Thursday, January 9, 2014


They say that authors who talk about the book they are writing never do any writing. I hope it's not the same with artists!

I have seen some amazing forms of ice - here's one which makes me think of a prehistoric amphibian. If ever you want to draw an "organic" line (mine are invariably too regular), look at an ice formation!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Hello All,
What great Christmas and New Year's celebrations! We did lose our power for almost 24 hours, but we were in a hotel for the first night, after a late night watching (and hearing!) our son sing in the Messiah. The house got cold, but we got the generator going, and we could work both the propane fireplace and the pellet stove. The freezing rain did a lot of damage to our trees, but no branches fell on the house or our car. We didn't lose any food, and the power came back in time for us to enjoy the Christmas Eve service; and none of our guests had to be put off! And we got almost four days with our wonderful grandson. So we felt very, very blessed, especially considering why many others had to go through.

I have never seen freezing rain completely encase a tree branch like this, and when we then had snow, the whole area turned white like I've never seen it before.

When there was wind, the branches clanked together like plastic beads, and when the breeze was more gentle, they tinkled and sounded like chandeliers. They were amazing sounds.

I didn't do much work over the holiday, but I did manage to finish a commissioned painting on time. My brief was to work from a series of photographs of a mountain called The Chief (near Squamish in B.C.) using the colours from one photo, the detail in the rock from another, and to add enough to the image from other photos to make it 60 inches wide by 24 inches high. I have never done a portrait of a mountain before, and it was a challenging process to make it interesting. But I enjoyed the process, and decided to add an eagle and two black bears in the trees! Here is the finished painting:

I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year, with lots of art!