So I made some cards for ME and then some of YOU asked for some too! After a few special orders, I still have a bunch left to sell at the holiday craft fairs I am participating in over the next two weekends. Come on by and grab a few and send some West Coast wishes to those you love! Printed on 100 % recycled paper (as all my cards are), these truly are good for the Earth….and the Sea! Please send me a note if you want a bulk order (and special bulk rate) on cards, or if you cannot make the holiday sales coming up.
I also decided to show you the entire painting (DIVE DEEP) in the form of a bookmark. Wouldn’t they make a nice pairing with the gift of a book (used book are the best kind to get, share your favourites around). To top off the ultimate West Coast gift, you could add my DIVE DEEP calendar (also printed on 100% recycled paper).
You will find my PEACEFUL ocean creations Dec 12,13, 19 and 20th at the Pier Gallery Artists Collective (Panacea has the best stocking stuffers, hint hint Santa) and this Sunday at the DRIFT Home Show from 1 – 5 pm (come see where the magic happens at Black Bird Studios and meet a bunch of fabulous artists) . Check out the links to see who is involved in each of these fabulous shows.
While you are out and about, check out the other craft sales happening on Gabriola over the next two weekends. The Agi Christmas Craft Fair is at the Community Hall this Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Also this Saturday, Dianna Bonder will have her studio open for an Xmas Blast Open House from 10 am – 4 pm (the perfect place to get those books I was talking about). Another talented group of artists will be selling their wares at Christmas at the Roundhouse over the next two weekends from 11 am – 4 pm. La Belle Vie Studio will be full of my friend Josee Velsen’s creations, so stop by while you are making your rounds (her homemade teas would be the perfect pairing with the books you are gifting and make sure you get some of your own to sip while you write Christmas cards).
There is simply no reason to go to Nanaimo when you can get all your holiday shopping done right here on our amazing island. Shop local and have fun!
P.S. If you are in Nanaimo and cannot make it over this way, check out the beautiful creations made by Katherine Moore at her Breeze On In Open House this weekend. Or head downtown and see my art alongside so many other locals at Artzi Stuff.
I love this time of year, the early days of preparing for the holidays when we have lots of ideas and lots of time to make them happen (or so we think). The kids have already designed and created their linocut Christmas card designs and have been hand printing all week (wait til you see the neon pink!) and I have been getting the itch to make my own cards. But I have lent the lino cutting stuff to another family and so I am trying my hand at something new.
Peace is something I have been yearning more and more for these days, on the Earth and in my heart. After a week of bright moonlit skies, this image seems to call to me. So I added some digital text to a painting that I think is perfect for sending holiday greetings from the west coast. Now I need your help in deciding which design I should get printed. Please tell me which one is your favourite…
As we draw towards the end of another amazing year, it is time for me to get my 2016 poster calendars ready for you! They make great holiday gifts — just roll up, tie with ribbon, and pass along with your love and best wishes for the coming year. For the price of a couple fancy coffees (10 bucks), you have art you can enjoy every day of the year!
My calendars are big and bold (12 x 18 inches, with larger font this year, a win for those that have eyes getting older like mine) and printed locally on 100% recycled paper (good for you AND the earth). Get them in my etsy shop or in a couple fun Gabriola holiday shows coming up….at Black Bird Studios on Dec 13th and at the Pier Gallery Holiday Sale here on Gabriola on the two weekends before Christmas (Dec 12/13 and 19/20). Of course you can contact me directly to place an order. Just 10 dollars each (I offer bulk discounts so let me know if you want a bunch).
I am so excited about this year’s designs and hope you are too. In particular the DIVE DEEP whale tail makes my heart SMILE as I remember a magic day this September when I was surrounded by so many humpbacks! Here is a photo I took of a whale called Yahtzee (can you see the spots on the underside of the tail?) getting ready to dive down for another mouthful of herring! (Please note the photo was taken from a distance and cropped and zoomed for this view).
A shout out to my friend The Marine Detective for sharing the magic on that special day and for continuing to do so much to protect our local marine species! A great gift idea would be to pair my whale calendar with a humpback whale sponsorship — give a gift that supports the important research that the Marine Education and Research Society is doing!
Here’s hoping 2016 is full of happy days for the ocean and for you and yours!
P.S. Which is your favourite 2016 design? Leave your top choice in the comments and I will enter your name into a giveaway. The winner gets the calendar they love best! I will close this giveaway at the end of the month.
Update – congrats to Natalie who was the lucky winner and will be getting a calendar from me!
What does the first week of home schooling look like for us? This year it looked like this……
Most days last week you would have found us at the beach….I took my camera with me to capture some of the magic. As you can see, the beach is perfect for learning. This visit included dance, writing, art, kite flying (when your kite is broken, make one with your coat), dog training, story telling, marine biology, snuggles and so much JOY! On the way home we even planned a new activity for this year’s learning plan and she started working on it right after lunch using photos from this very day (a playful scrapbook, all design and word choices are hers and I love to see how she is getting the vintage typewriter to help her out).
I love homeschooling, especially on magic days such as these. I love September, especially when the sun shines like it has been. There is a crispness in the air and a newness in our schedules that makes the coming season seem so full of possibility. Hope you too are enjoying this beauty-full time of year!
P.S. In case you are wondering where we were, this was Whalebone Beach. Of course she decided it needed a whale….
What do you do when there is a heat wave? Jump in the sea of course! ….and this is certainly a mermaid summer for me and my girls. Speaking of the sea….here’s a little peek at a painting I did for my little sister in honour of her BIG 4-0. It is called “Dive Deep” and captures a piece of the Tofino shores where she was born and spent her early childhood. I feel like the fourties are a time when we truly dig deeper to find our true selves. I included a big bright moon in this piece to help shine some light on my sister through this important journey. May we all SHINE our own true light in the coming years.