all helped with setup, were there during the show, and with tear down.
Thank you to Mandi, Jane and Eamonn who entertained us with wonderful, live music.
The show would not have been a success without the help and support of our sponsors.
Thank you to Brian and Katherine Smythe of Chalet Grocery and Tunnel Mountain Beer and Wine, Norm and Martin from The Banff Roasting Company, Matt and Keith from Wildlife Distillery, and Germaine from Bare Bistro. Also, thank you to Patti's Pantry from Banff who catered the event.
It is said the journey is more important than the destination. In this case, the show, the destination was of most importance. I would like to thank all of those who purchased my paintings and cards. With your help, I am able to make a sizable donation to the YWCA.
In closing, I would like to thank Connie MacDonald, CEO of the YWCA in Banff. Connies offering of a venue and help with marketing etc. helped to make the show a success. A long time friend, Connie works tirelessly for improvement of life for many in the Bow Valley.