Wink!

Here is another installment of my Wink! project. Today I share the next 4 pages of the 365-day art challenge I set myself a the beginning of the year! I am still going strong and enjoying every day but the meaning of the word “challenge” has become crystal for me because there is only so many hours in one day. Sometimes there is more time to dedicate to my new art installation, and on others, not so much! I am happy to report, however, that I make time for a tarot card and a sketch every day!

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Over the last month, as spring has sprung and the gardening season entered its full swing, I must admit that it has taken more effort to keep up with this project than during the winter months when I could devote 3 hours a day to it. At the moment, I’ve had to cut this time in half, but once the garden is all planted I am sure it will be easier to set a little more time aside and continue moving forward with Wink! Mind you, I like to work with many art media on a daily basis, so I am still putting in a good five to eight hours of art a day. To see more of my 365-day art challenge please check out my previous blog posts!

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Place in The World

I love living on Cortes Island B.C. Canada… it’s A (The) Place in The World where I belong!!! With all its natural beauty, forests, lakes, ocean beaches and shores – as well as an amazing community that has always made me feel welcome – I really cannot think of a better place to call home.

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A bird’s-eye view of Hague Lake in the Kw’as Park – also known as my backyard…

Daily Tarot Card

I have been intrigued by the Tarot for as long as I can remember: A series of cards with colour and images representing the many stations of human life, that we read using both our knowledge and our intuition to find the message to a question. I recently retired from my chosen career as a hair, make-up and fashion artist, a job I loved as I have a passion for helping people fulfill their dreams and feel their best. Something that is less known in that line of work is that we also serve a counselor as we use our intuition with every client (does she really want to cut all her hair off or is she just having a hard day?) which is something I found very rewarding. After 33 years, I decided to pursue my other passion of learning and sharing what I know about the Tarot. I got so into it that I have started creating my own Tarot deck of cards, for which I’ll be using the art I am creating during my 365 day challenge (you can read more about my art challenge on some of my other posts), which I will be releasing as part of an art installation called “Wink” in 2019. During this process I read a card of the day from my current deck – the Herbal Tarot – and use it as my inspiration to create my sketch of the day.

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The Herbal Tarot – Photo courtesy of The Magical Cat

So I am happy to announce that for your enjoyment, enlightenment, and a little bit of guidance or insight, I am now taking bookings for authentic 3-card readings.

Please email me for more info or to schedule a reading: laurabalducciart@gmail.com

Code of ethics:  I do not offer medical or financial advice, and I also do not knowingly do reading for anyone under the age of 18. What I share during a reading should only be considered for stimulation of your thought process, to shed some light on your life and to offer a little guidance. Your reading will always stay confidential and your personal information private.

Creative Sessions

Nola McPhail and I have been busy in our new art studio at the Linnea Education Centre preparing for our art installation for the summer show @ The Coop Cafe on Cortes Island, that will run from Aug. 15 – 31.

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We both had an opportunity to visit the tropics this past winter with the idea of doing some homework, of course, using the medium of photography which we both love. So we took pictures and gathered lots of material that we are now using as inspiration to build an art piece for our installation, using textiles and fibres and we are really enjoying this process. It is a very interesting way to approach an art piece by taking a photo and translating it into 3D art!!!

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We have also continued to explore our love for art dolls sculptured out of polymer clay and using recycled materials, found objects to design their outfits. We are having a blast and learning a lot while working hard at our crafts. We also look forward to sharing our art installation with our neighbours and visitors this summer. We will continue to share our progress with you and be inspired by our view from the studio of Gunflint Lake.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unlikely

One of the things I most appreciated during my visit to Costa Rica is the “farm to table” experience at La Carolina Lodge while on the Six Petals Rainforest Retreat. This resonated with me since I am a farmer on the West Coast of B.C. and base my diet mainly on what I grow in my garden. I found it very intriguing to see the different plants that grow in Costa Rica.

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As much as I knew that the diet was going to revolve around rice and veggies, I had never seen rice grow or what the plant looked like up close. So it would have been very Unlikely for me to walk out in the garden and guessed it was rice growing all around! Eventually, as part of the retreat we were given a garden tour and got the low-down on all the plants they grow, how they preserve them and cook from their garden. It was a very cool experience.

 

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Close-up of a rice plant with a glimpse of the grains sheltered inside the stalk.

Old School House Art Gallery

I am really excited to announce that I am coordinating this year’s annual members show at the Old School House Art Gallery and I would like to take this opportunity to invite new and ongoing members to submit their artwork. It is a really fun event and a great way to share the walls with our fellow artists. You don’t have to be a full-time resident but you do have to be a member (details below on how to do that). We are so fortunate here on Cortes Island to have such a beautiful gallery, with an amazing crew of board members and volunteers – our gallery is run on donations and the hard work that goes into every season, from solo art shows to group shows. So without any further ado, here is the 2018 schedule of the many exciting shows we have planned for this year and we look forward to seeing you at the gallery.

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Theme – SPACE

Call for submissions to participate in our Annual Member Show.  July 27 to Aug 5.

The Theme this year is SPACE ……which has, of course, many and varied interpretations:  “an area, extent, expanse, lapse of time” or “to set some distance apart” or how about, “the unlimited or incalculably great three dimensional realm or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.” Space can be seen as a landscape, a concept of the space between things, or outer space, deep space. Feel free use any medium you wish and any genre that tickles your fancy – abstract, pop art, contemporary art, textile art, watercolours, acrylic, oil, glass and/or a sculpture… to name a few. We welcome all media and interpretations …..

