DSC_0126DSC_0126DSC_0126DSC_0129DSC_0127DSC_0129DSC_0126DSC_0126DSC_0126DSC_0127DSC_0129DSC_0115DSC_0114DSC_0114DSC_0115DSC_0001DSC_0002DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0002DSC_0003DSC_0002DSC_0001DSC_0002 2DSC_0002DSC_0002DSC_0002DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0037DSC_0033DSC_0033DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0002DSC_0108DSC_0030DSC_0002DSC_0004DSC_0001DSC_0004DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0006DSC_0001DSC_0001DSC_0002DSC_0004DSC_0006DSC_0002DSC_0001DSC_0001_607Two Trees Entwined 002chevy_892Arctic ExperienceSmiling MazeDSC_0002_804DSC_0006_751
DSC_0002_685Project Urns
Nazca Pattern - 2
Diane's Dream Symbol - 2Girl at a Window on a Rainy NightMoonrise - 61x91 cm Moonrise – 61×91 cm

Sorcerer - 46x60 cm

Sorcerer – 46×60 cm

Flying Shamans 46x60 cm

Flying Shamans 46×60 cm

Climbing into the Underworld 43x60 cm

Climbing into the Underworld 43×60 cm

Phosphene Energy - 43x60 cm

Phosphene Energy – 43×60 cm

Early Visions - 46x60 cm

Early Visions – 46×60 cm

Acrylic on canvas - 20

Acrylic on canvas – 20″ x 24″

Dream Symbol 1Dream Symbol 2ArgumentArtistic LicenseStopGordian KnotPaisleyHarley

I called her Annie in memory of my sweet mother.

I called her Annie in memory of my sweet mother.

Lunar Eclipse

Reproduction from the Mezin Armband - 12x16 Reproduction from the Mezin Armband – 12×16″ – Acrylic on birch panel

Domnach Airgid border - Maze

Domnach Airgid border – Maze

Acrylic on birch panel - 16x20

Acrylic on birch panel – 16×20″

Cape CrokerDSC_0020_826DSC_0033_076DSC_0034_077

A little bit of fun with the notion of black holes. Acrylic on masonite - 24x24

A little bit of fun with the notion of black holes. Acrylic on masonite – 24×24″

Strange configuration remembered from a dream. It reminds me of the staff of Hermes; the Caduceus.

Strange configuration remembered from a dream. It reminds me of the staff of Hermes; the Caduceus.

Cycle of life forms on planets. Life rises, dies and is reborn.

Cycle of life forms on planets. Life rises, dies and is reborn.

As matter gathered, planets began to form.

As matter gathered, planets began to form.

Acrylic on Masonite 24

Acrylic on Masonite 24″x48″
As the universe cooled, matter began to coagulate.

Acrylic on masonite - 24

Acrylic on masonite – 24″x 48″
In the beginning, the universe was like a hot tomato soup.

Sumer GodAscendance DanceTripdych in a MazeSpaceport on BassoonMan Shaping the Earth - Collage - complete panelBear Island - Lake TemagamiAdrian's Headed into HarbourFlyingFlying Low over Bush Diane Forman

Acrylic on canvas - 20

Acrylic on canvas – 20″ x 24″

Acrylic on canvas - 14

Acrylic on canvas – 14″ X 17 “

Acrylic on masonite - 23

Acrylic on masonite – 23″ x 24″


A great example of the effects sanding and polishing acrylic paints can produce. ~17x24

A great example of the effects sanding and polishing acrylic paints can produce. ~17×24″ on masonite.

RideLet Him LieMaxLake Huron Salmon2008_0125Submission0002DSC_0003_610

1969 - 60x60 cm

1969 – 60×60 cm

Marduk - 61x61 cm

Marduk – 61×61 cm

Mandala A - 43x60 cm

Mandala A – 43×60 cm

Mandala B - 56x60 cm

Mandala B – 56×60 cm

Nazca Sorcerer - 61x61 cm

Nazca Sorcerer – 61×61 cm

Solar DiscCosmos

A little bit of fun with the notion of black holes. Acrylic on masonite - 24x24

A little bit of fun with the notion of black holes. Acrylic on masonite – 24×24″

There's magic in lines

There’s magic in lines

One of the worlds oldest symbols.

One of the worlds oldest symbols.

If you know Sacred Geometry, you would be familiar with this symbolic arrangement.

