Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Life's a ...........

Well this time of year life is at the beach, and it is wonderful! Vancouver is blessed with beautiful beaches, here is just a small sampling.

 
First Jericho Beach with Downtown Vancouver in the background:
 

 
...and the tide is going out...
 
Jericho beach again with downtown and the North Shore in the background:
 

 
Same again but with a sampling of boats:


 
Moving west, here are some views of the shore and beach from the Jericho Sailing Centre:
 
...a paddle boarding class....

 
... a sail lesson....

 
....and windsurfing.....

 
This is Locarno Beach looking east towards the Jericho Sailing Centre and downtown:

 
Even further west this is Spanish Banks at low tide with freighters at anchor in the bay.
 
I love the beach at low tide, walking barefoot in the sand,
the wet sand squishing between my toes,
heavenly!

 
These kids are learning to wake board I think.

 
Spanish Banks looking across at Lighthouse Park and Point Atkinson (last blogs painting).

 
The child and the dog have the right idea, I think the adult is checking his phone!

 
Spanish Banks looking west, lots of sand to tromp over.
It is early in the day, and a week day, so there are only a few enjoying the sand.
On the weekend it is quite crowded.
 
 
This is the western end of Spanish banks looking back towards Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains:
 
Look at all that wonderful wet sand!

 
And when the tide comes in over the sand, the water is warmed for kids and adults alike to play in.
 

 
 
...and it is wonderful.
 
I hope you are all enjoying your summer!
 
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I don't spend as much time painting this time of year because it is so nice to be outside, but I have done these two paintings.
 
They are more food paintings to replace two that I had done but wasn't happy with.
 
The first I call "Apple Green":
 
 
The second is called "Berry Time":
 
The Series 2 Food Cards (12 in all) are now complete and can be seen at:
 
 
 
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Well that is all for today,
 
thanks for dropping by,
 
Happy Whimsy Wednesday,
 
Gillian
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Water, water everywhere

I am happy to report that we had a couple of days rain, the plants, gardens, parks, waterways and forests had a much needed drink of water.


Todays post also has a watery theme. We recently spent a wonderful day on the water; I like seeing the land from the water, quite a different perspective.
 
 




"I must go down to the sea again
For the call of the running tide
It's a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied."
John Masefield

The title of the post is from the "Ryme of the Ancient Mariner" by S. T. Coleridge. Here is a short excerpt:

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink

 
Our voyage was peaceful and happily there was no shortage of water or food!
 
 
Detail above from the sail.
 
"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made,
 for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid."
Robert N. Rose

 
Fishing float above and fishing boat below.

 
Beautiful clear skies.

 
"He began in a tone of great taste and feeling, to talk of the sea and the sea shore."
Jane Austen


Interesting boats:

 
and views of the shore.

 

 
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 
We saw the occasional curious observer:
 
 
Mount Baker in the distance below:

 
A couple of boats that appear to be past there best before dates:

 
 
 
“hark, now hear the sailors cry, 
smell the sea, and feel the sky 
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...” 
 
 
Busy dock:

 
Another view of the shoreline:

 
And farewell to our hosts:

 
"Voyager upon life's sea;
To yourself be true,
And what'er your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe."
Dr. Edward P. Philpots 1844
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My painting this week follows a similar theme.
 
It is a view of the Lighthouse at Point Atkinson from the water. Titled "Lighthouse Park" it is a watercolour:
 
 
 
"Point Atkinson Lighthouse was built in 1914 on granite boulders jutting out into Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver, Canada. The reinforced concrete structure replaced an earlier wood structure built in 1875. The concrete structure was considered at the time innovative in lighthouse design. It is now automated and still in use." Wikipedia
 
The lighthouse can be reached by hiking the Valley Trail in Lighthouse Park but the best view is from the water!
 
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That's all for today.
 
Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post,
 
thanks for stopping by,
 
Happy Whimsy Wednesday,
 
 Gillian

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

All aflutter

The summer days seem to float or flutter by, infinitely beautiful but too soon a memory.

I have seen so many butterflies this year, I don't know whether that is because of our hot dry weather or a fancy of Nature, but I am enjoying every wing beat.

Here are pictures of Swallowtail butterflies visiting a well named Butterfly bush.

