Month: October 2016

back to the beach

For this week Discover Challenge: Flâneur Krista asks us to “Observe your city, town, street, or patch of earth and report back — in your favorite medium.”

No surprise that the patches of earth that I love to feature on The Changing Palette, as you know, are here on Kitsilano Beach Park in Vancouver with views out to English Bay.


Yesterday’s morning walk at sunrise was rewarded with these glorious Fall colors in the park…


the silhouetted figures seen between the trees…


and the tankers illuminated out in the Bay.

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One final image from the walk you might recognize as I used for an eerie backdrop in my post for this weeks Photo Challenge: Transmogrify.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify


“To change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”


Happy Halloween

how d’ya like them apples


Shiny and bright and
Ready to bite.


From our recent visit to the beautiful Ile d’Orleans in Quebec.


branch majesty

I rescued this majestic branch whilst walking home one day last summer and brought it back to the studio. It was about to be pulverized in a wood chipper but like the photinia that you will remember from my yard work to art work story, it became my model.

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Using the small branches from the photinia as drawing tools it started to come to life transforming my empty sheet of Arches watercolour paper one warm July day.

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Finally, as I completed the painting today with the brushes from the Gift of the Four Treasures, the spirit of the branch filled the studio once again and its story was complete.



the secret path

Today’s painting was inspired by last night’s broadcast on CBC television of Gord Downie’s film, The Secret Path. The film acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of indigenous children and families by the residential school system and tells the story of twelve year old Chanie Wenjack who died alone beside the train tracks fifty years ago on October 22, 1966 whilst trying to walk home to his family from whom he was taken over 400 miles away

If you can find an hour take the time and see the film, and be as moved as I was. Learn Chanie Wenjack’s heartbreaking story, listen to Gord Downie’s unforgettable songs and music and be inspired by award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire’s illustrations. You can find the film here on the CBC website: The Secret Path.

Dedicated to the memory of Chanie Wenjack

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine


Those of you who follow The Changing Palette will know where I am this weekend.


Whatever the weather
it’s always shining around our beautiful granddaughter.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

For this week’s photo challenge Jen asks us to
share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is.”


What could be more local than the pub and sport’s bar across the street from
Kitsilano Beach Park down the road here in Vancouver.


I described Kitsilano Beach as my “Muse” in my Canada Day post in 2015.
Take a look and you’ll see why my heart is so often there.

Discover Challenge: Mixing Media

For this week’s Discover Challenge: Mixing Media, Michelle asks us to “publish a post containing the kind of work you’d normally publish — but mix it with a second type of media, either digital or analog.”

This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to revisit some of the paintings that many of you will have seen on The Changing Palette over the past year.  Using iMovie on my MacBook Air I have pulled them together in a short video and added the sublime accompaniment of Glen Gould playing one of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  I hope you enjoy it.