Diane MacDonald


(posted on 15 Oct 2019)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday  http://www.sidneyfineartshow.ca



(posted on 4 Oct 2019)

The Sidney Fine Art Show opens two weeks from today at the Mary Winspear Centre.  I am delighted to have had one of my images, Because I Love You, juried into this year's show.  For more information including show times and location, go to http://www.SidneyFineArtShow.ca

(posted on 24 Sep 2019)

Chrome Island, one of the few remaining staffed lights on the BC Coast, as seen from Boyle Point
Provincial Park on Denman Island.

MV Kahloke bouncing across choppy seas, coming to take traffic across the channel from Denman
to Hornby Island.

Hornby retains an island vibe in its compact commercial core where psychedelic picnic tables
and store doors and windows welcome shoppers.  Stairs lead from the grocery store to a basement
hardware store and liquor corner.  Replying to the observation that, "You never have to leave Hornby",
the proprietor wryly answered, "That's the idea".


Exploring the island the first day in torrential rain, we discovered that we were not the only ones
seeking shelter.  Look closely, you may even see the drops.  Luckily the sun returned for our second

Hornby is rich in parks and trails.  Below a trail hugs the rocky headland bluffs in Helliwell
Provincial Park, a gem donated to the province in 1966.  The trail leads through Doulas fir
and Garry oak trees and offers views of Texada, Denman, and Vancouver Islands.


The crescent sand beach at Tribune Bay is anchored at the south end by unusual rock formations,
witness the "egg" below - fun to explore before a long barefoot walk on the sand along the bay. 
There's nature's art, and then there's another brand of art.


Near the Campbell River estuary we came across this Alex Witcombe driftwood wolf.  No whales -
maybe scared away by this fierce beast.

Walking alongside the Quatse River in Port Hardy in search of bears and eagles, we found instead
working fish plants and wonderful seine wharves.  Below, frozen tuna are being unloaded and



The docked ships were in varying states of disrepair:


Below, the Knight Dragon; it's former name -  Island Princess IV - almost obscured by the buildup of
rust on its hulk.  Daunting!


Tomorrow: home!  Happy fall...

(posted on 23 Sep 2019)
(posted on 15 Sep 2019)

Here we go.  Will we fit on the ferry???

Off to Vancouver Island for a short vacation starting in Nanaimo.  The weather hasn't been "ideal"
except for cameras, this image caught between rain showers and rainbows.  

We loved Neck Point Park, a walker's paradise.

Heading to Denman and Hornby Islands tomorrow, and later in the week further north for adventure.


(posted on 23 Aug 2019)

As summer rolls to its inevitable conclusion, warmth, flowers and fun continue to anchor August days. With summer still in mind, even though the show isn't until October, I am delighted to have had one of my images selected for the SE Center for Photography's show, Flora.  If you happen to be in Greenville, South Carolina for the show I'd love to hear how it looks on the walls!


The beautiful image above is NOT mine - Lightfall, a dahlia illuminated by gentle light falling through textured glass, was selected.


(posted on 15 Jul 2019)

It looks as if the summer weather is about to settle in - just in time for the 23rd annual Art off the Fence, a premier outdoor art/music/food extravaganza on South Pender Island.  



...And there's a surprise in store - each year participating artists create a theme piece - this year the theme is ........ (drum roll) ........ underwear.  Come to view and bid on a variety of artistic interpretations - you never know what you might find.  


(posted on 17 Jun 2019)

I am delighted to have had one of my photographs accepted into the 2019 Sooke Fine Art Show.  
Go to http://sookefinearts.com for information about venue and show times.

Currently I am showing at Talisman Books and Gallery on Pender Island - show runs until 
July 2nd.

And a gentle reminder to put Art off the Fence on your July calendars...

Almost summer!  Enjoy.


(posted on 3 Jun 2019)


Art off the Fence - 23rd edition.  Mark your calendars!


(posted on 16 Apr 2019)

Easter Art Show: Homage

Friday, April 19 - Sunday, April 28

Open Daily 10 - 5, Mahon Hall

Ganges, Salt Spring Island


Homage is an ambitious show of the work of southern Gulf Island artists opening on Salt Spring Island this Friday, April 19th. The show is dedicated to the gift of inspiration: invited artists were asked to create a 2 or 3-dimensional tribute to a painter, sculptor, composer, musician, poet, writer or choreographer - someone who inspires their creative vision and informs their work. 

The premise of paying tribute was immediately compelling and turned out to be enormously challenging to put into practice, and ultimately a wonderfully rewarding assignment. I chose to pay tribute to Canadian artist Mary Pratt whose luminous oil paintings will always stop me in my tracks. I hope you are able to visit the show - to see how diverse artists 'interpret' those who inspire them - and come away as galvanized by the challenge as I was.

Happy Easter


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