Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A bit windy lately?

We have some had some strong winds lately blowing over trees and downing power lines. We lost power but luckily only for about 12 hours.

Here are some pictures I took on a windy day earlier this month. We were on a Ferry travelling between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo when I got these pictures of sailboats enjoying some very good winds.

The temperature was hovering around the freezing mark so I hope they were dressed warmly. Brrr....

These boats were sailing in Howe Sound to too far from our starting point of Horseshoe Bay.

It must have been a pretty exciting sail, the boats moving and a really good clip and tipped over a bit further than I would be comfortable with were I in their positions.

Luckily I was on the upper deck of a large, very stable ferry.

I this one I managed to catch one the small ferries just emerging from a sheltered cove.

A thrilling day!

Is this sailboat in trouble?

I don't think so, even though it looks as if there is a boat approaching to check. 

Just a change of tack (coming about) I think because below all appears to be well.
I took this picture partly because I thought the beacon on the shore looked like a person standing at attention watching the action.

That's all the boat pictures I took, my hands were getting too cold so I went inside and had a nice hot cup of tea.
Once we arrived at our destination, Fanny Bay, the ocean was smooth as glass. That is Chrome Island  in the distance, looking like a sailing ship travelling the coastal waters.

I have been working on Christmas presents and commissions recently so I thought I'd share a negative painting exercise that I did recently.
What is negative painting? Painting with a bad attitude? No, actually negative painting (or negative space) means that rather than painting the object itself, the painter creates its shape by painting around it. 
After splashing different colour washes and some salt on my paper I waited for it to dry and then "imagined" some holly emerging:
... so I thought maybe a bit boring, so this is the same painting with a "palette knife effect":
... and a stained glass effect, thought this was particularly appropriate at this time of year

.. and finally I added a zoom burst effect.

 Which do you like best?
Well that is all I have for this week, hope you are all keeping well, take care of yourselves, it is a busy time of year, it is important to save yourself some "me" time.
Happy Whimsy Wednesday,


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A walk on the bright side

We have a lot of heavy rain here lately so when a sunny day dawned I wanted to take full advantage. I walked along the beach and back through the forest.

A freighter waits in the harbour just off Lighthouse Park.

A golden eye watching another dive.

Hooded Mergansers I think

Shell and driftwood catching a few rays
a few patches of frost remained in shady areas

you know I love shells

the light is low this time of year but the sun was catching a few leaves and some moss

lots of mushrooms this time of year

a couple more patches of light


a creek and some birds
a varied thrush

a Pileated Woodpecker excavating the side of a tree

and finally a beautiful reflection
refreshed now I am back in the studio and here is what I have been up to
a new watercolour of a small town in the Veneto region of Italy:
called "Asolo" it is 14" X 20"
Well that is all for today, thanks for dropping by and happy Whimsy Wednesday, sorry about missing last week, a senior moment perhaps,


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.