Here is a brand new watercolour piece that I just completed yesterday having been inspired by all the beautiful Iris’s currently in bloom right now.
On April 25th to May 3rd, 2015 it will be “Unplug and Play” week. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to connect with nature this spring by getting outdoors to unplug and play. A hike in nature inspires creativity with endless possibilities to play, explore and discover what muses each individual person!
This fall I found myself longing for a new studio muse. Below is a photo of my new addition…Simba bunny. He fits in beautifully with the family and has a lovely disposition!
I can’t say that I’m a farmer but I did find sheep were amazing studio muses. They would follow me around like dogs and go for walks to the mailbox in our neighbourhood out in North Saanich. Slippers would be on guard whenever a strange male came near the studio and they were my inspiration to go for long walks in the pasture while they grazed on grass in the morning. In my studio on Dragonfly hill Vineyard out in Central Saanich, BC…Slippers would bang and baa at the door like clockwork each morning for breakfast or break inside trying to help herself while the others did laps around my deck. They still live with Farmer Carol Wallace on her Saanich vineyard on Vancouver Island if you ever want to visit the winery and say HI!
Slippers with her baby ‘Socks’
As I look back on the last 20 years of studio time, there has always been one consistency…a studio bunny. The studio bunny has always been a constant muse for me, bringing playfulness, joy, friendship and love to my work on a daily basis. I have never painted a show without having a studio bunny by my side. My first painting companion was “Buddy” bunny…a little red-eyed, Netherland Dwarf with an attitude. He lived in the upper floor of a two story bunny condo and was my high school companion for 10 years until his passing in 1997. In 1998, I moved to Victoria BC to attend school and one day fell in love with a baby mini lop-eared bunny which I named Mopsey. In 2002 when I opened up a studio/gallery on Yates St in downtown Victoria, Mopsey became the official studio guard bunny. She was litter box trained and had free run of the studio, following me around almost everywhere I went. In the fall of 2006, I had to put Mopsey down. My heart was broken and I swore I’d never get another bunny again. In 2007, I met Flopsey…a baby grey mini-lop and she came back to my studio cabin with me. A few months later, Flopsey was joined with Beatrice bunny, a fluffy Lionhead and we were one big happy family. Flopsey passed away on my birthday last year in 2012 and sent me once again into heartache. She is survived by “Shay” bunny who currently blesses my studio work and most recent 2013 exhibition.
Flopsey and Beatrice Bunnies