pen and ink drawing

the zen of seeing

“Art is that which despite all gives hope” Frederick Franck 1981

Anemones 31.3.20

Since the 100 anemone bulbs I planted have yet to appear I used a bouquet that five years ago was the subject of Day 90 of my daily posts during 2015. I had been re-reading one of my favourite books The Zen of Seeing by Fredrick Franck that week. Here is the original bouquet together with my pen and ink drawing at the time, and if you would like to see the rest of the post and learn a little more about Frederick Franck why not visit Studio 365: Day 90

Day 90 i  Day 90 ii

Anemones 31.3.15

Day 90 iii

Lookback Vancouver 2010 🇨🇦

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver took place 10 years ago last month with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron on February 12th 2010. Over the past three weeks I have been celebrating all the amazing athletes and events in the studio bringing back so many great memories. Here is a selection of some of those moments and remarkable athletic achievements.

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Yuja

Yuja Wang

What a night! What a privilege! No words just total awe. Yuja Wang, perhaps the worlds greatest living pianist, thrilled us all last night with a never-to-be-forgotten recital at the UBC Chan Centre here in Vancouver.  She wrote in the program, “This recital will hopefully lift all of your spirits, sharing music written by many of the great souls who have lived before us.”

 

 

Be assured Yuja all of our spirits could not have been lifted any higher.

 

mogul magic


 
Remembering the start of Vancouver’s Winter Olympics when 10 years ago today Alex Bilodeau came flying down Cypress Mountain to win the Men’s Moguls Gold Medal.
 

 
Then in 2014 at the Sochi Games he became the first Olympian in history to successfully defend his gold medal in any free style skiing event. Congratulations once again to a true Canadian Olympic hero. 🇨🇦

two champions

In celebration of two inspiring female athletes

Simone Biles

US Gymnastics Champion 2019
The first American woman to win six titles, and celebrated last year in my post
the power of teal.
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Bianca Andreescu

Roger’s Cup Women’s Tennis Champion, 2019
The first Canadian woman to win the title since 1969.
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one small step for man

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

Neil Armstrong, July 20th, 1969

Yom HaShoah

 
The Eternal Flame in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, which I drew on July 11th 1967, for this Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2019.

“The Eternal Flame, burning from a base fashioned like a broken bronze goblet, continuously illuminates the Hall, its smoke exiting the building through an opening at the highest point of the ceiling. Before it stands a stone crypt containing the ashes of Holocaust victims, brought to Israel from the extermination camps.”

Quotation from the Yad Vashem website

Homage to Leonardo

Vitruvian Man and Woman

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

leadership for the world

Compassion, strength, comfort, and humility:

true leadership for the leaders of the world to learn from.