Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Back at last

First a preview of what I have been up to in the studio:


More on these to come but first news and a few photos.

Well I have recently had surgery on both my eyes and the difference is dramatic. I thought I was just having trouble with seeing close up, but now that I have had surgery everything has crisp edges again and I can see to read and paint. Hooray!

What was the problem???

Well when I had cataract surgery just over 2 years ago I didn't expect the cataracts to come back, and that is essentially what happened.

This is my distinctly non-medical explanation: some cataract tissue remained in the eye when the new lens was implanted and over time it grew to obscure the back of the artificial lens. The problem is corrected by a laser which "drills" about 100 little holes in the tissue clouding the lens and voila I see almost 20:20 again. Almost instantly.

It is an outpatient procedure and I was fine to take the bus home, I spent the entire trip reading the back of the bus ticket (tiny print) and all the signs along the way. What joy!

Here are a few pictures that I took recently of some fall sites or is that sights?

A perfect fall day at the beach and in the park.

Time for a look around...
Grooming time at the pond...
Time for a bath...

Who you looking at?

Mirror, mirror.... now that's better

This little fellow was so cute... 

and stopped to have a good look at me... 

maybe, just maybe ...

no I don't think so ..........
then realizing that I had no food to offer and was off
I have been fairly busy with a couple of projects recently:

First a new website just for my art at 

Second an Esty site to sell digital downloads of some of my work at

Check them out and let me know what you think.
So I gave you a preview of two paintings and without further ado here they are:
First a poured watercolour of a Venetian mask called "Carnival 2"; this one is sold, thanks J
Second a watercolour painting of a statue seen in Italy last summer, I call him "The Professor":

You can see more details on my new art website (link above).
Well it is nice to be back, that is all for today, thanks for dropping by and happy Whimsy Wednesday.


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...


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...





hen and chickens


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