"The Western Tiger Swallowtail is very similar to the other tiger swallowtails with its distinctive black stripes on a yellow background. The lunulate submarginal markings on the underside of the hindwing are all yellow, while the submarginal spots on the forewing underside form a band. The uppermost spot on the border of the hindwing above is yellow. Wingspan: 65 to 90 mm."
 (http://www.cbif.gc.ca/eng/species-bank/butterflies-of-canada/western-tiger-swallowtail/?id=1370403265809)

I find butterflies difficult to photograph because they don't stay still for long. They are more active with the hotter weather too. So when I spotted this Butterfly Bush covered with Western Swallowtail Butterflies I just had to stop and catch their flutter in my cameras shutter.
 
 
 
"Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.
Love is like a butterfly, hold it too tight, it'll crush. Hold it too loose, it'll fly."
 
Author unknown
 

 
"I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar."
Robert Wyatt 


 
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” 
 
John Keats

 
 
“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.” 
 
LeeAnn Taylor
 

 
“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 
 
George Carlin

 
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." 

Rabindranath Tagore

 
"Butterflies are self propelled flowers."R.H. Heinlein


 "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."Maya Angelou


 
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." 

Hans Christian Anderson


That's all the photographs I have for today, hope you have enjoyed them.
 
 
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Here is a painting that I did this week. It is an ink and watercolour painting of Siwash Rock in Stanley Park.




"Siwash Rock, also known by its Squamish name Skalsh or Slhx̱i7lsh, is a famous rock outcropping in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada's Stanley Park. A legend among the Indigenous Squamish surrounds the rock. It is between 15 and 18 metres tall (50–60 feet). It became known to mariners as Nine Pin Rock for its vague resemblance to a bowling pin at one point too."
 
"About 32 million years ago, a volcanic dike formed in the sedimentary rock that forms the foundation of the park (sandstone and mudstone). Magma was forced to the surface through a fissure in the Earth's crust creating the basalt stack, which is more resistant to erosion than the softer sandstone cliffs. Siwash Rock is the only such sea stack in the Vancouver area."
Wikipedia
 
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Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
happy Whimsy Wednesday,
 
Gillian
  
 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Summer time assortment

We had some rain so skies are now blue again here unfortunately many other areas of the province are not so lucky.

I have a summertime picture assortment for you today, these pictures are from a recent trip to Saturna Island.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” 
Henry James
 
I am starting with a few birds. It looks as if this sparrow has got something to say to me, actually it was grooming and I caught it just as it lifted its head. See how dry the underbrush is.

 
I was really happy with this raven photo.
 
 
An eagle with a fresh catch ...
 
 
 
 
... and in flight.
 
 
The eagle has landed, well almost.
 
 
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
John Steinbeck
 
A couple of pictures of a heron in flight.
 
 
 
Same heron with breakfast.
 
 
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."
James Dent
 
Here are a few artsy pictures of shore and forest.
 
 
 
 
John Lubbock
 


 
A starfish trying to tuck in under the rocks for safety.
 
 
Salal in the morning light.
 
 
A couple from the outside the "coffee bus", a double decker bus that has been converted into a coffee bar; I apologize for not taking a bus picture.
 
 
This is a picture taken of the shadows on the umbrella that we sat under to enjoy our coffee.
 
 
Sam Keen
 
A thistle.
 
 
I took this because of the great patterns on the side of the boat.
 
 
A close up
 
 
And finally a few critters.
 
 
 
 
Ray Davies
 
 
Happy dogs!





 
 That is all the photographs I have for you this week.

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Here is the finished version of "Reflections in Still Water":

The slight wrinkles are because it has not completely dried yet.
 
And finally ............


As promised here is the final food card painting. This one is titled "Berry Time":


 
It is ink and watercolour, or mixed media.
 
There are now 12 food cards, each includes a recipe card using the pictured ingredient.
 
 
SPECIAL OFFER - only through my website, and only until the end of July:
 
Set of 12 Food Cards - Series 2 with recipe cards inserts and envelopes for just $25 (plus postage and handling cost of $6.00)
 
follow this link:
 
 
you will find the set at the bottom of the page
 
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 Until next time...

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
happy Whimsy Wednesday,
 
Gillian