When travelling to Cortes Island on the beautiful western coast of Canada, you must not only travel by road but also take what we call our “water highway” – with the assistance of B.C. Ferries or of course your own boat! The Road Taken for us means crossing the Salish Sea!!!
Winter has hit our usually temperate province (British Columbia, Canada) in full force this year. It had been in the forecast since fall but we did not understand what they meant until it happened! And in my household, we are grateful for the inches of snow that have already fallen, mainly because there is a chance that it might replenish the water table and help avoid a drought for the next gardening season. With a high Anticipation for even more snow to fall this winter, we might even enjoy a white holiday season all the way into the new year. There are some out there who are not into the white fluffy stuff but honestly, we have had a shortage of water over the last few summers, in part due to very low snowfalls over the winters. So bring it on! And it’s also a great pretext to spend extra time in the studio, cozied up with my loved ones – including my beloved zoo members of course – and drinking warm beverages.
The snow offers another benefit. I happen to be very fond of yard art and have put on display many little creatures and treasures in mine. Today I share a photo of a vintage toy with a clock concealed in its body that awaits in Anticipation to see if the snow will end up covering him completely this year or not. Only time will tell…
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
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.
Every summer, The Old School House Gallery curates a Members’ Show. The theme changes yearly but the talent gracing the walls only gets more and more impressive. This year’s theme was inspired by sharing thoughts on the topic of climate change as we watch it happen and escalate in our environment.
Primary Elements – Annual Members’ Show opens on July 22nd and run to July 31st and will feature a wide variety of mediums coming together under one roof. This event is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with the fantastic crowd that always attends and to see the works of the talented people who live on beautiful Cortes Island.
(Wink wink! Watch out for RainBow and Monsters!!!)
If you know me, you know I love old vintage tea cups. So I took advantage of the photo challenge “From Above” by capturing the flow of water into the pond from teapots to tea cups. I captured the water trickling into the pond from above, as you can see.