Saturday, November 10, 2007

MURAL MOSAIC, Mural Mosaic, Mural Mosaic. Its crazy but those two words are going everywhere right now as the murals are being passed along like wildifre on the internet. The uniting of hundreds of people into one large mural, a concept designed by Lewis Lavoie, has people talking. The Cochrane mural festuring a child and a horse can be found on blogs all over the world and on Remembrance Day of this year the newest release of "Heroes" will undoubtedly create a stir internationally.

Enjoy the two murals on this page then visit

Friday, August 10, 2007

On August 8th 2008- 08/08/08...the world unites for the Olympics in China. It is at this point that I hope we can all unite to bring the world together for a day of peace, forgiveness and love. 8 is the symbol of eternity. It is time for us to make a stand in the world. Too many of us are aware that the world has too much pain. We can help ease the pain by loving one another that much more. Revenge is not necessary. Forgiveness is the only way to heal and those who can forgive will make this world a better place. We need to heal the world.

Go to Facebook and join the group "8".....lets make a difference. We have one year to do it. Something beautiful could happen. Good can overcome evil.

The stage is set in China 2008...lets all make a difference.

Monday, June 25, 2007

I took some time off to have some fun and gear down after NOA Edmonton this year and now am gearing up for the summer. But first two personal notes to share about NOA people. On a sad note- we lost a beautiful person and wonderful artist as Patrick Doyle passed away 10 days ago. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him dearly.
On a positive note- LEWIS LAVOIE and his lovely wife RENAE welcomed into the world their beautiful son Peter on the first day of summer.

We are getting set for a summer of good times as we are proud to be a part of the ARTWALK on Whyte Avenue and we are also a major component of the Taste of Edmonton and the Capital Ex.

Lots of art and lots good times ahead!!

More soon!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Well - tomorrow is the big day!! Are you coming to the show? I guess you are and you are bringing a friend ...or maybe your mother since its a Mother's Day Spectacular Spectacular weekend!
GET YOUR BIDS IN NOW!!! Got to asap and bid on your favorite mural painting. Some are as low as $50 and that includes not just an original painting but also a limited edition print of the mural and a book about the mural mosaic.
BIDDING CLOSES MAY 14th at 7:00 p.m. MST.
Come to the show this weekend and pick out your masterpiece that you want to bid on then go home and add to your art collection with a piece of artwork that will go down in history as an incredible national project that helped protect our fragile environment by supporting the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).
Make sure if you come to the show you say hit to me and tell me you read this blog! It will make my day!! or email and let me know what you think of the mural and the Night of Artists shows.

Tickets for Night of Artists are at MEGATUNES on Whyte Ave or at TIX On THE SQUARE 420-1757....see ya at the show!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Did you know that Robert Bateman, The Barenaked Ladies Kevin Hearn, The David Letterman Late show Orchestra's Felicia Collins and Bill Lishman- the man that Walt Disney made the movie "Fly Away Home" about , are all featured painters in the Mural Mosaic Amazingly- there pieces are still quite cheap. Under $200....and they come with a limited edition print which itself is worth $100 on its own. Here are their paintings....Go bid for the celebrity paintings!!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Well- if the NOA magazine launch was any indication of whats ahead....Well I can;t wait until next weekend. What a great night with some great people. Our sponsors, artists, musicians...everyone. All out for a very special night.

Weekend passes are almost out for the festival. They are a steal of a deal at only $45 for two gala's with appetizers, a four time juno award winning concert, a fashion show on Mother's Day, a powerful poetry event. WOW!!!! I'd buy a ticket if I hadn't already paid thousands just to create this event for my own enjoyment.

Hey!!!! DON'T FORGET----THE MURAL MOSAIC becomes EXTINCT on Sunday May 13th!!!
It will be a sad day...but what a day it will be as thousands will have been raised for our environment.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Hey folks! The show is less then two weeks away so very exciting times. Watch for us on the tube/radio and in the funny papers next week! Thanks to the Journal, CTV and CKUA for sponsoring the show. They have all been great as always. I am in Edmonton today running around like mad. Going to poster the town today with Denise Lefebvre and Lili Vanderlaan ...then late tonight with Laura Dreger.
On the side I am working on some great Mural Mosaic projects. Lewis Lavoie may create the most amazing mural mosaic yet this summer. Details to be coming soon. In the mean time just check out our site

I am also planning the Guitar Women tour for this fall. That too will be VERY cool. Lot of fun there.
The paintings above are created by Charity Dakin, Eric Renk and Gail Adams. See their work in the mural at
You should go to CPAWS and check out there website. They have a great event coming to Night of Artists called "Journey to The Three Rivers" you have to see this!!
In the mean are three more paintings from the mural...

