weekend of art….and new calendars!

Every Thanksgiving Weekend, Gabriola artists are busy showing off their latest creations in the Annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour!  More than 60 artists are registered with the tour this year and many more have their doors open to welcome you, including the collective of artists at the Pier Gallery! I am so proud to be a member of this collective and hope you will come by this weekend to see what we have been making.  You will find my new Year-at-a-Glance Poster Calendars for 2017 along with some holiday cards to help you get ready for the coming winter.

Here are the new designs for the coming year!  Can’t decide which is your favourite?  No problem….this weekend, anyone buying two 2017 calendars will get one 2016 calendar* for FREE (you can still enjoy it for the next 3 months).   As always, my calendars are printed locally on 100% recycled paper, 12 x 18 inches.  A cheerful tool to help plan your days!

After the tour calendars will be on sale in Nanaimo at Artzi Stuff and in my Etsy shop! You can also call me for direct orders (discounts when you order multiples of 5 or more).

 * while supplies last (ha ha, I sound so official)

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While you are loading up on my calendars at the Pier Gallery, make sure to check out the many artists on the Thanksgiving Studio Tour down here at the south end of our ”Isle of the Arts”!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Hope your weekend is full of family, friends, feasting AND art!

a dream come true

tofino cousins summer 2016

…for nine years I dreamed of this moment, to be on the shores where my sister and I played as children, with our children, all together in my favourite place on earth (and sea)! what a magical time we had in Tofino….splashing, playing in the sand, surfing, feasting and laughing together! This is truly a summer I will remember always, I hope that our kids will too….sisters in tofino

for the whales

It feels to good to paint again….to find an old canvas and bring it new life with layers of playful paint added over a period of weeks, with no plan in mind.  To then feel driven to paint something special and to use that colourful, multi-layered canvas to make something like THIS….

for the whales 10x10

I am so glad I made time to paint something FOR THE WHALES, for the amazing team of educators and researchers that are doing so much for the baleen whales in our waters! I hope this playful whale tail will help my friends at MERS (Marine Education and Research Society) keep doing their important work.  I hope it will also make you think about the whales and how you can learn more about them.  Do you want to help to?  Check out all the on-line silent auction items and perhaps make a bid (bidding closes 2 pm on June 26th).  There are raffle tickets for sale too and a fun event being planned for June 26th. Why not make a trip…

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Of course, you can also visit the MERS website anytime and contribute by Adopting A Whale or making a donation.  Just by learning more about the whales and the work MERS is doing to protect whales, you will become part of the team.  The more we know, the more we care, the more we will help.

All this on the heels of an incredible string of World Oceans Day events and school programs I participated in.  I think this painting was infused with ocean magic after all those amazing events that were topped off by a school camping trip with my daughter to a whale filled bay on the West Coast! Which reminds me, I should go check the calendar to see when we can go back to visit the grey whales in Pachena Bay again this summer!

grey whale heart blow

 

mothers…..GRAND and GREAT

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Today is a day for mothers, I am missing my own mom of course, but I am also thinking of the mothers that came before….of my GRAND-mothers, one of whom is still alive….she is also a GREAT grand-mother.  Here is a painting (in progress) of both these women, mothers that came before me, without them I would not be here today.  Did they know, on this day that they donned their party hats, at the wedding of my parents, that all these years later I would be be here, another mother, with two more daughters (possible future mothers)?  I’d like to think that on the day of this photo they glimpsed how their love would grow from that moment. I’d like to hold my great-grand-mother’s hand today and tell her how much her love means to me still.  She is still here and yet I cannot reach her (she lives in Saskatoon, her mind is increasingly confused) but I hope that she can feel my love.  I hope all the mothers that came before me can feel my love.  I miss you Mom and I miss all the moms I never knew and I am grateful to them all.  I also honour the mothers who have come since (step-mother, mother-in-law) and all the mothers yet to come (oh I hope my girls might feel their hearts swell with the love of their own children one day).

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

waxing with the moon

Sometimes it is hard to look on the bright side of things, sometimes I get a bit down and start thinking about all the challenges I face and forgetting how truly great my life is!  Especially when my family is going through uncertainty and change, especially when that is layered on a lack of sleep.  And a moon reaching for full tends to affect my sleep in a big way!  So this week there have been some hard moments….

…but yesterday I found (made) some time to go for a walk in the sun with a friend. We strolled along the sea and waded in to the refreshing water.  Toes on white shells, water sparkling with tiny fish, and so many birds soaring overhead.  I felt lighter as we chatted and shared our woes (as well as our blessings).  Lighter and with it came a brightening.  Yesterday I also found (made) time to do some painting.  This image of an eagle and a full moon is coming to light on the canvas, waxing like the nearly full moon that has been disturbing my sleep this week.  After yesterday I feel that I too am waxing like the moon…brightening…

Here’s hoping that I can keep finding this shift in perspective when I need it.  Maybe the full moon can become a beacon to remind me to lighten up (rather than something that usually just gets blamed for sleep issues).  It really is all about perspective….

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