Jul 31, 2011

We Are Back!

FISHING WITH DAD - 4 X 3 - Available
Yes we just got home from a holiday on the Sunshine Coast, otherwise known as the west coast of BC.  We travelled up to Powell River and over to Texada Island and camped there for a few weeks and then back to Powell River for a few days and Sechelt and Gibson for a few days.  As anyone will tell you the weather was not the greatest but we had a good time just the same.  I had a different experience painting as the water and skies were grayer, the mountains were almost none existent for much of the time but the cloud formations were often just amazing!! The skies would be blue and gray and black all at the same time depending on where you looked.  I have included a few of my pictures from Texada and more will come over the next few days and you can see for yourself, great skies! 

AFTER THE STORM - 4 X 3 - Available
We did some crabbing, some hiking and picked huckleberries (huckleberry pie is one of our favourites and we do have a small oven in the trailer so . . .) and of course read a few good books.  The deer were very plentiful and we saw them everywhere we went, the sandcastle festival went off despite the rain and somehow that wonderful flow of summer time happened despite the weather, it was a great.

I went painting one day with an artist friend from Powell River, Alfred Muma http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.127421860680906.28420.100002392776575&l=cb4091ebb6&type=1

We went to Eagle River Gorge, and walked along the trail to one of the pools.  The river makes a deep cut through the rock and has a series of waterfalls into several lovely pools.  We stopped at one of the pools and set up to paint.  I was really captivated with the arbutus tree hanging off the cliff over the pools and he focused on the water rushing into the pool.  Warm, no bugs, great company, sunlight playing on the trees and water, and all day just to paint, what more could you ask for??   For more of Alfred’s work see http://www.awmuma.com/index.html
TOP OF THE GORGE - 8 X 11- Available

Jul 7, 2011


DANCING LILIES - 20 x 24 - Available
Flowers are suddenly everywhere, and so bright and cheerful after our dull, gray spring. I am not usually much of a flower painter but I have really been inspired by them. After the success of my painting “Explosive Colour”,  I decided to try another pouring and this time feature the lilies that are blooming in so many different colours everywhere. For my earlier projects I kept several areas covered in frisket to keep them white for the pour but this time I kept only one area clear with plans of keeping two other areas partly clear. Below you can see my original pour with a start on the negative painting. No, as you can see the other clearings did not happen. The pour just took on its own life and like any painting this one just took off on its own. Once I got started and I just hung on and went for the ride. The result is dazzling colour, lots of movement and what I call “Dancing Lilies”. This is definitely a different process from my well planned and detailed drawings and paintings!! It is great fun!
We will be camping and on day trips for the next few weeks so there will be lots of new works when we are back.