So it is snowing here today and that is putting me in the mood for making new holiday cards! What do you think of this design my friends?…oh, and I may just be humming Christmas carols today too!
The spring sunshine is finally bringing us some heat and everything is growing so lush and green right now. Flowers all seem to be blooming at once and amongst the bright petals I can hear happy buzzing — it seems the bees are just as happy as we are to finally feel proof that winter is over! Even though spring seems to have only just begun, somehow summer seems to be nearly here. Today we went swimming in the sea (first dip of the year!) and later I enjoyed a lazy tea on my deck, damselflies and dragonflies zooming all around. For dinner we enjoyed a BBQ (on the deck again!) with baby birds chirping in the birdhouse above our heads and hummingbirds keeping us company. It really does feel like summer….a trick, I know, as June is quite often cool and wet on our island. But today I am am enjoying this little gift of sunshine! One can almost forget that tomorrow we all have school and work to return to….
….and meanwhile, while we are working away, so are the bees! I finished this piece this week in their honour! Words taken from a vintage children’s book of poems seem to fit the mood, don’t you think?
You can see this wee piece in person at a SWEET group art show here on Gabriola Island. FOR THE BEES is on display now until June 17th at Hive Emporium. Why not stop by and take a moment to see how we have been inspired to pay tribute to these important animals?
I had so much fun this weekend coming back to my studio! To my paints! To my oystercatcher photos! To a new batch of these cheerful black birds coming to life on my painting table! I have not finished them, but they really wanted to say “HELLO!” to you all….especially my blog friends that are participating in an Earth Day Art Challenge this weekend!
And here is where the magic happens, surrounded by trees and so much spring green! Hummingbirds and swallows zooming outside my window!
Since this blog challenge was all about art inspired by nature, I have to share a little something my ten year old daughter made on Earth Day (for a friend’s birthday). Isn’t she sweet?
After the wee fox (and my oystercatcher sketches) were complete, we went out and enjoyed a walk in the forest and found the perfect picnic spot next to a stream. The sounds of the water flowing and children giggling filled me up more that my yummy organic sandwich could and when the rain started to fall gently through the canopy my heart swelled with the perfection of the moment!
Happy Earth Day everyone! I am so grateful for all that our home provides every day – nourishment and life and so much BEAUTY! I hope you have done something special to honour your connection to the Earth this weekend and I hope that you will check in to Melodye Shore‘s blog to see how others are expressing their gratitude to the Earth in her Earth Day Art Challenge.
My octopus painting is DONE and I wanted to share a sneak peek with you! I call it “LOOK AT ME” (in part because I cannot stop looking at her)! If you want to get a proper look at her, please come to the SQUARED Art Show happening this weekend on Gabriola! If you cannot make it, all images go live (and can be purchased online) on Saturday! My girls also have paintings in the show…Alex is done and Raena is nearly there…here’s a peek at theirs…amazing how somehow all our colours coordinate (and we all painted animals).
You never know what might happen on this magical little island I live on! Indeed, today it seems that an octopus has crawled up three flights of stairs and into my studio! She sure makes me happy with her joyful curves. Reminding me to S-T-R-E-T-C-H and enjoy this moment. Oh and that sun streaming in the window sure makes the day better too!
Stay tuned to see how this new friend turns out….you can meet her at SQUARED – the art show opening this Friday night on Gabriola. The show runs all weekend and my girls will be selling their pieces too! They do not want me to post any pics yet, so all you get is a hint – they both painted animals too! Why not drop by and have a look….there will be 126 canvases – over 90 artists, including 15 youth. BE THERE and BE SQUARE!