If you know Sacred Geometry, you would be familiar with this symbolic arrangement.

For those concerned about the Mayan Calendar thingy before the holiday season, just remember that there is more to the spirit than empty promise/

For those concerned about the Mayan Calendar thingy before the holiday season, just remember that there is more to the spirit than empty promise/

The title painted on this work is a mystery to solve. I love myth and mystery... don't you?

The title painted on this work is a mystery to solve. I love myth and mystery… don’t you?

Mixed Media MadnessSpellbindingMigraineFancy DancemaxVagrant SevensVesica Piscis 2DSC_0001_177

Pareidolic Earth 43x60 cm

Pareidolic Earth 43×60 cm

Pareidolic Air - 43x60 cm

Pareidolic Air – 43×60 cm

Pareidolic Water - 60x60 cm

Pareidolic Water – 60×60 cm

Pareidolic Fire - 43x60 cm

Pareidolic Fire – 43×60 cm

111 Responses to Paintings

  1. Pingback: New – Paintings Page | Masqua's Art

  2. ericaatje says:

    Thanks for sharing your paintings! I love them!!!

    • masqua says:

      Happy to put them on display. There’s a lot of years represented. πŸ™‚

      • ericaatje says:

        Yes, it was quite a bit… πŸ˜‰

      • masqua says:

        Thing is… there’s many more to be added. To photograph them will require everything from long car trips to air travel because the ones donated or given to friends and family are all over Canada.

        Never had a strong desire to sell any of them. Too attached, I suppose.

      • ericaatje says:

        I always photograph my paintings as soon as I have finished them. Therefore I always a picture to remember them by and it’s less work than photograph all of them at once…
        Anyway, I really loved your paintings… πŸ˜‰

      • masqua says:

        I do the same now as well, but I started painting in the early 60’s when my only camera was a 35mm Voightlander my dad gave me. The notion of recording my art with that thing just never came into my head until I bought my first digital (fuji finepix) around 2002. After that, I started recording anything I still had at hand and what I could easily get access to. The process continues…

        Also, thank you for the compliment.

      • ericaatje says:

        You’re welcome!
        Well, I understand you not taking photos way back then. Digital is a lot easier. If it turns out to be a bad photo you simply throw it away. Back in the days we had to wait to see if the photo was taken okay…
        Hurray for digital photographing!!!

      • masqua says:

        I know… digital cameras are fantastic. I could take 100 pics of something, delete 99 to hold onto one, if any.

        Doing that with a film camera is kinda expensive, even with your own darkroom.

      • ericaatje says:

        Yes, that’s true! And you can change a lot of things on your camera to have the perfect picture with the colours you like… When I take a photo and have a look at it, sometimes the colours are not the same as the real painting, so I have to change things on my camera to have the best result. Then I go to photoshop and make it even better when needed…

      • masqua says:

        Yes… I do the same, including cropping, reducing size, sharpening, softening as well as adjusting colour. It’s a great tool and sometimes complicated, but the learning curve is sharp if one uses the photoshopping process often enough.

      • ericaatje says:

        I use Photoshop Elements. Once I had a copy of the professional Photoshop, but it didn’t work well enough on my computer and I couldn’t use Elements anymore.
        Photoshop CS6 is quite different from Elements.
        Which one do you use?

      • masqua says:

        I have been using that which came with my Nikon camera or my PC platform (HP), but am considering buying Adobe software to use with the new Apple computer I hope to buy soon.

      • ericaatje says:

        I think it’s very expensive the Adobe software. Isn’t it?
        Good luck in buying your Apple! πŸ˜‰

      • masqua says:

        First the platform, then the software… hopefully within the next month.

  3. What a vast collection of work! They’re great, and I love the mandala pieces. You have a very bold color sense that is consistent throughout. Glad I got to see these!

  4. LucyJartz says:

    Some of the outlined shapes look like they were tooled on leather as on “Max” and “A Mystery To Solve”. It is a nice effect.

    • masqua says:

      So good you noticed that effect. It was something I intentionally tried to do by combining sienna, umber and gold and then layering thick coats to give it that soft look. That system was used as the background for Burning Tree, except in that case, the tree itself is far thicker so that it seems to float. Those effects are difficult to photograph unless the lighting is just right.

      Another example is the red Celtic Maze border on Two Trees and can be viewed as my header as well.

