Now at Harbour Grounds

My “Gros Morne at Twilight” piece is now on exhibit and available for purchase at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Only a few weeks until my exhibit opens in Corner Brook.  I think I am anticipating to have approximately 24 pieces in that show- many of them from my small ‘Postcards from Newfoundland’ series and some pieces that are slightly larger.  I’m getting excited as final preparations are being made!

 

Karen

Exhibit Video

For those who didn’t get a chance to come and see my recent exhibit at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa here’s your opportunity!   A local film-maker, Liana Voia, kindly did a surprise interview with me at the opening reception.

I’m not much of a fan of watching myself on video, but I think it turned out really well and it is a great memento of the exhibit now that it is no longer hanging.

In this video I talk about each of the sixteen pieces in the exhibit as well as a bit about my own process when it comes to hooked fibre art.

 

Enjoy!

 

Karen

 

 

What I’ve Been Up To….

It feels like forever since I last blogged, though I guess it has only really been a week or so!

My exhibit at the Shenkman Arts Centre is over.  We picked up all of the pieces this past Wednesday and they have now all either found places in my home (for now anyway!) or have gone off to a new home.  Truthfully, it is a bit sad when you see the gallery empty after your work has been hanging there for so long.  But this was a tremendously exciting time for me for sure!  I feel like I’ve grown, my work has grown…..so many good things have come from this opportunity.  I am absolutely certain that this is just the beginning of even more great things!

I have several new great things in the works, but they are all in the “wait and see” process right now so I don’t have much to share on that front.  I can say that they are all SUPER thrilling and I am crossing all of my fingers and toes that they all work out.

This past week brought some sad news on the passing of a family member with whom I was quite close.   I think having my work to focus on has helped a lot with dealing with the sadness- there is something very relaxing and cathartic about the act of creating.  I feel certain that some of my feelings from this past week will find their way into my work, as a way of holding on to the myriad of happy memories that I have.

Unbelievably it is exactly one month today until the opening of my solo exhibit in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  I have gotten some more pieces finished for that show, including “End of Fishing Season” (photo above) and this one:

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“House by the Water” (named by my almost three year old boy).   I really can’t wait to see all of these little pieces all hanging together.

I think that is all my news for now!  Hope the sun is shining where you are!

Karen

Cranes at St. John’s Harbour

My latest piece in my ‘Postcards from Newfoundland’ series is called “Cranes at St. John’s Harbour.”

The harbour in St. John’s, Newfoundland is a working harbour and I wanted to pay tribute to this with a more industrial style piece.   I really like the muted, yet sparkly tones behind the flat black cranes.   It is a different look for me, but that is partly what this series of small pieces is all about- allowing me to experiment and play around with different techniques, materials and palette.\

This piece will be a part of my solo exhibit coming up in Corner Brook.   I have approximately four more pieces to finish before I am ready for that show so there will be more to come soon!

 

Karen

Sandbanks Camping Weekend

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This past weekend we went camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, Ontario. The main attraction is the beautiful soft sand beach that is right on Lake Ontario. We’ve been to the beach a number of times before and since we also like to camp I thought it would be the perfect combination for the long weekend.

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I have to say that none of us were particularly thrilled with the Sandbanks campsites. We have done a lot of camping now so we really have a good idea of what we like and what we don’t like in a campsite. Our particular campsite this weekend was pretty small, poorly laid out, very exposed and right beside a fairly busy road. It was also quite close to the Outlet River which runs between the camping beach and the day-use beach. The river was pretty stagnant looking and there was a really bad smell that would waft over the campsite from time to time. When we first arrived it was horrible and thankfully it was not as bad the next day but it was still definitely there. All this to say I don’t think we will camp there again.

BUT, our proximity to the beach and the great weather all weekend made up for some of the downsides and we still ended up having a great time.

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Our campsite had these great twisty looking trees. I never fail to find inspiration when we are camping, and this trip was no exception.

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I am definitely an evening beach lover. There is something so beautiful about sitting on a beach, in the evening when it is a little cooler, and watching the sun go down. I love watching the kids run around and play and taking photos of their little silhouettes while the sky darkens.

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Hard to believe that camping season is now over! But I’m already thinking over what spots we’ll camp at next year.

Camping is the best.

Karen

Foggy Morning

I’ve been working fairly steadily now on small pieces from my ‘Postcards from Newfoundland’ series.  My solo exhibit of these works is coming up fast- it opens on October 26th!   I don’t have a complete idea yet of how many pieces I would like to have in this show.  I think I’m aiming from somewhere between 20 and 25.   I have approximately 13 finished so I think it is definitely doable.

This is my latest- “Foggy Morning”.  It could really be of anywhere in Newfoundland, really, as fog is a fairly frequent event there.  But it was inspired by a particular scene that I saw in King’s Point a couple of years ago now.  When it is super grey and foggy the neon buoys out on the water seem to almost glow- I guess that is probably exactly why they make them that colour so that they stand out from the billowing grey mist.  This was my first time making a yellow building- I seem to gravitate to red.  But I’m really liking the yellow and by using a variety of yellows I was able to replicate the weather beaten look.

I’ll keep sharing the pieces that I complete for this upcoming show as I get them finished.  Getting excited to see them all hung together!

 

Karen

Now at Harbour Grounds

My “Gros Morne- Scenic Route” is now on display and available for purchase at the Harbour Grounds Coffee Shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

This piece is a part of my ongoing series of small (5″ x 7″) framed pieces called ‘Postcards from Newfoundland.’   Gros Morne is such a beautiful area, in addition to being a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Pretty much every time we are visiting nearby we make a trip into Gros Morne just to enjoy the surroundings.

I always have two of my pieces available at Harbour Grounds throughout the year and I will have many more of these small pieces at my solo exhibit at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre in October through November!

Karen