Art

New York frame of mind


 

After yesterday’s post, in a New York frame of mind today, and a look back to 2015:
 

Studio 365: Day 266 – September 23, 2015
 
Day 266 ii
 

City of the Imagination I – VIII 23.9.15

City of the Imagination began on Day 261 in response to this week’s Photo Challenge: Grid. Variations VII and VIII were posted yesterday for Day 265, so today I thought I would put all eight together as a final City of the Imagination grid. Look for more to come in the next day or two that will definitely now be off the grid.

it’s been a good day


 
It has been a good day today: Black Lives Matter painted on 5th Avenue outside Trump Tower in New York; 7 to 2 at the US Supreme Court confirming that no one is above the law. Light is definitely breaking through all the darkness.

pacific spirit reflections

Pacific Spirit Park –  8.7.20

Today’s watercolor was inspired by a photograph I took in the park four years ago and about which I wrote, “one of my favourites for a long time and looks to me like a painting in the making.” 

So…better late than never. You can see the original photo together with a few more from one of our favourite trails here: spring forward fall back.

evolving


 

Work in progress today, i.e. evolving

 

Seemed like a good idea to look back 4 years ago today to my post evolved from nothing

Chapter 7 in Tony Smibert’s Painting Landscapes from your Imagination is all about composition.

“Whether drawn as a crisp outline or sketchy…the result is the same:
a landscape which you evolved from nothing; and only a beginning to the possibilities”

loti7viii

This was certainly the case today particularly using the “Three Line Sketch”, which Tony describes as his “secret weapon…the ultimate planning tool for watercolour.”

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in memory of a star


 
One of those days when it felt good to hold a brush, use the colors left on the palette with different paper from the drawer, listen to the voice Sarah Bareilles, and mourn the loss of the wonderfully talented Canadian Broadway actor Nick Cordero from Hamilton to whom this post is dedicated as I send heartfelt condolences to his beautiful family.🇨🇦

a day of celebration


 
Happy First Birthday to our beautiful grandson and a Happy Anniversary to his wonderful loving parents. We love them all to bits.❤️

reflections on the 4th of July

Pacific Spirit Park reflections today and some reflections on the 4th of July.

On today’s Independence Day for dear family and friends across the border I clearly need to educate myself more about their history this 4th of July, particularly after watching last night’s demonstration on Mt Rushmore and seeing the film of the stage show Hamilton last night. Saying “Happy Fourth of July” this year can only be said in the context of hoping for the change that’s needed in the year ahead.

canadart


 
What better way to spend Canada Day than painting in the studio with our Vancouver granddaughter. How lucky can anyone be to have two beautiful granddaughters who love to paint with their doting grandpa.❤️

Canada Day 2020


 
On this Canada Day we remember Abbigail Cowbrough and her five co-members of the Canadian Armed Forces who went down with their helicopter off the coast of Greece in April.

We also remember Emily Tuck murdered with so many others on that fateful day in Nova Scotia.

And of course we remember all those whose lives have been taken from us by Covid19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

But as we mourn them all this Canada Day we also say thank you, as we do every day, to all of our frontline heroes who have been there for us since the beginning. It is a Happy Canada Day for so many thanks to each and every one of them.

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