Elenor Finds Her Forever Home

Elenor from The Stuffy Collection has found her forever home in Vernon B.C. I believe she is going to be treasured for many years to come and this warms my heart. Her new human is named Frankie – a young lady who is having fun embarking on her newfound love of art collecting.

The Stuffy Collection was an art challenge I gave myself in 2014, which consisted of taking a photo, creating a portrait inspired by it, and write a short story for each of my stuffed animal in my collection. Here is Elenor’s story from the book I made from this project, My Stuffies’ Secret Life.

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!

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Forever Home: continued

The Stuffy Collection just keeps on moving!!!

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

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Forever Home For Chinetta

Chinetta – from the Stuffy Collection – has found her forever home on Cortes Island just in time for the festive time of year! Let me share a little insight on Chinetta taken from my book, My Stuffies’ Secret Life where you can find the full collection of 52 portraits, photos, and stories.

Chinetta has a personality that makes every room light up. When she speaks it’s like a pop of entertainment that sparkles with fun and laughter. Chinetta gets invited to all the parties!

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Pinky Has Gone MISSING!!!

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This is a photo of Pinky. Usually, this would be her favourite season because she can’t believe all the beautiful colours fall brings us. It’s such a cozy time of year too. the brisk autumn  air, the crisp sun… and sipping on hot chocolate while sitting on her comfy couch in front of a crackling fire are some of Pinky’s favourite things.

BUT!!! Pinky’s photo has gone AWOL and we are worried about her. If you see it anywhere, or have any information as to its whereabouts, please bring it back to the Co-op Café no questions asked or contact laurabalducciart@gmail.com to arrange her return.
The rest of the collection misses her!

THANK YOU!

The Stuffy Collection

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!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Local

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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – H2O

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In 2014, I gave myself an art challenge: Make one portrait a week for 52 consecutive weeks of my Stuffed Animal Collection. (You can view more on this project by visiting my Stuffy Collection pages on my website.) Each week, I took a photo of one stuffy for inspiration and then painted a portrait and wrote a story. For this week’s challenge, I share Mr. IloveH2O’s photo, portrait and 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 one 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.

 

Art – Finds a Forever Home

 

Mia and her crow are all packed up and ready to go on their adventure to their new home in the Kootenays. Alongside them, Snapper and Upsy Daisy from The Stuffy Collection are also starting their journey to their forever home in Alberta.

In other news, the soundtrack from my new art installation “The Other-Side presents That Wall” is now available for purchase via my email: laurabalducciart@gmail.com

And for those in Powell River, it is also available at the Base Camp Cafe on Marine Ave. and the Madcap Beauty Spot Salon in The Rodmay Hotel.

Photo by Darshan Alexander Photography

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Happy Chinese New Year

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.

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Snapper’s Photo shot 

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Snapper’s painted Portrait

Week 50 – Chinetta

Can you believe it’s already week 50 of 2015 !!!This week I bring you Cinetta from “My Stuffies’ Secret Life”  an art book featuring the story’s from The Stuffy Collection.

Chinetta has a personality that lights up a room.When she speaks,it’s like a pop of entertainment that sparkles with fun and laughter.Chinetta gets invited to all the parties.

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