Memory is a funny thing. We use it to try to hold onto times and places, but how we remember is so individual. For me, I find that things that may seem insignificant, like the views out of a car window, or waiting for a water taxi to leave a dock, are actually some of the images that I treasure the most. I value ordinary, quiet moments and things that are on the periphery of the big events and scenes of my life.
One Spring Break, we headed up to our Happy Place, and on a gorgeous sunny afternoon, we stopped off for a visit with some of our neighbours and friends. This image is of a couple of friends talking over wine, while we enjoyed the sun on the water.
Landing at Mission Station
This piece is the first of a series that I am just starting, of images taken out of the windows of the West Coast Express. I took the train into town one snowy morning, so I could avoid driving in bad weather, and the views on the trip home were absolutely captivating. This image was in the evening, as people were leaving the station to go home.
Shopping for Fish
The characters at the Steveston Fish Market were delightful. I did this piece for a juried show with the FCA, called “Sketch”. It did get accepted, btw!
Waiting for the Water Taxi
There is a water taxi to get to our island. On one spring trip, we were sitting, waiting for a late passenger, and the fogging on the windows attracted my attention… For this piece, I painted the faces, traditionally, then masked them off. I then did six successive layers of liquid watercolour, masking each value, from light to dark. This image is a half sheet of watercolour paper.
I often end up in the back seat on family road trips, because i am the only one who doesn’t suffer from motion sickness, and I prefer my kid when he isn’t miserable! We were driving up the Sunshine Coast highway, and I wanted to preserve the moment! This was done , partially, at two Artist Demos for Opus Framing and Art Supplies. It’s a poured watercolour, with two layers done with liquid paint, and a third layer done traditionally, to add in the final details.
Fishing on the Dock
This was one of my first paintings that was accepted into a Federation of Canadian Artists juried exhibits. It showed in the AIRS show, in my first year as a member of the FCA. The image is of my husband, and three year old son. My son decided that he wanted to learn to fish, so we bought him a small, plastic Spiderman fishing rod. It didn’t even have any line on it, but he was happy, anyway! (We now all fish for real, btw!)
Granville Island Market
Every time I walk in the red doors into the market, I am attracted to the colours and shapes of all the produce stacked there. This guy was putting some fruit out on display. This is another poured painting, with three layers.
I just laughed at the bookends looking at the view! This was an earlier poured watercolour, but, sorry, it’s sold…
Sunning on Granville Island
I loved the designs of the repeated shapes, and the two sunbathers mirrors of each other.
Memory on a Map
Just for fun, I chose to paint this memory of a perfect evening, on an antique nautical chart. The image is done in watercolour and a bit of ink. It was donated and sold at an auction for The Autism Support Network.
On Savary, old bikes with baskets are a frequent sight. It’s a timeless place! This is another poured watercolour. I like the strong light and colour.