The deadline for committing to the show is Saturday, July 14. Laura Balducci is our esteemed Coordinator this year, so please email your intent to participate to Laura at laurabalducciart@gmail.com.

Here’s how you can participate and have your work shown at the exhibit:

First make sure you are a member of the Gallery: new and renewing memberships are $10. You can mail us a cheque, payable to the Old Schoolhouse Gallery to Janet Turpin, Box 203, Whaletown, V0P 1Z0. Or you can pay at the Gallery during any of the season’s shows. Then bring us your pieces on Monday July 23 from 1pm to 8pm. You can submit up to two new pieces, and depending on space we’ll do our best to include all, though no guarantees!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lines

Spring is in full bloom on our beautiful little island, and all around the garden Lines are popping up everywhere. From the trim of the garden beds, the fence posts, all the stems and the leaves of the plants. But have you ever just stopped to check out the flower petals? I think flowers are pretty amazing; they attract bees that pollinate, they grow food since many are edible, they bring so much colour of joy to our eyes, and every single one of them is unique in its own way even on the same plant or species. Just check this orange tulip. All the subtle hues of colours and the gorgeous Lines and striations on the petals!

Earth Day – Every Day

I think it’s great that we take one day a year to celebrate Earth Day, but I think we can all do better than that and do our part Every Day!!! There is so much more that every single one of us can do on a daily basis to make things better on our beautiful planet. This includes the obvious such as “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. Today, I would like to share my thoughts on this very important topic.

Unfortunately the obvious 3 R’s are not enough and this being proven a little more every day. There are other key things that we can each put into practice which are really not that difficult to achieve, considering the impact they have.

The first thing I would like to mention is part of the “reduce” but it involves choices that are not made by everyone and it involves reducing our carbon footprint. My suggestion is to carpool wherever and whenever possible – this just takes a bit of networking and planning. Another option is to walk more and/or ride a bicycle (we could all use more time outside, more exercise, and some fresh air). Another thing is to grow our own food. There is no doubt it is a healthier choice for our body and soul, it eliminates plastic and packaging and also less pesticides. And since we are what we eat, it would be a good thing to care about what we put in your body! Now I do believe there is some limits here depending on where people live, but here is a case of “thinking inside the box” because it is easy to create a garden in even the most restricted spaces by using boxes or pots, and even a herb garden on a window sill brings down our packaging (which means less plastic) and has many health benefits – fresh herbs are filled with nutrients!

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Another one of my favourite ways to do my part is to not support “fast fashion” or disposable items. This means thinking about where we put our money. And it’s really no that hard to do. Here are some questions you can ask yourself: Do these items define who you are? (NO). Do you really need them? (NO). Fast fashion equals slave labour, pollution, and a ton of waste that ends up in landfills. It also mans cheap goods that break down in the laundry and barely last one season. The alternative is to buy quality clothing that is well-made, and to choose timeless pieces that never go out of style, that you can store appropriately for each season to enjoy for decades to come. Another option is to buy recycled and upcycled clothes.

And now for a biggie and a no-brainer: disposable items! This includes getting a new TV every couple years or just having to have the latest smart phone! When appliances are concerned, buying a cheap version means they will break down as soon as the warranty wears out instead of lasting for years like they could. Other habits to watch for include buying new and unnecessary house items for one season which are mostly made of plastic, as well as such items as swiffer mops, coffee pods, disposable diapers and cloths, unrecycled toilet paper and paper towels, non-biodegradable soaps and detergents, and any of the things that give us a quick fix of instant gratification that will just end up tossed in some landfill, and that we never needed in the first place, or for which sustainable, and environmentally-friendly alternatives exist.

These are just a few thoughts that I think everyone of us can put more in to practice, and this goes for me too. Let’s all work together to help create the Earth we want for the future. I believe if we all do just a little more than the obvious, and make a conscious decision to think before we buy, as well enlist the help of our friends and family to make this choice together and keep each other in check, these few simple changes can make a big difference. Of course there are many other ways but for now I will leave this for the curious mind…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Awakening

Spring is in full force, with all the flowers and seeds Awakening from their winter slumber and their colours bursting Open. I have to say it’s a pretty inspiring time of year! I love watching all the action and the surprises that appear a little more each day. One of the things I love about planting perennial flowering bulbs is that they reproduce yearly with more foliage, depending on where I planted them; some comes up in bunches and others in spots I had not imagined a flower would be. Tulips are one of my all time favourites, maybe because they are some of the first ones to unfold from their cocoon of leaves. But don’t get me wrong, I love all plants. I wish everyone a wonderful gardening season…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Smile

Billie was the second dog I ever had in my adult like (so not counting my family dogs). I rescued her when she was 3 years old from a very abusive situation. I had her for an amazing 13 years and she was a totally amazing dog – in fact even people who were not “dog people” loved her. She also was the first dog I ever had who actually smiled – and yes, this is her smiling! She smiled a lot and often, and I like to think it was one of the many ways she used to show me how much she appreciated being rescued. I loved her so much and miss her dearly. She is forever in my heart and now rests in peace after a long and wonderful life. xoxo ❤️img_8732