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"

Friday, August 1, 2014

At Romani Gallery during The Rawk Show, Austin Pride

I'll be showing two pieces in Austin Texas, at "The Rawk Show'. This is during Austin Pride, from September 13-20 at Romani Gallery here in Austin, Texas. 

The show will feature LGBT artists as well as LGBT-themed pieces from over 40 artists including Liz McGrath, Jessicka Addams, Lee Vanderpool, Ben Aqua, and some pieces from the legendary Phyllis Diller.

I get to show alongside Phyllis Diller's work. How cool is that?
Thanks to Nathan James Garcia.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Artist's Spotlight at The

I'm thrilled to be featured in this month's 'Artist's Spotlight' in the Advocate's online edition.

Thanks to Christopher Harrity for looking me up and asking my to submit my work. It sure is a lovely way to start the mid-summer.

User With Gear
15" x 22"
Oil on Plywood Panel

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Happy Canada Day / Pride / Jazz Festival / summer festivities / etc.!

Toronto's hosting World Pride, though aside from the massive crowds there's not much in the way of new lovely decoration, venues or building. This is a very Toronto thing ("Don't make a spectacle of yourself!") -  but more privately all over downtown there are zillions of events going on.

Church street is still a bit of a dump. Due to clumsy revisions regarding permits at City Hall back in the '90's, neighbourhoods have a hard time getting any new licenses for dance floors. So where there used to be multiple clubs to dance in - a staple of gay life - heck, life itself - we're down to just a few. The neighbourhood building stock is largely owned by people not connected to the area, and largely piecemeal and unrenovated. Rents are sky-high, comparable to the posh, uppie-glitzy Yorkville area of the city, despite being nowhere near its available spaces in number or quality.

Still - maybe things will change. The crowds are huge, the mood wonderful, the joy contagious. It's hard getting used to this thing called liberation. When I grew up, you couldn't even be caught sneaking a glance at a fella's nether regions, and everyone - and I do mean everyone - who had the slightest homo tendencies were in the closet. Now this was a small town, but it was indicative of the times.

Now sportsmen and athletes, police and soldiers are our friends, and argue on our behalf and include us. We can get married, without a ruffle. Every day is essentially free of the fear of being an outsider, and not just the weekend as in days of yore when you made it off the street and got into a gay bar or a house party. I feel like an immigrant - an immigrant in time, who lives in a city called Toronto that just happens to bear the name of the old one, and look a lot like it did - except it's a new one. A new outlook, new structures, new laws, new attitudes. Except I've got thirty some-odd years in the old: of being on the outs, scavenging for info, transgressing, escaping, hunting, hurting. I can hardly get used to all this goodwill. It's zany.

On that note, as my 93 year old neighbour says: "When I was twenty-one, my father gave me some important life advice he said I should always remember."
"What was that?"


Crowds in queue, waiting to get into the renovated Cawthra Square Park
for joyful boozery, dancing, Bianca DelRio, 

and an appearance by Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Very Happy 2014 To All.

Vouet, Simon. Father Time Overcome By Love, Hope and Beauty. 1627

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sold - 'Hard Slam'.

I'm thrilled to bits that 'Hard Slam has sold. Thanks to the client for their interest, and the pleasure of doing business with them.

So  - now I have four pieces left for sale from my painting works pre-2012. 'Angel No', 'Burn Up', Roadside', and The Miracle Of The Bread.'

Pictures and prices are viewable in the post beneath this one.

James H