VCBF – chasing the Cherries

Well I started off sketching on location in mid February… and it has been a real challenge this year. Snow every couple of weeks and still very chilly temps have kept the blossom under wraps. On the street here at Dumfries & 21st.

Part of my inspiration for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival paintings and search for locations is to document some of the unique architecture and heritage buildings, residential and urban. Not only to celebrate the local spring Cherry Blossom but also as part of our 150 Canada historic celebration. 

I am fortunate that my style of preliminary sketch-up in paint allows me to prepare the underpainted panel or canvas quickly on site, and fulfill the color work at a later time.

I am hoping to get to revisit all the locations and see bloom on the trees – however with this chill and rain that may not be feasible. I may be filling in pink cherry blossom at the last minute – or even getting VERY creative and imagining the trees in full bloom in time for the exhibition date April 6.

I managed to spend a damp afternoon undercover at the edge of Coal Harbour – and in good company. Talented artist/printmaker Carol McQuaid was doing her first plein air linocut – sketching a transfer to flip/reverse and then filling the black line work on the plate. She got her lino tools out and was happily cutting away as I painted. Carol is documenting some of her “printing on location” activities on video. A welcome warm lunch at White Spot and visit to Carol’s studio topped off my downtown day.

The Vancouver Rowing Club (circa 1911) holds fond memories for me. A couple of years spent rowing as a member and then at UBC saw me on the water at very early hours. And even “in” the water with a couple of flipped boat adventures.
November IN Coal Harbour is not pleasant ;-)
but that was a LONG time ago. I am happy such a lovely building has been preserved and glad to be viewing the water from a distance.






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One Response to “VCBF – chasing the Cherries”

  1. Sonia Mocnik March 19, 2017 8:31 am #

    Hi Jan, love your adventures with the Cherry Blossoms this year! Can’t wait to see the paintings up and to catch up with you on April 20th at VanDusen !

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