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 a small rural community, 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.
I’m a bit groggy today after a shivery/hot night, a side-effect of my second vaccine- yay! I can’t wait to get back to normal. I saw my first out-of-province visitors yesterday, from Quebec, and it made my day to see that ‘Je Me Souviens’ license plate! It’s pretty exciting to see real life returning.
Norton’s Cove Studio is open 10am – 6pm Wednesday through Saturday 10am – 3pm Sunday
The online shop is open 24/7 of course, and you can choose to have your items shipped to you, or you can ‘pick-up in-store’.
Still heavy on Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks production here at Norton’s Cove Studio. I’ve got most of my #printapalooza packaging done and the new products are in the shelves and on their way to other retail venues in the province, but I still have a big pile of prints waiting for watercolour to be added. One of my favourite jobs.
I started working on a new linocut piece a few weeks ago, based on an old photograph of the wharves in Wesleyville. I’ve been doing a bit a research and sizing up where exactly the picture was taken, and my amateur historian guess is that this is the area where the ‘pound’ is at the Wesleyville Marine Service Centre looking to the right of that at around 1900.
So now that I have my first proof pulled, I can see that there are a couple of areas that I need to change with the carving. Once that’s done, I’ll cut all my paper to size, about 50 sheets, tidy up the studio (have to sweep up Jack hair before laying out ink!), and away I go! I’ll be editioning very soon- please feel free to drop in to see how it’s done in person!
I’m pretty happy with the image at first look- what do you think? Treasure or trash?
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’m back in the studio, putting dry mini-prints in mats and filling up my shelves with new product. I am full of good vibes, looking forward to a new season with a few changes, new artworks to be created, and new people to be met. Everything is groovy.
If you’re out for a Sunday drive, it’s a great time to stop in for a look around this c.1890 General Store and have a cuffer or a twack! I’d love to see you.
Bonavista Bay by Virtue Lino-cut relief print | 100% cotton Canson 250g paper | Janet Davis 2014 | $130 matted* or $216 framed as shown | Image size is approximately 14″ wide x 8″ high | Variable Edition of 50 + 6 other proofs
This print is brand new and now available matted or framed at Norton’s Cove Studio and online (see the online shop to the right of this screen).
The inspiration for this piece is a photograph taken while sailing towards the Fair Islands, on our way to Sydney Cove on Pork Island for a night aboard our Beneteau 400 sailing vessel named Virtue.