New year new bills

Posted by bernicky - January 9th, 2017

Well the New Year is off to an auspicious start. The van needed to be towed to the dealership today as the ignition switch would no longer turn with the key and neither would the passenger and driver side door locks. A wonderful bill of $1500 awaits my credit card. It’s actually quite funny. Last Thursday I was telling Donna that my working seven days a week since the middle of the year and through the Xmas vacation had paid off and that I was almost back to even….almost. The universe has a keen sense of comedic timing. Fortunately I managed to pick up a few extra hours which will help. Tightening of the belt will have to be a little more rigorous for the next few months finding where to cut will be interesting.

On a more interesting note I’ve started planning the paintings for the Celebration Montreal 375-Canada 150 exhibition. The plan for the Canada portion is for 14 paintings – one of each of the flower for each provinces and territories and one final one of all the flowers in the same painting. For the Montreal portion a painting of the official flower of Montreal and a series of paintings of Montreal’s iconic staircases focusing on alleyways which are my favourite part of any photo safari we go on. I’ve been keeping up with drawing and painting as much as possible while working, but the focus will have to shift to the subject matter for the exhibition as practice material to produce the best possible results for the show. Even if nothing sells the presentation has to be as good as it can be. Below is my most recent effort, practicing transparencies and values. It’s harder than it looks.

A tiny painting of a waterfall in the Catskills

Finally – resolutions for the New Year, to continue to lose weight, to sell at least one piece of art, to keep trying to sell Donna’s Bear, to keep writing poetry and submit to poetry magazines. That’s it. Doable, at least I think it is. Time will tell.

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Happy New Year

Posted by bernicky - January 1st, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Resolution time. I’ve never been one for making resolutions but I am going to give it a go this year. Here they are in no particular order.

Spend more time making art. Whether writing stories or drawing or painting I would like to spend more time creating.

I am the same 230 lbs now as I was this time last year and I hate it. It is physically uncomfortable. I would like to drop 60 lbs this year. That’s 5 lbs a month or 1.2 lbs a week. I see no M&Ms in my future.

Be more frugal – that could work in nicely with the others. If you’re making art you aren’t going out and spending money. If you are eating less you aren’t going out and spending money.

That’s it. Three simple resolutions and only time will tell how well I keep them.

In the meantime here are three paintings I did over the last little while.

Banana on kitchen counter

Banana on kitchen counter

Yellow flower trying to hide

Yellow flower trying to hide

Red Riot

Red Riot

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Happy New Year

Posted by bernicky - January 1st, 2011

Happy New Year!


Last night we went to Dave and Leslie’s to celebrate the New Year. We missed last year’s celebration and were glad to be able to ring in the new year with long time friends.

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