Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Black and White

I don't often see black flowers but these deep purple iris buds appear almost black. I saw them while out walking one evening and was so taken with them that I returned with my camera the next day.

In our neighbourhood there are gardens in the middle of traffic circles and in traffic calming bulges; I don't know who takes care of them, but I for one enjoy the beautiful displays and send my thanks.

The dark buds burst into deep purple blooms:




White flowers aren't rare but I will share a few favorites from my garden.
Peonies with little slashes of red:

This one looks like a face to me:

White roses:

White Foxglove:

From Roy Orbison`s "Black and White``:


I have been working on something black and white, it is an ink and watercolour work and not finished but here is a teaser:

The black part is ink and I am painting a few of the shells.

I am happy to say I am almost finished my triptych, I just have the varnishing and framing to complete. It has been a big project and one which I intend to include in a solo show in September, more about that later. I had to use my wide angle lens to get a picture, so without further ado here it is:
I am calling it "Village People", watercolour on paper (24" X 60").
Here is a little art video treat for you:

That's all for this week,
wishing you a happy Wednesday, with Whimsy,

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

So Darn Cute

The goslings are here, and they are so cute I decided to start with them today. There are only two so far this year.

This little one stopped to pose for this picture!

 Cute as can be, and below it did a couple of stretches, straightening up in between.
Don't need a lot of words here, the goslings are stealing the show.
It was a beautiful day and their fine down was glistening in the sunlight.
watchful parents... 




Next the art news:

Great news, two of my paintings have been accepted into the South Delta Artists' Guild
"2016 Oil and Water" exhibition:

Ink and watercolour - "Squashed"

and watercolour - "Angels Trumpets".

They will be at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen, BC.
The exhibition runs from June 2 to 24 and
the opening reception will be held on June 2 starting at 630 pm.

So how is my triptych progressing? Well here is part two almost finished and part three is well on its way, I hope to be able to share that next week.


Two other things for your entertainment:
First, a heartwarming video about a baby hummingbird:
Second, a treat from surrealist painter Rob Gonsalves at:
"The beautiful and mind-bending illusions in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and causing you to question what in his paintings, if anything, is real."

That's all for this week, thanks for dropping by,

happy Wednesday, with whimsy,


Thank you for your comments, I thrive on them!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016


Something new for me, in fact two firsts. My current painting is the biggest I have every done (18" X 24") and it is a triptych, so there are three parts.

Triptych literally means three fold; three panels that were attached together and could be folded shut, often the centre panel was larger than the other two, the three paintings sharing a common theme. I think it was first used in early Christian art for alter paintings.

My painting(s) are equal sizes and will not hinge.

This is the centre of the three paintings; it is a painting of a statue seen and photographed in northern Italy a few years ago. It is not finished yet because I can't do the background colour matching and finish the ivy until I have all three paintings almost done. I have more work to do, I hope to show you more next week.

I intend to varnish the paintings so that they do not need to be framed under glass.
For these paintings I have stretched watercolour paper over canvas stretcher bars, each painting uses a full sheet of watercolour paper (22" X 30"); I watched several YouTube videos before I made my first attempt. The end product will be lightweight and I hope vibrant.

My camera lens found some beautiful flowers this week. First is an image of only one corner of my clematis, which is really putting on a show this year: beautiful and fragrant too.

There is a honeysuckle blooming at the same time popping up between the clematis blooms.

Next to some pink beauties, first lupines and then poppies.
There are lots of purple lupines in my neighbourhood but few pink ones.

I think this is only the second time I have seen pink poppies, and this time I had my camera with me too! Such delicate petals, slightly crushed by recent windy days, they almost look as if crafted from crepe paper. I took quite a few pictures, here is just a small selection:

Maybe a subject for another triptych?
And a splendid pair of tulips to end with:

Here are videos I found for your enjoyment, both are David Attenborough focused:

 Well that is it for this week, happy Wednesday, with whimsy,
I appreciate your feedback!






Wednesday, 27 April 2016


The English language has a lot of words for an assortment of things. Todays post is a potpourri of pictures and thoughts.
First here is my latest painting:
It is a watercolour of a Sunflower Bouquet, which I have named, you guessed it "Sunflower Bouquet".
Sunflowers are amazing plants, when I watch them grow from day to day I am reminded of the Jack in the bean stalk story. Here is a video showing the growth in time lapse photography:
To return to the assortment topic:
noun: assortment; plural noun: assortments
  1. a miscellaneous collection of things or people.

    "the room was filled with an assortment of clothes"

 In my "gatherum" today I start with pictures of a Bush Tit nest. This is the first time I have ever photographed one of their nests, though I have seen many pictures I have never managed to spot one myself. A very kind gentleman pointed one out to me recently and told me where other nests were located. First here is the one he showed me:

Here are two more that I found myself. 


Bushtits weave a very unusual hanging nest, shaped like a sock, from moss, spider webs, and grasses.
One more look:

Here is a YouTube video of a pair of  Bush Tits building a nest:
A pair of Buffleheads, I believe:

... and a farrago of perennials and weeds:

Dandelion and daisies

A mystery plant:

A Poppy bud, reminds me of a caricature:


Almost black Tulips

more tulips

Did you know that an assortment of verse or poems is called an ontology?
Here is just one: 
Just One Poet Unknown 

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,

One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you!

Well that is it for this week, happy Wednesday, with whimsy,
I appreciate your feedback!