Hi! I'm back... vacation is over (sigh)! The kids have come for a visit and are back home. Our visit up Island to spend time with some old, dear friends was wonderful. The rest of the past month has been spent doing one of my favourite summertime pastimes...hanging out on the beach getting some beach therapy time in. LOL. It still amazes me how a good dose of beach therapy is so highly beneficial to my "art making" process! I get some of my best ideas there. I just let go and go with the flow... something that is dead nuts simple to do while you hang out at a quiet (sans noisy kids or teenagers) beach... and ideas bubble to the surface. I just have to remember to write them down!
Tilly at the Beach
The weather in Victoria has been absolutely gorgeous the last couple of weeks and there is no place in the world I would rather be in the summer than hanging out at one of my three favourite beaches here...reading, sleeping, eating some fruit, admiring the view, snoozing, thinking about art, drinking ice tea, snoozing again... Here's a photo of me enjoying the relaxing sound of the waves at China Beach in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and along the Juan de Fuca hiking trail on the very west, west coast of Vancouver Island. I was actually sound asleep in my chair, my Tilly hat covering my eyes, when hubby took this photo. I think it's a great photo and I call it "Tilly at the Beach".
What's a Tilly hat? Well they are an "institution" on the west coast of Canada (and are quickly becoming that around the world). The fabric they use protects you from the sun and UV rays. The hat actually floats. It has a "secret" pocket inside the crown to store valuables when you are at the beach. It even comes with an owner's manual. These hats are so durable, they never wear out. People have been known to consider them "family heirlooms" (BIG chuckle) Everyone just HAS TO HAVE a Tilly. LOL. Want to learn more? Click here
As our granddaughter has been telling us over and over and over again, school is going to begin in a couple of weeks. She is about to enter Grade 1, is really excited to be going to "big kid's" school and can hardly wait for school to begin. Naturally, the ABC's are on her mind... and she sparked gramma to think about them too!
So with that in mind, allow me to share with you, nine small 4 x 4 inch canvases I painted and collaged awhile back.
Many thanks to my friend Nancy for forwarding some info and photos for me to share with you.
Hope you have a wonderful, arty week ahead of you! As soon as I finish this post, I am about to get arty in a different way.
Today I am going to turn the twenty pounds of peaches I got from the Okanogan yesterday (the wine and fruit tree capital in the interior of British Columbia) sitting on my kitchen counter into ten peach pies for the freezer, another extra pie to nibble on today, some peach and blackberry crisp (we have tons of blackberries practically in our own backyard... HUS-BAND, go pick! LOL) and if there is anything leftover, some peach and mango chutney.