Monday, September 23, 2013


Seeds from trees,
these days there
sure are plenty.
I do not know which
kind these are but
I like their pale colors.
Some of them are
comprised of two sections,
but the ones with
three or four sections are
particularly interesting.

Friday, September 20, 2013

One Sunset

The warm weather that
one evening drew us out,
we were not alone
a few people were
out cooling off. It
wasn't until we neared
the end of the road
did the skies lit up.
Fiery shades tinted
the clouds, even the
little fluffy ones
could not escape the
tangerine grasp.
As if there wasn't
enough saturation
the skies glowed all it
could one last time before
fading into the darkness.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


The group of nuts were
the treasure of the day,
many occupied the grass
by the sidewalk. I
chose only the ones
that had no cracks, all
of them without their cups.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lighthouse Cabin

The cabin at Lighthouse Park
is one of the few huts that
caught my attention. Its
photo more exposed
than the rest captured
that day, the result a
vintage appearance,
I like the colors
especially the blue doors.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Hydrangeas

Saying hello this gray and misty Sunday with some hydrangeas captured during my walk from the last couple of weeks. What once was crisp and vibrant are now mottled gradations of shades welcoming the Fall season. I don't mind their subtle colors nor their wilting appearance, the imperfections seem to go so well together. The second picture is my favorite, how about you?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Making Thursday: Garden Willow

A continuation of my Sunday's plein air challenge with J! It was exciting to finally be painting outdoors but after a couple of hours our tummies began to call out for food. A suggestion for some buns at New Town Bakery was well received by all so off our feet went to nearby Chinatown. We wolfed down the soft and delicious bread at Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden and decided we would paint there as well.

The time was 4:15 PM. "How fast can you paint?" I asked J and a mad frenzy of brushes dipping into paints and color mixing followed. It was rather nerve wrecking painting so hysterically like there was no tomorrow, we definitely would like to finish in time before the gate closes at 5:30 PM. The garden willow below was completed just after 5. Whoa! I don't know if I can paint like that again, I'm not sure if I like that hurried pace at all!! Nevertheless, on closer look, the setting sun caught shining through the leaves was captured in its golden hour, and despite the lack of details the result was pleasant somehow. Painting size is 5" x 7".

Monday, September 9, 2013

Making Monday: Distant Forest

Greetings Monday! Yesterday the weather forecasted clear skies and warm temperatures, so off I went with J to my first plein air challenge, destination Crab Park. A few points of interests caught our eyes, but the perfect spot was under a tree. Rocks served as tables for palettes and paints, it was not long before the brushes began to color away, J's medium was acrylics, mine was watercolors.

Below my rendition of a distant forest, Google maps revealed the scene to be Stanley Park. Even from that great distance I noticed the leaves were changing in colors, is it September already? It was quite challenging painting outdoors, thankfully the lighting stayed quite constant for this particular subject but there were lots of distractions, people talking and walking by, the noise from the working harbor nearby. Despite it all I quite enjoyed the experience. Painting size is 5" x 7".

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Making Sunday: A Trio of Seeds

Hello lovely and sunny Sunday! The squirrels have been very active these days, messing about in the branches overhead, dropping seeds and nuts of all sorts on the sidewalk as I walk by. This one pictured below is particularly popular on their menu, I like its shape and lively green color, the outer leaves have an interesting vein pattern, it immediately found its way to my purse.

But it was not the only treasure I brought home. The bounty of the season became quite a pile on my table I had to do something about it, 3 of them made it to a drawing. Created with Prismacolor color pencils the vigorous strokes recorded a vibrant and cheerful circle. The last photo captured some kind of wonderful energy it simply must be shared. Circle diameter is 9".