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On the road – and off the hook.

It has been a devastating and exhausting year. The studio, the gallery and garden a mess… a loss of focus and energy. Grief is a complex and mysterious thing.  It brings us together and tears us apart. I am still standing. But obviously my online presence has taken a back seat… or better described as […]

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Day 3 Milan to LODI

One of the benefits of an “office” front for our AirBnB is that they will securely store your luggage coming/going. Such a bonus next to the train station – where we launched the next leg of our journey after a morning of touring the Brera gallery (So many Madonnas…)  Botanical Garden/observatory and creative Montenapoleone district.  […]

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Day 2 MILAN and the Metro

A great sleep was had after we closed the soundproof window on the street bars and cafes. 2:30 am mid week these guys are still partying. A lively city ALL night. Fortunately the large supermarket Essalunga was open early (according to our jet lag) and on the way we discovered the very best bakery cafe. […]

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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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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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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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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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love old architecture. Today was a study in rustic town frontage and cottages in Los Rios neighborhood and the the afternoon in the shade inside the walls at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Yes same place of Swallows fame. So many palm trees and beaches. This will be a different creative zone. And there will […]

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Laguna Beach. Kind of fantasy of spectacular views with shops and cafes only a block away. Heisler Park is astounding. Dawn till sunset. A day well spent. Some sketches and small panel rough ins…but a zillion pics to ponder Acrylic on panel 8 x 8 in   in Burnt Sienna fluid acrylic. Working in my moleskine […]

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