Somehow I have failed to tell you that I am now part of a local cooperative art gallery on Gabriola! I joined the Pier Gallery Artists Collective at the end of May and since then I have been selling paintings, cards and calendars to visitors from all over the world! Today a group from Australia left with my teacup calendar and a couple from Vancouver bought 5 of my art cards (which I imagine will travel to others who will discover my art from a distance)…and three of my paintings have already sold.
During my shifts at the gallery (located at the Silva Bay Marina), I really enjoy chatting with locals, visitors, and so many boaters. Raena came down to help out one day and cannot wait until her next chance to help with the cash register (living math and another successful homeschooling moment for her). Alex is hoping to come down for my next shift!
The gallery is open 7 days a week. Find out more about the collective and see some of the art on our Facebook page. Creations made by two dozen artists await you! There is something for everyone…..organic lotions and soaps, herbal teas, pottery, jewellery, fused glass, paintings, photography, art cards, quilted art, tie dye clothes, handcrafted leather, pillows and aprons and more. We even have fun filled grab bags just for the kids!
Why don’t you drop by and say hello?
Summer holidays begin for me TODAY! I am looking forward to lots of reading (I am working through the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon right now and so excited for the new and final book in the series)….new to us couch and hammock, here I come! I know there will be an increase in beach time, I think there might be a camping trip or two, I hope we will have a few boating adventures and I will also be heading up north to visit old friends. In between it all, I hope to find some juicy painting time. Oh I just love summer holidays…..don’t you?!!
Here’s some more daisy magic for you….after a pre-dinner beach swim (during our annual daisy photo shoot) the splish splashing continues when Dad turns the sprinkler on to water the daisy patch…
These annual photos are a tradition I started when Raena was a baby…one day I hope to print a photo from each year and fill a wall in our home to showcase the magic! Until then, the daisies and the daughters will keep on growing!
This time of year we love to pick the daisies that grow wild in patches of our yard and along the roadsides, here there and everywhere. Daisies were my mom’s favourite flower and they are one of my most favourite too. Based on my daughters’ joyful picking, bouquet making and daisy chains I would have to say that they love these cheerful blooms too!
And of course, daisies make great cake toppers when we make a birthday cake in honour of my mom (her birthday and the anniversary of her death fall in the midst of wild daisy season, that seems perfectly fitting somehow). This week, as I remember her, I am drawn to the spots where these blooms grow by the sea, my mom’s fave place in the world….and mine!
Mom/Granny Kathy, we will always pick daisies and think of you doing the same!