a wall worth building

wall of champions

Over the past two weeks, like you no doubt, I have been inspired by all of the amazing athletes of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games who, with their grace, artistry, strength, endurance and teamwork, have shown the world the true meaning of friendship, sportsmanship and peace.


As I painted each day my “wall of champions” grew higher and higher so that today, as the Games have concluded it has become my way of saying “thank you” to all of the remarkable athletes of the Games for thrilling us each and every day.

As those of you who follow my blog know two heroes of mine, and indeed all of Canada’s, are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. I thought my few paintings of them fitted well with this week’s Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd for whilst you cannot see their facial expressions in these simple water-colour and ink sketches, their emotions and connectedness are expressed in every move, every gesture and every glance.

Finally, I feel that I have also been an unseen face in the crowd since with every event that I watched both day and night I was there unseen, together with countless millions of others in Pyeongchang and around the world loving every glorious moment.



  1. Hi Andrew I these water colours are amazing. it is quite ironic of you choosing the winter Olympics as inspiration due to the absence of white in water colours πŸ™‚
    I have read that painting in water colours is a greater art than oils. I have also read the writers of short stories say that novel writers are lazy as it is more work to a fill a book with stories than with one story. I am not choosing sides as I love my car with its unscratched paint finish πŸ™‚

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  2. these athletes, with their harmony, energy, strength, skill, and fluidity of motion inspired.
    they show us, that great things can be attained……. with practice and passion for the sport. What I see, that you have conveyed in all of these – is the unity, the oneness the athlete has at that moment in time. Very Good Artists, masters if you will, see and convey this. You are. A very good, Artist, Andrew. Cheers, debi

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    1. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments today Debi. You have no idea how much they mean to me. Your students are so fortunate to have you in their lives and I know they must feel as grateful as I do for your guidance and inspiration. Teacher, artist, poet, you are all of these and although I live many thousands of miles away I feel as close as if we were neighbors. So, thank you neighbor for everything 😊

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