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Tuesday Tales – Red is for Roussillon

Sejour b


It is always wonderful to discover special places while travelling. Some are magical, no matter how many times one visits them. Venice and Bali are two such places I have been fortunate to have spent time in. Others grow more enchanting with every successive visit. Roussillon is one of these places. A tiny hill town in Provence, perched high above a green valley filled with orchards and vineyards, it is labelled one of France’s loveliest villages. And rightly so, for it’s location on a ridge filled with ochre deposits in its clay, has resulted in a village rich in russet tones that glow in the extraordinary Provencal light.

This was my second visit to Roussillon. The enchantment began upon arrival as we wandered through the cemetery overlooking the town, with its spectacular view below and its stone tombs and crosses rising up into the brilliant blue sky. Strolling through the village was magical as the sun was starting to set, creating an everchanging contrast of glowing and deep red and orange hues and long, dramatic shadows across walls and streets. Lovely shops and even lovelier galleries and eateries beckoned, competing with the visual feast of textured walls, painted doors, the cool stone interior of a church and windows with charming flourishes and potted plants.  Best of all was visiting this lovely town with someone special, someone who delighted in its charms as much as I did, and someone who waited patiently as I snapped away uncontrollably at every turn. Images of Roussillon can be seen in my Flickr album here.

This week I am offering another pair of photopolymer gravure etchings, both of Roussillon. The image above, titled Sejour (Sojourn), I feel captures perfectly the joy of strolling through this lovely town with someone special. The image below, titled Village Stroll 2, highlights the dramatic quality of the light at sunset. The name of the gallery in the bottom left of the image, barely visible, is Galerie de la Porte Heureuse (Happy Door Gallery), a most fitting name for this most enchanting place.

I am offering the prints, this week only, at $150 for both or $80 each, unframed, and for an additional $20 each framed. Each print is 5″ x 7″ on 8″x10″ paper.

Village Stroll, 2

Village Stroll, 2


Tuesday Tales – January Brings The Snow

Winter Warmth

Winter Warmth

Every year when January rolls around I am reminded of The Months by Sara Coleridge which begins with “January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow”.  I used to read a beautifully illustrated book of this poem for my son and daughter when they were little. Each month showed a brother and sister duo engaged in seasonal play and in the right hand bottom corner was a flap you could lift up to see a mouse family doing their own seasonal activities, often with tiny discarded bits of stuff ‘borrowed’ from the chidren’s home. The first line of the poem has stuck with me and it always brings back fond memories of those delightful times spent together reading and enjoying the illustrations.

January often brings the first of few snowfalls here in Victoria, though we have yet to be graced with its white blanket this year. When we are visited with an often short-lived snowfall I usually race outside with my camera to capture its fleeting beauty, as I did here.  That same January I spent some time in Prince George, where the snow was plentiful and my feet and fingers certainly had their fair share of glowing in the biting cold. I braved the bitter cold to shoot some of that city’s stark scenery and iconic sites, such as the CNR bridge, but my favorite images from that day were two that were more evocative of the season than of place. I made the prints illustrated here from those images. The one above is titled Winter Warmth and the one below, Winter Walk. I have inked the plates for these prints in various ways and colors but I find the warm sepia tones of these prints to be most effective in capturing a sense of time and memory. When I look at them I am certainly filled with fond memories of that visit, and they bring a smile to my face.

Winter Walk

Winter Walk

Winter Warmth and Winter Walk are both 3 1/2″ x 5″ photopolymer gravure  etchings and are offered this week as a pair for $100 unframed or $130 framed.


Tuesday Tales – When Benches Beckon

PE-Whiffin Spit

Sunset Spit

I love the outdoors. Few things are more enjoyable to me than a long walk or run on one of the trails or beaches of this beautiful island I call home. And when a bench is perfectly perched along the way to provide a captivating view and a moment’s respite I am always happy to pause and immerse myself in that singular space.

Benches have held a fascination for me for a long time. I rarely pass one without photographing it and the particular surroundings it lives in. I say ‘lives’ for I find benches to be alive with the memories of those who have sat in them and the desires and intentions of those who have placed them in their outdoor homes. Benches speak of time, the long years they sit there watching the seasons change and the fleeting moments they share with a multitude of passers-by. They speak of love, of those who have passed but are not forgotten and those who sit together and create new memories. They speak of action, of runners’ stretches and lunches eaten. But most of all they speak of dreams and reveries and contemplations of life. They call out to our human souls and bid us to sit quietly and listen.

The print above, Sunset Spit, was created from a photograph taken while on a walk along Whiffin Spit in Sooke. The Spit, a long stretch of narrow land jutting out into the Sooke Basin, is a walker’s delight with a winding path and water all around. There are numerous benches placed along it and I photographed several, but the light and view from this one was especially magical. The shadows were long and the wind was blowing but it was tucked away in a bit of shruberry facing the setting sun, providing a quiet haven of seclusion and repose in which to reflect on a lovely day spent with a good friend.

This print, measuring 31/2″ by 5″ on 8″x10″ paper, is offered at a reduced price this week only (January 15-21, 2013) of $50 unframed or $70 framed, plus shipping costs. Please contact me at if you would like to purchase it.