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Friday, June 22, 2018

End of holiday sketches - Surrey, UK

We ended our holiday with a half a day and evening in Surrey, UK with our friends Lucy, Barbara and Peter. They took us for dinner at the Weir Pub then we walked along the channel. These are some of the views on the walk. Barbara and Lucy drove us to the airport for our flight back to Canada the next morning after enjoying a night as their guests. What a wonderful holiday and my sketch book will conjure up all those wonderful moments and memories long after the holiday is done.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Holiday sketches in Port de Soller, Spain (5)

 We have now said goodbye to our friends and moved to another stunning floor of a house overlooking the Port de Soller. The views are stunning as we are up on a hill. Surprisingly enough it only takes us 10 minutes to walk down to the bay.

We loved exploring the bays and near by towns by car and foot.

This is the beautiful view from our decks, in fact there were 3 decks, 1 with deck chairs another with a table and 2 chairs and the third with a table and chairs that we enjoyed our meals.

This was the end of our Spain holiday, Flew to London England. One last sketch book entry to add of Surrey, UK.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Holiday sketches in Spain (4)

This page in my sketch book was of our day after Shelly and Art moved on to other adventures in Portugal. With a cow dairy allergy, meals are usually not sophisticated but this was my favourite meal of the trip. Memorable enough to draw it out!

 Maps, tickets and other memorable tidbits also get glued in. For these sketches I used both sides of my book.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Holiday Sketches while biking in Spain (#3)

I loved and drank a lot of beer on this holiday. It was so great the locals have beer or wine with EVERY meal. I did not quite do that but especially enjoyed the beer on our bike stops. These are labels Bruce pulled off for me...seems he has a talent or is it the challenge?

These two pages are a compilation of some of the things I enjoyed while riding in the countryside. Wild poppies and flowers growing in between the rock walls "Wild [poppies on the edge of raodways and fields dancing in the sunlit breeze. Poppies waved and bobbed as we happily passed on our bikes." 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Holiday Sketches in Pollenca, Spain

More photos of my sketch book during our Spain cycling holiday with 3 other couples. Some days it was just notes or writing and other days it was more art than writing.

This sketch is across 2 pages of the house that we rented. It was perfect for the 8 of us.

I left this matted water colour ink & water colour painting as a thank you to the owners with a card everyone signed.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Holiday Sketches - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1)

We flew from Gatwick Airport to Palma de Mallorca Spain to meet up with our friends to begin a pedal biking holiday. We met up with Shelly and Art and walked over the town enjoying a supper of tapas and great beer at an outdoor restaurant. The next day we walked all over and ran into Laurianne and Chris before heading to meet Christine and Bruce at the bus depot to head to our rented house in Port de Pollenca, a beautiful 4 bedroom home (Casa Vieja) for the 8 of us.

I kept a travel diary with sketches of things that I enjoyed or was intrigued with as a reminder of the trip when I get home. I also kept a small journal with me to record any live people sketches on my travels.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Holiday memories in sketch book - UK

My husband Gord and I flew to London and were greeted by our friends Lucy and Barbara. We enjoyed a fabulous day in Brighton and enjoyed the seaside. Barbara had a bag of 2 pence pieces so we ran around playing the 2 p machines on the Brighton wharf. Lucy and I scoured machines for dropped 2p coins so our playing lasted a lot longer (so much fun). We were gifted with British things we love - English Ale, Harry Potter earrings (to go with my socks), beer opener, and Percy pigs candy. The next day we took a bus to Kingston Upon Thames with Barbara and Lucy and thoroughly enjoyed shopping at Primark (everyone came home with something), lunch on an outdoor deck by the Thames, back to their house for tapas in their garden, dinner inside and back to our hotel (whew those days flew by). This is the first page of my journal, crowded and busy as our time there was.

