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ARRIVAL : Italy MILAN day 1

Arrived Linate/MILAN airport after connection in Frankfurt…(baggage too! Yay!!!) just in time to hop the shuttle straight to the Milan Central train station. Our Airbnb check in was GREAT…key pick up at an office just opposite the Central Train station. Can’t say enough good things about this stay place. Filiberto’s MELZO apartment  Great apartment. View […]

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Departure YVR

Had a great stay at the Fairmont YVR … ensuring a welcone greeting and amazing service stress free arrival after: ride, late ferry overload, taxi, banking, BCAA office Int/licence, lunch, bus, skytrain. Always amazed me how quiet their rooms are watching the planes take off overhead. after my tai chi…with coffee. I will be adding […]

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painting in progress – my process.

Part of my online initiative is to provide more content to my followers and audience about my process and provide background to the finished artworks. Inspiration. Preparation. Production. Challenges.  These short videos are created by layering still shots of the painting.  The sequence of progress shots are photographed in the same light and distance within […]

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Step up to the table.

Sit at the Table.  I read (or listened to) a book recently by Sheryl Sandberg  LEAN IN.  She is CFO of Facebook. Yes. Facebook. It was mostly about barriers – real and emotional – to success and being taken seriously for women in the workplace. But SO much of what she had to say made […]

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new paintings ON DISPLAY

Some of my new paintings are up on display in the Gibsons Wellness Clinic for the next few weeks – as I am not planning any upcoming shows in my home gallery and these large pieces needed some large walls ;-)  Some small plein air paintings of Gibsons are also hanging. The office of my […]

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SEDONA retreat – great stay place

Back in 2012 Brian & I embarked on about 6 weeks roadtrip through California and the Southwest. My recent stay in Newport Beach reminded me of some wonderful creative locations in the south western US that I would like to share. Especially with the upcoming Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe New Mexico this coming […]

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your REAL job ? Artist.

Recently had a painting trip to CA. Met SO many talented artists during my stay – illustrators, designers and instructors making a creative living. Also lots of folks doing their art for the joy of it. Not the income. Some of us wear many hats to make it work. As a professional artist/illustrator this story […]

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Day TEN

Morning ride to some previous choice painting locations. One of my favorite bungalows along the Newport beach side. I don’t think it is absoultely true to its original build…but pretty nice and great in the early light.I was working in acrylic painted line on a pre-tinted 8×10 board. my sweet e-bike. Complete with double pannier […]

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Day NINE

Working in my moleskine on the back of my bike rack. Not many seats or stopping places and a VERY busy running and cycling path/roadway.  I was happy to sit aside the trail and enjoy the changing reflections shimmering across the tidal inlet at Newport Reach and Back Bay – along with the many ducks, […]

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Mission S.J.C. 3pm light.

“3 pm light. MISSION San Juan Capistrano CA. 8×10 watercolor on 300lb CP. The late half of my day was spent in the shade of the mission arches. A lovely quiet and cool spot. Late light was the best. I didn’t bother venturing inside for the full “tour” of the site…but grabbed a spot to […]

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