I returned to BC at the end of June, headed to Vancouver to enjoy the Canada Day festivities and pick up my paintings, then had weekend guests for a concert here in Sun Peaks. It has been a long time for me, since I have painted and I've actually felt a bit down. Today, finally... i'm feeling refreshed and inspired.
I went for a hike today on top of the mountain with some good friends. Just being up there does something to my soul. It is like being recharged. The mountainside was covered with wildflowers... valerian, columbine, fireweed, paintbrush, tigerlily, lupin, wild strawberries, and hellebore. Beauty as far as my eyes could see. The air is clean and sweet-smelling.
I look at the patches of trees along the slopes and I can see green, red and purple in each stand. We passed some older, and dying trees with patchy bark still clinging in areas to the bare trunk.... it looks like they are wearing strapless evening gowns. I had to touch and smell the bark. :)
I am so grateful that i live in such a beautiful place, and that i am able to share what i see with other people when i paint.
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.