Friday, April 27, 2007

Happy Friday to you all!! I am in a great mood today as life gets better and better. I am thrilled to be creating new projects and today we are meeting with the Capital Ex to discuss the NOA mini show and an amazing Mosaic that Lewis Lavoie may be creating this summer "Live".
Also Chapters in Edmonton has graciously offered to work with us on our NOA magazine and Earth's Treasure Chest book.
I will be on Whyte Avenue in front of the Paint Spot Saturday if anyone wants to chat about NOA, see the Earth's Treasure Chest project or see my own personal work.

Today is a good day to show some more art. So go bid on the ark...time is ticking to the deadline

Have a great day y'all

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Exciting things continue to happen. The VIP NOA mag launch party is next week. Invite only so sorry to those of you who want to come but weren't invited :-(. Tts what the big show is for on the 11th-13th.
I am working on many things right now including the forthcoming Guitar Women tour for October. I am now going to be working with a US partner on the project to bring it to a new level and hopefully create some big things- on both sides of the border.

Today I thought I would feature a band ot two from this years show. Here is Alexia Melnuchuk and Lara Yule Singh and Kristilyn Robertson. These guys are moving up in the circuit and we are thrilled to have them in our show.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mother's Day weekend is going to be great!! Did you get your tickets yet? 420-1757...ya know you want to come to the just do it!

I'm up at 4 a.m. today. Just can't sleep. I am going to walk to the gym, enjoy the peace and tranquility of a city that is more or less still sleeping. I love that feeling.

Then I will get home and walk my best bud old blind dog who will follow me anywhere and listen to every word I say. A leash on this dog is a waste of time because he listens better then any child and you don;t see kids on leashes. Oh wait...yes you do haha.

Anyways- Today will be a marketing day as we keep pushing the show. Lots of preparations happening as we get closer to the day. I am getting very excited about what lies ahead. I want to focus on a few more paintings from the mural that people should start bidding on.

The whole mural will be at the show so you might as well start bidding and then come se it live.

We have Helena Ball's Polar Bears, Heather Brewsters Iguana and Lewis Lavoie's Gorilla. You can OWN these original paintings! Go bid ya later.... my day just is beginning.

Monday, April 23, 2007

GOT YOUR NOA festival TICKETS YET??? 420-1757... get em fast!! Weekend passes are the way to go baby!!

Hey there

Had a great day Sunday hanging out at Earth Day talking about the mural and the show. The people were warm and friendly even though the weather was not. Had a lot of interest in the festival and the auction!

Today I spent the day meeting with sponsors and talking about the show. Met with Chris Allen at CKUA and did a segment on the show which will be aired later next week. Saw Peter North and had a chat. Always good to see him. Mari Sasano from the Edmonton Journal emailed me today and plans on doing a feature as well.

Also working on the third Guitar Women show for October 5th 2007. Lots of cool stuff coming up.

More later...........

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Did you get your tickets yet?? 420-1757.... don't miss the big weekend festival!!
Did you bid on a painting yet?? your gonna wish you had!!

Its the weekend and I'm off and running. Heading off to the gym this a.m. for a good start to the day. I am really excited that BILL BOURNE, MADAGASCAR SLIM , AND LESTER QUITZAU -"TRICONTINETAL" are coming to perform at the Night of Artists festival. Its going to be a great show! Actually the whole weekend is going to be great with Ellen McIlwaine/Cassius Khan, Souljah Fyah, Anne Vriend....and so much more.

I had a great meeting with Paul Lavoie and Lewis Lavoie yesterday. We are hoping to create an exciting event at the Capital Ex this year. I also am preparing for the big VIP magazine launch on May 3rd. Should also be very exciting.

I am going to showcase a few more paintings today- David Birch, Otter- Beth Dunlop, Rooster- LeeAnn Jones-Blue Poison Dart Frogs online at

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Two posts today. JUST BECAUSE I HATE SNOW RIGHT NOW!!!! It's the middle of April and I want to see my grass. Do I hear an AMEN???
I couldn't drive to Calgary tonight because of a blizzard. Whats up with that???
Anyways... on a more positive note- I have the NOA magazine proof in hand and there is lots to be getting excited about. I think all the people involved in the magazine and guests reading it are really going to enjoy it very much.

If you are reading this you have your weekend pass for NOA yet? If not get 'em fast. They are the hot ticket so don't miss out. $45 for a weekend of 8 musical groups, TANGENT, Mothers Day Fashion show.... THE MIGHTY MIGHTY MURAL MOSAIC!!!

Even the legend himself- LEWIS LAVOIE painting live paintings all weekend long...well twice anyways :-). Get your tickets at 420-1757 and visit

Come one come all :-)!! Tickets at 420-1757 see the mural at

Man...Its snowing today! When is this winter going to end!!!!

Well yesterday had a great meeting with the Capital Ex as we try to turn the ex into a great art exhibit. I think its going to be great! We have the first ever NOA mini show happening so that's exciting!! Over 200 miniature paintings 5x7 in size on display. Should be very cool!

