Posts, Paddling and Painting on Pender

Another busy Pender Island day.

The best part of the day was spent building the fence. A slow job of dismantling the old one, installing new posts and stringers , and reboarding the fence. Add to the scenario the fact that we are digging the post holes into an island formed of rock and riddled with tree roots, and it makes the process more of a challenge.


Mid afternoon we managed to pull ourselves away from fence building and go for a kayak. We went to our neighbourhood beach, Peter Cove South, which is an easy location to launch kayaks. It was much colder and windier than yesterday, but still, we are kayaking in Canada in February.




Peter Cove South also presented some lovely views looking out to where the sea opens up.

Peter Cove South, Pender Island, BC, Canada
Just before heading home I managed a small watercolour of the cove, painted wearing gloves, as the wind was cold enough to freeze the paint on my palette.


Art and photography by Debra Hunter.

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Paddling & Painting at Peter Cove South 

Paddling and painting on a February day. +8C, calm waters and no wind made for a great winter day at the beach.





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Winter Afternoon – Gowlland Point, Pender Island

gowlland-point-2016_1421-bwI haven’t had many opportunities to blog lately, which means Island  Home Blog has been quiet as of late. I finally had a chance to look at my pictures from a few weeks ago when it was stormy and blustery on the coast.

gowlland-point-2016_1399-bwThis was the stormiest weather we have personally ever seen at this spot on the island. The waves were huge and the wind was howling. I managed to only get a small amount of time to take pictures before the sky oped up with rain.

gowlland-point-2016_1398-bwNew driftwood dotted the shore, brought in by the waves, giving people the opportunity to create new beach sculptures.

gowlland-point-2016_1367-bwMist and fog settled in over neighbouring islands creating a lovely atmosphere that we usually only experience in the winter months.

blog-boat-2016_1449-blurAt the side of the beach a boat continues to sit. It has been in this spot every time we have visited this beach for almost 5 years. It is part of the landscape.

Photography of Gowlland Point, Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Photography by Debra Hunter
( Hunter Photographics, Red Deer Alberta and Pender Island, BC )

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Beach Painting at Dusk

Perhaps not the best day for painting, the wind was blowing, temperatures cold, and the light was failing. Still, I opted to record this scene from Hamilton Beach (Pender Island, BC, Canada) with a quick watercolour painted from the warmth of our vehicle. 


I figure it is still better to paint for a few minutes and see what happens, rather than not paint at all.

This small 5″x7″ watercolour was painted at Hamilton Beach on Pender Island. As you can imagine the boats shifted, as did the light, so the watercolour is more an idea of what I saw.


 I managed to get the basic shapes down before the light faded, and then chose to add a bit of ink at home.


 I’ve gone back to watercolour for en plein air work rather than acrylic or oils; it is just so much more portable. The colors aren’t as punchy, and of course there is no texture, but watercolours fit in my backpack. This little piece was completed with a miniature watercolour set and water brushes; a very minimalist set up. Sometimes you have to make compromises. I just find when painting on location, for me, less equipment is best.

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Bringing in the New Year Island Style

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at the lantern festival on Pender Island is always an event. Visitors and residents alike, come out to enjoy the performance and dance lit mostly by fire at the edge of Magic Lake.


Shadow dancers and stilt walkers entertained the crowd.


The hoop and fire dancers were amazing too.


Even though each year the celebration is similar, there are always a few variations to hold your interest. This year the differences were not just in the performances, but also in the weather. The wind and rain made for an unpredictable lantern release. A few caught fire before launching, a couple crashed onto the frozen lake, many floated off in strange directions above the crowd. Perhaps not the serene lighting of lanterns that was planned, but it was certainly interesting (and a little exciting at times too!).

Happy New Year!

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Sketching, Soccer, Shingle Bay

Another laid back day on the island. After our usual jaunt to the hardware store (we go there a lot!), it was off to Shingle Bay for the afternoon. We had the beach to ourselves, which is the norm for the winter. We took pictures, sketched, collected beach glass, and the kids played soccer. A lovely laid back, unscheduled afternoon.




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Ferry Days


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