We walked in the Pacific Spirit Park today after listening to President Zelenskyy’s impassioned address to the Canadian Parliament in which we learnt that ninety seven children have been tragically killed in his beloved country together with so many of the country’s brave men and women and now including three brave journalists. Our condolences and thoughts are with all the families, friends and colleagues grieving today.
This drawing is from a larger piece from 2017 drawn in protest at that time to an event that had produced the same sense of heartbreak and outrage that I know we all feel today. Some of you may remember the full piece can be seen here: “From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark”
These sunflowers are a message of love and support as we continue to Stand with Ukraine.
Where our thoughts are today and everyday 💙💛
Olympic Moments – XVII
Congratulations and thank you to all of our great Team Canada Olympians who exemplified in every way the Olympic motto, “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.”
Olympic Moments XIII – 16.2.22
Congratulations to our Canadian men’s short track speed skating relay team, Steven Dubois, Pascal Dion, Jordon Pierre-Gilles, Maxime Laoun and Charles Hamelin, on their gold medal in the 5000m relay. With this win and his 6th career Olympic medal Charles Hamelin becomes one of Canada’s most decorated athletes. Looks like we might have our second closing ceremony flag bearer.
Today I am reposting “The Power of Teal” from August 2018 when Simone Biles reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships. The teal leotard she wore then was to honour victims of sexual assault, which she, and members of the US Gymnastics team, had all been subjected to over so many years. The following year she then became the first woman to win four all-round World Gymnastic Championship titles.
Today after withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympic Games in order to focus on her mental health, a decision that USA Gymnastics supported with their statement, “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” adding, “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
Sadly, she is now being subjected to shameful and despicable commentary on her decision from people who in so doing have demonstrated the depths of their ignorance and hate.
My drawings and paintings are my way of demonstrating my support and admiration for someone who is a true role model and inspiration for us all.
She is today and always will be the greatest of all times.
The Power of Teal – August 23rd, 2018
Celebrating the athleticism and sublime grace, artistry, strength, and courage of Simone Biles who reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships last weekend.
The teal leotard she wore was to honour the victims of sexual assault, being a survivor herself.
“The colour is for the survivors. I stand with all of them…” Simone Biles
A true hero and inspiration for our times.
Some good news yesterday that four of the children separated from their parents at the US border in 2017, one of whom was only three, will be reunited with their parents this week. Sadly the parents of far too many have yet to be located.
A little get well bouquet for my beautiful granddaughter whose leg is in a cast today. There’s no one braver and I love her to bits.❤️
And a second little bouquet for our other beautiful granddaughter whom I love just as much, after her first ballet recital today. What a star she is.⭐️❤️
Thank you to Inés Beatriz for a wonderful virtual watercolor workshop today; what a treat. And thank you to the BC Surgical Society for including it as one of the Virtual Wellness Activities in this year’s program. Visit Inés’s lovely website inesbeatriz.com to enjoy her work, particularly her beautiful pet portraits. If you have a pet that you love you will love them all.
…on International Dance Day, a day of both celebration and remembrance.
The sun broke through on our walk this morning in the Pacific Spirit Park illuminating these beautiful young maple leaves as we remember Sub.Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough and her five co-Canadian Armed Forces crew members, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Captain Kevin Hagen and Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, all lost when their helicopter came down in the Ionian sea a year ago today.
Only eleven days previously Sub.Lt. Cowborough had been playing Amazing Graze on the deck of their ship HMCS Fredericton to honor all those murdered in the mass shooting in her home Province of Nova Scotia.
In Remembrance 🇨🇦 Nova Scotia Strong