Oh Canada!

We have had a busy few days since my last post. Sunday was Canada Day with lots of activities here and a return of sunshine. There was a battle of the bands, food trucks, and fun for kids at the local water park. Jean and I avoided the crowded activities and enjoyed a relatively quiet walk along the Courtenay Riverway. The festivities made themselves known with booming fireworks after 10:00 PM.

Yesterday the sunshine and clear skies beckoned us to venture to Strathconia Provincial Park. Our destination was Paradise Meadows, the most visited place in the park. It’s a lovely alpine setting with many trails that meander through meadows, past ponds, and into dark forests. We thoroughly tired ourselves out.

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Today we took a morning walk near our house and then did some grocery shopping. (A Canadian fellow at the checkout said he was stocking up on some things before Trump took them away from Canada.) This afternoon we are reading, painting, and blogging.

I haven’t been ignoring painting completely, although I do spend more time playing ukulele and singing than painting.  Here are some of the small paintings I’ve completed in the last week. I am working on small 4×4 boards that are prepped with absorbent ground so I can paint with watercolors. It’s a fast and loose approach that sometimes has unexpected results.

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Next on my agenda is to decide what to make for dinner.


About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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2 Responses to Oh Canada!

  1. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    The watercolors are delightful. And the pictures show that you keep doing well in Canada. I hope that in the end you did find what to cook for yesterday dinner! I am writing this from Glasgow, where I have not found time yet to send an e-card although I have all the pixes at my fingers’ tip. Guess what we are experiencing a heat wave here, yes, in Glasgow, which means sunny weather and temps in the 80s. Pretty nice. Today we are off to the country and to Loch Ness I believe. When does your trip come to an end? Meanwhile, a big hug to you both from Scotland.

  2. candace davis says:

    The meadows remind me of our late lamented American River campsite. I love the watercolors, especially the sunrise and the toast

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