winter olympics

what dreams are made of

Olympic Moment VI – Mark Arendz

Thank you and congratulations to Team Canada and to all the athletes of the Pyeongchang Paralympic Games for inspiring us this week, and congratulations to Mark Arendz, Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony, on his six medals including Gold in the 15 K Standing Biathlon. These have been his third Paralympic games since losing his arm at the age of seven in a farming accident.


not just about the medals

Paralympic Moment V

Although Canada’s Michelle Salt may have just missed the podium it’s not only about the medals as her athleticism, optimism and positivity are all inspirational enough.

Hear her “incredible story” in her own words and understand why.


poetry in motion

Alina Zagitova

If you are suffering from Olympic Games withdrawal like me hopefully the Out of This World poetry in motion of Olympic Gold Medalist Alina Zagitova will help.

a wall worth building

wall of champions

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.


electric gold

Olympic Moment XVI – 25.2.18

Thirteen year old Yang Tai-hwan rocks the closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympics shredding Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; worthy of an honorary Gold Medal.

lucky fifteen

Olympic Moment XV – 25.2.18

Congratulations to Norway’s Marit Bjoergen on winning her 15th Gold Medal in the 30 K Cross Country skiing and becoming the most successful Olympic athlete of all time.

from russia with love

Olympic Moment XIV – 24.2.18

Simply sublime, Alina Zagitova, Olympic Golden Ladies Single Skating champion from Russia.

rhymes with bold

Olympic Moment XIII – 22.2.18

Congratulations to Canada’s Brady Leman, Gold Medal winner in Men’s Freestyle Ski Cross 🇨🇦

simply the best

Olympic Moment XII – 21.2.18

No other words necessary except “Thank You” to Tessa and Scott for their sublime artistry and athleticism. 🇨🇦

pipe dream

Olympic Moment XI – 20.2.18

Congratulations to Canada’s Cassie Sharpe on her women’s Olympic halfpipe Gold Medal.

BC and Canada Proud. 🇨🇦