31.7.11

Honeysuckles!

This is the rule for this month... everyone in the universe needs to plant honeysuckles in their gradens/porches/decks/patios/yards... the fragrance and beauty!!




30.7.11

Weekends!

Weekends are so short, and they always come in the middle of busy times... when Ian comes home, I try to make it so that we have at least a few hours doing something fun together before I have to rush off for something else that may not be so fun as a togerthness activity...
Two weekends ago we went for a paddle to one of our favorite beaches...

... and it was great fun...

Last weekend we took one of my kites out for a spin on the beach... George came out to join the fun also...

... and this weekend I had  really fun morning of moving piles of shale and sdirt and clay around all planned as awonderfully grand togetherness activity...

... all told, two dumptruck loads to shovel and rake...

... Hiiner was so stoked. FUN!

28.7.11

Life is Busy and my garden is going WILD!

It's been a long few weeks without the internet, and hence, without blogging... in the meantime, I've attended a few fairs, have been working steadily on my large sculpture (at the painting stage right now, along with a great big long list of other things still to go...), working in the studio as I can, falling behind on the Crow's Nest and my gardens, but still loving the scents... the garden is going crazy. Honeysuckles are blooming and perfuming the air around the house; lilies are in bloom; my wild roses are blooming and beautiful... can't wait to spend some time in it, hopefully this weekend.

19.7.11

Art Ex... Stories and Workshops and Art!

I taught a glass mosaic-ing workshop in Grand Falls Windsor last week... or maybe a bit more, internet has been down at the house for over a week... and met a really great group of people...

Teresa took us for a tour of Millertown over the lunch break (her husband, the mayor, cooked us fish 'n' brewis for lunch, she had made chili, and neighbours had baked cookies... how great!)...

... the old mill wheel...

...Mamateeks at Indian Point on Red Indian Lake...

...Smokehouse...

Melissa, the youngest student with a beautiful crocus from her own photograph...

Indira, showing off her white water splashing on the rocks...

...Linde with her landscape...

...Arthur, the quietest of the bunch, working on his tulips (never got to see the completed work, hope it turns out!!)...

...Bev, a wealth of historical stories on characters from around the area-- kept us entertained for hours!!

Deb and her sailboats...lovely and summery!

Gwen hard at her scenery from a photo taken in Africa.
What a great group, I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed my time. ArtEx was an excellent event, extremely well-organised, and definitely worth checking out.

6.7.11

Turtle Release

Three days later, (yes, stubborn), I have finally worked out how to upload my video of a turtle release. One of our first projects in the ceramics course was to create a pinch-pot turtle... mine was a sea turtle, because that made sense to me... and we were going to release them all into the wilds. What with the pitfiring, and everything else, the class-release did not happen, but I decided to have a go anyway.
The video is almost 5 minutes, might be a bit long, and possibly not exciting... I labelled it as 'comedy', but that might not come across to all viewers. Anyways, my turtle, along with a vial strapped to its back with name and number in case ever found, wax melted onto belly and covered the holes that I had to put in so the beast wouldn't explode during firings, was freed this past Sunday, off McIvers Point...

3.7.11

Clay and Glass= FUSION

One of my pieces has been accepted in Fireworks 2011, a travelling exhibition of Canadian Clay and Glass... click on the Fireworks 2011 link to see the entries, they are quite interesting. Strangely, not much glass being exhibited...

1.7.11

New Studio Sign

Not sure if I posted this earlier or not... but my brother was over the other day and he noticed that I had the sign up (he refurbished this and presented it to me for Christmas); next time, I'll aim the lens to the other side of the ginko, and perhaps it will be more clear. Or just come and see it for yourselves!