This lonely little shell of a farm house always fascinated me as I drove past it on my jaunts to visit my horse. It had a solitary beauty that always made me gaze at it as I passed by. I used a tiny bit of complementary violet to the largely yellow hue of this painting. I think my style is getting looser. It sure seems that I am getting better at communicating through my paint brushes with the right "creative" side of my brain.
This is a colour study for a larger painting that I am working on. When I lived in British Columbia, I attended a Cowboy Festival at O'Keefe Ranch. These guys are the real deal. They are working cowboys from ranches all across BC and Alberta, and they compete annually at the Festival.
A client of mine gave me this as a thank you gift, and the logical thing to do was paint it. After many, many feet of snow this winter, it gives me hope for spring. The tulips will live again next spring, after I plant them in the fall.
In Toronto's multi cultural society, there is a large West Indian population who celebrate their culture every summer with the Caribana Festival. It has become bigger and bigger since it started about 30 years ago, and attracts thousands of tourists to Toronto. This was from one of the earlier parades and I think it captures the festive atmosphere of the occasion.