Grand Finale and New Beginning

There are certain people who are just meant to be together. Nothing is more obvious when you are in their presence. You can literally feel the love and admiration they have for each other just from the way they look at each other.

I had the opportunity to cross paths with a beautiful couple like this, Margaret and Lorne, about a year ago. Margaret and Lorne have been married just over ten years. Their first date was at the Lac Lehmy Casino in Gatineau, QC watching fireworks. This is how Lorne described the scene for me:

“At the time, the show ended and the crowd got up and left.  As the last few were climbing up the hill to their cars someone turned around and shouted back at us, “Hey, you two.  The show’s over!” and we realized that we were sitting alone in the centre of the parking lot under the umbrella, oblivious to the fact that everyone else had already left.  I think it was at that precise moment I realized that I was in deep trouble!”

This painting was a 10 year wedding anniversary gift from Lorne to Margaret and I couldn’t have been more touched that he trusted me with something so special. The instructions he gave me were basically that description above: fireworks at the casino, sitting on lawn chairs, sharing an umbrella, lost in the moment.

Below is the progression of the painting. (The green line in the first one is just painting tape that I used to make a straight line for the horizon).

Progression of the painting

And the final painting that Lorne gave to Margaret for their 10 year wedding anniversary:

"First Date" or "Grand Finale and New Beginning"
“First Date” or “Grand Finale and New Beginning” – 30″x40″ – Acrylic on Canvas


As an artist, there is no bigger compliment than knowing that something I created truly touched someone emotionally. After receiving this gift from her husband, Margaret made sure to let me know that she was so deeply touched that it evoked happy tears. I don’t like making anyone cry, but in this instance, I couldn’t be happier.

Margaret and Lorne, I wish you two a lifetime of love and happiness <3


7th Ottawa Timeraiser

Once again this year I am fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the artists for the Ottawa Timeraiser, taking place on November 8th, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of History (which is actually in Gatineau, but okay…). Here is your chance to go home with an original piece of artwork, valued up to $1000, by pledging to volunteer in the community for a certain number of hours over the next 12 months.

Preview of the artwork being auctioned off this year
Preview of the artwork being auctioned off this year. More HERE

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A Happy Ending

Following up to yesterday’s post about my misadventures with my bike, I’d like to fill you in on the happy ending of that story.

So Friday I walked back to Pecco’s in Gatineau, armed with the receipt-less wheel, tire, and inner tube, praying the entire way that the nice folks there will remember me. I may or may not have dressed up a little nicer than normal for the occasion. Hey, don’t judge. I was desperate to return this thing!

Well so much for my efforts, it started raining as I was in the middle of the Alexandra Bridge, which in case you don’t know, is a freakin long bridge and there’s nowhere to seek cover. Obviously I didn’t have an umbrella. I couldn’t stop thinking of the giant one I had just painted the previous day (it’s like it was some kind of sick joke). Oh well, goodbye nice hair.

I felt like these guys
I felt like these guys

Eventually I made it to Pecco’s, slightly resembling a wet dog. Turns out they were into that look. They gladly returned all my stuff with no hassle what-so-ever. Score.

The following day, Alex took me (with his car) to a couple places to find a new bike and lo-and-behold, I found this beauty at Walmart for only $200.


So now back to relating this to painting…

The splothy blue background that I used for the umbrella painting was intended to be 1/3 paintings in a set. The other backgrounds I had done were these two:

Step 1: Paint a Background
Step 1: Paint a Background (and learn to take better photographs…)

 Step 2: Slap on some plants using a palette knife and call it a day!

16x16" - Acrylic on Canvas
16×16″ – Acrylic on Canvas
16x16" - Acrylic on Canvas
16×16″ – Acrylic on Canvas



And finally a side view of the two paintings together
And finally a side view of the two paintings together

And that about wraps up the bike chronicles. Hopefully forever. Have a happy Tuesday friends 🙂

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