Hello from Sunday night

November 29, 2015

Hello from Sunday night everyone.
Lately I’ve got out of the habit of writing my hello from Sunday night posts, and I began to miss them. For me, it’s really nice to take a little time on Sunday evening to reflect on my weekend and share with you.

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I really do love writing this blog and posting some beautiful photos. It’s mostly something I look forward to very much. At the beginning of November, when I signed up for the NaBloPoMo Nanopoblano 😀 I wondered if I might find the daily blog posts a bit of a chore, but I didn’t. Mostly I found them easy and natural, like a 30 minute wrap-up of my day, like an on-line journal.

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I wonder if I want to keep up the daily posts. What do you think guys? Is it a bit much?

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Anyway, as you can see from these photos, it’s been another stellar day here. Clover and I went for a walk down at the docks, which are just nine blocks from my house.


We didn’t go very far today or spend too long, because my son Jonathan and his beautiful girl Chantal came for a late lunch. Chloe and Bryson are planning their trip to Japan in a couple months and, since Jonathan’s lived there for some time, they wanted to talk to him about everything they could to prepare.

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When Clove first planned a lunch with Jon, she was going to meet him somewhere, maybe downtown, and have her brother to herself, but I said to invite them home. Clove was a bit worried that Chantal and I might feel a little left out of the conversation, but not us! My daughter in law and I went upstairs into the studio and had a lovely catch up. She carved a little stamp for her Christmas gift tags while I worked on my lino cut. Ha, we know how to amuse ourselves, thank you very much. 😀

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Later in the evening I inked up the linocut and pulled a print to see what I got.

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I must admit that it’s not my favourite print. Actually, I don’t really like it. I do like the trees and how I realised them, but I’m not keen on the field or the rabbits. They feel very amateurish. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

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That’s the thing about learning and exploring. You win some and you lose some. And, as my late friend, artist Robert Genn used to say, “Success has to do with deliberate practice,” and “come talk to me after you’ve put in ten thousand hours.” OK, so maybe I’ve got another…oh…nine thousand hours to go. 😀


Beach walk in the glorious sun

Oh my gosh guys, it’s just so beautiful in Vancouver right now. It’s a little cold, lows of about -5, (I know you’re all saying, “you call that cold?” but this is Vancouver!), and it’s been so wonderfully sunny that I try to get…

November 28, 2015
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Drawing Challenge: Abundance

I’ve been thinking about our drawing challenge: abundance for the whole week. I asked Robbie what he thought of abundance and he suggested I ask a few friends and get the first thing which comes to their mind and then make something out of…

November 27, 2015
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Micro T

There’s a new little boy in our lives. Yes guys, we got a new kitten. He’s with Robert in West Cottage and I haven’t met him yet, but Robbie sends me photos and videos of him on practically a daily basis. I already love…

November 26, 2015
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A reward for cleaning up the studio

Oh my gosh the studio does get out of hand. The reason is that, when I start creating something, I reach for what I need, put it aside and reach for the next thing and so on, until there are brushes and inks and…

November 25, 2015
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It’s been a long day so I might be rambling on

Last night some dental floss snagged on the edge of my molar. Oh brother. Today’s emergency dentist appointment confirmed my suspicions: the root canal compromised the porcelain overlay and the porcelain cracked. Oh well, that’s a whole day gone and the near future me…

November 24, 2015
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A winter walk along my part of the Spirit Trail

In this bright, winter’s day, I went for a walk on a local trail called The Spirit Trail. The trail is a rather long one, but this part runs along the waterfront escarpment separating the residential city from the industrial docks. This part of…

November 22, 2015
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The good, the bad, and the ugly…but mostly the good

Ever have one of those Clint Eastwood days? Now this evening, you know, I have to have a little chuckle just thinking back on the day, it’s been a lovely day and all’s well. The bad is: I stripped the mantle in the living…

November 21, 2015
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Drawing challenge: Calm

I’ve found that in difficult times, whether personal or global, I tend to always retreat into art. And you. fellow artists, creative people, wildly imaginative, pink-hearted friends, I bet you retreat in your own way. Do your own thing to stay calm. It’s so…

November 20, 2015