I started painting as a teenager, growing up in the Canadian Rockies, and those mountains are still my favourite place to paint. More recently– especially while we lived in Dubai and during the years since we retired – I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve had the chance to travel the world and paint in just about every country I’ve ever wanted to visit. I always try to paint some postcards on these trips, and complete larger paintings when I get home. Some of these are on my website Paint Every Mountain and my blog 1150 Words.
Occasionally, I take my grandchildren along on my painting adventures (one at a time – I’m not that adventurous!) but I'm really nowhere near as intrepid as I was hoping these pictures would have you believe. I think all the warnings being in English kind of gives that away. I wouldn’t dream, for example, of striding over anybody’s balustrade.
But I do love to walk or hike, if that’s what the terrain requires – every day, if possible. And that’s a good thing, because I have found that, with just about any other repetitive exercise program I’ve tried, I’m always aware of exactly how many minutes I have to go before it’s over.
So it’s great that walking and painting or, more likely, sketching go together so perfectly. I’ve enjoyed participating in Sketchercise since its inception, and am really looking forward to our postcard project. I have no travel plans before July, so the first few postcards I send out will be painted right here in my very paintable home city of Victoria, on Vancouver Island.