Happy 92nd Birthday to my Mom!

Today, I am thinking about and celebrating my Mom (Pamela Hoddinott).1 Mom trying to get her pet goat to look at the camera.jpg

She was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1926 and grew up in the beautiful fishing community of Lower Island Cove.

She loved school, playing piano, and tending her pet goat.

When this first photo was taken, she was trying to convince her goat to look toward the camera.

Her older sister, Daphne (on the right in the second photo) was also her best friend.

Whenever they were together, the sound of their laughter seemed to travel for miles.



A few years after marrying my dad, their first child (me) arrived.


This picture of Mom and grumpy-looking-me was taken in Lower Island Cove in 1952.






My brother (Peter) and sister (Karen) were later born in Corner Brook.

My Mom and I have always shared a love of creating art, especially drawing and painting.

Throughout the past 50 years, we enjoyed travelling together in Canada and the USA taking photographs as painting references.

I love you Mom – have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!

Can You Find Hidden Images?

The goal of  most realists is to accurately paint their subjects – a child looks like a child and a twig looks like a twig….BUT…

Look closer – much closer! Twigs can also be the homes of imaginary beings. How many can you find in this close-up view of a painting?

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How many beings (including me) are hiding in this close-up view of the same painting?

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Answer: 6! One is in the upper right, lower left, and center section of each close-up view.

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This baby dragon was fun to create.


The  little boy in the painting (below) is my long-time friend Benny.

I was drawn to (pun intended) his capacity to always find the good in everyone and view our wondrous world through the eyes of child.

My idea became reality the day he showed me a photo of himself as a small child.


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Katie the Lovable Pitweiler

Several years ago, John and I visited our local SPCA to adopt a companion for our Huskador named Timber.

TimberThe wonderful staff brought out every female in the shelter to meet Timber, but none were interested in our hyperactive, high-spirited canine genius.

Finally, a lady asked another: “What about Katie?” Katie was scheduled to be euthanized because she had failed the personality test. We weren’t bothered by this.

Well! The rest is history! She loved Timber and he loved her! Timber passed away a few years ago, but Katie is happy, healthy, and 16-years-old. She’s the gentlest, sweetest, most lovable dog we have every owned.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff who decided to give Katie a second chance!

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Gordon Pinsent, A Gift to Last

Gordon Pinsent, one of Canada’s best-known contributions to the international entertainment industry, returned home to Newfoundland in 1978 to promote the second season of his highly-successful CBC television series A Gift to Last (also written by Pinsent). An article on Pinsent’s visit to St. John’s was published in The Newfoundland Herald TV Week, November 29, 1978.

In his honor, the CJON television station in St. John’s, arranged a reception during which I  presented Gordon Pinsent with my original pencil drawing (beautifully framed by CJON). This drawing was on the cover of their February 4-10 issue of the Newfoundland Herald TV Week.


Later, Gordon asked the station manager (Gary Anstey) if there was a quiet place where he could chat with me. Gary kindly escorted us into his private office. I was so starstruck, I don’t even remember the first few minutes of our conversation.

Then, Gordon mentioned that he also loves to draw! From that point on, I remember his kind comments, gentle nature, and well-informed questions about my drawing.

My1 GORDON PINSENT Portrait of Gordon Pinsent as Edgar Sturgess in A Gift to Last. An article on Pinsent’s visit to St. John’s was published in The Newfoundland Herald TV Week, November 29, 1978.

Yes! That faint handwriting on the right of the drawing is Gordon’s autograph. I used a Photoshop layer to overwrite the lines.


Coincidently, the very first episode of A Gift to Last was televised in 1976 on December 19 (my birthday).

More about Gordon Pinsent https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Pinsent

More about A Gift to Last https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Gift_to_Last

Theme song performed by Gordon Pinsent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lp-zYLdyJ8