Some of you may have noticed that I have painted a lot of images which feature Autumn Colours. My great love for the cool crisp days of fall likely dates back to when I would return to University in the beautiful City of Durham, in North East England, and I would walk to classes alongside the River Wear. The colours of the trees were stunning - reflections in the water alongside that of magnificent Durham Cathedral. I was so very fortunate to spend three years in such an inspirational place.
These days, even though this time of year is usually my busiest, with all the Christmas Show Preparations, I try to get out as much as I can to capture the colours of Vancouver and the surrounding areas - so that I have plenty of inspiration from which to paint. This past week, we have had spectacular weather so I made a point of taking my camera with me and headed to the very top of Grouse Mountain (where sadly, I found much of the distance view dulled by an inversion, but still beautiful), to the Point Grey beaches and then out to Westham Island, Delta, where the farms were heaving with pumpkins and other fall delights. There will definitely be a pumpkin farm painting in next year's calendar - and quite possibly one featuring the Cranberry Harvest too - another truly colourful part of Autumn in the Lower Mainland. You heard it here first!