Full Colour Day

Here’s a peek at the colourful breakfast I had before I zoomed off for a full day of painting in full colour.  Don’t you love the naturally dyed Easter eggs? We had much more success with this kit from GLOB (colours more vibrant than the home made natural dyes we tried to make last year).  The kids were happy with the vibrant colours, they loved that the dyes were made with radish and cabbage and a palm tree, and they were and thrilled that their mama let them eat them this year! (don’t worry, they still got bunny shaped pancakes for their second breakfast)

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I am happily tired out after a day of FREE EXPRESSION painting workshop with the inspiring Caroline James.  What a gift on this day, thanks to the Isle of the Arts Festival on my little green island! More events to come, running through next weekend, so check it out!

singing for a new friend

Today this little bird of mine flew off to a new home.  Part of the Musically Inclined Show at Artzi Stuff in Nanaimo, it is now singing for a new friend…..and that makes my heart sing! With birds busy chattering outside my window, it seems the perfect time for this little painting to spread her wings.  Hope you are enjoying the spring bird song too!

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a whale of a good time

A MIGHTY SONG

I recently headed off to Tofino to help out at the 2014 Pacific Rim WHALEFEST and had (sorry folks, I cannot resist) a whale of a good time!  I took my girls along with me to help as my hubby was busy with his fire department duties and we had an amazing girls getaway together.  How incredible to share with my girls the magic of my most favourite place on earth, the beaches where I first played and fell in the love with the sea.  Did you know I lived in Tofino until I was 6 and a half? No wonder I am part mermaid and have made a career of teaching kids to love and protect the sea and rivers!  Here’s hoping all the love my little mermaids have for the ocean also stays with them their whole life….from the look of these photos, I think it probably will!

When I returned, it was time to finish a painting for the upcoming MUSIC SHOW at Artzi Stuff.  I was so inspired by our time in Tofino and Ucluelet that I had to start this singing whale painting too.  We didn’t see a whale while out there, but we celebrated them and their watery home in so many inspiring ways….the girls performed in a play they created with some new friends, they listened to stories in the belly of a giant inflated fabric whale, they listened to whale songs recorded by scientists and sang timeless songs with Roy Henry Vickers (one of my long time favourite artists) in his traditional longhouse gallery, they took part in a whale race (plastic, think rubber ducks) down a creek and they even made their own stuffed whales to bring home.  Did I mention that they won a whale book and a triple chocolate orca whale made by Chocolate Tofino?

Oh those beaches still call to me and the sand in my shoes reminds me that I am not far away.  I will most definitely be taking my girls out there again soon!

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spring is in the air

Last week our family went on a working holiday to Victoria (Dimitri was doing training for the Fire Department and we were going along to play).  What a treat to see the cherry trees in full bloom and sunny blue skies every day!  Some afternoons it even warmed up enough for bare toes and t-shirts on the beach!  Oh I needed that…five days of relaxing and being goofy, away from the responsibilities of home and work.  Time to lollygag and time connecting with friends.  Un-rushed cups of tea, girls napping in sunbeams with cat kisses, shopping for new clothes (the kids were spoiled by their Auntie at Abra-Kid-Abra and I spoiled myself at Smoking Lily….oh how I love my new duds – some groovy organic tees, the chic octopus backed cardigan, and the incredible CeCe dress too), gourmet dinners on the town (thank you Karen and Dennis), beach walks every day, putt-putt boat adventures with seals and gelato, hotel pool mermaids splashing with huge smiles, even a beach picnic dinner (so lovely dear Gina).  To add to the perfection. we capped off the visit with a cheesecake lunch — I think that might have been the best cheesecake I have ever had! For those that know me and how much I love cheesecake, you are probably trying to figure out how to get an invite to my friend Karen’s table right now!

We definitely kicked off spring a bit early (as I think they always do in Victoria) and so enjoyed our “southern” holiday!  Now we are home to the rain and a fire in our woodstove, but those tree frogs are singing LOUD and reminding me that spring is coming soon to our little island too.  I am so grateful for this time of year that brings with it so much energy for new growth.  It is a particularly creative time for me and so I hope to have some actual TIME to be creative during the coming weeks.  Here’s hoping you will also enjoy the magic of SPRING!

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