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Dramatic Waterfront


December ushered in a fresh dose of stormy weather, following November’s sharp, clear snapping cold (unusual for balmy Vancouver).



Weather shifts make dramatic skies, intense sea-lighting effects below the ever dramatic coast and mountain/skyscraper backdrop.IMGP9674



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Stanley Park’s seawall in winter blues and greens

On Stanley Park’s Seawall there’s more than meets the eye, from Eagle’s flights announced loudly from high in the Doug Firs, to tiny shells hidden under middens of wave action pounding at low tide. From art inspired by beaches, to bike and walking lanes sporting new red paint separations. Where have you found treasures along this coast shoreline? For more fun info about the Kitsilano Beach side of the seawall visit the seawallchronicles video at


If you ever catch a glimpse of stark white (heads or tails) on a dark black heavy feathered body, while looking up through the fir branches along the Stanley Park west side seawall, you might also listen for the Bald Eagle’s yodel cry “ee-eeee-ee-eee”. If you’re luckier still you may see baldies swooping low to swipe a fish on the wing. Next post: heron sightings!


Shell Studies in water color and pencil, or pastels and crayons, match up well with shell searches at low tide after the storms.


Stanley Park in winter after wind and wave sweeping high tides last month, when part of the seawall was uprooted, trees, rock wall and all.

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Ephemeral art forms with golden and orange concentric circles on a green and yellow backdrop. Maple spirals reflect this fall beauty, Japanese maple in Canada’s back yard. Watching the gorgeous colors that change daily is inspiration for everything artful!



What is this he’s climbing? Art, architectural ruin, altered nature? Would you expect this ‘structure?’ on the coast, maybe in medieval ruins, perhaps somewhere in North America, or elsewhere – you guess where and what??








‘Happy Face’ was such a surprise, you’d never guess where we found him/her, up on a cliff face along sea-to-sky highway, probably the most beautiful route in the world, at least rivaling ‘Going towards the sun’. Is this ecoart, ecosculpture?

COMING SOON – YALETOWN ART FAIR    Urban Art in Yaletown, Sunday Nov 25th, 2012, hope to see you there!

Summer weather! on and on and on!

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In the heart of Vancouver, False Creek waterways offer lively views, miniferry transportation and sports afloat.

Market trip by aquabus to Granville Island across False Creek takes bikes, folks, dogs on a 3 minute ‘cruise’ either round trip or one way. Surrounded by history and the telltale signs of long-and-recent past industries, the creek is constantly evolving as homes, boats, businesses jostle for position along this fascinating waterfront. If you visit the area check out the nature island near Olympic village for a taste of the creek’s shore-origins.

Next stop, take a bigger ferry (seabus) across Burrard Inlet from downtown Vancouver to visit beautiful Waterfront park North Vancouver. Climb up sculptures (mountain sized with mountain backdrops) that warn you ‘don’t climb’ … and of course you do if you’re ten or so!

September’s highlight at waterfront park honours the ‘Salish Sea’ with beautiful messages and lasting images, like this dugout canoe bearing a banner “many people One canoe” -never far between sea and north shore mountain.

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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