Also had discussions with the Leonard Cohen Festival and our Leonard Cohen art show in September will be really funky. I am of to Calgary today as I am driving the proofs down to be reviewed by our wonderful designer Cathy Stevenson. Quick visit then right back again!

So all is moving ahead. I am working on the fall Guitar Woman show as well. That seems to e going quite well also.

So - time for some new images for this page again today to promote the auction at Today's images are Jesse Wolski's - Dolphins, Bernadette McCormack's - Hummingbird, and Lorraine Sherwood's- Macaw's. BID ON THESE and over 216 other

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hey... its cloudy and cold and they say its going to snow today. I thought it was spring!!! Well- things are shaping up nice for the show. CKUA's Chris Allen contacted me yesterday to do a special segement on NOA on his Arts Alive program. I also had a great meeting with Trevor Wiltzen regarding a Mural Mosaic for STARS. I spent the day doing a lot of walking in between meetings. Had a good visit with Lewis Lavoie and Paul Lavoie as well - discussing Mural Mosaic projects. Probably the most exciting news of the day though was ....WE COMPLETED THE 4th annual edition of NOA magazine and today it is off to the printers. So it looks like another magazine goes into the NOA collection and creates more history for our national event.

I have to run off to walk my wonderful blind little hound. Before I go though- today's feature painting are by LEWIS LAVOIE- gorilla, LISA LUKAN- white tiger, LYNN KINGHAM- Musk-ox. BID ON THESE SQUARES at

Monday, April 16, 2007

Its one month until the Ark auction closes so I am going to try to feature some images you should go bid on. I will only put up one today because I need to go to bed. Tonight I am
featuring Darlene Hildebrandt's Peacock. You will find this wonderful piece in the top row of the mural. Go to and bid on this piece!! You will get this piece and a limited edition print of the entire mural as well if you win the bid. I used to call these beautiful birds "pork hawks" when I was a kid. Don't know where that came from...other then I was just completely whacked!!

Hey- Where is Phil is back on the NOA website! I have been bugged about this link being removed ever since i took it down three years ago. Well... Where's Phil is back and i will do my best to keep you informed. I have been getting things ready for the NOA show this year in Edmonton. The 11th year of this craziness. But what a show its going to be! The finale is going to be fantastic!! Plus the farewell to the Ark is going to be emotional as we have toured all over with this beauty. I hope you people are all bidding on the mural squares at

I am up late working with Cathy Stevenson on the NOA magazine. Its looking really good but I am feeling really tired. Not sure how I ever did 10 NOA shows in one spring. This one this year feels like enough for me ha.

More later....

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ok- well Wednesday is here and some fun meetings today. Yesterday was successful in some ways. I connected with Bonnie Raitt management and Ani Difranco management regarding the Guitar Woman project so that looks promising for the book. RBC is meeting today to discuss the support of the Rideau Canal project. We aligned an interview with Kenya for the conservation project they have in mind. I spoke with Ron Sigurdson regarding the Cochrane mural and that looks promising. Ron Corbett from the Ottawa Citizen confirmed he will paint in the mural as did Max Keeping which is great! So now we just wait to see where the chips will fall. Today I am off to a meeting with CPAWS as we want to get this auction built up to much higher levels. So we will see where that will lead us. Felicia Colins from the David Letterman Late Show band has expressed interest in performing at our event in May which is wonderful. There is a lot of excitement on the horizon. I will just keep moving until the path presents itself....which I think will be soon.
Another Guitar Woman painting is shown today... this time its Roxanne Potvin....

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I am beginning Tuesday on a positive note. Monday was a good day. I spent the morning working on media kits for James Cohen- Flamenco guitarist extraordinaire! Then continued my work on sponsor kits and promotional material for NOA 2007. Lots and lots of writing!!
Then in the afternoon I drove out to Lavoie studios for a Mural Mosaic meeting. Good to see the boys- Paul especially as I had not seen him since he left 2 months ago for Thailand.
Good meeting and we have some great ideas for marketing the mural auction.
Returned home then went to meeting with Flavia Robles to discuss possibility of creating my own venue for events in downtown Edmonton. Could be very cool... Just waiting to see what the partnership agreement would be and what my life options will be as well.
Today the picture I am adding is the second in the four I created for the Guitar Women series. I will add a new one daily. This one is based on Ellen McIlwaine.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Today is the day I will begin a new life with NOA and my own self. It has been a very hard last 2 months personally and although I have pain inside I know that I have to move forward in order to heal. Today is the day where I will be reborn and start something amazing. I have realized I have many great friends and many people that love me. My art can help heal me and my passion will lead my on to new adventures. Today I am writing to start fresh and have posted an image that will always mean something to me- more then words could ever say. It may represent a chapter in my life that I will miss but it also represents the future. ..whatever that may be.

So beginning January 20th I will begin to write from the heart and begin to create amazing things again...

I am back....Philly
Just testing my blog status