….and still smiling!! here we are then (2000) and now (2015). I am so very lucky!
Hello to all of you who love stationary as much as I do! I have good news from my studio today — I am bundling up some new card designs to take to Artzi Stuff (in Nanaimo), Pier Gallery and Village Food Market (both on Gabriola). There are some sweet ones if I do say so myself. The bike would be perfect for an anniversary card, the “good friend” one could do the same duty but would also be perfect for a mother’s day card. The camping surfers scene would be perfect to send to someone with your summer news. There is a new oyster catcher (since I received so much good feedback about the first one) and “trust the universe” is a reminder we all need to hear once in awhile. Then there are those feathers topped by party flags, they would be perfect for any sentiment I think!
I will also be replenishing all three shops with some of my other favourites, just in time for mother’s day. If you don’t have time to make your mother/grandmother/mother-of-your-children a card, then why not consider one of these? Whatever you do, please honour the mothers in your life in some special way….they deserve it!
The Pier Gallery Artists Collective is opening up a month early this year and so I have been working hard to finish some paintings. This weekend, from 11-5 both Saturday and Sunday, my art will be for sale alongside the incredible creations of over two local dozen artists. Why not pop in and see what we have been up to? You might just find the perfect mother’s day gift (for your mom or for yourself)! Speaking of, here are a couple of my new ones that might just fit the bill…..you will have to come to the gallery to see the rest (including some new card designs)!
And now I must start painting for Artzi Stuff – just last week they sold the last couple paintings I had left in there! Perfect timing since I really love to create at this time of year….though balancing it with work and homeschooling and puppy and all the other stuff is a bit tricky!
It seems my secret plot is working! My hope that by making my art into cards, more people will send real mail! My cards are selling fast at two local shops (Artzi Stuff in Nanaimo and Village Foods here on Gabriola). Tonight I am packaging up some new cards to take to the stores and hoping that this is not just a Valentine’s trend, that people will continue to share their love and words through mail, real old fashioned mail.
This week we mailed off our own love notes to our family, including my grandparents. I enclosed some old photos to honour their love, a love so big that it still holds them together in their nineties. Even as my Granny’s mind cannot remember what day it is or where she is, she knows my Grandpa. To her, he still is “such a great dancer….such a dreamboat”. Though she no longer writes to us, she still gets joy from our notes and photos. She cannot navigate a phone or computer anymore, but she can still hold our letters in her hands & “hear” our stories through our words. All thanks to good old-fashioned mail.
Yes, I will continue to hope that my plot to keep real mail alive will work. I hope that when I am old and grey there will be letters and photos coming to me from my far flung family. I know I will continue to write to them as long as I am able.
P.S. Don’t you think this new card design is perfect for Valentine’s Day? I am pretty sure that oystercatchers exchange periwinkles with their loved ones…..they seem to be the perfect intertidal bonbon!
when there are no words, when someone is in so much pain, when there is nothing you can do to stop the sickness, when you want to give them so much love….there is always art. with this piece, made with so much intention, I am sending love and blessings to the recipient. may it give her some peace and remind her that she is surrounded by love, she is loved, she is love….