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sketches and thoughts

Painting days Well the weather is telling me to stay in today and get some work done. thankfully I have had several really great sunny and misty days to take lots ( that would be hundreds) of photos. So plenty of inspiration and references to start some new work. These are a few of the […]

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Toes in the sand

Well OK…boots in the sand. It doesn’t feel much like summer yet on the coast. About 10-15 degrees, and in keeping with the tradition of weather here on Haida Gwaii – wait half an hour and it will change. no wonder it reminds me of Ireland. The same situation of an isolated island at the […]

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North Beach.

My first introduction to North Beach was at Sangan river. A small road with undeveloped building lots, reached almost to the dunes.Lovely winding reaches of sandy banks wraps back and forth until it flattens out into the sea. a brief stretch of grasses and soft sandy dunes rises up from the tide line. the darkness […]

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Crossing the flats

From Tlell the highway cuts a straight slash across the island to port Clement. The interior landscape here quite a different forest and boggy low lands. It is SO green. the photos just don’t do it justice. Beautiful grassy ponds, streams and bog edges in contrast to craggy & stunted pine tree forms in the […]

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heading up the coast

From Queen Charlotte and Skidegate up the eastern coast to Tlell the road winds along the shoreline. This is the eastern side of Graham Island and faces the shallow and somewhat unpredictable Hecate Straight. Leaving the heavily forested islands and mountains behind – long stretches of rocky tidal shoreline interrupted by outcroppings of ragged black […]

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Paint out with the locals – Naikoon

thanks to Penny Richardson for the use of her little “stackwood” cabin for the central hub of the days painting. what a great little place. We walked through the thin mossy trees to the open beach and dunes beyond…everyone spreading out in different directions to photograph, paint and sketch. the sun came blasting through after […]

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morning misty islands

the tidal foreshore just off Queen Charlotte village. Morning fog wrapped around all the islands and moved through till it burned off to a sunny morning. I was driving up to Tlell about 6:30 and had some great views near the kaay center and the carving sheds on the shore in Skidegate.driftwood on the east […]

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Box is signed…

Usually that means that it is finished…but I will have to do some finishing cloud-sky color on the top after we remove the tarp cover. Weather forcast good for Wednesday – so that may be the big day for final paint and clear coat also. This is Donald, my studio assistant – he helps out […]

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Roadtrip – west coast Haida Gwaii

GREGORY BEACHYou could hear the surf from the edge of the forest, shoulder high with lush salal bushes, and the trees change character as you near the windswept outer coast. Gregory beach is a long curve between two wooded headlands. not heavy surf crashing, but a steady swell that lifted way up the sloping, stony […]

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Roadtrip – Yakoun Lake

Did a tour into Yakoun Lake and Rennel Sound on Tuesday with Christie from Beyond the Beaten Path tours. The main road a bit rough with potholes but otherwise fine – some logging truck activity to watch out for. Side road into Yakoun Lake was overgrown with alders and side growth, but it looks like […]

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