      • LucyJartz says:

        Thank you for your explanation of the effect. I will go back and look at the other artworks more carefully now, in zoom. πŸ™‚

  5. quo1 says:

    I’m blown away by your work. It’s the perfect mix of color, form, and spirituality/mysticism. I applaud you.

  6. masqua says:

    It would seem so.

  7. milkyminx says:

    Fabulous work Masqua! The tree with the snake makes me think that the message is that the roots are being guarded so that the tree can blossom fully.

    May you always overflow with inspiration and find appropriate channels to express all that you choose.//mm

  8. WOW these are amazing. You’re really talented and unique!

  9. Geo Sans says:

    so glad

    to see more

    of your work


    vivid colours

    quizzing imagery

    imprinting paths

    through my brain

  10. eikenlaan says:

    I see Escher in your work, love his art (and yours)… I lived in Holland for many years, now live back home in Ireland and in Germany when I have to be there for work reasons.

  11. The colors are beautiful and the images and symbols intriguing. “Climbing the Underworld” really spoke to me. I also wish to thank you much for the follow!

  12. Laura Crean says:

    Just beautiful – I really connected with your paintings – I can feel your journey ❀

  13. clericcowan says:

    Wow, excelent paintings. I wish I could apprentice with you.

    • masqua says:

      A notion I’ve never contemplated much… not that I’ve nothing to teach, but because the rewards a student might possibly gain would, in fact, be far from monetary. πŸ˜‰

      But, thank you for mentioning.

      • clericcowan says:

        Yep, my interest in art is not monetary anyways. πŸ™‚

      • masqua says:

        With few exceptions, that IS the healtheist approach to anything creative.

      • clericcowan says:

        Agreed, and day jobs aren’t as bad as they are made out to be- some of them.

      • masqua says:

        I began working odd jobs when I was 10 and kept working at various employment until finding the career that I stayed in for over 30 years. Throughout all of that, I never stopped drawing and painting in my spare time.

        After retirement came, not only do I have the luxury of creating art full time, but am able to do so with an accumulation of technique learned over the decades.

        I’m a lucky guy.

      • clericcowan says:

        Yes you are. Me too I feel, though I am not as tested in years as you. A career would be nice, I am in the odd job phase I guess you could say. Farm hand, manual labor production level of sustaining myself, but I still love art and continue to make it. I sometimes wonder the many paths art can take, commercial or popular artists are just a sliver of the creative process happening every day. The term outsider, when applied to artists, is a bit too loaded with connnotations of poverty, addiction, or mental abnormality – all common experiences artists and non-artists to various degrees, but in a way I guess that would desribe my experience more acurately than a high art pretense. Tolstoys philosophy of art lended greater praise for folk art – not commisioned by aristocracy. As aristocracy has transformed into global corporatism, folk art has also taken on a new and broader dimension. The interaction between the domains of individual and collective expression have blurred so that both appropriate and mock one another in some unconscious battle of aesthetic. The street artist mutates a brand logo here and the commercial designer appropriates a cultural expression there. Back and forth at an ever excelerating rate – the dialogue is still the same only more saturated.

      • masqua says:

        Well said and I agree with every point.

        BTW… my first jobs were on farms; cleaning out pig sties, milking cows, loading bales of hay on wagons or in the barn and, best of all, driving everything from a tractor to a huge front end loader. I loved farm work and my wife constantly says I should have had my own farm.

        From there on I was a shoe salesman, junior forest ranger, a railroad worker, cattle rustler, managing a record store, loading various airplanes in Yellowknife Airport and so forth before settling into a long time job with a utility company. I don’t regret any of those jobs because they provided me with the means to have a family and a home.

        Over all those years, I’ve met many artists and a few of them became very well known, either by being incredibly proficient at providing affordable works to a majority of art lovers or, because they are so exceptionally talented that they’ve caught the eye of notable galleries. The former, of course, is the much easier route.

        I’ve also met amazing artists who struggled with loneliness and extreme poverty. It breaks my heart when I see their situation expressed in their art, but, there too I have seen a measure of eventual success. Some do go on to become recognized.

        The last thing I’d ever worry about is an uneducated dismissive attitude from a critic. I figure if someone can’t explain why they don’t care for a painting or understand the reasoning behind its intent, then it is a fault of their own and not mine. Best they just sniff their noses and move along. On the other hand, constructive criticism is something I want. It shows that they care and that’s just wonderful.

