On the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci who died on May 2nd 1519.
“If you set your legs so far apart as to take a fourteenth part from your height, and you open and raise your arms until you touch the line of the crown of the head with your middle fingers, you must know that the centre of the circle formed by the extremities of the out-stretched limbs will be the navel, and the space between the legs will form an equilateral triangle”
on Human Proportions from the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
“The age as it flies glides secretly and deceives one and another; nothing is more fleeting than the years, but he who sows virtue reaps honour”
on Phlosophy from the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Vimy Ridge Day 2019, commemorating the 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded members of the Canadian Corps at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Northern France from April 9th to 12th, 1917, with photos from our moving visit to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy in 2012. 🇨🇦
After many years of faithful service my Pentax Kr, my fourth Pentax since 1970, finally gave up the ghost. You will have seen many of its creations on the changing palette since I first started blogging in 2013.
I’m happy to report that a used Pentax K5 in perfect condition joined the family on the weekend and already feels very much at home. Clearly the beginning of another beautiful friendship as you can see from this morning’s walk.
Time to say “thank you” to my old friend and “welcome to the family” to my new one.
This is the final weekend of a stunning exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery: Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.
The exhibit was first presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design in September 2017 and we have been fortunate enough to have had it here in Vancouver since last October. Here are a few photos I took on my iPhone yesterday that hardly do justice to the glorious artistic vision of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière. You can read more about the exhibition here at the Vancouver Art Gallery web site.
The Bright Nights Christmas Train ride in Stanley Park, Vancouver is always one of the highlights of the Xmas season and all tickets sold go to support the BC Burn Fund, which partners every year with the Vancouver Park Board to present a truly magical event as you can see.
Special thanks to the BC Professional Fire Fighters and all the volunteer groups who spend countless hours making it all possible.
Antigua study I – 29.11.18 – water-colour/pen and ink
Four years ago I posted about the charitable organization Heath for Humanity and the great work of their surgical missions over many years to Antigua, Guatemala. The post included a video presentation of theirs for those of you who would like to learn more about them, and you can visit their website here: h4h. Earlier this month I had the privilege of joining them for a week, working with wonderful dedicated colleagues who were making a real difference to the lives of so many; heroes all.
Here are a few of my memorable images from Antigua which include the dazzling yellows of the iconic Arco de Santa Catalina, the colourful pastels of the buildings and the Fuego volcano in the distance, which erupted once again just over a week ago.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that we have just returned from a truly memorable visit to the beautiful and historic city of Barcelona.
For my changingpalette followers here are some of our favourite moments, from Antoni Gaudi’s stunning Sagrada Familia cathedral, to his La Pedrera rooftop sculptures and his mosaics in Park Guell, to the glorious paintings of Joan Miro at the Fundacio Joan Miro in Parc de Montjuic, to dinner at the iconic 4Gats restaurant and before leaving the celebrations in the streets on Spain’s National holiday on October 12th.
As you watch the slideshow enjoy the guitar of Edgar Moffatt who treated us to his art as we waited in line for the opening of The Prado in Madrid. (Our Madrid visit to follow).
This week’s Photo Challenge asks us to “do some visual storytelling with your photography.”
In May 2016 I posted a story about how my yardwork became artwork. Since it fits so well with this week’s challenge I thought I would repurpose it for those who may not have seen it before. So…if your interest has been piqued open the photo and read on.
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.