A great painting spot

Ken Faulks

Ken Faulks

Desiree Bond

Desiree Bond

Because Ken Faulk’s aunt and uncle once lived on a beautiful cove called Parry Bay, I enjoyed an outstanding painting site on Sunday. Ken, along with fellow Al Frescoes Desiree Bond and Jim McFarland, met me at 7:30 this morning at a beautiful spot only 10 minutes away from my RV – one I never would have found without Ken’s directions.

Parry Bay

Parry Bay

Jim McFarland

Jim McFarland

As instructed, I parked alongside a residential road where I couldn’t even see the water. When Ken & Desiree arrived, he showed us a short, narrow pathway between two houses that opens onto an absolutely gorgeous view. Jim came a little later and set up beside me. I could have stayed there all day painting different views of this beautiful bay.

The sunny warm morning was just about perfect for painting. We were delightfully entertained by leaping harbor seals smacking their fins on the surface, noisy sea lions, Canada Geese and their new babies, and lots of other birds I didn’t recognize. Desiree mentioned that “pretty much everyone in this area lives about 5 to 10 minutes from the shore.”

Jim McFarland's Painting of Parry Bay

Jim McFarland’s Painting of Parry Bay

Topping off this great morning, Jim gave me his painting – one he made about 6 feet away from where I made my own. Thank you, Jim! You, and all of the other Al Frescoes I’ve met, have certainly enriched my time here in Victoria!

The morning was so delightful that I took my hubby Dave and our traveling companions, Terry & Sue, back to Parry Bay that evening. We sat with “the neighbor in the blue house” enjoying his history lesson about the island surroundings, while looking for seals and other critters and watching the sun set.

Parry Bay

Parry Bay

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