Seeing Daylight and Beyond


On summer solstice, I started to write that we're beginning to see daylight from our bumpy re-entry back at Lone Bobcat Woods. Then we discovered that 1100 gallons of water had drained from our water tank — much of a year's supply for us here. Daylight IS appearing now. … [Read more...]

Help me find magical music for my story


Dear music-loving friend, I want your help. I'm looking for music to use in three short music tracks for "The Little Fir and the Christmas Tree Angel." I'm producing a video of this heartwarming story I illustrated 30+ years ago. I've gotten permission for most of the … [Read more...]

A Whirlwind Spring


Our lives have been a whirlwind since mid-April's newsletter! Get a glimpse in Ventures and Videos in BC and WA (the pictures below are just a few highlights). We've learned something important. While traveling, we need significant downtimes to de-stress as well as … [Read more...]

Ventures and Videos in BC and WA


It's been a whirlwind since mid-April! I'd hoped to post many blogs, but life moved too quickly. Here's a brief chronology of some wonderful adventures, people and places we visited and videoed in southwestern Canada and northwestern Washington. April 6-20. We settled … [Read more...]

Paint the Intersection at Share-It Square


People wielded colorful paint, brushes and rollers all over the middle of the residential street intersection. For the 19th year, neighbors and friends were repainting the street in the oldest "intersection repair" in the world. In this year's design, they were freshening up … [Read more...]

Three Artistic Views of Quarry Pond, Bowen Island


Quarry Park is short walk from where we're staying on Bowen Island, British Columbia. It's a landscape of water falling over sharp black rock cliffs and alders framing ponds and pools and rivulets. The monochrome photo was taken on a gray day after the pond had frozen … [Read more...]

Celebrating My Art – Prints to Share


I've long wished to share my paintings more widely, and have just found a way to do it! You can order prints of these images in Janaia's Gallery at SeattleOnCanvas. You choose the size and medium (canvas or paper or notecards). We've found that "Burning Platform" (above) … [Read more...]

Our British Columbia Winter Adventures


Turns out we're wintering over in British Columbia. After housesitting during the holidays in Victoria, we visited nearby Sooke, Salt Spring Island, and  Shawnigan Lake. We'll be in Bowen Island in March, then Shawnigan Lake until mid-April when we must leave Canada after … [Read more...]

Serving Local, Seasonal Food for Decades – Sooke Harbour House


Sooke Harbour House is a gracious award-winning resort hotel and restaurant on the shores of Sooke Bay in southwestern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Innovative owner/innkeepers Frederique and Sinclair Philip have featured local, seasonal, regional foods for decades, … [Read more...]

Totem poles in Victoria, B.C.


Thunderbird Park near the Victoria, B.C. wharf includes a good many totem poles created by the indigenous people (mostly Gitxsan, Haida, andKwakwaka'wakw, says wikipedia). In Robin's photo you see two previous eras: totems of the original First Nations people, and the … [Read more...]