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For as long as I can remember – since I was a tiny child – I have been obsessed with the United Kingdom. I have planned and wished and dreamed to be there. When I was very small I would draw and paint scenes from my imagination of rolling fields, hedgerows, sheep and ponies. I have felt forlorn. I have felt hopeful. I am a citizen, yet I have not set foot on her verdant land… until now. September 26 is the day I will arrive. A dear friend has done all the planning, found all the accommodations, and she and I will spend a month traveling in the south of England.

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As well as being a time for self-reflection and adventure, I plan to use this month to work on my art practice, and gather material for future projects. I recently began using a simple technique with a pasta machine to do small etchings, embellishing the finished pieces with watercolour and gouache. A recent series of scenes from Victoria’s Chinatown was quite successful. I will work on a new series later in the autumn which will be based on sketches and photos from the towns we visit on the journey.

With encouragement from friends, I have set up an Indiegogo Campaign, giving people the opportunity to support this next phase of my artistic development. Thanks to lovely patrons, within a couple of weeks I had reached 29% of my goal:

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I am happy to report I am now at 37% and plan to the extend the campaign for a few more weeks.

I have been spending a bit of time preparing for fulfilling the perks I have included in my campaign – sketching and painting at various spots around Victoria in the warm spring sunshine. It will be so amazing to have a month dedicated to my art. The historic villages, friendly people and spectacular countryside of England will provide inspiration for years to come.

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My travel companion asked me, “Won’t you be homesick traveling for a month?” I know I will miss my beloved, and our little cats, but I replied “How can one be homesick when one is finally home.”

 

 

 

The cats lend a hand in a variety of ways…

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Sunday afternoon, about to start a new project. Lovely warm sunbeams streaming in the windows. But then…

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… Bunny Drummond stole my chair!

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So, I moved everything over to the sofa, and embroidered a spider.

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For the last few years, we have hosted a group of friends for Christmas dinner. My favourite part of preparing for these events has been designing a display for the dinner table. We rarely use our large table for dining, as it is also GJ’s workspace, so it takes a special event to clear it off. This year, I chose a snowy woodland theme. I made five little trees with Sculpy low-fire clay, painted them white, and sprinkled the wet paint liberally with fine glitter. These were placed over battery-powered tea lights, and arranged with other candles and various curios we have collected. I cut some holly leaves from wool felt, and needle felted the berries, then combined these with sprigs of cedar to create napkin rings. I also decorated a trunk in the living room with cut glass dishes to hold pre-dinner snacks. The dinner was delicious, as was the table, if I do say so myself!

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I’ve been working on a new series of neck pieces lately. Here are the first few…

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Our friend Liz Dempsey creates the most beautiful drawings and paintings. For the last year, four large works have been displayed in the Commercial Alley Public Art Gallery, a collaboration by Open Space Gallery and the City of Victoria. The show runs until August 15, 2016.

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I was so happy last week to see Brad Pasutti’s latest work displayed at Winchester Gallery in Oak Bay. Another great collection of paintings by one of my favourite Victoria painters and people.

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Brad Pasutti, The Intertwining, June 7–25, 2015, Winchester Gallery

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The Center of Gravity, Brad Pasutti 2016

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The Anatomy Lesson, 2016; Conan, 2015; The Width of Your Present, 2016.

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Pli selon pli, Brad Pasutti 2016

We love our neighbourhood and the fact that it is filled with other artists. So, we thought we should share our experience with visitors from around the world. Check out our website avantcrossingguard.com or go straight to tickets at our online store.

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