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.

Dunvegan Watercolour Sketchbook

In July, we spent three nights at Macleod’s Camping Ground in Dunvegan during our pandemic stay-cation. It was the first time we went camping in 8 years due to a number of factors and it was such a pleasure for us. We had not been to Dunvegan in perhaps 9 or 10 years and it still takes my breath away. We were lucky to have beautiful weather while we camped and the camping site is just near Dunvegan Beach.

I now always take my watercolour set to the beach and this was no exception and this time I brought Brigid’s watercolour set too. It was her very first camping trip and I think she was pretty excited. She does get a little nervous about long car rides¬† because of car sickness but she did just fine.

I loved being in Cape Breton again. When we were first married, my husband and I lived in Sydney. We lived there for several years and our summers involved a little bit of camping along the Ceilidh Trail and along the Cabot Trail.¬† Cape Breton is a magical place and this year we brought the kids! We did a little sea kayaking, sunset watching, gallery hopping, beach going, wave swimming, brewery pub crawling (to eat), friend visiting and we stayed in a fancy “inn” too.

I was glad to see when I came home that many people took the stay-cation seriously and traveled within the province. It was clear that the Cape Breton Island needed more travelers about while we were there but according to my social media peeps, many we knew did the same vacation.

Here is my little tribute, in the form of a handmade book of a little slice of The Ceilidh Trail: