My daughter and I have been walking daily at the pier by Marina Park in Comox. At midday it was warm but there was a breeze and still some thick fog. I love warm fall days with a little bit of a cool, crisp edge to them. I love being by the sea.
Being mindful of the last night days of summer, we have been having family picnics near the water several times a week. After eating we explore the beach or park. This was lovely evening at Kin Beach. Photograph by my husband.
This is a photograph of a collage that I made this past week while on a sailing trip. I found the feathers on a walk onshore in Desolation Sound. On a sketchbook page that I had primed with gesso before the trip, I added some watercolour paint and then taped down the two feathers. I worked on the photo in Snapseed and 100 Cameras to achieve a peaceful and dreamy feeling of an etching. The colours remind me of the sailing charts we were using and I love the movement of the feathers.
When I read Flora Bowley’s invitation to Bloom True Bootcamp I was snuggled under the covers, listening to the rain on the cabin roof of La Vita, my parents 34′ Catalina sailboat. We were anchored in beautiful Tenedos Bay in Desolation Sound Marine Park.
I had no cell service at the time but I had remembered I’d received and downloaded Flora’s Bloom True email I the day before. I read through her intention for the project and my artistic heart leapt a little – yes – this is what I need right now!
Flora is a wonderful artist and teacher and I feel grateful for this opportunity to participate as I have been following Flora’s work for several years but not had the opportunity to take a class yet. I ordered Brave, Intuitive Painting and read it cover to cover shortly before the birth of my daughter in May 2013. In this busy year of becoming a mother I have worked hard to develop my artistic practice. Being away from my job as a substitute elementary teacher for a year has given me the mental space to journey into new artistic practices. I crave opportunities to try new creative practices and find a community or tribe. Bloom True Bootcamp is a great fit for me at this moment in time.
After reading Flora’s first prompt on Inviting the Sacred I knew at once that I wanted to create an alter from natural materials. What a beautiful and serene location to create in! Once my daughter was down for her morning nap, I set off to shore with my husband. We found a rocky bluff where I gathered arbutus leaves, a flower, a snail shell, a wasp nest, a fern, clam shells and a blue rope a similar colour to my favourite paint colour. I set them in an arrangement on a rocky shelf above the beautiful waters and lit a tealight. I was happy as this reminded me of the hours I spent collecting and building with natural materials during my childhood summers cruising the coast by sailboat. I wanted to spend a few minutes meditating but the mosquitoes were feasting on me!
Later in the day, my husband, daughter and I took the zodiac out to a marine access campsite called Bold Point. We explored the tent pads, examining rocks, moss and driftwood while being serenaded by the seals on the rocks offshore. The campsite was empty of campers but I found the signs of the people who been there before. I spied this beautiful collection of three eagle feathers placed into madrona tree. It’s seems many people are called to create little alters in nature.
I’m delighted to keep exploring through the Boom True Bootcamp prompts. Will you join me?
Been trying to post since Monday! [very little internet in Desolation Sound, which is mostly a good thing].
Jellyfish are dreamlike in both their unearthly appearance and graceful movement. Here they float through the reflection of forest and sky in Melanie Cove, Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound Marine Park.
I seem to be obsessed with blue and green when I paint, get dressed or decorate my home. How lovely is this soft green plant against the blue sky? I especially like the little curled tendril of the plant. Photographed at Kin Beach during family picnic night.
Children are mindfulness experts. My toddler is notices teeny tiny things that I walk by. Lately we’ve been going down to our favourite by the marina in the early morning before nap time. We cruise around looking at anything that captures our interest. We found this little sticker on a post in the parking lot. It’s fitting because my husband loves planes and Isabelle had just caught on to noticing them.