I’ve started painting a new 20-panel piece as a part of my UNDERNEATH Series. I’m projecting a photograph onto the canvases and painting through the image. I’ve not used this technique before for large scale paintings, but I’m really enjoying it. Of course, it works best at night in the dark.
The image being projected was taken with a GoPro camera in waterproof casing under spring sea ice at Ship Island (Greenspond) on a bitterly cold day. The image itself is outstanding, with ice crystals illuminated from above, and dark kelp attached to the rocks below. Duke and I have been capturing images like this for about a year now, and I have some real beauties to draw inspiration from.
Many years ago, I wanted to learn how to paint in oils. There was a workshop being offered at the Anna Templeton Centre in St. John’s which I wanted to attend, but couldn’t make my schedule work with. I called up the artist who was to teach the class, and I asked if she’d consider coming to Norton’s Cove to teach a weekend class if I could wrangle up a few students. I was thrilled to hear that she was certainly interested in doing just that. That’s how I met Tara Bryan in 2009. We’ve shared a fabulous friendship for ten years now.
So when I sold a large piece of artwork that hung in a prominent space at the café a few days ago, I naturally thought of one of Tara’s paintings to hang on the big empty wall. Here is the result:
The painting (which is composed of three panels) is available for sale, and we can ship it anywhere. You can find it in the online shop here. You’ll find more of Tara’s iceberg paintings at the café soon, as we plan to showcase her work here over the summer.
After work this evening, Jack & I had enough daylight remaining to get a little walk in at Business Pond. Seems an appropriately named place to go at the end of the business day. Jack has been using the same stick for the last three visits, leaving it by the fence before he hops into the vehicle and picking it up again to carry around the trail and fetch from the pond.
I’ve been feeling pretty good lately, my depression mostly a thing of the past, but I have to keep reminding myself not to get too caught up with work- I have to take the time to go for walks and enjoy the outdoors in order to stay healthy. I have learned a lot over the last couple of years, and I have to keep using all that new knowledge in order to stay positive. I realize that the path to depression can be a very easy one to slip on when things aren’t going as planned.
My business has a long way to go before I can call it successful. I reopened the café on Mother’s Day, May 12th. I realize now that I should have waited. There has not been enough traffic to warrant being open full-time, and I’m paying for that error in judgment. In the meantime, I have to keep my head up, keep trying to improve our marketing and keep my fingers crossed that it will all work out in the end.
There are so many small businesses out there like mine, who really depend on our support- I often wonder what kind of stresses the owners are under, and what strategies they might use to keep themselves optimistic. I think I’m just stubborn enough to keep going no matter what, but there is always the fear that I will lose everything if I can’t pay my bills. Such is the life of an entrepreneur!
Do you use blank note cards? They’re great for thank you notes, birthday wishes, sympathy cards, even just a hello. Tara Bryan and I have put together a little collection of note cards to compliment our Wesleyville Book Project: we’ve taken the six linocut images made for the book, and printed them onto note cards. Sold in a box with matching envelopes, the cards are available only at Norton’s Cove Studio (online or in store).
The books are very near complete, with just the covers left to work on. We’ll have a book launch as soon as they’re ready!
As I type this post sitting in the corner window at the cafe, Amanda and Chrys are working away in the kitchen and it’s a pleasure to hear their happy chatter and smell the gorgeous aromas they’re creating, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Today’s soups are:
Spicy Sweet Potato & Corn
From our in-house bakery, this week’s additions are:
Pecan Butter Tarts
German Chocolate Cake
Chocolate dipped Oat Cakes
Partridgeberry Apple Galette
And Ted (the Kitchen Magician) has a Curry Penne planned for later today which can be served as a vegetarian dish, with seafood, or with chicken.
We’re open 10 to 8 six days a week (closed on Wednesdays), as well as from 8-11 for Friday Night Friends.
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