Pacific Spirit Park

thoughts elsewhere


 
Yesterday as the Pacific Spirit Park sparkled in the glorious sunshine, and recognizing how fortunate we are here in Beautiful British Columbia, my thoughts are very much with all those suffering the horrific fires in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona, with my condolences to those who have lost loved ones and communities and very much hoping that their landscapes will soon be restored to the beautiful places that I know they are.


 
Walking along the Lily of the Valley Trail in the Pacific Spirit Park today I wondered why tree bark was dropping on top of me. Well, here’s the answer, a hard at work woodpecker back at work after Labor Day.

park perfect

 
 

Labor Day Pacific Spirit Park visit with a little different take for a change.
Hope yours was a good one too.
 
 

enjoy the “wow”


 
Two days of “wow moments” this week to enjoy from the Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver, as we start the long weekend. Hope yours is one full of love and joy.
 
   
 
   

efernally grateful

Efernally grateful to the majesty of the Pacific Spirit Park that has been a sanctuary of peace and beauty throughout the challenging months of Covid, as it was again today on this eve of the new month ahead.
 

 

 

 

 

🍁🍁🍁

from spirit bark to spirit dark


 

Spirit Bark

 
On today’s third anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona this recent painting of bark from the magnificent trees in the Pacific Spirit Park serves to re-introduce my post from three years ago entitled “From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark” in which my painting of the park that day became transformed into a memorial for all those so tragically lost, as we remember them once again on this sombre day.

 

From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark – August 18th, 2017

 


 

Spirit Dark after Guernica, in progress


 

Spirit Park

The evolution of today’s post:

The Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver is a beautiful jewel in our city, a place of peace and tranquility that I have posted about many times, and as recently as this week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post. On our last visit there one of my photos inspired me…
 

 
…to set up a number of sheets of newsprint on the studio wall and see where it took me with charcoal, crayon and paint.
 
     
 

 

I was happy that the image was progressing well and was close to being finished…


 
…and then yesterday morning came the news from Spain of the horrific terrorist attack killing and injuring countless innocent men, women and children from all over the world, enjoying a summer’s evening in Las Ramblas in Barcelona.  The images were heartbreaking, and one particularly was unforgettable, a baby’s stroller abandoned on the sidewalk and a child lying motionless in the street.
 
I shall never forget the first time I saw Picasso’s Guernica in New York in 1965.  It has haunted me ever since, and those images from Barcelona immediately brought it back to me.  It is perhaps one of the greatest works of protest art ever created, painted by Picasso after the attack on the city of Guernica in 1937.
 
Suddenly my Spirit Park in the studio seemed a million miles away from the reality of the carnage and horror happening across the sea, and images relating to another time in history started to appear amongst the trees together with that stroller and that beautiful innocent child.
 

 
As I send sympathy and condolences to all those suffering from yet another crime against humanity, Spirit Dark in some small way is my way of protesting these evil times.
 
One more photo from that morning in the park perhaps allows me to end with a ray of hope in our dark world.
 

 
 

Post Script 17.8.20
 
    
 
Two years ago in October 2018 visiting the Reina Sofia in Madrid was a special day on our memorable trip to Spain, the highlight of which was seeing Picasso’s Guernica for the second time in over fifty years having first seen it in New York in 1965. Once again, standing before the painting, it takes one’s breath away with its impact as an artistic statement against the horrors of war and of man’s inhumanity to man. Sadly so little seems to have changed in our present times as we see dictators and autocrats across the world continuing to demonstrate that same inhumanity as they terrorize their own people and attempt to prevent democracies from flourishing. To my American friends all I can say is VOTE.
 

The painting was finished this year.

Ooh, Shiny!


 
Three years ago today I responded to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge with images from what you all know is one of our favourite places, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park here in Vancouver. By way of today’s photo from yesterday’s walk in the Park here is that post from three years ago that shows how this special place continues to be such an important part of our lives.
 

that’s the spirit – August 16, 2017

Ooh, Shiny!
 
Diversions, distractions, and delightful detours.


 
For this week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post we are asked where do we find our “Ooh, Shiny” moments. If you follow The Changing Palette you will know one of my favourite walks is in Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and when the sun is out it’s all about those Ooh, Shiny moments, whether it be the height of the summer, as it was just a week or two ago…

 

      

 

…or in the cool, clear, colorful days of Fall, as I posted in October 2015

      

 

In tomorrow’s post I will revisit a day on which the beauty of the park suddenly became transformed in the studio to a place of pain and anguish in response to a never-to-be-forgotten terrorist attack, the third anniversary of which is tomorrow.