We had an absolutely wonderful day of spring skiing today at St. Sauveur in the Laurentians, north of Montreal. There was a huge snowboarding competition which drew thousands of spectators.
Saturday, 31 March 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
My doctor told me to go skiing today and I spent the afternoon on the few remaining trails at Tremblant. It was a little cooler than we expected, but we still managed to sit out in the sun at the base at the end of the day.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
The Beaver Manda in the foreground was carved by the Haida artist, Jim Hart, in 1995. Jim Hart apprenticed with the incredible Haida sculptor Bill Reid and also made the Three Watchmen, which I posted a sketch of, back in December. I understand a manda was usually symbolic of one of the clans and might grace a trading box or grave. This contemporary interpretation is about 2.4m long and unlike traditional poles, is horizontal and three dimensional. It is carved from one enormous piece of cedar and reminds me of a sphinx poised to spring into life.
Behind is the Beaver Totem, with a stick in it's mouth, which was probably made about a century earlier as a Haida Chief's house post (interior support).
Thursday, 22 March 2012
With the help of my friend Stephen I have come to admire the elegant principle and precision engineering of the diesel engine in my sailboat. I can even name some of the parts. In the lab there are many huge diesels which radiate an aura of tremendous power and duribility that make my 20hp boat engine look like a toy.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Friday, 2 March 2012
This sketch is looking over Lac Fortune from the Fortune Parkway and the bald patch on the hill behind is Camp Fortune downhill ski area. Thankfully Gatineau Park is a national fortune - riches beyond measure.