watercolor

evolving


 

Work in progress today, i.e. evolving

 

Seemed like a good idea to look back 4 years ago today to my post evolved from nothing

Chapter 7 in Tony Smibert’s Painting Landscapes from your Imagination is all about composition.

“Whether drawn as a crisp outline or sketchy…the result is the same:
a landscape which you evolved from nothing; and only a beginning to the possibilities”

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This was certainly the case today particularly using the “Three Line Sketch”, which Tony describes as his “secret weapon…the ultimate planning tool for watercolour.”

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in memory of a star


 
One of those days when it felt good to hold a brush, use the colors left on the palette with different paper from the drawer, listen to the voice Sarah Bareilles, and mourn the loss of the wonderfully talented Canadian Broadway actor Nick Cordero from Hamilton to whom this post is dedicated as I send heartfelt condolences to his beautiful family.🇨🇦

a day of celebration


 
Happy First Birthday to our beautiful grandson and a Happy Anniversary to his wonderful loving parents. We love them all to bits.❤️

reflections on the 4th of July

Pacific Spirit Park reflections today and some reflections on the 4th of July.

On today’s Independence Day for dear family and friends across the border I clearly need to educate myself more about their history this 4th of July, particularly after watching last night’s demonstration on Mt Rushmore and seeing the film of the stage show Hamilton last night. Saying “Happy Fourth of July” this year can only be said in the context of hoping for the change that’s needed in the year ahead.

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.

tick tock

 

“Tick Tock!”

“Who’s there?”

“Wanda.”

“Wanda who?”

“Wanda what happened to the other 793,800 tickets.”

“tomorrow the sun will shine again”


 
These words were spoken by Francesca Hayward before her unforgettable performance with her partner Cesar Corrales at The Royal Opera House described in yesterday’s post. Their presence filled the studio today as I was moved once again by their artistry, and the sun did shine.

be moved too


 
After the sublime performance at the Royal Opera House today of the world premier of a new work choreographed by Wayne McGregor to Strauss’ Morgan danced by Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales, the company all took a knee in support of Black Lives Matter; a powerful and moving moment. Watch it on YouTube for the next 14 days and be moved too.