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June trip to Ucluelet and Tofino, BC

Drawing inspiration from dried seaweed root balls

Holbein water brush and Van Gogh waterclours, Stillman and Birn Delta series sketchbook.

Holbein water brush and Van Gogh waterclours, Stillman and Birn Delta series sketchbook.

Collecting dried out seaweed root balls for drawing. They feel and look like wood and have a charred look as if they have been burnt, but they are not. These root balls have the most wonderful textures.  with lots of complex networking - a good challenge to draw. Compare the root balls in the top row to the bottom three images, which are seaweeds recently washed up on the beach. The photo's taken in  December 2016 and '15 show some of the many seaweed clusters containing a variety of seaweeds, which are decaying and deteriorating. Going back to that same exact spot is where I collected these dried root balls. The piles are still there but have really shrunk in size to the once huge mass and tangle. I had to really look hard to find my collection, part of which is in the last photo..

DRAWING (FEELING) WATER MOVEMENT

Overlooking Brown's Beach, Ucluelet, BC.

The quick blind contour drawings below were inspired by the water motion at Brown's Beach, Uculelet, BC as shown in the video above. Sitting up high on a rock totally mesmerized by the movement of the water below and drawing what I was feeling.

At Pettinger Point looking towards Frank Island and the tombolo at Chesterman's Beach - near Tofino, BC.

Whale Bones

I am sure these photos of whale bone will enter into my drawings. These were taken from a whale skeleton in one of the shops in Tofino.

Inspiration from the beach for further drawings and mark making

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Music by the Sea - Bamfield, BC, July 2017

Music by the Sea is Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking settings.

Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking setting!

Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music—each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest—an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking setting!

We travelled to Bamfield from Port Alberni on board the ferry "MV Francis Barkley" booked through the Lady Rose Marine Services. They provide ferry and freight service to Bamfield three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Additional sailings during the summer months on Sunday. Passenger service only.

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Ucluelet, BC Christmas vacation 2016

We had a wonderful 12 days on the west coast staying at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet, BC. We ate a few meals at Howler's Family Restaurant and Amusements where I photographed the sign "Life is Short - Break the Rules". The next two images with trees are view from our balcony, a sunset image and rainy day image, which has flames from our fire place reflected in the window. Interesting seaweed clusters on the beach again this year like last year. Collected some interesting seaweeds and debris. The ocean-worn beverage can echoes the look of the mussel shell. I got a nice little collection of shells and was lucky to find half of an abalone shell - fully intact.  The last picture shows the snow at the top of Sutton Pass on our drive home, this pass is half way between Ucluelet and Port Alberni. It was a great holiday, laid back - I miss it already. I always feel so connected and immersed in Nature when I am at Long Beach.

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September Holiday in Washington

This was our fourth trip to the "Palouse area" of South Eastern Washington. We always stay in the small farming community of of Colfax, Washington. The population in 2013 was 2,845.

Sitting in this wonderful wheat field just after harvest time. A wonderful feeling of being alone in nature, hearing just the breeze and no one around for miles.

This is a small selection of photos that I took on this holiday. To see some fantastic photos of this trip check out my husbands portfolio here: Paul Peters

COLFAX, WASHINGTON

VIDEO OF WIND TUBINE NEAR THORNTON, WASHINGTON

Wind Turbine near Thornton, Washington

WHEAT FIELDS NEAR COLFAX, WASHINGTON

PULLMAN, WASHINGTON

Pathways through the rainforest

One of my favourite things to do is walk through the forests at Long Beach. Here a couple of favourite areas. 

                            Boardwalk through the rainforest at Pacific Sands Resort on Cox Bay near Tofino BC

                                            Pathway in Rainforest near Tongquin Park, Tofino BC

                                            Pathway in Rainforest near Tongquin Park, Tofino BC

                                         Walking beside salal and ferns near Pacific Sands Resort on Cox Bay.

"New" - Palouse sketchbook "Mapping the trip"

Here is a sampling from the "map journeys" book I created while on this trip to the Palouse area of SE Washington.

Alaska in May

I was truly blessed to be able to go with friends on an Alaskan cruise for two weeks the end of May. It was absolutely awesome, the scenery was out of this world. The "Island Princess" was a fabulous ship. Here is a few photos to give you an idea of the scenery. Look at the colours in the water around the glaciers.