The Last Few Months

In July, I had hung up quite a few artworks all over my house after the “Sky and Water” group show in Tatamagouche at the Ice House Gallery. There were no sales, but you know how it is during a freaking pandemic! Well I think we all do now! It’s not so easy at the best of times. But it was such a lovely venue and it’s so nice to get to Tatamagouche every so often.

It does please me to put my own art in the house. I had it set in a nice way and it is pleasing to the eye alongside some of my collected works throughout the years by other artist friends and aquaintances. Having it around does prepare a person, I think for a new direction without abandoning some of the main ideas. I did take a huge break in August because we were traveling to Ottawa and Montreal to visit my family and friends. It had been a couple of years. I honestly had not taken a break from art for a whole month in at least 10 years.

Anyhow, to help me jump back in, I did a September prompt called #coloricombo on Instagram which was really great because I was using a very limited palette of two colours plus black. I chose watercolour as my medium because lately it’s what I feel like using. I used no white except for the white of the paper. It was a most delightful exercise and I am thinking of exploring a new direction because I did this exercise. We will see!

Come mid-September, I get an email from the owner of Aumbience Yoga https://aumbienceyoga.com/studio. I reached out in May because they were seeking artists to display art there. I heard that they would get back to me at some point. I did not expect them to have such great timing. Michelle was very kind and said we could meet and I could see the studio. When I showed up there was a lovely person there that I remembered from somewhere. With masks it can be tough to recognize people and I had just gotten a dramatically short haircut. She said, “Is that you Kim?” and then I figured out that she was the medical assistant Liz from my doctor’s office. She had retired when they moved offices right before Covid-19 hit. It was a happy coincidence to find out that the owner Michelle was actually Liz’s daughter. I had brought my paintings over and it was nice to get such positive feedback from them both. Michelle has such stunning Macrame as well that she displays at the yoga studio.

I was ready to go set up art the following week but when you are a mom and there’s sickness and covid lurking about, you have to do the right thing and cancel everything! No school, no after-school childcare and no setting up an art show. So it was delayed a week…BTW my daughter was fine!

I had to buy these great 3M hooks for the show and it’s nice to learn some new non wall tearing, non hole making tricks of the trade. I had a really heavy one too, fingers crossed that one stays up. I really loved setting it up and I haven’t done this type of thing in a long time. Usually the gallerist or the curator sets up the show and you show up to a nice surprise. The last time I was involved in something of the sort was 20 years ago when I was a member of insight Gallery in Sydney Mines therefore I thoroughly enjoyed the task. Setting up my work the way I think it will look its best is a rare but welcome experience!

I think I have written enough for now about the last little while. I must run and practice my Italian Duolingo.