Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Valentine's Secret Is Out....

The last painting that I created was finished in May of 2016.  Since then, my family has been very busy with our latest endeavour - Happy Tails!  During the renovation period, I did pick up several paint brushes... but I wasn't painting any art - I was painting our new store.

Now that things have settled down a bit and a new rhythm in our lives seems to be sorting itself out, I have been itching to start painting again... and I've just finished my first art creation for 2017!!!!

It's a Valentine's Day present for my wife, Joanne and I'm so glad that Devon has finally learned how to keep a secret... but now it's time to share the secret, the art and the story....

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Happy Tails - Grand Opening

You don't have to wait until our
Grand Opening
to drop by for a visit
or a doggy groom...

We are open now!

On Saturday, January 21
10:00am until 6:00pm
Happy Tails will be having a
Grand Opening Celebration...

There will be door prizes
snacks & drinks
Adopt-A-Dog day with volunteers from ARF Ontario

Friday, 23 December 2016

Just In Time For Christmas...

Many of you know that I have not been making very many posts over the last few months.  I've been very busy working with my wife as we renovated and then opened our new family run business Happy Tails...

As you can see, we've been very busy!  We are open now but plans are also coming together for a big Grand Opening scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of January 2017!  These two graphics are our promotional material for this upcoming event.  Visit happytailslondon.com for more information!

Even though there are many many posts on this website that will entertain you for many hours, I thought that I should make one more post... just in time for Christmas!!!!

Christmas is all about family and children and so I've posted the story about a portrait that I painted several years ago.  This painting was a commissioned artwork and I chose this story to share as my 'commissioned artwork' menu only has 2 posts at this time.  Now there will be 3!

I also selected this particular painting to share because it is the only time (so far in my life) that I've used a title more than once.  In this case, the title 'Where The Children Play' has been used in 3 different ways and this has allowed me to share 3 different stories with just one post!

So - one title equals three stories for you to enjoy over the Christmas holiday season!

Peace to all of you and all the best for 2017!!!!!

Painting in progress

Enjoy this story!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Make bitsandpeaces.com a 'favourite'

This website is very new and since I have close to 20 years of art, music and stories to share with you, it is easy to realize that many more posts are still to come....
Mark this page as a 'favourite' and visit again and again to see the many inspiring efforts that will fill your heart with love and peace, as we work together to create a better world for future generations!



Once I had a vision that shone so bright.
It opened my eyes that had been shut... tight!
It came as a dream,
form between the seam,
that separates day from night.

My mission was to create a being of bits and peaces,
and my icon's name was not to be Jesus.
Stik was the name that stuck to my mind,
and a world of imagination,
 I was soon to find.
There one where he exists...
and the one behind,
my eyes.

And so, I will fill this space in your time,
As we explore this world of pantomime...
free from grime, slime and crime,
where truth is found in all things sublime.

Jim Kogelheide
A Brief History For Canadian Artist
Jim Kogelheide

After completing studies in Architecture (Toronto) and then Interior Design (London), Jim Kogelheide became acutely aware of our societies need to evolve beyond our Industrial lifestyles that are harming our planet's ecosystems.  After organizing a walk across Southern Ontario - to raise awareness about the clear cutting of the Temagami forestland - Kogelheide searched for ways to share his message and inspiration with others....

He became an artist!

Kogelheide visits Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in 2006 to work on
an art project entitled

Soon after, Kogelheide began a 5 year journey across Canada, working with community groups and schools to create 'Art For Earth' workshops for children.

For the last decade, Kogelheide has continued with these workshops while also building partnerships with many community organizations, here in London, Ontario.

While all of these efforts have successfully inspired many thousands of people from across the world, Kogelheide felt that his message could reach even more... and so, most recently, he brought his message for sustainable living to his largest audience to date while running for Mayor of London in the 2014 municipal election.

Kogelheide's autobiographical documentary entitled 'An Accidental Artist'