October 20, 2006

Labyrinth  (c) 2006 Gordon Leverton

This painting comes from a idea I had while visiting an old mansion in Toronto – the upstairs was an amazing labyrinth of beams, old staircases and piles of bricks. What a great place for a kid to play hide-and-seek (or anything else for that matter).


Argh…. sleep deprivation

October 11, 2006

I’ve heard that some artists use sleep deprivation as a tool for creativity. Well now that Gemma is 12 days old, I can safely say that most (but not quite all) creative juice has been sapped from my body. Now, I shouldn’t complain, I know. My poor wife is the one who suffers most, what with the midnight, 2am, 4am, 6am feedings. But being the dutiful father that I am, I’ve taken on the roll of diaper changer and burper.

I’ll add that to the CV.

 Two of my pieces, “Gate III” and “Notice”, have been accepted into the Burlington Fine Arts Association’s annual juried exhibition. Juror Barry McCarthy gave an informative talk on his selections and hey, if you’re asking and getting $10,000 for your paintings, I’m all ears!

If you’re in the Burlington area, drop in and see the exhibition – Burlington Art Centre, AIC Gallery, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario, (905) 632-7796 – October 14 – November 19, 2006

webready_gateiii_watermk_72dpi.jpg  “Gate III” (c) 2006 by Gordon Leverton

“Notice” (c) 2006 by Gordon Leverton  “Notice” (c) 2006 by Gordon Leverton

How much fun can I pack into one week?

On Friday, Sept. 29 at 1:05am (eastern) my wife Nancy gave birth to a baby girl, Gemma Leverton, tipping the scales at 7lbs, 4oz. Mom and baby are both home and healthy, though sleep is at a premium!

Nancy, being the super wife that she is, literally pushed me out of the hospital room so that I could attend the opening of the Society of Canadian Artists 39th open juried show at Todmorden Mills Museum in Toronto. I was excited and honoured that my drawing, “Passage 1” was accepted into the competition and although it didn’t earn a prize, the “competition” was exceptional – well done, SCA!


 The pneumonia thing? Yeah, I left work last week after an extreme coughing fit, only to find out at the walk-in clinic that I have pneumonia. Great. So, it will be 10 days off work (doctor’s orders) and plenty of rest and liquids. The bright side of course, is that I can hang out at home with Gemma!

 Todmorden Mills MuseumGemma's 1st day