Wednesday, 21 January 2015

On Thin Ice

A couple of weeks ago we had some cold clear weather and a thin layer of ice formed on the local pond.

Signs were posted to prevent people from walking on the ice and the ducks adjusted to the new layer. Or did they?

They skidded in for a landing and walked slowly and carefully across the ice.

But open water ..

was just better.

then quite suddenly, the ducks started rushing at the edge of the ice,

and like a living ice breaking team pushed their way across the ice and more and more ducks joined in ... 

until one whole side of the pond was clear

as they continued to swim around the water cleared

and back were the blue waters and beautiful reflections.

our job is done here
...way better...

yes, way better!

Hope winter is being good to you and you are getting some blue skies and not too much ice and snow.
I am still busy on non art projects and have not been spending enough time painting, I hope to get back to it soon.
Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday,
Until next week,


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tall, dark and handsome?

The last couple of weeks got swallowed up in projects and I completely forgot about blogging. Sorry.

So here is a post mostly devoted to crows. Well not so tall, but definitely dark and handsome.

Crows are fascinating birds to watch, or be watched by. Very intelligent and very curious birds. These birds may remember that I sometimes have a treat in my pocket for them.

Do you think?

Anticipation ...


Please..oh please..

pretty please ...

Well I just happen to have a few peanuts. Do crows like peanuts? Oh yes.

Not just one peanut, they cram as many as they can into their beaks. The crow below is "stacking" his peanuts.
How many nuts can one crow stuff into its beak? Well three is good but I have seen them occasionally get four at the same time, with one or two in their throat and a couple in the beak.

Impressive to watch. 

The crow below has a peanut sandwich in mind, also notice the small amount of greenery, that's 3 food groups together! Smart crow.
Just in case you are tiring of crows here are a ring-necked duck, a sparrow and a towhee, the towhee was taken through a window so the picture is not quite as crisp as I would like.

I have been busy painting, in fact I even painted a bird this week.
This one is almost finished, it is a watercolour of a Ring-necked duck. The photograph doesn't quite do it justice, when I am finished I will scan it and post it again.
I have been focussing on paintings of masks for display at Image West (2885 West Broadway, near MacDonald Street in Vancouver); the owner is happy to have a colourful rotating display of art on his walls and I am happy for the opportunity to display my work.
Image West is the hair salon I have been going to for many years, really great people, if you would like to see the art they would welcome you.
Here are two new mask paintings, both are watercolours.
Carnival 3: 
Carnival 4:
For more information about these paintings you can go to my website
or email me at
Well that is all I have for this week, hope you are all keeping well, take care of yourselves,
Happy Whimsy Wednesday,

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

It's beginning to look...

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas with decorations showing up in
the woods and in parks, seemingly random acts of decoration, but someone has taken time
and care with them.

Thank you, I am sure they bring smiles to a lot of faces.

This one takes advantage of a rather odd shaped tree and was about a 1/2 mile down a trail and
took planning because whoever did this needed a ladder.

..and a battery pack.

This tree is decorated every year in December and then the decorations disappear again in

Here's a look at the whole tree.

Of course nature provides beautiful decorations too,

...and occasionally even building materials for winter fun.

These children are taking full advantage of a snowfall (taken last winter).

This is one of "our" Anna's hummingbirds that visits feeders each day throughout the year


and provided inspiration for my Christmas card this year:

"Santa Anna" (a watercolour)

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy,

your heart with love,

and your life with laughter.

Merry Christmas!

Well that is all I have for this week, hope you are all keeping well, take care of yourselves,
Happy Whimsy Wednesday,