Since returning from England in January, I’ve been busy completing my book “A Book about a Book and a Film” and fourteen Procreate pieces along with many sketches. Sadly haven’t yet found the time to get back to physical painting, something I want to remedy before leaving yet again for England to spend another six weeks with my dear aging mother who loves to sing to me over the phone “I just called to say I love you” from Stevie Wonder’s 1984 single.
A multi media piece. Images photographed in Portland, Oregon and an acrylic painting from 2015.
A piece celebrating Taiwan Day in Vancouver during July 2016
A beetle settled on my deck in Late August 2016.
A piece created after another hot summers day in Steveston, BC, Canada.
Marina in Poppies: Ecstasy was performed August 20, 2016 with amazing guests: Cathy Fern Lewis (voice), Rodney Sharman (recorder), and Alanna Ho (water sounds) performing music by Rodney Sharman, Linda Caitlin Smith, John Cage, Alanna Ho and Hildegard von Bingen.
Marina and John: A live concert featuring Marina Hasselberg, cello, and John Oliver, electronics, that took place at the Gold Saucer, Vancouver, Canada, August 6, 2016.
They are coming: Visiting the Victoria museum, two particular displays caught my eye—an Albacore Tuna and a Ocean Sunfish—both typically found in warmer, southern seas. Recent records of BC waters show higher temperatures and hence an increase in the number of these migrating fish north, creating pressure on an already stressed ecosystem.
Flights of fancy: Comprise of kites flying over Steveston and the surreal interior of the bath houses at Harrison Hot Springs.
Garden of pleasure: A trip to the UBC botanical gardens with my visiting sister in law and her husband, where the flowers were in full bloom and the wonderful out door atrium theatre shot presented an opportunity to combine the Roman statue —photographed in the New York Museum during our 2014 trip—along with sixteen layers of painting, smudging and deleting to create this piece.
Ravens in the Rockies: During late August and early September we had the opportunity to take visiting friends from Australia on a tour of BC. On arriving at the Athabasca Glacier a Raven provided some light entertainment, showing no fear I was able to snap a few shots that became the basis for this eleven layered work.
The locks were photographed at Heritage Park in Mission and used as the basis of this piece.
On a hot summer day, a lone beetle settled on our house exterior wall, allowing me to capture its image and use it to create this work.
A reflection on the not so perfect state of China. Photo’s taken on our 2015 trip to China and created as a piece of art in Early 2016.
Since my father died in 2012, I have spent six weeks in the early Spring and Summer and six weeks at Christmas with my aging Mother. Nostalgia for Vancouver, my home of 40 years is a reflection in this piece.
John is a friend I accredit a lot to my desire to be creative. We go back to a time, growing up in a small North West, Lancashire town, when what we do now was frowned upon. “You have to have a trade lad”. We have both enjoyed our respective trades for 40 years. Thanks John!
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