I don't have a lot of time or space to work on really large paintings these days like I used to when I used to rent 2 small studio spaces- one for my clay work and one for painting. Since I needed more space for clay work last year I pulled everything into one studio with high hopes of being able to pull out some paintings a few times a month to work on it. Unfortunately I haven't made a practice of doing this and frankly- clay dust and painting don't really work together really well. So I've started to do some painting at home on my desk. Just some small watercolours. Just for my own sake, when I can fit it in, sometimes in between school pick ups or when the boys are in bed for the night. Sure beats watching TV or doing laundry:) It's got me all inspired to do more. The photograph of the 'look-out tower' was taken recently on a visit to my sister's in Nanaimo. I love that in paint you can re-arrange and change things to suit your composition or painting. Usually I take a photograph of something I might use in a painting. Other times I paint purely from memory of a place or a moment in time.