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Dad’s Guitar

  • 2 x 4″ bookmark
  • Any ink colour on antique white cotton fibre paper with an ivory tassel
  • Original lino-cut relief print by Janet Davis
  • Designed 2019

“This Yamaki guitar hangs in my office, but has been owned by my dad, and all three of my brothers at some time.  All four of us kids learned to play guitar on this instrument, and it’s pretty special to me.  “

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Products from the Dark Tickle Company

I have been carrying these products in my shop and at the Café Giftshop for many years. The products are each exceptional, but here are my Top Three:

  1. Partridgeberry Relish
    The first time I ate a fish cake with this as a topping in Griquet in 2015 turned out to be a life changing experience. I have never had a fish cake without it since. When we indulge in a local favourite: chips dressing and gravy, I add a big dollop of Partridgeberry Relish on top too, and it’s magnificent! We serve it at Norton’s Cove Café with our fish cakes, and with our salt fish ravioli.
  2. Norse Berry Soap
    I use this soap – any scent because I love them all- in the shower with one of those pouf thingies. The lather is rich and lovely and leaves me feeling clean and moisturized.
  3. Chocolate Covered Raspberries
    I love raspberries. I love chocolate. Can’t go wrong! And they go with a glass of red wine just fine!

What are your favourite Dark Tickle products?

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I made four images in this Beach Series: Sea Urchins, Starfish, Sand Dollars, and Mussels. I love the grey wooden frames which look like driftwood- they are supplied by my friends at Image Fusion.

Sea Urchins

  • Edition of 80 prints
  • Available matted to fit a 12 x 12″ frame
  • or framed
  • Janet Davis 2014
  • Printed on green Tatami paper
  • hand painted white dots on each impression

Excursions

My days here at Norton’s Cove have changed a little in the past few months, and I would like to tell you a little about what I’ve been up to.

Many of you already know that I worked with my father’s company as Managing Director from 2007 until 2017. I started working full-time with that same company again in September of 2022. But Davis Shipping Limited is no longer a shipping company, and so we have changed the name of the company to Norton’s Cove Marine Inc. This new version of our company offers marine surveys and consulting, and has been taking us on some pretty great road trips to inspect fishing vessels in many different ports that outline our beautiful province.

While I could never give up being a visual artist, it is incredibly difficult to make a living selling art in a small town. Luckily, I have other skills that I can use to keep the bills paid while still enjoying the atmosphere of my old general store and have some travel perks as well, which can easily lead to new artworks!

Caribou licking the salty roads on the Great Northern Peninsula during a recent road trip

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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS PROFANITY

If you are easily offended, look away now.

This image was inspired by some wonderful friends who have adopted this as their life’s motto.  It is not meant to be offensive- quite the opposite.  It is an answer to the question: what will ‘they’ think?  We have one life to live, and we need to do what makes us happy, even if it means pushing the boundaries of what society expects of us. I used a rose as a symbol of love and the idea of always having time to stop and smell the roses.

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Christmas Heart

  • 4 X 6 inch card
  • cotton fibre paper
  • original lino-cut print
  • with Kraft envelope
  • $7.25 + applicable tax

Printed in silver ink and water-coloured by hand.  Designed December 2022. I sent these cards to all my family and friends this year, and they will be available in the shop until the printing plate wears out!

21st Annual Christmas Party & Sale!

Tonight’s the night! I hope to see some of you here at the studio- we’ll have some food and drink to share and a door prize for one of you! We’ll also draw our annual gift card prize from the list of eNewsletter subscribers at 9pm.

Doors open at 7pm, and we’ll stay as late as you want! We’d love to see new faces as well as our regular supporters- please bring friends!

  • Christmas music, snacks, punch and mulled wine
  • Door prize $100 gift card: don’t forget to put your name in the bag!
  • Subscriber’s draw for a $100 gift card
  • 25% off (almost) everything in the shop!
  • Sale is valid in-store 7-11pm, and online all day.
  • Everyone welcome to join in!

Work in Progress

After seemingly ages waiting for paper to arrive to print this edition, it is printed and the ink is dry! So, this morning I added watercolour to the 1st relief print in the edition of 25. Summer in Greenspond. What could be sweeter?
The name of the edition is The View from Shallop Cove, and is inspired by photographs I took on the day of a family member’s marriage in Greenspond back in July when the wild iris’ were in full bloom. There is an experimental proof of this image hanging at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s right now too as part of their 50th Anniversary Exhibition.
Paintings in progress too: more smudge herring… who’d have guessed?