As I was sorting out my paintings, I reflected on one of the few times I’ve repainted the same image twice. It happens that the first painting I ever painted was of Texada Island, across the strait from our friend’s Sue & Bruce’s cabin. Being my first ever painting and holding a place near and dear to my heart, it’s the only painting that I’ve decided to never sell or gift. I decided to paint a second version of this island view and give it to them as a gift. The two paintings are about five months apart in age and already I can see an evolution in my technique. Other than the tide being further out in the second picture and my attempt at recreating the island of Texada improved on the second try, there is something raw about the first try that I think succeeded in a way that gets lost in the second picture. In the second try, the colours are brighter and the sense of movement in the clouds is more effective. I’m still not satisfied with the water in the strait. I’ve got several paintings coming that will focus on the surface of the ocean and waves.