In memory of George Floyd whose life was celebrated today in Minneapolis in a moving memorial service that ended with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent remembrance; 8 minutes and 46 seconds that represented the last minutes of his life; 8 minutes and 46 seconds during which he was unable to breath. Stand in silence as I did today for 8 minutes and 46 seconds if you haven’t done so already and remember George Floyd.

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In posting this beautiful bouquet of the tulips, which we brought back from the Chilliwack Tulip Festival on Friday, my thoughts are with the family and friends of Lori Kaye who was murdered in the Poway Synagogue on Saturday and to whose memory they are dedicated.

9/11: in remembrance

No day shall erase you from the memory of time

This quote from Virgil is displayed in the Memorial Hall of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York with letters forged from remnant World Trade Center steel by blacksmith Tom Joyce.

Studio 365: Day 355

January: As I started my 365 day challenge and the days moved from single to double figures I wondered if I could really achieve my goal of posting every day for a year. Now, looking back with amazement as it looks as though I might actually succeed, there have been so many days filled with happiness, joy and at times a real sense of achievement but also too many others filled with a weary sadness, days that have now become deeply embedded in our collective consciousness. The year was only seven days old when we all became Charlie, as I wrote on the studio floor on January 7th and on my palette four days later when the world showed its solidarity with the millions marching in Paris and France on January 11th:

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I felt that the world stood still in sympathy and remembrance for a few days as we all collected our thoughts before moving on with our lives. I certainly did and was more determined than ever to ensure that my goal was met.  The studio became my sanctuary and as the year progressed I found I was creating more and more freely and often with surprising results.

Over the next few days I’ll revisit some of those creations, and there seem to be a surprising number of them.

Okanagan Falls was a perfect subject with which to begin the year reintroducing me as it did to my watercolors, acrylics, brushes, pens and inks.

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This homage to my hero Henri Matisse I posted on January 24th in anticipation of our visit to New York to see the exhibition of his Cut-Outs at The Museum of Modern Art, which we almost didn’t make because of the severe winter weather on the East Coast. Although we had to cancel all of our bookings we were able to reschedule and New York, New York became the highlight of February, of which more tomorrow…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, France

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The monument is dedicated to the memory of the members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the First World War. It was designed by Walter Allward and took eleven years to build.  It was unveiled in 1936 and following an extensive restoration rededicated by Her Majesty the Queen on 9 April 2007 during a ceremony to commemorate the battle’s 90th anniversary.

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Today marks the 97th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place from 9 to 12 April, 1917.  Those of you who follow my blog will have seen my post this week commemorating the Battle and where you will find links to previous posts of mine containing more images and a video from the Vimy Memorial site.

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