30 years. Run that over your tongue and feel the way it first pushes against the back of your teeth, then drops down to the base of your mouth only to follow with a final curl to where it started. Feel it roll over your tongue, this is what success feels like and TED talks […]
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The single white stroke on the front cyclist’s back and the little dashes which magically conjure the rear cyclist’s helmet, epitomize the reason I paint. These strokes are the culmination of a thousand previous strokes and are so simple that it would have been easy to miss them while painting. It is becoming increasingly clear […]
An employee at Viterra had been dismissed for failing to attend work on numerous occasions. The employee had had an operation resulting in an absence and was having to deal with numerous problems with his son
Rogers had been denied a beer at the hotel as he was a negro. He sued for damages and won but the ruling was now being appealed and the appeal was allowed on the basis that the owner had the right to serve who he wanted.
Robert Pickton was tried and convicted for the murders of 6 women, he was charged in the deaths of 20 and confessed to the deaths of 49. He received life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Stobie Forlong Assets was entering bankruptcy and took action against a client for whom they had bought stocks.
Yup! Leanne Christie will be opening her studio to you during the Crawl. My registration is complete and my studio will be open for your perusal on the November long weekend of the 16, 17 and 18 November 2012.
Pulling out of the driveway on that last morning and knowing that life was changing, I whispered good bye to the house I had known since birth and the street light which had kept me company as I waited for sleep each night. My street light. I never knew her name and my daytime expeditions […]
A full year in the seeking but here she is. The perfect Vancouver stormy light. You know the moment when the clouds have descended, the sun is either beginning to set or she is hidden by cloud density, the atmosphere is dark and charged but suddenly the sun slips through. Slicing the air and bouncing […]
Vancouver painting of the Granville Bridge from the north side of the seawall along False Creek. What a struggle! 5 days of rain just completed but the weather report promised 5 more. 1 glorious day to eat as much as possible and what a bountiful feast. Between the first dusting of snow on the mountains, […]
Just released: “1 August 2009″. Oil on canvas. 30″ x 30″ The request? to capture the memory, the feeling, the moment of the day the clients were married at the beautiful St Michael and all angels church in Victoria. We first met in the days before Christmas 2010 at the Granville Island public market and […]
Charcoal drawing of East Pender street at Gore, China Town. The funny thing about this drawing session was that the final painting ended up being of the area slightly to the right of this view. Thanks to the crazy little dog that forced me to step a step to the side and open my eyes. […]
Painting of tug boats moored next to the Vancouver Ports, view from Crab Park. The struggle: the harmonization of the overall blue tones with the punctuating browns of the pier and the reds of the life saving equipment on the tugs. The secret: Keeping the blues just slightly tinted with red so that there were […]
So much happens within the frame of this painting. I love the location (by the entrance to Granville Island) and I love the subject but to capture the scene is intense. There are thousands of little elements: the ropes, the masts, the sails, the layers upon layers of boats, the water, the city, the bridge. […]
The school bus. Not a typical memory for someone who grew up in South Africa and who was lucky enough to be given a lift to and from school everyday. Even in High School when the faculty decided to introduce the concept of a school bus, there was no glamour just simply old blocky buses […]
-An increasingly iconographic image of Vancouver. This is especially true of East Vancouver where the designated cycle routes becoming thriving highways of 2 wheel traffic at certain times of the day. This is the second painting which includes a cyclist, although this one a little more casual with the posture more akin to the Keefer/Gore […]
Why the fire escape? There is a small park just off Gore Street near the corner of East Pender which presents a pleasant environment in which to draw, especially in the morning. Not many people wander through and those that do, tend to leave you alone. This particular morning was no different and the only […]
A painting that came about almost by accident and one which proves that there is some wisdom in Steven Pressfield’s “The war of art” where the antagonist is the resistance. The resistance works daily to prevent us from doing that which we should be doing and in oing so, seperates us from the muse. It […]
One of my favorite charcoals – Wall Street in East Vancouver, looking back at the goings on in the port with Downtown Vancouver in the distance. This is more worked up than most of my location sketches as I was not only focused on “eating” the environment but also on capturing the shifting early […]