gratitude

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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the greenhouse quartet

The Green House Quartet

The Barcelona Opera House reopened yesterday with a concert by the UceLi Quartet to the hall filled with potted plants on each seat. The plants will be given to local health care workers to say thank you for all their efforts throughout the pandemic. A wonderfully inspiring story in which the word greenhouse was never more meaningful.

This second image imagines the quartet playing in one of my Pacific Spirit Park paintings.

The Pacific Spirit Quartet.

“perfect happiness”

Prayer flags at Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

My way of saying thank you to Kelly who has treated us to her trip to Bhutan on her wonderful blog Compass and Camera, which she has posted every day since we all started sheltering in place, with her wish to add “a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.”

The title perfect happiness is explained in Kelly’s post yesterday Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan, which I recommend everyone should read and enjoy.

Thank you Kelly for lighting our darkness these past few months.

modern day superheroes


 
As National Nurses Week begins a chance to say thank you to a lifetime of nursing colleagues and dear friends. They are all amazing and those on the frontline everyday are true modern day superheroes.

mums for mums


 
Happy Mother’s Day to the awe-inspiring mums in our family and to all mums everywhere, especially the healthcarehero mums working on the frontline. We thank and love you all.❤️

spirit wall

Pacific Spirit IV

Another opportunity to say thank you to all the heroes and heroines out there.
I just can’t say it often enough.

Spirit Wall

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.
 

 

the tulip army


 
Today I am honouring all our residents, medical students and indeed all of our health care trainees, with my tulip field “army.” As we face each uncertain day it is so reassuring to know that the future could not be in better and caring hands. Thank you from one grateful generation to the next.

for the nurses


 
Today’s bouquet is to thank and celebrate all of our wonderful nurses here in British Columbia and around the world. I was so moved to hear the nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital on this morning’s news speak of being scared.
 

The nurses from Massachusett’s Hospital

Throughout my career my nursing colleagues were always the angels by my side who were always there for me and for our patients, so that together we could make a difference. Even though I am now retired and isolating here at home they are all always in my thoughts as I cheer them on from the sidelines. I am forever grateful to them for their support and friendship over so many years. Heroes and heroines all. Be well and stay safe. ❤️

the courage bouquet


 
Inspired by the memory of Vincent yesterday I spent the afternoon in my studio painting alone and thinking of all those struggling in isolation in hospitals around the world without their loved ones beside them. They are always in my thoughts. “What would life be” Vincent wrote, “if we had no courage to attempt anything.” The courage, sacrifice and love of so many will be the lasting inspiration and memory of our time. With this bouquet I thank and honour them all.