Hop with me to the Lucky Rabbit this Weekend in Annapolis Royal (Nov 30 – Dec 2)

Join in the parade of lights down Main Street Friday night, Nov 30,  in Annapolis Royal, have a cup of cocoa with Santa, and then come on down to the best most beautiful house full of exquisite fine craft and art that you ever will see, from 6 – 9 pm.
Or join us on Saturday Dec 1 from 10 – 4, when the whole town will be bustling with holiday markets, plus the farmers market…you’ll need a tour guide!
Finally, we are open Sunday afternoon from 1 – 4 pm for your pleasure or return visit. This lovely group of talented artists takes the cake…and we’re not just bragging!

That’s the Lucky Rabbit House at 15 Church Street.

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I’m so excited and honoured to be invited to show at Lucky Rabbit’s Holiday Market this weekend.
Larry and I filled a room with our works today and we’ve had a sneak preview of Deb Kuzyk’s hot-out-of-the-kiln pottery, Janelle’s leather work, Marianne’s silver jewellery, Kim’s Tartans, Donna’s paintings, Jay’s stained glass and more. I wish I had photos of it all for you to see. The work is stunning and well worth the visit.

There are 6 rooms in the Lucky Rabbit House and this one is filled with my paintings and Larry’s metal work.

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This is my last Holiday show this year, I hope to see you there!

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Maggie-Rose helping me prepare for the craft show.

 

Holiday Shows – the Excitement and the Decisions, and the more Decisions!

There are many busy artists out there this week furiously getting ready for the next seasonal art and craft show and I, for one, am feeling a mixture of excitement and frazzle.


The Holiday Spirit Craft Show together with the Bear River Artworks Gallery combine creative talents on November 24 (that’s right – THIS Saturday) at the Oakdene Centre. The place will be hopping with great, creative vibes with over 30 art and craft makers.
Four days to go and I still haven’t figured out what to bring. Or let’s turn that around. I haven’t figured out what NOT to bring! 🙂 But here is a peek at possibilities. I will mix it up this year by offering a few matted reproductions for the first time ever as well as some small art that will fit everyone’s budget.

And if you can’t make it to Bear River, Larry and I are invited artists to the upcoming show at Lucky Rabbit House in Annapolis Royal. I am so touched and honoured to be asked by Deb Kuzyk to fill a small room with art. I will be in attendance for the entire show opening Friday Nov 30, 6 – 9 pm, and continuing Saturday Dec 1, 10 – 4 pm and Sunday Dec 2, 1 – 4 pm.  You can see the work of all the creative artists here.

Finally, this is the last chance to see my summer paintings at Sissiboo Coffee in Annapolis. The show is up for 9 more days, coming down on Thursday Nov 29th.

On a personal note, the offspring are both coming home for Christmas which is a wonderful and rare event. We can all decompress together, make a little art, eat homemade food and together, take in these beautiful surroundings!

The backyard is so beyond beautiful, no matter the weather.

This is a fabulous time of year to get out and see what unique, one-of-a-kind items await. Have fun with it and please buy local.

 

Intentions for 2011 at Green Willow Studio

Our Green Willow tree,  Cordelia, has finally dropped her leaves. A Cherry tree stands to the right and produces tasty cherries that drip down your chin in the summertime.  Mostly the birds get the bounty as the limbs are too high for us to reach. Our studio is the red building. The other two ‘public sides’ are painted periwinkle blue. We heat it with a wood stove and a small space heater.

2010 was the ‘birthing’ year for our Green Willow Studio. We started with an uninsulated garage and transformed it into a warm, walled and electrified studio! It took us some time to get everything arranged so that a silversmith and a painter could work in the same space. Together, yet apart.

Most of the time it works. We listen to music or to podcasts. We break for tea or coffee and either talk about our work or we go for a walk around the garden to get a different perspective.

It is a thrill for us both to have the luxury of such a well lit room (there are windows on all four walls!) and to be surrounded by garden and a wild field where pheasants live.

As part of the Bear River working artists studio tour it was essential for us to have our studio ready for the beginning of the tourist season in May. We set up a display area in the studio where people can buy our work.  We have met some wonderful people that way and have sold some pieces.

Tulips. Acrylic on canvas by Flora Doehler. SOLD

 

My painting sales this year at the Flight of Fancy, at Paint the Town and in the studio were motivating and rewarding.  A series of one-on-one art coaching and tutoring in painting has helped me to share my painting techniques and to practice teaching. Attending the Bear River Artists and Farmers Market nudged me to develop affordable art as well as gave people a chance to see my work.

 

 

Larry received jewellery commissions and is showing sculptural pieces at Art and Jules Gallery in Halifax.

 

“Growth Spurt” hammered copper vessel by Larry Knox, 2010.
Now 2011 lies before us like a blank canvas or like a shiny sheet of copper waiting to be formed.
The possibilities are infinite; the ideas are many and there are decisions to be made about content, about intention, about the best way to express one’s creativity.
Blooming summer flowers were a constant inspiration.
 I will spend more time posting to this blog and sharing step-by-step, the creative discoveries and techniques that I am using in my work and that Larry is using in his work. Up until now my blogging focus has been on our day to day lives in our adopted village of Bear River. After three years there are over 100,000 hits on that Blog and it has even brought visitors to Bear River. It’s time for me to shift some of the energy spent in promoting Bear River into sharing our artistic life and promoting our work to the world!
Commissioned copper and silver bracelet by Larry Knox.
Copper pieces.

 

Larry and I are excited about these developments and we look forward to sharing our creative journey with you in this coming year.  Thanks for your virtual visit!
Happy New Year and may you experience many creative moments in 2011 and may some of them be inspired by our creative journey.
Painting outside in the summer.

Filming Green Willow Studio for Germany

Film crew learning from Larry.

At least once a day I intend to dash off a blog post because at least once a day something that merits sharing happens. The trouble is that things never seem to settle down long enough to write about it. It’s funny, really. I once worried whether life would be too quiet living in a little village that is 2 1/2 hours by car to the only city in this province, Halifax, with a population of less than 400,000. (Does that even qualify as a city?) Continue reading