July 7th, 2015 | Comments Off on A Hot Summer on Bowen Island

I took last week off from work and my residency and spent a few days on Bowen Island with Boris and his family. It has been unrelentingly hot the last few weeks, and it was good to spent time walking in the forest, splashing in the ocean, napping in a cool place, and reading.

Summer on Bowen Island
The view into Howe Sounds as the ferry departs from Horseshoe Bay.

Summer on Bowen Island
A magnificent Banded Alder Borer beetle that caught a ride on Anne’s car.

Summer on Bowen Island
Boris on the Secret Log which is surrounded by lush green water plants this time of year.

Summer on Bowen Island

Summer on Bowen Island

Summer on Bowen Island
A hazy morning view across to the North Shore mountains from the Lagoon.

December 8th, 2014 | Comments Off on Scenes From An Art Road Trip to Seattle

My friend Kim was driving down to Seattle for the day on Saturday and I decided to tag along with Boris and do a bit of gallery hopping. While she was signing books at Urban Craft Uprising, we wandered around Pioneer Square visiting my favourite galleries.

Below are detail photos of sculptural work by June Sekiguchi at Art Exchange. The rest of the work in the show was pretty fabulous, but I was riveted by Sekiguchi’s work because the layers of intricate shapes are something I badly want to explore with my own work.

June Sekiguchi
June Sekiguchi

June Sekiguchi
June Sekiguchi

June Sekiguchi
June Sekiguchi

Roq la Rue was our next stop to see the fantastical work of Stacey Rozich. She works in watercolours, and my favourite pieces were the small series of layered scenes in shadowbox frames, one of which is pictured here.

Stacey Rozich
Stacey Rozich

I had just encountered the work of Rachel Denny through an Instagram post by the Jealous Curator earlier in the week and had no idea she was showing in Seattle until we were walking past Foster White gallery. The head of the red bull hanging in the front window drew us inside, and I was giddy with delight to see more of her work.

Rachel Denny
Rachel Denny

Rachel Denny
Rachel Denny

Rachel Denny
Rachel Denny

The final show of our brief art tour was a visit to Flatcolor Gallery to see work by Timothy Karpinski. Again, I’d had no idea he had a show in Seattle at the time until I happened upon an invite for his exhibition when we stopped at Zeitgeist for a short break. I’d like to buy all of his work, but the abstract composition of colourful leaves most of all.

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

We also visited Greg Kucera gallery, Method Gallery, Pottery Northwest, and had a wander through Urban Craft Uprising. It was all together a very inspiring and memorable day. I love a good art-themed road trip!

September 2nd, 2014 | Comments Off on Long Weekend on Bowen in Blue

A few scenes on and around Bowen Island from the previous few days. Rain had been forecast for the long weekend, but we mostly had poofy clouds and blue skies.

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The rain was saving itself for today, and I’ve been enjoying the return to sweaters, long pants, and boots. I love the fall season.