      • clericcowan says:

        I am proud of your life story one human to another. Keep painting! πŸ™‚

  14. Octavian says:

    Great pieces!Congratulations! I did went through your biography..and do understand much better..why and how! I am very happy that I’ve discovered your blog.

  15. richardhaas8 says:

    Your photos suddenly pale next to your art work………….and I think the world of your photos.
    The colors you use and the way you put them together; so sublime. Crazy about your geometric pieces. Thanks for sharing

  16. aaremo says:

    Amazing paintings! Love them, really inspiring. I especially love the aboriginal art influence, I’ve wanted to explore similar styles. Keep up the amazing work πŸ™‚

  17. chuanthomas says:

    feel energize by looking at your painting, thanks for stopping by.

  18. Max Qubit says:

    Great paintings! Vast collection. Well done;)

  19. grieflessons says:

    Such a wide variety of styles, techniques and themes. Most inspiring. Some of your pieces reminded me of Huichol art. Are all of them paintings or is there some fabric art here as well? So glad you posted so much of your art. I constantly have the problem of photographing mine. I’m afraid I haven’t done as well at this as you have. Eventually,however, i hope to post more pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m very glad I visited yours. judy

  20. atxer says:

    Beautiful art pieces! You’re so talented! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Luciana Mariano says:

    Amazing work! Very insightful and mystical! πŸ˜€

  22. bdh63 says:

    Fantastic, overwhelming breadth and color mastery. Love the textures, the sure shapes of subject matter and the flow! Wow! I used to paint more than I do now, and I know what you mean about not having good photos from 20 years ago. I miss some of my paintings like an ache. That’s why I like to write stories, because you still have it with you.

    • masqua says:

      I’ve often thought about writing stories as well and even did some short ones on a user-generated website. Usually, they’re little morality plays trying hard to send a message about the human condition. Not sure if they’re any good, really, but I’ve thought about maybe posting a couple on this blog to see what other writers think. Then there’s this whole copyright/fair use thing that holds me back from doing that. Anyways, they’re not hard to find online with a bit of sleuthing since my username has been masqua for a decade. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the compliments on my paintings. It’s a love/hate affair since I love to paint but often see my finished work as insufficient… but I guess that’s normal.

      • bdh63 says:

        I find I love them, hate, am disappointed by them, love them again, and miss them when they go away. It’s a brave person who becomes a painter, a writer or any kind of creator. We are always confronting our demons.

      • masqua says:

        Confronting our demons is exactly what it is all about. So true…

  23. Edward Lighthouse says:

    I love your paintings Masqua,all of them,you are very tallented,I wish I could be as good as you are.I hope to see more from you in the future.It is a clear bond between your paintings and the beautiful Universe that you are living in.And that bond must be kept forever,through your Art.

    • masqua says:

      Thank you for the positive comments, Edward. As an artist, it is quite normal to only see my shortcomings rather than the opposite. For this reason, it is always a pleasure when another’s views are able to boost my confidence.

      • Edward Lighthouse says:

        I am glad I brought confidence.

        And here are some of my paintings: Paintings of

        I would love to hear your opinion.

        Thank you

  24. superb examples of dynamism within a controlled structure !!!

    • masqua says:

      A mountain Lion pacing a cage
      Transfixed the viewer with fiery eyes
      Jaws agape, flowing muscle, silent rage
      Raw intention sends no soothing lies

  25. ptero9 says:

    Stunning work. I know nothing about art, but very much enjoy taking in the images, especially ones with an other worldly view. The twin trees reminded me of a dream I awoke from, a bit startled, in which I was lying on the ground looking at my stomach which ahd a tree growing out of it. Creepy, but left me feeling very much alive. Thank you for sharing your art with us!

  26. McKay says:

    Really like seeing your work! The ones that look dimensional–are they carved and then painted?

    • masqua says:

      Thanks for checking them out. πŸ˜€ No, they are not carved in any way. The trick is in sanding a very flat surface and then layering the design around that flat surface. After many applications, the painting takes on a three-dimensional aspect, but I augment the effect by also using dark and light colours because, as an example, black always seems further back behind, say, a neon orange. The brilliant colours then seem to float atop the dark matte surfaces.

  27. seeker says:

    A Canadian Painter. Such work of art. Thank you for showing them to the world. Would you mind if I use one of the pictures of your painting to show case you. Just being proud of another Canadian.

