Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Adventures in painting on location!

Written June 26th, 2010 in Clark's Tickle, QC.

Whoops! I sorta missed a week didn't I? My bad. These last few weeks since returning home have been so incredibly hectic that I can barely think straight... so awesome. :-) I have so many family and friends around at all times that I don't think a second about everything at once like I did in Mount Pearl. It's not like I have any cares in the world, but I don't dread my days anymore cause I am used to spending them alone all the time. All I can say is that I miss my husband a lot, If i stay over the amount that I have planned, which is 2 1/2 months, it will be the longest we will have been apart since we have been together. It's not easy thinking about how much fun I am having and experience I am getting over here, and I can't share it with him. It's even worse that he knows exactly what he's missing. :-PAnyhow, I'm sitting here in a rocking chair at the cabin, watching my folks, brother, and sister-in-law play a game of cards, and my niece and nephew playing with my old duplo blocks that I played with here as a child. The last week has been CRAZY busy. I finished one of my large canvases last week, and started another this week. The painting I have done was immediately inspired by the icebergs flowing through the straits here.
I tried capturing the essence of the Strait of Belle Isle that separates Quebec/Labrador, and Newfoundland. This week I am working on painting the puffin sanctuary off the coast of Lourdes de Blanc-Sablon.
Apparently It is quite the island for puffin study, since I was told that David Suzuki himself was there to study the birds a few years ago. In fact I saw a few while iceberg hunting with my brother and father on fathers day... after we all stuffed ourselves with lobsters from the local fish plant as seen here, naturally. :-)

The last two weekends I have been helping my parents revamp this cabin. Mom and I have painted it from top to bottom, added a spice shelf, and back-splash over the sink and stove with my father. This place has been my home since an infant, so It feels nice to give a little to make it look it's best. Not saying that it is AT it's best, but it looks pretty schnazzy. ;-) I will have before and after pictures for you when it's completed.

Today something sad happened. My niece Hailey found a baby hooded Merganser swimming in the cove alone. My brother and I had to make a trip into the river to pick up a few supplies, and bring out a new sofa set for the cabin. Upon arrival I saw the little bird huddled in a fish tub full of grass that Hailey and my mother prepared. I grabbed it immediately since I saw that the bird looked a little TOO relaxed with our presence. I brought the bird inside where it was warm and try to make it not use much energy to keep itself warm. It looked around, and was aware of things, but didn't flinch. I then saw water coming out of it's nares, and for parrot standards, thats never a good sign. Shortly after, the poor little thing rocked it's head back and died. I really wish it would have survived, but I'm sure it's mother was killed, it wasn't the first chick we have seen in the last few weeks. When I was little I had a pet goose that my father and uncle rescued from a frozen pond. We ended up having her for a pet for 3-4 years. She even followed me to school in the morning. :-) It would have been nice to have done the same for this little guy, but I guess the poor little thing was too hungry and weak to keep going, and I didn't get a chance to take a picture. :-(

I'm hoping tomorrow is a nice day, so I can slap on the sunscreen and head outside on the picnic table to paint my puffins. I will keep my fingers crossed. :-)

Woo!! S'mores are ready! Until next time. :-D


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First week back home!! :-D

Written Sunday, the 13th of June in Clark's Tickle, QC.

Well now, I'm sitting here at my parents kitchen table at the cabin overlooking the sunset settling behind the hills, and watching the tide come into the cove.

I see a few arctic terns doing what would look like belly flops to the average joe, but i know they are only diving for some food. It's so amazing being back here again, I would always daydream of being home and now that I'm here I feel so amazingly calm and relaxed. There is seriously no place like home! It brings out the good in you. :-)

I have started working on my grant paintings. The first one I tackled was one of the three largest canvases I brought with me. I decided to start with a painting of the icebergs found floating by here in the Labrador/Quebec straits. In fact I just used some bits of this iceberg to cool my gingerale today! Awesome. I took a boat ride with my father yesterday to see one of the icebergs here. It had a huge crystal blue stripe going down the middle as you can see here, talk about something majestic.

Today i tried my hand at trout fishing, but didn't get anything. didn't stop me from visiting a few islands on the way back to our cabin in Clark's Tickle though. First we went to Chapman's Island with my father, brother, and his two kids. I got to see some gull nests and even a few baby seagulls, which of course is always a highlight this time of year.

We then visited the famous Boney Island to get some wood from old Mr. Whiteley's house to use to frame my painting that I have planned for my grant. For those of you wondering, Mr. Whiteley was a man from Boston, who started up the first cod fishery in Quebec, and it is literally next to Clark's Tickle. In fact, the Clark steamships that came to drop off supplies to the island and it's workers would often dock here when there were stormy seas, hence the name Clark's Tickle. He also was the inventor of the codtrap. :-)

Anyhow, enough of the history lesson Lori, I managed to POSSIBLY have a showing at the Bakeapple Festival in Lanse aux Loup in Labrador as well, and a few other workshops. In fact I am attending the Catholic Church's craft guild tomorrow with some ideas for the ladies to work on. My mother is part of the guild, so naturally I am willing to help, and share some ideas. Should be interesting, I can't sew to save my life! But I can doodle, so it's a start! :-P

Anyhow, thats the gist of my first week back home. On Wednesday I meet up with the folks who run the Point Amour Lighthouse, where I will also be having workshops. But other than that I will be painting. It's nice to be surrounding by old friends and family though throughout the day. The inspiration never stops. ;-)


Friday, June 4, 2010

Illustration Friday: Trail

I thought this little illustration I did a while ago was appropriate for this weeks theme.

It's a little doodle I made of me when I was 4 years old, heading up the trail to my Uncle Edward, and Aunt Debbie's cabin at 4 am. Their cabin is located behind ours on an island off the coast, while my parents would go fishing for codfish. My mother would usually go with him to catch their quota faster. So I would stay there with my Aunt and Uncle until they returned home. THIS is where I'm headed in a few days to create most of my art for my grant project. I'm sure I can speak for most illustrators by saying that our childhood never leaves us, especially for me and my work. :-)


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Shopping for art supplies and leaving for home!

Well, I can say I have been busy this week, and it does involve the arts, jusssst not so much CREATING as buying supplies for this summer. Where I'm going? You would be lucky to find any sort of paint that isn't meant for walls.

Today I spent a large chunk of my grant budget for my supplies. THIS is what $590.00 looks like, and I'm not even done yet.
No, I have yet to buy my largest canvases, which will be 24 x 48 inches or so. Fairly large, and scary. I tend to work on WAY smaller projects, but they won't really fill up the walls at a show unless you have a ga-zillion of them. :-P

It's funny, I have the funds for some pretty high end supplies and materials, but I stick with my cheap ol' paints! Hey... they work for me! I'm certainly not a brand snob when it comes to stuff. Whatever gets the job done is just dandy. The paint I actually prefer is even cheaper still than what I have here, but I can't buy it here unfortunately.

Well, I leave for my hometown on Sunday, to a place that still has dial-up (I know right... that still exists?!) so I probably won't post as much, but I will also have more to say when I get a chance to do so. I really want to share my experiences painting this summer painting along the beaches and forests of my home. This will be my first time creating a series completely back home, and I am so excited and proud to be able to do so, and I will totally be thinking of you all when I feast upon the oceans bounty.... Mwahaha! ;-D