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Highbury Street

Highbury Street  24"x18"

Highbury Street 24″x18″

Autumn is my favourite painting season. My attempts at capturing the golden light, long shadows and intense colours are not always successful, but I have a lot of fun trying.

The season always feels too short for me to take it all in and explore as much as I’d like. For me, the magic of painting is that it allows me to fully immerse myself in a place, to explore the colours, textures and mood for as long as I want. Hopefully, in the end, I have a piece of art that captures the character of that place or moment. (Sometimes it actually works).


Crowd at the Beach

Crowd at the Beach  12" x 16"

Crowd at the Beach
12″ x 16″

One evening we found these guys on our favourite beach. It didn’t take long before they lost patience with me and my camera and walked away in a huff. Their attitude was quite different when we saw them in the park a week later. We had some food and suddenly they became a little TOO friendly.

Somewhere in Alberta  18" x 24"

Somewhere in Alberta
18″ x 24″

I am not brave enough to post my work in progress. If the final painting is not a success, I like to have the option of forgetting it ever existed. Now that the painting is finished, I feel okay sharing some of my steps.



Before and After

Intersection 8"x8"

Intersection 8″ x 8″


Intersection 8" x 8" Adjusted

Intersection 8″ x 8″

Can you spot the difference between these 2 paintings? Sometimes I think I’m finished, but after looking at the painting for a few days I see things that must be fixed. The lowest sign on the post HAD to be removed. Now if only I could figure out how to fix the grass…


Nothing new.

So I haven’t been doing much painting lately. Time is short as we are packing up for a potential move. As I was pulling things out from the back of my closet, I found boxes of old watercolours. Since there’s nothing new to post, here are a few oldies. This feels a bit like cheating, but it’s all I’ve got.





Boardwalk, Granville Island  18" x 24"

Boardwalk, Granville Island 18″ x 24″

Drawing things in perspective is not one of my strengths. Half way through this painting, I realized that I had it very wrong. I made some corrections (not easy when the painting is too far along), but I’m still not sure I’ve got it right.

This path runs around Granville Island, on the North side of False Creek. A beautiful walk when it’s sunny.