Ideas & Art from Rob Elliott and Christine Cosby

Tag: Vancouver

BC Nature sketchbook

I visited British Columbia in September for a kayak trip (plus some hiking). With my dad’s crew of octogenarian kayakers, we explored the rocky edges of the Deer Group (off the west coast of Vancouver Island). I also hiked up Seymour Mountain just north of Vancouver and kayaked in Deep Cove. When I wasn’t getting reacquainted with nature, I drew in my sketchbook. Here’s what I drew.

BC Trip sketchbook page 1
BC Trip sketchbook page 2-3
BC Trip sketchbook page 4
BC Trip sketchbook page 5
BC Trip sketchbook page 6-7
BC Trip sketchbook page 8-9
BC Trip sketchbook page 10-11
BC Trip sketchbook page 12-13
BC Trip sketchbook page 14-15
West Coast Trail 1988
Dad and I, West Coast Trail information hut, 1988
West coast trail 2022
Dad and I, West Coast Trail information hut, 2022

Army of Ducklings

I just received this parcel in the post, sure to delight any philatelist or ornithologist.

The army of ducklings also happens to be a great way of illustrating why I mostly show my work locally these days. Shipping is expensive, and if people don’t buy the work, doubly so. When Mark Pilon decided to test the art-buying waters by reopening his much-missed Moon Base gallery in Vancouver, I put a small piece into the group show. The Little Wraith did not find a buyer, which was unfortunate, as I was testing the waters too (My first shows were with Moon Base in 1998).

Here’s my wish list for artists working across this big country, a wish list that would make it easier for artists to show their work:

  • A tax credit for art purchases to encourage people to buy original art
  • More postage options (the USPS offers discount “Parcel Post” and “Media Mail” rates)
  • Just give artists a roll of ducklings each year (it’ll help keep Canada Post afloat as well)

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