A Wednesday List Of Ten Things I Like.

This is not a top ten list, but rather a totally random list of things I like, listed in alphabetical order of course, and complete with links where possible.

1. Beaton’s Wholesale Dry Goods. Have you ever been stopped in the street and asked, “Where did you get those remarkable rubber boots?” Well, neither have I, but if anyone ever asks I’ll tell them all about Beaton’s on Queen Street. It’s a bit like walking into a time capsule. Everything in the store is piled high on rows of shelves, or more often than not, just left in the box on the floor.

2. Candles. Recent birthdays suggest that small children love blowing out candles, any candles, and all candles. Even candles of other children’s cakes. Advent candles are also under threat.

3. Downtown Charlottetown. I’m a big fan of our downtown. I like walking around and seeing people. I like the street scape, shops, and cafes. I’m not a fan of big malls, and I prefer to walk rather than drive.

4. Dizzy Block is the block in our downtown where most of the action happens…almost. Mostly people in cars, myself included, circle the block looking for a parking spot.

5. Greenwich. This is probably the most beautiful spot on Prince Edward Island, and it has great walking trails and a beautiful beach. The sand dunes are extensive and relentless.

6. Lakeside is the other great beach on Prince Edward Island. I spent a lot of time on this beach as a kid, and I still try to go a few times a year. It has many large dunes, and the swimming is great.

7. Santa Claus Parades. We went to the Santa parade last Saturday, and I have to say that though we enjoyed it, I really don’t need to see every fire truck on the Island in a Santa parade. As I stood there watching what seemed like fire truck number 100 roll past, I began to wonder what would happen if there actually was a fire someplace?

8. Queen Street is one of the more interesting streets in town. It has a bit of everything, for everyone. Homes, stores, offices, theatres, and people of all types of personalities. A great street, and at times it’s almost beautiful.

9. Victoria Row is a section of Richmond Street that in the summer is closed to automobile traffic. It has several restaurants with outdoor patios, and sometimes music can be heard competing with conversation. It is also home to our world-famous sewer fountain.

10. Water Street. I really don’t know why I like Water Street so much. Not a lot happens there, but it’s a nice place to walk. It does have a couple of nice places to eat. It is pretty at times. It can be peaceful, and it has Michael Stanley’s Pottery shop. All great things.

The All Over Approach Of A Child.

Anna's drawing.

Anna's drawing.

I’ve always loved how a child’s drawing will spill across the paper and leave few areas untouched. In our house the spilling of drawings often goes beyond the paper, and will wander onto whatever surface the kids are working on. Tables, chairs, floors, and sometimes even the walls have marks left behind as reminders that art was made here.

Signing Off Day. Finished Paintings.



I spent the morning going through my pile of paintings and deciding which ones are completed, and which paintings need more work. I always sign, name, and date the backs of the paintings. I then put the information in an old ledger that I’ve been using since 1984. There are only two blank pages left in the ledger, and it’s going to be exciting to start a new one.

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As Fun As Watching Paint Dry.

The exciting life of an artist is probably a mystery to most people, and one of the exciting things I love to do when not at wild art show openings, or jetting around to exotic locales such as Summerside, is to watch my paintings dry. Yes, I do watch paintings dry, crazy as this sounds. I guess it can best be described as a thinking period … what the hell was I thinking when I did that? Or, how did I do that? Or, is that any good? Or, where is this body of work taking me? Or, is there any wine left? These are the things I think about as the binders in my paint evaporate.
My drying racks are full. I have much to think about.

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They Say You Want An Evolution.

Studio, Stephen B macInnis.

Studio, Stephen B MacInnis.

All paintings go through many changes which can be described as a process of evolution. From the muddy swamp of early colour and form, and on to the eventual end.

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