  28. Maria Kramer says:

    Wow. You’re art is freaking amazing. I’m a fan.

  29. I love your work so much…

  30. argentus says:

    Primal. Beautiful and so dimensional a person feels like they can almost touch the textures through the screen. Really amazing work.

  31. what a diverse collection of work! Looking forward to following your journey

  32. I tried to figure out the title. According to Nordic runes, it spells god hild arkhetype so “God held archetype”? You’re work is wonderful and diverse. most people find a niche but yours is everything.

  33. I love your paintings. It speaks volumes.

  34. afterfound says:

    Thanks for sending me your link. This is an impressive body of work.

  35. Interesting work you got here Tony! And I want to thank you for liking my post “Pattern”! Wishing you Love & Light, Peace & Harmony, All Ways, Always πŸ™‚

  36. A fantastic variety of paintings! πŸ™‚

  37. sosparkly says:

    Your art is wonderful! It all seems to be reaching out to me. So great!

  38. I am in awe of your talent and skill. I loved your photographs, but your paintings are so full of color and movement that made me stop and look at each of them that I found myself returning to several of them. They are wonderful, but I sense a strong feeling of conflict within many of them. Your work is expressive and strong, but also sensitive and revealing of the quest you have followed for so long. Thank you so very much for honoring my blog. Your appreciation brought me here…and your art has captured my heart. I’d like to share some of it on My Favorite Things if you will permit me to showcase them.

    • masqua says:

      By all means, feel free to share whatever you like from my blog. Also, thank you so much for the kind compliments and in-depth critique.

      It’s true that conflict is present in my work… it has always been so. From the usual feelings of technical inadequacy that all artists know to the dichotomy between hard science and free artistic expression which I’ve attempted to bridge, it’s no wonder the stress shows through.

      Where it will all eventually go, I have no idea, but the true fun is in the journey, not the homecoming in my opinion. πŸ˜€

  39. Sukanya says:

    Your art is really beautiful, enjoyed going through them. As a new artist they were quite an inspiration πŸ™‚

  40. Thanks for liking my post. I have very much enjoyed looking at your paintings, and am appreciative of your perseverance and the elegant calmness you achieve.

  41. Filmbell says:

    Acrylics! What did the world do before acrylics? From the evidence here, we admire both your range, masqua, and your ability to permute a solid idea into several separate images with appeal. Unlike most of us, the painters have a luxury of revisiting their ground, to bring a fresh day to an existing idea, and they should. Thanks for your recent interest, in our site, and we hope to hold that interest.

  42. Ducky says:

    Does your work actually have those crisp beveled edges, or is it simply an optical illusion? It’s fantastic either way

  43. dougstuber says:

    Ode to Horace Mann
    Be ashamed to die until you have won
    Some victory for humanity. Horace Mann

    Be aware that energy is life, save some for your kids.
    Be afraid that our minds are bent by news not books.
    Be awed by the healing power of the simple purple cone flower.
    Be amazed that after four short years she knows so much.
    Be awake before the bombs drop, before the money rules.
    Be agile: live in a town that walks and bikes to work and play.
    Be amused by ants and birds, goats and potato fields, lilacs and sycamores.
    Be angry only long enough to solve the problem, then move on.
    Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

  44. Judy says:

    Your work is so varied and wonderful! I stop by a lot more often than I comment…always interesting to visit!! I love the picture of the cat and they way you did the catch lights in its eyes,

    • masqua says:

      Thank you, Judy. I’ve noticed your presence on my blog quite often, actually, and it’s much appreciated. Each ‘like’ is a moment of pleasure for me. I think you’ve pointed out the painting titled ‘Art Critic’ and it was sold to someone who said Dora looks exactly like her cat. Loved that. πŸ™‚

      • Judy says:

        I sometimes hear debate on the value of the “LIKE” button vs comments. And, comments showing someone’s thoughts are the best. But, I feel the same way about them. They are pleasing to see and know that a person took the time to stop by and take a look. Even persons with something to say get so time crunched that Like is the best you can do….so a good thing!!

  45. Brilliant! Thank you for stopping by my blog – much appreciated.

  46. Opher says:

    Your art is amazing!!! So original. What medium do you use?
    Thanks for the ‘likes’ on Opher’s World Best wishes Opher

  47. WOW! Amazing! Thank you so much for sending me this link. You’re very talented! I have to go through each one again and may be ask you some questions. πŸ™‚

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