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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sketching on the beach

A beautiful sunny morning sketching on Fillongley Beach. I choose to do sketches of two different Silene plants, using Tombow soluble pen and watercolour.


There were 10 to 20 bald eagles and turkey vultures soaring overhead and roosting in the nearby trees. After we finished our sketches we walked further along the creek and discovered the body of a seal, or probably a small sea lion, decomposing along the shore, with the head already picked clean. Amazingly, it did not smell.


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