Always be sure to do your own art too - it will change your life for the better!
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British Columbia Wildflowers

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British Columbia Wildflowers

The view from the parking lot near the top of the famous Idaho Peak! Stunning!   I’m not sure when it dawned on me that there were things called ‘wildflowers’, but I can bet my Mother had something to do with it. She was forever pointing out beautiful things in the world - and at 90 years old, she continues to do so today.   When I was a kid and we lived in Terrace BC on the picturesque Skeena River, my brothers and I used to hike in the surrounding hills - generally looking for good trout fishing spots...

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Fishing and Father's Day

Fishing and Father's Day

 Do you remember going fishing with your Dad when you were little - maybe you remember that very first time you went out with him?   Those early days of fishing are some of my dearest memories of my Dad.   The first trip I remember was probably in the late 1950s. We drove north from Vancouver to Hat Creek with family friends for some camping and fishing along the creek. We had lived at Lillooet a few years earlier (where I was born) and, as a Boy Scout Leader and general ‘outdoors’ kind of guy, my Dad knew...

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Proof of Life - Your Travel Journal!

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Proof of Life - Your Travel Journal!

Proof of Life – Your Travel Journal This isn’t going to be a regular blog.   This blog is going to try to convince you to actually DO something. This blog is a sales pitch to get you to think seriously about taking the step to start doing Travel Journals for yourself.   Whether you’re a hiker or paddler, a seasoned cruise ship person, or an adventure traveler, the act of doing a Travel Journal will give back to you in so many rich and unexpected ways. In the end, you will have a treasure - something few people have...

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Painting the Past

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Painting the Past

Recently, I got a phone call from a friend asking if we could meet to chat about a commission he would like me to think about. For a while now, I’ve been painting on old paper and he had some old paper that he wanted like to talk about.   This old paper stock I’ve been using is broadly called ‘ephemera’, and it includes everything from letterhead and maps, to accounting paper, envelopes and more. For the most part, this is bond paper and more often than not it takes watercolour well and doesn’t bleed through - unlike the shiny...

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Classic Fly Patterns!

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Classic Fly Patterns!

Classics of the Pacific North West As a kid in Terrace, BC in the early-to-mid 1960s, we learned to fish on the creeks in the area and on the Skeena River. For the most part, we used salmon roe and worms as bait, and the goal was cutthroat trout. They fought well, they ate well, and they looked tough with that slash of red just under the gills. We didn’t have lots of money when I was a kid, so whatever fishing gear I had was what I could buy from the money I got collecting beer bottles in the...

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