steps of hope


 
On leaving the evening service at the mosque on West 8th Avenue in Vancouver last Friday, a service that I attended with many hundreds from the community including the Minister of Defense, the Mayor, and the High Commissioners of New Zealand and the United States, on the steps leading to the entrance had been left many bouquets, a New Zealand flag 🇳🇿 and lit candles, all of which gave us a moment of hope and light as we left on an evening that was dark with so much sorrow and despair.

This painting is my way of expressing my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to all those families and friends who have lost loved ones last week both in Christchurch and from Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302. May they all rest in peace.

somewhere under the rainbow


 

somewhere under the rainbow 

The request:

“…unicorns and ballerinas and elephants and rainbows and fairy tales etc of course in pinks and purples and glittery colours…”

The journey:


 
    
 

acrylic on canvas 48″ x 36″ 2019

the day after


 

Familiar to many of you, my favourite muse, Kitsilano Beach after yesterday’s snow.

For more wintery images of this special place visit backdrop to a life: Part 1 and Part 2

welcome to the family


After many years of faithful service my Pentax Kr, my fourth Pentax since 1970, finally gave up the ghost. You will have seen many of its creations on the changing palette since I first started blogging in 2013.

I’m happy to report that a used Pentax K5 in perfect condition joined the family on the weekend and already feels very much at home. Clearly the beginning of another beautiful friendship as you can see from this morning’s walk.

Time to say “thank you” to my old friend and “welcome to the family” to my new one.