Sunday, January 1, 2017


I think "Why?" and "What of, what for?". "Is this just habit or some sense of duty? How will this relate to the world, mean both something to me and people out there?". 
Then you return to it and get to it, because the only proofs are in the doing...

Happy New Year!

A very happy new year to you and yours, everybody.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Studio Corner, Dec. 2016

G. Kearney, Oil Portrait.


Oil on panel 
16 x16"


Oil Sketch (Joey Arias)

Joey Arias performing [Barbara Hall park, Toronto]

Oil sketch
Oil on gessoed wood panel
12" x 6"



After a long run with a palette that kept getting darker and dimmer, it's a bit of a pleasant surprise to be uncorking the chroma with some new work. (in a very blobby state here)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Summertime Werk

Unrolling canvases, examining eye details, happy progress, lovely days.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 2016

In the studio, with the fragment of an older self-portrait done with palette knives from 2002.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's a good feeling finishing new (old) work.

I'm just puttering away on private work at the moment.

My main website is down for some re-arranging and whatnot. But a lot of my work is visible on this blog, as well as under my profile on facebook (if you know me).

(January view from the studio)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Self-Portrait in stages.

Here are some snapshots of working on a small self-portrait (6 x 8").

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Colonization by Floyd Elzinga

 Image from the Petroff Gallery

I was down at Brookfield place today to see Floyd Elzinga's installation work Colonization. If you can make it there to see it, I highly recommend it. I don't think they could have found a more perfect space to hang this deceptively fragile-looking, wholly unnatural composition of pieces.

Image from the Toronto Financial District website.

Spring is Sprung

The 'Roadside' painting has sold! Also, 'Angel No.'
Huzzah! That leaves just one available: the ever-popular "Burn-Up'.




Monday, February 9, 2015

New Publicly Available Work By Mar... I mean, er, 2016

Trevor McNaughton beside the right panel of 'The Living' triptych, under construction.

May 2015 2016 should see the start of publicly available work from me, after quietly working on the last commissioned pieces I've been doing in private this last while. 

I've always felt it's good to break one's own rules, so I decided to break a deep, longstanding rule about accepting commissions .This isn't a rule I shouldn't have attempted to break. 
 It was valuable experience, a valuable negative one. Bluntly, I didn't feel I could see the commissions through to satisfaction  or, in some cases, start or finish them at all. I've had to call back and close commissions, something I never thought I'd have to do. It's been a hard spell.

I'm looking forward to showing you some good work as it comes through.


One step at a time!

Oych, sometimes things do get worse before they get better.

(working on a little 8x10" self-portrait)

That third one down looks like I just went through a windshield. In a fun kind of way.

Thank you in 2014

Thanks to The Advocate for two mentions in 2014: one in July 2014 profiling my work, and another at the end of the year. Special thanks to Christopher Harrity.
Also, it was great being asked to be in 'The Rawk Show' in Austin, Texas. When I saw I'd have my work hanging beside Phyllis Diller's that fatally sealed the deal! Thanks to The Romani Galley, The Rawk Show and especially Nathan James.

Hello there everybody:

Just a note about websites and all.

My official site is
It's regularly updated to show available work, and has a comprehensively-picked history of work that give a decent context of what I've worked on from 1995 until now.

I have a personal facebook page, and one for myself the public artist. I keep my friendship circle fairly tight, so if you want to the immediacy of facebook, following the public artist page is the best bet. My name leading it is James H. Huctwith.
It contains all the personal art information that is shown on my personal facebook page. Sometimes more.

If you hate, am ambivalent about or whatever you're reason, then of course there's this blog you're reading, Dainty Bastard. A google search might reveal stuff going on that even I don't know about! lol

Cheers, and hoping you are all having a good new year. Happy 2015!
James H

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Miracle Of The Bread


I'm pleased to say that this painting has sold! Many thanks to the new owner.

The Miracle Of The Bread
20 x 30"
Oil with Liquin, Pencil and Wax Pencil on Gessoed Panel

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Painting - "John"


Oil on mounted gessoed wood panel
8" x 10"