Tomorrow I run the lululemon SeaWheeze (a local Vancouver half-marathon running event). I’ve been so focused on painting in every spare moment this summer, I had hoped that signing up for the SeaWheeze back in November would keep me in running shape all summer. Instead this event will be the kick-off to getting back into running as I really do miss it.  I have already signed up for the 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon in May so I have some quality running time ahead of me. The key to running a marathon (in my opinion) is signing up!

In yesterday’s runner email leading up to tomorrow’s event, they have been talking about the “mountain views” from Vancouver as the backdrop to our run. Unfortunately due to all the forest fires in British Columbia this summer – the smoke has hung around in Vancouver blocking our views. Just before the smoke rolled in I started working on a series of North Vancouver Mountain paintings (with the view from New Brighton Park). It has been interesting to  contrast these 4 paintings to our current smoky view.

The view of the North Vancouver mountains from New Brighton Park this past week.


Clouds no. 01 and Clouds no. 02 – Acrylic on Canvas – 18″ x 14″ The first painting was done back in 2015 and was a sketch for a larger painting. I am excited to continue this series of cloud paintings now.


Clouds no. 03 – Acrylic on Canvas – 18″ x 14″


Clouds no. 04 – Acrylic on Canvas – 18″ x 14″


As a painter, I am hyper aware of the gorgeous scenery we have in Vancouver. I’ve never taken it for granted. The current week of smoke makes me appreciate that it is temporary and remind us of the views and air quality we do have in Vancouver! So the mountain views will be missed during this weekend’s lululemon Seawheeze. But all my next runs leading up to the BMO Marathon I will enjoy the view (and keep working on this series).

The four paintings listed above are currently available on my Etsy site for sale (links below) – or contact me if you are interested!


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