Panel #1 of 6

I used to do all of my Blog posts while my little guy napped.

And then my little guy stopped napping.

So I always feel like I’m doing a bit of catch-up in the Blog department.   My evenings are when I work on new pieces and I don’t always get a chance to write something up.  If time passes, it isn’t that I have forgotten you all, I just haven’t had a moment to sit down at the computer and write!  🙂

I mentioned awhile back that I was embarking on a fun-just-for-me-to-make-me-happy project comprised of six panels of pictures of my kids.   I recently finished panel number one and am really thrilled with how it turned out.

I took this photo of my daughter in Summer 2014 on our vacation in Iles-de-la-Madeleine.  We had gone to one of our favourite beaches to walk around in the sea caves that are accessible when the tide is out.  As soon as we pulled into the parking lot it started to dump rain.  So the four of us broke out our lunch and ate in the car waiting for the weather to clear.

In not too long the rain stopped- the sun didn’t come out but the rain at least stopped. So we piled out of the car and went down to the beach.  Because there are all of these incredible sea caves, there are of course all these great, big sandstone rocks to clamber around on.  My daughter climbed up onto one of these huge ones and walked down to the tip of it and just stood there looking out at the ocean.  I was torn between my natural mother reaction to yell up at her “Be careful” and my equally strong reaction to just stand and watch her and marvel at her.  I went with the latter.

Watching her so high up and pensive I was immediately struck by how grown up she had become.  Gone was the little toddler of what feels like not so long ago.  In her place is this strong, confident little girl.  Seeing her looking out at the world like that I made the realization that without question, she will some day and in her own way change this world.   She will do great things.  And she will continue to be a great person.  I’m so proud of who she is and who she is becoming.

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So naturally this photo had to be a part of this project.  I had a lot of fun doing it.   My first go round with the coat and the pants did not go well.  I tend to one of those people who can’t move on to the next part if I’m not happy with something so I knew I had to redo those parts.  Luckily my second attempt went much better so I didn’t have to rip it out again.

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This is the finished piece.  Not the best photo and I haven’t gotten around to taking a better one. I will when all the panels are done and it is in the frame.  It measures 10″ x 13″ and was hooked entirely with yarn.  When I look at it I immediately see my girl- it is her posture and her form exactly.  And it reminds me of that moment on the beach.

On to panel #2…..

Karen

Photos From Newfoundland

There is just something about when you come home from a trip and suddenly over a week has passed and it feels like you were never away.  So here, belatedly, are some photos from my recent trip to Newfoundland!

Norris Point

Norris Point

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Cox's Cove

Cox’s Cove

Spotted one of my posters at the Visitor Centre in Gros Morne!

Spotted one of my posters at the Visitor Centre in Gros Morne!

Baker's Brook

Baker’s Brook

Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

View of Newfoundland from the airplane

View of Newfoundland from the airplane

 

Karen

Postcards from Newfoundland Exhibit

I was away all of last week on my trip to Newfoundland!  I’ll share some photos from my trip in the coming days but wanted to first share some photos from my the exhibit that I opened while I was there.

With two children in tow and a suitcase full of art, I headed off on Saturday, October 24th.  On the Monday we did the set up for the exhibit.  It was really fun to finally unwrap it all and figure out what order I wanted to hang everything in.

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I had all of the white walls to fill and had the option to use some of the wood panelled walls but I decided to keep it all to the white walls.  Art stands out so much better on a nice white wall.  In the end I have 22 pieces in the exhibit.  Some are my small “Postcards from Newfoundland” pieces and some are a bit larger.

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I brought along a few of the brochures that I had at my last exhibit here in Ottawa so that people could see some of the other work that I do that I don’t usually get to exhibit in Newfoundland.

After we had finished setting it all up, the venue adjusted that lighting.  The lighting is great- each piece is in the spotlight and all of the sparkly yarns that I use really shine.

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This past Saturday was the Opening Reception.  The Harbour Grounds coffee shop donated coffee for the event and I also purchased a tray of their goodies.  We even had some Halloween candy on hand.  🙂  It was so nice to meet some people that I had only met online and to hear a lot of really nice comments about my work.

We are home now but the exhibit will continue at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre until November 21st!

Karen