Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Making Tuesday: Color Exploration

Hello Tuesday, another attempt at watercolors, it started out with much of the paper showing through but as it progressed more colors were added. I quite like the blue with the raw sienna but think the paintbrush went overboard, and the result was an unintended busy. More self control next time... painting size is 9" x 11.5".

Monday, August 26, 2013

Pink Summer

Some rain and grey today, a change from the hot and sun that seemed to linger all season long. Yesterday a last minute get together with the M's, salmon BBQ was the star, dotted with fennel, thyme, cranberries and some lemon, it was the best we ever had. We toasted to summer and talked of Fall in the air.

I noticed on my walks the flowers have lost their brilliance, just a few more days to September I can't believe it. Celebrating summer's end with some faded pink blooms, a change for the subtle their colors delightful. I hope you have a great week and lovely rest of the summer!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Capilano Powwow 2013

The Capilano Powwow in July
was new to us, until
Cheyenne told us about it I
had no idea such an event
was open to the public.

Crowds gathered around the
grass field at 7 PM. We bought
food from the stands, my
salmon dinner was delicious,
so was Dave's burger.
Soon the music started and
the announcer began to
introduce one event after
another, some to compete
others were invitations
to dance together.

I can still hear the drumbeats
and the singing in my head,
but the regalia are to die for.
So colorful and beautiful I
do not know the design nor
history behind them but
appreciate the work and
thought involved, most of all
I love the feathers.

As the powwow went on
I began to notice the craft
stalls that surrounded the fields,
reluctantly I pulled myself
away to investigate. Lots
of beaded jewellery, leather
works, crafts of all kinds were
displayed and reasonably priced.
I brought home a pair
of turquoise earrings which I
wear frequently these days,
a small memento from
that wonderful evening.

Many thanks to Cheyenne
for sharing this event.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Making Tuesday: Watercolor Leaves

Hello Tuesday! A photo on this post was the source of inspiration for this watercolor painting created in May. The other influence came from Sande Waters, during a visit to her studio she encouraged me to try watercolors on Yupo. "It won't soak into the paper," she said but if the result was not pleasing simply wipe it off with a paper towel and start again. So try I did one weekend afternoon, the first time was not great, I was unhappy with the colors but the second time went quite smoothly. My favorite part is captured in the second picture below, what was a lens flare from the camera became a complementary focal in the corner. Painting size is 7.5" x 12".

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday 4x4 Part 5 of 5: An Entrance and A Rocky Pair

Good Morning Sunday!! Continuing our four by four journey with Al... At one of the spots that Sunday, points of interests near the Britannia Mine Museum were discussed, including the entrance pictured below. It used to lead to the mine underneath, fallen timber prevented us from going further. The cool draft that swept past us carried an interesting scent, damp, heavy and metallic, I've never experienced it before, thoughts of mining working conditions were voiced including health issues of the workers, I sure am glad I'm not a miner.

We went over all the highlights that day, it appeared this would be the final destination. While everyone was chatting away, the camera noticed the rocks on the ground, subtle earth tones intermingled with greyish blue ones. There was comments from other drivers the stones got quite a bit of attention, I just like the way they were jumbled with the fallen pinecones and needles.

Everything we saw that day was more interesting than expected, we were glad we came along. Thank you Al for inviting us!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

4x4 with Al Part 4: Some Hilltop Findings

We started out that Sunday with Al, venturing near the Britannia Mine Museum with fellow Jeep wheelers. Stops earlier that morning at a stream and a part of what seems to be an operational mine, some delightful discoveries of cool waters and rusty decay, we were enjoying the trip so far.

The lead driver continued down a sandy road, its tone complemented the clear blue skies. More dilapidated piles followed, this time corrugated steel and tarnished debris of metal and wood. Another short drive later gave way to some mountain views amidst the rocky rugged landscape, this time the stop was much longer and everyone decided to break for lunch. The sun was hot at high noon, shade was found under the vehicle's canopy as we ate peanut butter sandwiches and shared tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and cookies... What will we see next?

Friday, August 16, 2013

4x4 Tour Part 3: An Old Discovery

A continuation of our four by fouring tour with Al near the Britannia Mine Museum... A group of us decided to explore a part of what used to be an operational mine. I wish I remembered what this place was called or how we got there, one of the drivers was kind enough to explain the location and how the machines worked but I was barely listening. Enchanted by the surrounding decay, the camera snapped away. I just love the old buildings, the color of rust against that classic green, those weathered gray walls, how everything was left scattered about over the years... what else will we discover?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

4x4 Adventure Part 2: By the Stream

The count that Sunday was a total of 17 Jeeps, after a brief discussion it was decided it would be best if we were divided into 2 groups. Some trails were quite narrow with sharp corners, smaller groups were much easier to make it around the bend. An experienced driver led the way, it was not long before we stopped by the stream. Cool water welcomed us, I did not mind the lens flare in the picture, wild foxglove thrived near the brook.

Another drive later, this time longer than the first, I had no idea where we were, some motorbikes stopped next to us for a break. I could not help but notice the marks on the window, made by branches that scraped off the dust as we inched by. More stops ahead, it was time to go, we drove slowly behind the team leader...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sunday 4x4 with Al Part 1

A couple of weekends ago, our friend Al invited us along for a mini adventure. He had purchased a Jeep and wanted to go out four by fouring. Below our morning meet with fellow jeep owners near the Britannia Mine Museum, all waited until everyone arrived. The surrounding trees cool and calm that warm Sunday morning, I noticed the dust that had settled on the leaves and Al's spare tire, little did I know there was lots more dust to come...