BIRDS – Commissioners’ Club

BIRDS – Commissioners’ Club

Inspired by a casual suggestion from my son, I began this series of paintings in the summer of 2021 for the McKellar Market near my home in Ontario.

Jake (#1 son) challenged me to do the paintings within an hour, which I did for the first 20 (40? my speed rate fluctuated, but always tried to hustle) and discovered that to be oddly exhausting; I now allow myself more time. I do love rapid sketch style of the early beta birds, I also love the detailed emotions and colors of current avians.

I have painted 60 birds since August, 2021, all in acrylic on small wood gallery panels, 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″.  And you can see my larger works on my website.

The next commissioning cycle starts in 2024. The paintings will be 12″ x 12″ on custom birch wrap panels, $380 plus shipping and HST/GST (in Canada). The commissioner  pays when painting is completed. 

Write to me if you want to commission. And if you cannot afford original art, there are some lovely prints on my Society 6 page. And credenzas.

And you can have all 60 birds and the inspiration to make your own from my newest book, Book of Birds.


is Saturday, August 21, if forecast doesn’t mention rain, I play my blue bassoon as (almost) every Saturday morning at the McKellar Summer Market in Minerva Park, selling my newest art, CDs and Solitary Refinement and Owner-Built Log House and visiting with people.  10 am to 1 pm  677 Hwy. 124 Minerva Park, McKellar, Ontario.

Art: Birds of my area, painted this week… grackles, jays, chickadee, cardinal and more to come! All acrylic, 8″ x 8″ on 1.5″ deep wood panels, priced for new art collectors at $45. Two have already sold and are flying to their new home in Indianapolis. Write to me if you want any… I haven’t yet had time to put in my shop.

Grackle Stares (SOLD)

Jay Says Hey!

Resting Bird Face (SOLD))

Redwing King (SOLD)

Blossom (SOLD)

The Grackle Has Landed (SOLD)

Cardinal Ruler(SOLD)

Cardinal Inquisition (SOLD)

My Queen (SOLD)


I am revising Solitary Refinement and adding my basic fingering chart along with more art and photos of fabulous bassoonists in full live action performance mode. If you have a great performance shot, full-out, leave-it-all-on the-stage with head up and the wind in your sails, let me know! I’m picky as hell, but it’s time to show our young bassoonists more real stuff.


Nadina, recording Weber Andante & Rondo, Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Krista Rocks Bassoon

Krista Wodelet of Nice Horse, Photo by Christine McAvoy

Nadina Vivaldi

Nadina, Vivaldi recording sessions, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Photo by Rob DiVito

I have been reaching out to colleagues for images with responses from Krista Wodelet, Rebekah Heller and a few others. And I am hunting down the photographers and paying the licencing fees… luckily, I have been selling enough new T shirts on the  Society 6 site to pay the licencing fee to the New York Times for the fabulous photo of Rebekah Heller playing the Gubaidulina concerto. Can’t wait to share it all with you!


Nadina Wild Horse JPF Awards

Nadina JPF Awards, Wild Horse Saloon, Nashville, Photo by Mark Mosrie



Peterborough Symphony & Prince George Symphony

My next performances of  Mathieu Lussier’s ODDBIRD CONCERTO are on February 5, 2022 with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (Ontario) and on May 28, 2022 with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra (B. C.).

And you can always buy the recording, either from MSR , Amazon, or directly from me.

Thank you and see you soon!

Oddbird Concerto