Mr. ILoveH2O has found his forever home in Victoria, BC! Now this makes me so happy because Mr.ILoveH2O was the very first stuffy I documented for the collection back in 2014. By now, the Stuffy Collection has gotten around and travelled around the Salish Sea and there are 27 left for adoption out of this unique yearlong 52-week art challenge I set out for myself. And quite a challenge it was! Spending a year doing one photo shoot with a different stuffy each week for inspiration and then creating one portrait a week and writing a short story for each of them was as much fun as it was a lot of work! But very rewarding nonetheless and it continues to be so. Mr. ILoveH2O has a great message to share considering the situation going on in the world and especially in the US and in Canada. Here is his story:
Mr.ILoveH2O knows that water is the most important thing on earth.”Without it nothing would survive!” he is fond of saying. And then he invariably adds: “It takes 460 gallons of water to grow on pound of chicken and 31 gallons of water for a single pound of potatoes!” Mr.ILoveH2O would like you to think about water every day.
Thank You for your ongoing support it means a lot to me and encourages me to keep creating. xoxo Laura
The Stuffy Collection is an art project consisting of a challenge I gave myself in 2014 of creating on art piece for 52 consecutive weeks. I chose to base it around my stuffed animal collection by first taking a photo for inspiration and then create a painted portrait as well as a story. The installation has toured the The Salish Sea and can be viewed as we speak at The Co-op Café on Cortes Island alongside the art book I created from the project My Stuffies’ Secret Life. I decided to share Week 45 with you, as it seems like a good time to share Pearl’s story.
Pearl likes to stay close to her roots, so she does not travel far often. She does have an aunt who lives on an oyster farm much more to the south of where Pearl lives. Her aunt visits every year and each time, brings her many of her namesakes. Pearl loves to spend time with her aunt and marvel at what oysters can do with a speck of dirt! “It’s always possible to turn challenges into opportunities,”thinks Pearl.
The Stuffy Collection is now showing at The Co-op Cafe on Cortes Island from Oct 17th to Nov 27th. I would like to invite my island neighbours and visitors to check out the show as well as enjoy a warm beverage and tasty treat from the bakery.
About the project: in 2014, I decided to give myself an art challenge – create art inspired by my stuffed animal collection for 52 consecutive weeks. I set the goal of doing a photo shoot with one of my stuffy each week and then paint a portrait using the photo as inspiration. I then wrote a little story about their journey in order to uncover their dreams and aspirations; this in turn became my first art book, “My Stuffies’ Secret Life.” Today I share Elenor with you. To see more about The Stuffy Collection, I invite you to come by the cafe or check out the pages on my website.
Elenor is always looking deeper than the surface, reading between the lines and connecting with the space between things…”There is always more than meets the eye”in Elenor’s world!
The Co-op Cafe is in the heart of Cortes Island, where the Locals and visitors meet up for warm beverages and treats. Local art always graces the walls, and live entertainment or spoken word events delight the crowds. Connected to the cafe is where you can get your organic groceries from a wide selection for your every need. For the next 6 weeks, The Stuffy Collection has taken over the walls of the cafe. An art challenge I gave myself in 2014 taking my stuffed animal collection as inspiration and creating one piece a week for 52 consecutive weeks. Each piece consists of a photo, a portrait and a small story. To see more of this collection please visit The Stuffy Collection pages on my website.
I have always been drawn to this day.It really makes great sense to me.The Year Of The Monkey begins now!!! It’s time to get your A** in gear clean up the old and move forward with the new,get that clutter out of your world and clean up the yard cause spring is on its way.I wish everyone a wonderful new year with new desires and dreams.Today I share “Snapper” from “The Stuffy Collection”.It was this week last year I showed the full collection and had my art book launch for “My Stuffies’ Secret Life”.It’s been a great last year and I look so forward to another.
Today I share 2 portraits of my zoo by Robert Skot McMillan.His work is divine capturing the moment.I am thrilled to be working with Robert on a collaboration for an upcoming art show in Victoria in November.A good friend and an amazing artist that I learn from and who also inspires me.To see more of his work please visit his website.
I am happy to announce that My Stuffies Secret Life is now in stores.You can now by my art book on my etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/laurabalducciart also at the following vacation destinations The Heriot Bay gift store on Quadra Island B.C. ,The Pollen Sweater Inc. in Lund B.C. ,Ecossentials in Powell River B.C. ,The Gorge Marina on Cortes Island B.C. , The Coop on Cortes Island and The Squirrel Cove Craft Coop on Cortes Island.You can also email me for your own signed copy at email@example.com
With 6 weeks to go on The Stuffy Collection and still going strong, I would like to introduce you to Mazy my model for week 46.
This challenge of 52 portraits of my stuffed animal collection has strengthened my techniques and thought process and definitely kept me on my toes by the end of the year there well be 52 photoshoots,52 portraits and 52 stuffed animals stay tune for the announcement of the upcoming show in 2015.