Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beach Paradise

Missing two legs...
An excellent kick-off to the camping season, we spent four days on the beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Near the longest day of the year, we basked in long hours of daylight and almost perfect weather. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mountain Inspired

Birthday Painting for Me by Janice

Birthday Painting for Janice
My friend, Janice, and I have started a birthday card tradition. Every year we exchange cards of one of our original paintings. This year the theme seems to have been our shared mountain adventures at the Hytte.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Simple Sliver Drawings

I was waiting for my car to be serviced in New Westminster. There is an excellent coffee shop just down the road from the garage. It has high stools at a counter right up at the front window so I can sit and draw the street theatre as it unfolds. There was a narrow sliver view of a tree all backlit in vibrant green. And right in front of me was a construction site. A woman was putting bollards together out of the back of a truck then dragging them around in moving traffic. All of this was the front drop to the parade of people and ongoing interactions in the coffee shop itself; the slightly unhinged guy wheeling his earthly possessions, asking for cinnamon and all the while making everyone smile at his antics;  the  business man and his business coach/therapist speaking in business bubbles about building a courier business. It was all topped off by the non-stop cheery banter of the baristas, all polished and professional but somehow sincere too. Just another day in normal-ville.

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Day On Bikes

#1 Fail so #2 Try Again
We spent the first day of June, riding along the bike paths of waterfront Vancouver: Granville Island to the base of UBC, then back around to Yaletown. We were reminded of just how far you can get on a bike. It was glorious. We stopped at various points along the way to eat, sketch, study and take in Vancouverites enjoying their city. 

Chris practices Chinese.

Bike at a weird angle.

Symbols of the Kids Fest.