This is a drawing I did in one continuous ink line on the flight over. Even the writing was one continuous line. Much easier to look at people's feet not their heads (so they don't keep turning to look at who is looking at them!). A great way to pass time.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

100 Sketches in 100 Days #60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68, 69

#61 Seat 13C and #62 Seat 14F These sketches were all done on a WestJet flight from London, UK to Calgary, Canada  A great opportunity and time passer.  Sitting one seat behind allowed me a partial view without making eye contact.

#63 Seat 13K


#67 WestJet flight attendant (had to be quick as she was doing a service and was continually moving).

#68 Seat 13C This one was fun as he was sleeping I felt like I had time to get a good look so I used both sides of the book (2 pages) and drew large.

#69 Seat 13K

Thursday, June 7, 2018

100 sketches in 100 days #53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59

 #53 and #54 Porto Pollenca, Spain on the beach. These are part of my 100 day challenge, sketching people in an urban environment without being (hopefully) noticed. A new game of "Eye spy".
 #55 and #56 Fornalutx, Spain cerveza stop
#56 was enjoying ice cream and oblivious to anything else (perfect for me).
 #57 in a restaurant
#58 and #59 in the Palma, Spain Airport

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

100 sketches in 100 days #49, 50, 51, 54

These are more of my sketches in the 100 day challenge. I am trying to sketch people in urban settings. So far sketching on the plane although shaky, space restricted and subject restricted has allowed me the most time.

Monday, June 4, 2018

100 sketches in 100 days #46, 47, 48

Elizabeth, Georgie and I are doing a challenge called "100 in 100 days" and you design what the hundred is. For me it is to do 100 sketches of live people in urban settings. With travelling I had the opportunity to do a lot of sketching in airports and on flights. My sketch book is small - 6 1/4" x 4" so it looks like I am writing not drawing. The tough part is you can't look at anyone to long or they look back at you.

This one was tough as she sat across from me in the airport. So hard to not look straight at her.

Some are quick sketches and then they move or get up as this fellow did. For some of these that I did not feel I got very far, I haven't counted in my 100.

Almost sketch hostages when they are in their seat on an airplane. The one on the left was sitting one row ahead, the other a couple rows ahead.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Opus Outdoor Challenge

I had a wonderful day, my first of this season plein painting (outdoors, on location) during an annual painting challenge put on by Opus Art Stores. My sister Shannon and I signed up, were given an 8"x10" canvas board and a map of the large painting area. There were over 300 registrants. After a season of indoor studio painting it was very different to have all these distractions - Shannon and I conversing, people having a look at what we were doing and the beautiful scene of Okanagan Lake with so many vistas to choose from. I painted in oil and Shannon painted abstracts in water colour. There were a lot of artists around so it was fun to check on their progress as well. I painted 2 views then we moved out of the lake wind and I started painting a couple on a bench. They left soon after I started and were replaced by others. The painting has one lady's shorts and a different one's shirt etc. We ran out of time so I did not get it finished but was able to get an idea of their body positioning.
What I did miss was a picture of Shannon and I together!

Painting #1 with Kelowna Bridge in the background

Painting #2 with sailboats in the enjoying the wind
Painting #3 unfinished but captured body positioning

Sunday, April 29, 2018

In The Still Of The Fog

"In The Still Of The Fog"
20" x 16" Oil on canvas

Boats of all kinds intrigue me. This scene was so still and calm in the hazy fog. I loved how the boat and masts were old and worn but the fishing buoys looked so lively in the reflective water. I struggled with how to make the fine lines of the ropes and the hazy fog behind without defining everything. This was a perfect one to learn with in Doug's class.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Oil on canvas    16" x 20"

I found this photo reference very intriguing, a view of the natural aging process. Even with age we can stand tall beside others that are slowly getting closer to the earth.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Five At Rest

"Five At Rest"
Oil on canvas   16" x 20"
Mexico was once again the inspiration for this painting. I loved how the boats all snuggled up together and bobbed up and down like nodding heads in the small waves. These boats were taken out early in the morning to catch fish, returned and cleaned up ready for the evening or next morning. I have no idea how old these boats are but they were very well looked after.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

