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Fly Algaric and Sickener Mushrooms found in the woods at the WHispering Pines
Freslhy back from 6 lovely days at Music in the pInes for my fourth time showing at this fest, my second time attending and first time manning the Art Gallery!! It was lovely as always this Fest Family is so beautiful with it's tea garden full of wild Fairies and beautiful fires by the main stage. The wide diversity of Music to appeal to all tastes is always impressive too, and one can never go wrong with drumming and dancing around a fire til the birds start to sing and the sun comes up. It was so nice to reconnect with Fest goers from the past and to meet new ones as well. I am always so impressed at how The festival organizers and Volunteer Fest crew make this beautiful gatheing of Friends, family and like minded souls happen through dedication and love each year.
Bee Studies done in the Gallery in a few peaceful moments on a warm day mid-fest
This year was beautiful in that there were a number of ceremonies and blessings done by people representing a besutifully diverse set of different Spiritual paths and backgrounds. It was a blessing to be present for this and I was deeply touched to have been able to participate in these ceremonies and to see the beautiful interworking, respect, love and co-operation between different paths.
Naked Sky playing Thursday night at Music in the Pines on the main Stage(plus a fantastic fire by Justin the Fire Keeper)
And of course who could forget the music. Above is a sketch of Naked Sky one of the many bands who entertained the fest Family at the Pines over the course of the past week. Many thanks to all who sang, danced, and worked hard to make this fest the sucess it was. It's always fantastic to be back on the land at the Whispering Pines even more so while Music in the Pines is happening there. ( I had such a great time I forgot to take any photos! The above sketches are my visual record of this.)
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So the sun is out, the weather is (generally) nice here in Montreal and I am Urban sketching again! It feels good to be back out observing the city in new ways and documenting moments of my experience here as I go, one sketch at a time! This sketching extravaganza began on the 1st of May with a couple of my friends while we set out on what was one of the nicest days of the season to date to capture some of the beaty of Carré St Louis close to sherbrooke Metro. I decided to work on Mylar with gel pens, micron pens, watercolour and illustration marker that day after having seen some fun work on Mylar in one of the CEGEPs I work at. This is currently a work in progress as I plan to continue with a bit more definition on the fountain and then go on the backside of the semi translucent Mylar and sketch some trees in to play around with perpective and distance. We'll see how it turns out.
The second recent outing was a beautiful windy Sunday on Mount Royal with the Urban Sketchers. I got to be a Mountain drawing "docent" for one of the sites we were animating as a group. In the morning a bunch of us went to the stables and sketched the police horses that live there (I also found some other wild life to draw). Here is the page from the morning sketching. In the afternoon i gave some mini drawing lessons to a couple of first time urban sketching members of our group while we sketched in the cemetary. It was my first time there and I fully plan to go back so I can properly have another go at sketching the beautiful history sprawled out over the hillside there.
Lastly but not least I also had a go at the front garden while the Magnolias were still in bloom here is the result of that (it should be noted that a pedestrian who stopped to chat actually unrealisingly pulled one of the blooms I was drawing off of the tree while we talked-urban sketching is often a bit of an ephemeral adventure). This piece was fun to do as it gave me a chance ot really observe the garden in a way i previously had not. In turn while showing the sketches to my sister, who is a biologist, she explained things to me like why the ants were munching on the peony blooms and what kind of beetles were mating on the lily plant and that they evetually would eat most of the leaves off of that plant as the season wore on.
Later in the Summer France awaits and I am really excited to sketching there. Who knows what may be inspiring! Happy Spring and happy sketching all!
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This Fall I have started taking a Printmaking class here in Montreal. Print Making is an artform that I have had a long abiding love of and years away from it has apparently not dulled that one bit. I love the process in all of its mysteriousness where you don't actually see the real process of creation happening because whatever you are printing with and the paper come face to face and the grand reveal only happens when you peel them apart. In most other art forms it is more direct; you are seeing exactly what you are creating as you paint, or draw it onto paper or sculpt it into being. With this art form only once the paper and the plate have been carefully peeled apart do you finally get to see the end result. There is something truly exciting about this, like opening a present, each time a new printed image reveals itself. Below are a few of the images I have created over the past few weeks using various techniques. Next week we head of into Lino Cut printing and I can't wait! There is also something very direct in this process for me which ends up translating into a very immediate interpretation of the season around me. All of the prints below are Autumn inspired.
'Ginkos in Flight'
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