Month: April 2020

season of grief


 
In the words of the Canadian Prime Minister our “season of grief” continues, as today we mourn the loss of six members of the Canadian Armed Forces whose helicopter went down off the coast of Greece: Sub. Lt Abbigail Cowbrough; Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald; Capt. Kevin Hagen; Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin; Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke; Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins. We send heartfelt condolences to all the families of these Canadian Armed Forces heroes who are grieving today, as we grieve with them. 🇨🇦
 
Sub.Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough who was a young Nova Scotia naval officer played her bagpipes only two weeks ago on the deck of HMCS Fredericton to mourn the loss of her fellow Nova Scotians who were so cruelly murdered.
 

language of the soul

For National Dance day
Inspired by the always sublime Maria Khoreva, first soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet.
 

Also an opportunity to revisit a post from three years ago
 

Dance Studio July 25 2017

 

 

for the love of dance continued in the studio this afternoon

 

 

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” Martha Graham

national day of mourning


 
Drawing in the studio today allowed me to spend a few hours in quet reflection on this National Day Of Mourning, a day that perhaps has never been more meaningful, as we remember and honor those who have lost their lives or been injured from their time in the workplace.

I would particularly like to honor the memory of Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City emergency room doctor, a true hero, and send heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and friends.

The drawing was inspired by a photograph taken by Marco Bertorello in the Covid-19 ward of Maria Pia Hospital in Turin.

spirit wall

Pacific Spirit IV

Another opportunity to say thank you to all the heroes and heroines out there.
I just can’t say it often enough.

Spirit Wall

tulip fest 2020

 

A year ago today we were enjoying our annual visit to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, which sadly is not open this year. Instead today we are enjoying a mini tulipfest of our own on our deck…

 

Tulips of the Valley, Chilliwack Tulip Festival

 

…plus a look back to my first iPad paintings from 2013 inspired by David Hockney…

 

 

…and given today’s theme I couldn’t resist including this visual pun from 1984 that really needs no explanation other than the lips were my then 8 year old daughter’s.

 

Nova Scotia Remembers

Natalie McMaster and her daughter Mary Francis playing alongside the video of 17 year old Emily Tuck, murdered a week ago, was both a heartbreaking but also beautiful moment during yesterday’s “Nova Scotia Remembers.” Thanks to all those who contributed to the online vigil dedicated the all those beautiful souls who are no longer with us.

 

 

 

raising spirits


 
These views walking in the Pacific Spirit Regional Park yesterday raised my spirits. I hope they raise yours today, a day in which Canada came together from coast to coast in support of those grieving in Nova Scotia.🇨🇦
 

Nova Scotia Strong

Pacific Spirit III

Since it continues to be National Park Week and in follow up to yesterday’s revisit to Bryce Canyon how could I not post the second day of our visit when we hiked into the Amphitheatre. What a day that was.

But first, today’s painting from the studio: Pacific Spirit III with continuing thoughts of those grieving in Nova Scotia; also today in Toronto on the second anniversary of the attack on Yonge Street; and of course all who are mourning loved ones lost to Covid-19.

The heartache continues as our brave healthcare workers and volunteers are there for us each and every day and we thank them all.

 

Studio 365: Day 113   April 23, 2015

 

 

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The Navajo Loop Trail from Sunset point descending into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheatre.

The perfect finish to our visit to Bryce Canyon hiking the Navajo Trail into the Amphitheatre, connecting with the Queens Garden Trail and returning to the canyon rim at Sunrise Point. Look for Queen Victoria in the photo gallery.

One final view before leaving this precious jewel of a place and a thank you to the National Park Service for maintaining it so perfectly for us all to enjoy.

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in this together

 

Written in chalk beneath a rainbow on the entrance to Tatlow Park here in Vancouver these words are perhaps the perfect way to recognize this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. We are indeed all in this together.

Since this is also National Park Week, and following my look back to Antelope Canyon, I thought I would re-post our visit to magnificent Bryce Canyon five years ago today together with the painting that it inspired.

 

Studio 365: Day 112    April 22, 2015

 

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From the wonder and awe of the magic of Antelope Canyon to the breathtaking majesty of the vistas of Bryce Canyon. It has been another unforgettable day and once again I will let the pictures do all the talking…

…the final shot at the end of a perfect day.

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a special sunset

 

Yesterday was one of the darkest days in Nova Scotia and Canada’s history. A stunning sunset reported by so many on the East Coast provided those grieving a moment of peace and perhaps some comfort at the end of the darkest of days.  Our sunset last night here on the West Coast was just as stunning. Clearly Canada was bathed in a special light last night. 🇨🇦

You can see some of those Nova Scotian sunsets posted by so many here: CTV News