After Breakfast

"After Breakfast"
Oil on canvas   20" x 16"

This painting is based on a photo I took while vacationing in Mexico. The fishermen had brought their haul in, fed the birds what they did not want or need, cleaned their catch and boat and set the boat back out in the water. These birds looked like they were not going to miss the next outing.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Chicken Named Duck

"A Chicken Named Duck"
12" x 12" Oil on canvas with 1 1/2" painted sides

This is a painting I did in Doug's class. He was busy working with others when I asked for his help and he said "I'll be right there to help you with your duck", loved it and voila this painting is named. I found I was being tentative, detailed with mid-tones so Doug smudged away all that detail and added bigger brush strokes for me to work with. I am happy with my "Duck"

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Beginner Art Class - greeting cards

I had the wonderful opportunity to teach beginner water colour classes in Gallery One-Fifty in Sicamous B.C. The easy to teach adult students learned about different supplies, words and methods using water colour while working on greeting cards. The picture beside is of some of the students work (I felt like a proud Mama on the beautiful work done in both classes).

I also taught an alcohol ink painting beginners class and loved watching their reaction to this very mobile medium. I will definitely teach both these classes again as we all had fun and enjoyed our time with each other. The second photo is of some of their completed works.

If you are in the Sicamous area and are interested in a variety of beginners workshops by a variety of local talented artists, put your name down or check out the next classes in Gallery One-Fifty (314 Finlayson Street, Sicamous B.C.) or email

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pick Up Game

"Pick Up Game"
20" x 16" Oil on canvas

I wanted to make a painting for our friend and neighbour Bruce. I asked his wife Chris to send me some photos of their trips that would be meaningful to Bruce.

Chris sent me a few pictures that were sent to her of their lunch spot on one of their biking holidays. There were some kids playing soccer so Bruce in his biking gear just joined in. It sounded fun for the kids as well as the biking group's lunch entertainment! Happy 60th Bruce!!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Are You Coming?

"Are You Coming?"
16" x 20" Oil on canvas

The photo reference for this painting is by Doug Swinton. He has a bin of photos in our class that we can choose to paint from or he will pull one out when we don't know what to paint. I loved the 3 cows in the front and the mountains were just behind them with a large sky. I wanted more prairie and the mountains further behind but did not know what to do with all the boring winter prairie I had painted. Doug dragged his brush to make an "S" curve through the wet paint and then put a few dark blobs for cows. It was a lesson for the class. I then got rid of the path and made the blobs look like cows. I am happy with my big prairie scene. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Roadside Viewpoint

"Roadside Viewpoint"
30" x 40" Oil on canvas with 1 1/2" painted sides (framing not required)

This large painting is from a photograph taken on a  holiday with Lucy and Peter as they showed us around the beautiful English countryside. Lucy pointed out where she had camped below as we soaked in the view from the roadside viewpoint. I am enjoying this large painting on our fireplace right now.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Leave Footprints -#5 in Fifty's Fashion Series

"Leave Footprints"
#5 in Fifty's Fashion Series
11" x 14" Acrylic on cradled board with 1 1/2" black painted sides    #20009318

“You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” - Leymah Gbowee

The new beach attire of the 1950 - 1960's was actually designed for movement in and out of the water, a new concept. Being active around water is important for me and I am so glad to be born in the era where this was acceptable and comfortable. This painting is in the juried Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter Show on tonight (6 pm - 9 pm) and 10 am - 4pm tomorrow at the Strathcona Community Centre, 277 Strathnore Drive SW. This is 1 of 4 paintings in this show.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Be Yourself - #4 in Fifty's Fashion Series

"Be Yourself. The world worships the original" - quote by Ingrid Bergman. I loved this statement and I think it is easily forgotten in the daily pressures of everyday life. This painting is a depiction of women working together in the 1950 - 1960's, with the majority of men in "office attire".

"Be Yourself"
#4 in Fifty's Fashion Series
14" x 11" Acrylic on cradled board with 1 1/2" painted sides