Thursday, December 30, 2010

Year End

We have just returned from a few day getaway to Long Beach on Vancouver Island. The scenery was spectacular, the snow laden trees were awe inspiring. Since I was driving I could only commit the images to memory. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful this country of ours is and how lucky we are. I also feel blessed with the ability to see this beauty and hopefully pass it on so that others may feel some of the joy that I feel.
Happy New Year everyone.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Porteau Cove 2

This is from Porteau Cove when the weather was stormy. Spirit and I went for a walk and it was truly cold. We ran back to my camper and I did a few studies of what the beautiful mountains looked like.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

And to all a good night

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. May it be everything you wish for.

Peace and Love to All


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Blue Sky

I have a few more in this series and then we have Christmas. This has truly been a good exercise. I have learned a lot and have more ideas for next year. All the best of the year to you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stand Alone

We have many big beautiful trees that stand alone in their own majesty.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Pair

We are into the final stretch. These cards have been a blessing. I have spent many hours making them but I would rather do these than get in my car, fight for parking and .... you get the picture. The learning around these cards has been great. I hope you enjoy them

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Yellow Light

The color combination in this one is one of my favourites. The warm sky feels right. We were driving to Princeton last weekend through the forest of trees and I looked over to my left and there was a warm peachy color to the sky even though the sky straight ahead was a clear cobalt blue. I pointed it out to Eric and he was quite surprised. Must of been the sun setting and reflecting in that area even though we couldn't see it. Quite enchanting.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Scene

Third in a series. At this busy time of the year I am finding that these cards are a wonderful distraction from the stress. I do two or three at a time and as they are drying I go about my business. Then I come back for a short stint, maybe try a new approach or color or get in there and do some finger painting. It is a lot of fun. Try it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Scene

This is the front of the card. I have a friend that likes pink a lot so I thought it an interesting challenge to create a winter scene with a lot of pink in it.
This is the full view of the card. On this one I decided to paint the whole card and then it can be seen from any direction.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Season's Greetings

I thought it a good idea to switch to the theme of the holiday season. This is the first of many cards I made. I had them spread out all over the floor and forgot to close the door and here comes my dog. With visions of dog prints all over the hall floor I quickly got Spirit turned around and downstairs with a bone to keep him busy.

Merry Christmas everyone

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Abstract Study

Abstract Study 9"X 12"
This may be an intuitive landscape but it is also a study of Abstract shapes. I am going to work on the structure of abstracts for the next while. In between the busy ness of the season.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Squamish Spit

This is a sketch from the Squamish Wetlands. There were some beautiful wetlands with ditches and long grasses. They would make beautiful abstract paintings.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


What do you call what is a pear? "Pearis" LOL. I thought it was funny. This will be the last pear for a while. I do love painting them and will be back but I have another idea I am going to work on for a while. I will keep you posted.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Few more pears. This one is another one done in my sketchbook on the cruise ship. It's watercolor. I thought the greyish background was an important contrast to the dark or bright colors.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Shoreline 11X14X1 1/2 acrylic on canvas

It's a very busy time of the year with all the hustle and bustle, charity programs. Some of them are pretty terrific. In the morning our rotary club is delivering toys, teddy bears and pjs for the local transition house. At the same time there is a local school that is setting up a shopping mall for the kids to pick out presents for their Moms and Dads. The volunteers help them to wrap the presents and to sign the cards. Pretty cool stuff, I'd say.

Since I am heading out early I thought I would post this image tonight instead of in the am. This painting was interesting to do because I tried to fit several dimension into it. Let me know if you can see what I mean.

All the best.


Blue Bob

Something different today. This painting is done on a full sheet of Watercolor paper. 22X30. It is gessoed first and then lots of layers of acrylic paint. These paintings are fun to do. You should try it.

I am open to offers on this one. Send me an email if you are interested

Monday, December 6, 2010


Pearamour is done using Inktense pencils. These pencils truly give some amazing colors. They say that once they dry (they work like watercolor pencils) the color is permanent. I am not too sure about that but know that I love the intensity.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pair of Pears

Pair of Pears 8X8 acrylic on canvas $40

Saturday, December 4, 2010


The tool used to create these graphite drawings is water soluble. It's very cool. If I am out and about with only my sketchbook and this pencil I can spit on my finger and presto I have some great shading. Obviously, I wouldn't do this often as I don't want to eat the stuff. Usually there is a stream or puddle around. After all we do live in British Columbia.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Appearentlly So

One of the cool things about these pears is the play on "pears" that Marion and I came up with one evening when we were at a painting workshop. It is amazing the inspiration that comes from the synergy of sharing. The ideas are still flowing from that amazing event. Her blog can be found at Have a look at her stuff. It is truly amazing.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


For reasons I can't remember there was a morning on the cruise ship when I was supposed to be painting and I couldn't bring my acrylic setup. So, the challenge was - what to do? I decided to sit down in my usual spot and paint and draw pears. Anyone can draw a pear. You can't go wrong. Pears, like people come with all sorts of lumps and bumps and pearsonalities. And so it went. I had a good time doing it and I will share some of these images with you over the next week.


Winter FlurriesWinter

Winter Flurries on 10"X10" Gessoed Watercolor Paper
I did a number of these. A lot of fun. The paint was flying like a snowstorm.


Grotto 12"X12"X1 1/2" Acrylic Painted on the sides so that it doesn't need a frame.