a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Three in One

Sparrow Avenue, Squirrel Petite Pouch and Oak Leaves & Acorns Natural Linen Tea Towel
Two in One: my little Squirrel Pouch and my Oak Leaves and Acorns Natural Linen Tea Towel. They look pretty good together, if I do say so myself.

Three in One: All the organization is slowly coming together. I've never before had to pack for three shows at the same time: The Holiday Market, Signatures Ottawa and the One of a Kind Show and Sale.

Very Exciting!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Preparing for November

Sparrow Avenue, Owl Pencil Case, detail
This week is all tied up with cleaning up the bits and pieces that inevitably are left behind. Sort of like the closing of a mystery when all the details are cleaned up and accounted for.

I've never been one to be that well organized but because I have so much going on next month, I'm trying my best to have everything orderly, if only to avoid panic. 

If you haven't noticed on the 2016 Shows page, I will be off to Ottawa for the Signatures Show. This will be my first time doing this show and I'm very excited. We will be driving up on the 7th: I'm always ready for a road trip! And this is why I want to be a little bit more organized: because once we've left, there's not a thing can be done if I've forgotten something.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Holiday Market

There are less than two weeks left before my busy November begins.
I have a one day Etsy show at the Great Hall on the 6th. This will be a great way to start the Holiday Season. 416 Hustlers were part of the Etsy Made in Canada that took place at the MaRS Building in Toronto and that was an amazing show.

If you are in Toronto
mark your calendars
and come by

Monday, October 24, 2016

Little Beaver

Sparrow Avenue, Beaver Petite Pouch
A very blustery cold weekend left me doing a bit of a photo shoot indoors. It's always good to up-date the images, keep them looking fresh. But it was certainly a nice feeling to do a shoot up north.  

Sparrow Avenue, Beaver Petite Pouch

Friday, October 21, 2016

Owl Pencil Pouch Photo Shoot

Sparrow Avenue, Owl Pencil Pouch
Algonquin not only provided me with the escape that was long over-due, but it also provided the perfect back drop for a photo shoot.

Here is the Owl Pencil Pouch, available at the shop as well as the various shows I will be in next month.
Yes, all those wonderful Holiday Season Shows you've been missing all these months are soon to be here.

Have a Great Weekend

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Algonquin Part IV

With the lengthening of shadows we found ourselves heading back towards the west gate of the park. Passing by Lookout Trail, the parking lot was still quite full and we decided to abandon our hopes of walking this trail. Beaver Pond had take the wind out of our sales, for sure.

But once outside of the park I knew that there was another trail: Ragged Falls. I have not been to this trail in many many years as I had known it before the fencing was put up around the rocks. But I wasn't quite ready to leave.

Although Ragged Falls is a very short trail, only Sonee and I did it. The other two need a rest.

I have been to this place in the early spring when there is still snow and ice and there is a beautiful mist that rises up around the trees.

Looking back you can see the Oxtongue River racing towards the falls. Here there was no fencing, here you could move around the rocks and cross the river.

Just behind those rocks in the foreground, the Oxtongue River tumbles and roars it's way down the falls towards a setting sun, bringing an end to a day I've waited for, for a long time.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Algonquin Part III

The Beaver Trail Pond was not on our list of trails to do. In fact it was at the far east end of the park that we have rarely ever been to. But the Lookout Trail, the one I really wanted to see again, was so crowded with cars and tour buses that I couldn't experience it that way. To be fair, the day was unusually beautiful: warm and sunny as you can see by the pictures. 

We decided to do Beaver Pond Trail because it was just 2 km. and perhaps by the time we were finished, the Lookout Trail parking lots would be clear.

Reading through the booklet provided by the Friends of Algonquin Park was perfect for understanding what exactly we were looking at. If only we had done that at the time!
The trail, though only 2 km. in length with an elevation of 460 metres, was a winding up and down affair that took it's toll on me what with all the  lifting and carrying of Roxy (who, although small, is a compact 30 lbs.) over any incline or decline. 

At the very top is an overall view of the creation of the Beavers. This is Amikeus Lake which is "rich in the growth of aquatic plants...a fine habitat for many other living things which would be scarcer or even totally absent had the beaver not transformed the forest to the rich, shallow lake (sic) it is now." Amikeus Lake is also home to ducks, moose, Great Blue Herons, turtles, frogs and water lilies, not to mention all the bugs that thrive in shallow waters.

We rested here for a while with no one else around.

And then we climbed our way back.