IMG_2321.jpgOur House.jpeg  My partner offered me a painting challenge recently – she produced a black & white photograph, 2 inches X 3 inches. “Here, would you like to paint this?” The photos was taken in the early 50’s. The house is her family home in China where she lived as a child before she emigrated with her mother and father to Canada.

Sailing generates plenty of material for painting. This is one of the WindRider trimarans that took part in The Elbow Run 2015, the annual sailing/camping trip on Lake Diefenbaker. It was named in memory of the owner’s friend – the two friends had a running joke about the Flying Squirrel. What a great name for a sailboat, eh?

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12 X 16 acrylic on canvas SOLD

As noted in the last post, Ghana is a wonderful destination for surfers. The beach at Busua has long been a destination for backpackers, surfers and holiday makers. Abokwae Island, with its two cocoanut trees, appears in countless photos taken from that beach.

12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

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Even though it is fifty years since the epic surfing movie, “The Endless Summer” documented the beaches of Ghana as one of the top surfing destinations in the world, most of those beaches see very few surfers. One of the country’s best and quietest beaches is found at Cape Three Points. This is the closest land location on the globe to zero longitude/zero latitude, making it arguably the centre of the world. There are several excellent breaks, one of them being just off the beach beside the eco-lodge, Escape3points, operated by an avid surfer who just happens to  be my son.

12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

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Sailing provides ample inspiration for painting and this past summer’s camping/sailing trip on Lake Diefenbaker, dubbed “The Elbow Run 2015” was no exception. This year’s expedition was extra special, with five WindRiders taking part in a week that featured a major storm, a run-away boat, some great sailing and five guys having a wonderful time. Plans are already underway for “The Elbow Run 2016”.

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12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

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When the weather is not conducive to sailing, there are alternatives. One of those is to paint it. During the 2014 camping/sailing trip, we had one particularly exhilarating beam reach on the third day under full sail where things get a bit wet and wild.

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12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

CDN$145

During our October stay in La Celle sous Chantemerle, France, we went for daily walks through the village, enjoying the variety of houses and sheds, both new and old. The older buildings especially reflect their aging and add character to the street scene. They also provide great subject matter for those who are trying to improve their painting skills.

8 X 12 acrylics on canvas

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