Let me introduce myself: I'm Janet Davis, an artist and entrepreneur living and working on the North side of Bonavista Bay, on the island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. There are many challenges to running a business here in my small rural hometown, and there are many wonderful benefits too. This blog is where I share some of those challenges and triumphs, and share what it's like to live in this part of the world.
Fresh Caplin, a 2014 original lino-cut by yours truly, is about to be sold out! I have one impression left available, number 34 in an edition of 36 + 3 TPs.
When drawing the image, I used a photograph taken by my aunt Linda of a bucket of fresh caplin. Someone pointed out that it looks like it was designed after the old codfish postage stamp, which I agree with completely, although I hadn’t thought of it before.
I have had my personal experiences with capelin, including a stint at the local fish plant as a caplin sorter in 1990. Fresh out of high-school, I took the job with an air of excitement, but lasted less than one shift! A night shift in which I found myself sleepy, cold, and hungry enough to faint away and knock out two front teeth on the floor as I went down! What an embarrassment! (I couldn’t say the word embarrassment, or anything else with an ess until I was fixed up with new teeth!)
If you would like to be the new owner of this last piece of the edition, you can find it in the online shop here, or drop in at the studio! It is matted to fit a 10×10 inch frame and will cost you $90 + applicable taxes.
I had a really productive weekend, producing these paintings and then regenerating with a day off…
Capelin StudyThis is a 5×7 inch oil painting on canvas panel that I made with some smoked caplin as painting models. Their colourful sides remind me of raku fired clay- lots of iridescent blue, red, yellow, and browns.
Male Capelin A series of nine 8×10 oil paintings on stretched cotton canvas depicting the same smoked caplin models. They are made a little differently than the first little painting, but have the same colour combinations and dark backgrounds. Here is a detail of the lower left hand corner painting:
Printing a complete line of cards, mini-prints, and bookmarks for spring orders as well as stocking my own shop shelves takes a while… When I started Norton’s Cove Studio almost ten years ago, working a 12 or 16 hour day was fairly common. I’m not up to that anymore though- aches and pains and grumpiness come from long hours doing the same thing now that I’m forty. So I take it slowly but surely. One colour of ink per day, taking days off in between, and keeping up on other projects at the same time make for a much happier middle aged Janet!
Today we’ll (my mother, Ollie, is my co-worker again today) be printing black.
Eleanor [my trusty clean hand helper] and I printed about 100 cards yesterday, in yellow and red, including the six new designs. [The colour here is a bit off- more of a candy apple red than the bright orange-red you see here!] When I get more colours printed, I’ll have good scans for the card & mini-print page of the website…
Starting 6 new plates for Norton’s Cove Cards & Mini-Prints. Drawings first, on paper and then transferred to linoleum with carbon paper.
The drawings are more defined with India ink- what’s black stays and what’s white gets carved away.
Labrador Puppy: Ready to be cleaned of the drawing material.
A replacement for my worn out & popular Caplin.
Two new images: Caribou and Lobster.
A replacement Codfish.
And a new one, a Polar Bear, still being carved.
I’m getting ready for a huge print run of these as well as my older images: Cod Jigger, Dory, Mussels, Salt Fish, Sand Dollar, Schooner, Spring Ice, Squid, Starfish, & Teapot. Lots of paper needs to be cut first, and I need to count my current stock to make sure I print the things I don’t have lots of already. For my wholesale customers out there, this is a great time to get your order in!