Painting

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.

Turner’s Apprentice


 
Last week I received Tony Smibert’s new book, Turner’s Apprentice, A Watercolor Masterclass and started on his watercolor exercises in the studio today.
 

 
I learnt so much from his previous two books, Tate Watercolour Manual: Lessons from the Great Masters and Painting Landscapes from your Imagination that I already know the next few weeks will be another inspiring and memorable journey. Once again I thank my dear friend and wonderful Australian artist and teacher Debi Riley for introducing Tony Smibert’s books to me.
 

…to be continued.

From Park Walk to Art Work

Pacific Spirit Regional Park I – 25.5.20

Four years ago I posted From Yardwork to Artwork and was honoured to have it featured as an Editor’s Pick on WordPress Discover, which I posted about in a day like no other.
 

Pacific Spirit Regional Park II – 25.5.20

To celebrate this special anniversary for thechangingpalettte, yesterday and today in the studio I continued to create Art Works from our daily Park Walks in the beautiful Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which as you know I have featured regularly in the last few weeks since the pandemic started with photos and paintings.

 
Here’s a look back at the post that WordPress Discover featured for those of you who may not have seen it.

From Yardwork to Artwork: The Photinia Story Part One May 24, 2016
 
photinia c
 

Photinia I 23.05.16

Today’s post is all about learning to find beauty and inspiration in the mundane chore of yard work on a holiday Monday.

photinia ix

Yesterday was Victoria Day here in Canada, the perfect time to prune the photinia and clean all of its dried leaves from the studio roof and gutter.

With the concrete cleaned and swept the afternoon was free for painting and photography in the studio with a rescued photinia branch making for the perfect subject…

 
photinia xix

and a few of the trimmed branches new tools for drawing with.

photinia ii

Now all I had to do was put the two together. What could be better than an ink drawing of the photinia created with one of its own branches?

photinia vi         photinia iv
 

Well, perhaps some additional watercolor to complete the picture…

photinia iii
 

and we’re almost there…

photinia v

So ended a very satisfying day turning the hard work of yard work into art work.

photinia x
 

to be continued…

return to venice

Venice 22.5.20

 

Five years ago today I was also in a Venice frame of mind.

 

Studio 365: Day 142   22.5.15

 
Day 142 iv

Venice study I 22.5.15
 

Painting this watercolour and ink sketch in the studio this afternoon allowed me to re-visit our magical trip to Venice in July 1999, a visit documented in a precious journal that I kept throughout our Italian travels that year.

Venice ii

looking up and looking back

 

Pacific Spirit Canopy  3.8.15

With our daily walks in the Pacific Spirit Park it seems like a good time to look back to some of the paintings that walking in the Park inspired five years ago.

 

Studio 365: Day 216

 

Day 216 i    Day 216 ii Day 216 iii    Day 216 iv

 

Pacific Spirit Park Variations I – IV 4.8.15

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

light at the end of the tunnel

 

Five years ago today we visited Antelope Canyon in Arizona.  My paintings and photographs from that never-to-be-forgotten visit have taken on new meaning today, as we continue to grieve for Nova Scotia.

 

 

 

 

Here is the original post from 5 years ago. Enjoy our visit to Owl Canyon

and learn about the feather on my studio wall.

 

Studio 365: Day 110

 

Feather

 

A treasure in Owl Canyon

Who would have thought it could get any better, but today was another magical day with unforgettable visits to Owl, Rattlesnake and Upper Antelope Canyons. Here are a selection of more amazing images to share with you, and many thanks for all your comments and visits.

The feather from a great horned owl from our visit to Owl Canyon will indeed be the treasure of the trip. It will take pride of place in the studio back home and I can’t wait to use it for more pen and ink drawings.  I did ask our Navajo guide Kim, from Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours, if I could keep the feather and she very graciously gave her permission. Thank you Kim for a day we will never forget.

Feather ii

On to Bryce Canyon tomorrow.

 

Nova Scotia Strong

Pacific Spirit II


 
As I post my second painting inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Spirit Park I am learning of the tragic new from Portapique in Nova Scotia. I send my thoughts and condolences to all those grieving the loss of family, friends and colleagues. Tonight we are all Nova Scotia, from the Pacific to the Atlantic.🇨🇦
 

pacific spirit


 
The Pacific Spirit Park came to the studio this afternoon after our walk in the woods on this beautiful Saturday in Vancouver. A moment to reflect, as I do each day, on the dedication and Spirit here by the Pacific of all of our Front Line Healthcare Workers and Volunteers. They are all amazing and we say thank you each and every day.
 

 

 

Salute to a hero 17.4.20

Captain Tom Moore completed his goal of walking the 82-foot length of his garden back and forth 100 times before his 100th birthday on April 30th and in the process raised $23 million for Britain’s NHS. Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment formed a guard of honor and saluted him as he crossed the finishing line. Can there be a more uplifting moment for us all to be inspired by?