“Where does all the beach glass come from?” A question I have often asked myself while combing the beaches of the Salish Sea over the last few decades. And as you might have guessed, I have collected my fair share of this Weathered glass. With every piece I find, I know there is a story to be told, and I sometimes make a story up in my head as I walk home and add another piece to my collection – maybe it is the remnant of some mysterious shipwreck or a piece of an old message in a bottle that broke over some reef! I love seeing all the colours and shape and how some sparkle and some have a matte finish, some still have some sharpness to their edges while others are completely smooth – each piece is unique on its own. And what do I plan to do with all this Weathered beach glass, you ask? Well, for now it sits in a vintage bowl in my garden to be adored but who knows what the future holds!?!
Over the course of 2017, I had the opportunity of viewing the sketchbooks of some of the artists in my network and I got really inspired!!! I have never worked out of a sketchbook but I saw many different ways to use one and felt it as another way for artists to Grow, experiment, and lock down ideas.
So I decided to start my very first sketchbook in 2018! Since I have a thing about collections and I also love a challenge, I thought I would use my sketchbook to start a new body of work by doing one sketch a day for 365 days and see what I come up with, what I will learn, and what kind of Growth I will see in my art practice if I put my head down on a daily basis for a year.
I am currently on day 8 and I have already learned a lot! I am very excited about this experience and have started to look forward to my daily practice. My goal is to create a body of work to do my largest solo show in 2019 along with an art book to go with the collection called “Wink!!!” It’s super fun to watch the Growth of my sketchbook and I will share sneak peaks over the year, so stay tuned and I hope you will enjoy the process as much as I enjoy creating it. xoxo
The blue sky showed its face on Cortes Island this Sunday!!! A welcome sight that created a much-needed Serene feel over the whole island including the swamp on our property… xoxo
This past weekend, I attended a Mushroom Workshop on Cortes Island facilitated by Brigid Weller. It was such a wonderful day – blue skies and great company!!! We all took a walk around the Smelt Bay area in the woods together and found many varieties and colours of the Round button mushrooms.
We learned how to cook the edible ones, and which ones are poisonous in our region, and we also learned that we can make paper out of mushrooms, that leather is being made from them in Eastern Europe and – my favorite take-away of the day – which mushrooms can be used to naturally dye fabric.
The photo above is of an edible mushroom found on Cortes Island, and below are photos of paper and leather (which does not do well in the rain, btw) and of some of the beautiful colours you can turn hand-spun and naturally-dyed wool! All works are by Brigid Weller who graciously shared an abundance of info with us all!!!
On Cortes Island, there are only a few street lights
or dock lights for that matter
On the rainy, stormy fall nights
you can’t see the stars Glowing
for there is only one night-light shining!!!
Behold the Pedestrian-only (for both the bipeds and four-legged family members!) path to one of the most beautiful spots on the Salish Sea: Hanks’ Beach!!!
But do not be mistaken! Even though this is a foot-path, I would never call it Pedestrian as its appearance is ever-changing with the seasons; so it’s never a dull trail to walk and the source of constant inspiration with something new to see and experience every time we walk it… wink wink ; )
The Window of warmth has officially been lit!!! Even though the sun is still shining here on Cortes Island on the beautiful West Coast of Canada after a couple of much-needed serious rain falls that took the dust away. But in the late evenings and early mornings we have been a tad chilly – mind you, other parts of our country already have snow, but this is cold for us! This Window makes me feel so cozy and is a sight of what’s ahead for fall and winter as I spend a lot of time creating in my studio. xoxo
As we prepare for the colder season, here on beautiful Cortes Island, we have been very busy building our wood stack Layer by layer … A lot of work, but seeing this beautiful pile of logs ready for our wood stove already makes me feel all warm inside!
If you don’t get up early enough in the morning, you may just miss the Evanescent moment of the morning dew on the flowers in the garden!!! Here is a view of a magical morning earlier this month when the dew bejewelled one of my Queen of Night Tulips…