Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Fall colour


A few months ago I posted some pictures of two art exhibits that had been "showing at a local beach. Both were part of the "Vancouver Biennial Open Air Museum".

Well here is a new exhibit on Granville Island:


 
 

 
Called "Giants" "The Vancouver Biennale has transformed a Granville Island industrial landmark into a gigantic work of public art! OSGEMEOS created a monumental, 360-degree, 23-metre tall (75 ft) mural, the biggest public mural of their career and their first in Canada. The mural, which measures a colourful 7,200 square meters (23,500 sq feet), was created on the six gigantic silos that are part of the Ocean Cement manufacturing and distribution plant on Vancouver’s Granville Island, alongside the world-famous Public Market, Emily Carr University, and boat docks that attract 10.5-million visitors per year." 
 
The creators known as OSGEMEOS, translated as “The Twins”, are Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. Here is a link their artist statement.
 


 
 
Here it is from a different angle, bright, colourful, quirky and amusing. A big improvement on the former drab grey colour of the silos.


 
 
Here are some yellow late summer and fall sights. Cone flowers and below a Sunflower.


 
 
I was amused by the corn cobs below, this is popping corn on the cob.


I probably mentioned that we have had a very good summer here. Well so good in fact that here in Vancouver we are literally growing (going?) bananas.

I am not kidding, these next pictures are of a banana tree in my neighbourhood and you can see the bananas for yourself. Not in a greenhouse either, this plant is outside. It is unlikely that we will be rivalling tropical countries in production of bananas, but it was a great summer.

 
 
 
 
I am still waiting for eye surgery but wanted to let you know what I have been up to.
 
I have finished a new painting which I called "Carnival". it is a watercolour:
 
 
I finally finished and framed my painting "Catch of the Day":
 
 

 
 
 This is a watercolour on aqua board, that has been sealed and then varnished then mounted on a black board and framed; because it is sealed it does not need to be framed under glass.
 
 
And finally in art news, my painting "Big Blue" was accepted in the juried show AIRS (Annual International Representational Show). The dates for the show are October 14 to November 2, 2014 and the opening and awards ceremony is on Thursday October 16, 2014. So to refresh your memory here is "Big Blue" my successful entry:
 
 
 


 
Thank you so much for dropping by and thank you for all the wonderful comments you have been sending my way.
 
Until next time, Gillian
 
 
 
 
 



Wednesday, 17 September 2014

On the water

The summer is a great time to be on the water!

In the summer we visited friends on the southern gulf islands, here are a few pictures taken from the ferry. The sun was setting, the sky was clear, what could be better?







 
Off the ferry and on island time for a few delightful days...
 
Canada Geese dining on eel grass and... 
 

 
a raven surveying its territory.
 

 
sail boats...

 
canoes...

 
 
ferry boats and kayaks
 
 
all offer their own perspective on the water.
 
 
But surely this is the best view ... through a child's eyes.

 
 
 I have been absent from blog land for a while, the summer has been beautiful, offering many other distractions, but it is time to check in again.

I have been having trouble with my eyes, nothing that can't be fixed, but it has been affecting my ability to see close up. Computer screens and telephone screens are the worst, so I have been avoiding them.

You may recall that about 2 years ago I had cataract surgery on both eyes, well my eyes have recently developed a film. My left eye (my reading eye) is much worse than my right so I have scaled back on my reading and computer work because of problems with eye strain and headaches. I have an appointment with my eye surgeon in a few weeks, but until then I may be limiting my computer time and in favour of painting.

Speaking of painting here are two on the "water theme". Both are inspired by pictures that I took in Venice last summer and both are watercolours.

The first is "Reflections of Venice", 14" X 20":

 
The second is "Little Red Boat", 14" X 20":
This is not the best picture, I took it inside with artificial light, I will take a better one and repost it at a later time.


Thank you so much for dropping by and thank you for all the wonderful comments you have been sending my way.
 
Until next time, Gillian
 

 

 


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

White Out?

