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The art of summertime

What could look and feel more like the colors of summertime than the silksmooth underbark of a beautiful west coast arbutus? You can almost hear the salty seaspray close to rocky shorelines where these beauties thrive.

Seeing double images in art of west coast shore arbutus trees…

‘Arbutus doubles’ plays with two of my painted arbutus images inspired along the west coast near Vancouver, with colors reflecting Pacific waters and edges, highlighted by sunset hues of bark.

On themes of seaside and seawalls, on the way to an amazing ‘Papergirl’ art exhibition that celebrates the art of giving art, strollers pass bikers and frisbee players by English Bay at sunset.

English Bay seawall sunsets are magical in any weather, caught between tides and skies by the sands and sculptures.

At the historic Roundhouse in Yaletown, artists musicians and families mingle with sculpture and 2D images. Celebrating the art of giving art has never been more fun. After the weeklong show biker volunteers ‘gift members of the public arounf False Creek.

Historic roundhouse was the terminus of trans Canada train travel, complete with turntable for rotating steam engines. Now the buildings and plazas act as community art and cultural hub, papergirl displays below huge vaulted timbers.


Cool bike elements sculpture at Roundhouse summer art show for Papergirl events. Dozens of artists contributed hundreds of artworks.

My musicalart for the exhibit


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July sun + BC coast = ahhh summer

Sunset bike ride on Vancouver’s seawall, with a pause to glimpse the views through spoke silhouettes, dusk and walkers caught in the lens for just a moment. A bit farther along, a couple of our family’s ‘best friends’ waiting for the game to end and their ride to continue.

‘Best friends’ take a beachside break while dad plays frisbee and the strollers stroll by. They are too cute for words. This creative coast art blog has expanded a bit to include all sorts of cool stuff that we see around the shore on the waters near the ocean and sometimes inland. Check for lots more videos featuring these two and more.


THE ROUNDHOUSE is really a train house where westward bound steam train engines were rotated before heading east. It was the only choice as the ocean waters in False Creek lap upon shores just outside in Vancouver’s Yaletown. Now it serves as community arts and civic-recreation centre, hosts diverse events and exhibits…. below is photo of oldtimer steam engine housed in showroom.

374 taking life easy in the Roundhouse!