I have been away for a while, a bit of vacation here and there and a lot of painting. I had an art show open yesterday, and wanted to show new works, I finally got enough finished on the weekend. I don't like to leave things to the last minute, but sometimes things just get away from me.

The summer here has been good, lots of sun and the occasional rain to nourish the garden producing an abundant supply of fruit and veggies.

I thought I would follow a white theme today to lead into ... well you'll see that later.

The yucca and the liatris flowers were seen on my travels but the rest are from my garden.

The summer whites are dazzling...

lily
 
...dainty..
 

yucca

 
yucca
 
...soft...

liatris
 
..playful...

hen and chickens
 
..dramatic...

 


 
A long time ago I had a white cat and he would have nothing to do with a leash, this one did not seem pleased by the idea either.


Lilies are beautiful when they first open, they remind me of a freshly starched shirt.


 
The summer nights are long, I loved the white-out effect of these next pictures shot at the beach earlier this summer.
 


 
..a single shasta daisy...


But what I was really getting to was...

 
I am now quite white, (haired that is)
 don't know quite when that happened,
 but I thought it was time to update my profile picture.
 
I mentioned earlier that I have been busy painting, here is a link to a preview of my show featuring paintings from the Veneto region of Italy (imagine a triangle with a base of Venice on the east and Verona on the west pointing up into the Dolomites).
 
So here are two paintings, both are watercolours, both are of windows:
"Veneto Window"
"Hanging out in Venice"
 
Thank you so much for dropping by and thank you for all the wonderful comments you have been sending my way.
 
Until next time, Gillian
 
 
 


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Nisga'A Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

Here is a day trip I took with my sister and brother-in-law when I was in Terrace in early June. You will perhaps recall that in an earlier post I showed black bears that I had seen north of Terrace on highway 113. On that same trip we also saw many sights from the Nisga'a Lava bed Memorial Park. The sign welcomes travellers and offers a self guided tour with stops of interest along the way.





 
This is a picture that I took from the passenger seat of the car, the scenery if just spectacular.

 
We stopped at Lava Lake and I took this picture from the picnic site at the north end of the lake.


 
There are small lava deposits dotted throughout the shallows near the picnic site and each supports a small tuft of greenery.

 
Here is a picture of the lava beds near Vetter Falls, it is like a moonscape. This is one of the marked stops and there is a short walk to the falls.

 
The water is high and the falls are quite spectacular.



 
There is a legend about the "phantom fish" that go over these falls and into the watershed.




A little further north we stopped at this information area.

 
The volcanic eruption happened in the mid 1700's and covered over 39 square kilometres of land covering villages and killing over 2,000 people; in some places the lava bed is 12 meters deep.


 
 
Even after more than two centuries the lava beds are only supporting a relatively small amount of vegetation compared to the surrounding areas.



 
Wild roses and a few succulents dot the rough rocky area.

 
 
There are log molds that were created where the lava set trees on fire but cooled quickly leaving a hole in the lava, sometimes leaving the impression of the bark behind.




 
This rock is sharp and treacherous, there is a path and boardwalk to guide visitors.


 
 
Here and there are stunted trees.

 
Next we turned toward Gitwinksihlkw (formerly Cannon City).


The village now has a vehicle bridge but at one time was accessible only by this suspension bridge. I wasn't sure I wanted to venture across, it is a long way down to the river (Nass) below and the water looked dangerous to me. 


I had a good look at the structure and then was brave enough to go across only after my brother in law and sister had pretested it!
 





We spotted this fox, looking very lean after a long winter.
 

 
Here are a couple of pictures of the totem poles that flank both ends of the bridge to the community.


 
On the way back down the highway we stopped at Tumbling Creek.




In the parking lot we encountered this strange beast, probably an inch and a half long (not including the antennae). 


One last look at the scenery!

 
In the painting department I have finished another painting inspired by my trip to Italy last year. It is a watercolour and is called "Bella Sera".  It is of set in the town of Asolo in the Veneto region of Italy.
 
 
Thanks for dropping by, happy Wednesday, until next time,
 
Gillian.