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Fall Notes

I hope your summer has been wonderful. My own has passed in a blur but I managed to grab a bit of it in sketches. Check out my new blog post: summer sketches to see what I’ve been up to.

Next week I’m off to France to offer a workshop in Paris and the little village of Espedaillac, with my co-teacher, the Toronto writer/artist Kelley Aitken.

Before I go, I thought I’d get my fall news to you. You can check my teaching page to see what classes I will be offering in my studio and other sites. I'm excited and honoured to be part of a week long program of workshops followed by a pop-up show at Nanaimo Art Gallery in the first week of October.

On the writing front, I will be launching a hand-crafted chapbook, Crossing, with Leaf Press, http://www.leafpress.ca/ in late October. Crossing is a long poem about sailing the Pacific, from Mexico to the Marquesas, a contemplation of waves, stars, oceanic life and time as well as personal and family history. And recently had news that my novel, Dazzle Patterns, set in Halifax during and after her Halifax explosion, will come out next fall, the centenary of the explosion, with Freehand Press, Calgary. 


Wine Labels

I recently did something I have always wanted to do--design wine labels. The couple, Ashley and James, both naturalists, wanted a gull for the white, and an oystercatcher for the red wine which would be served at the wedding.

Here are the images I designed for them. In making them, I discovered I was adding to a field guide to birds on wine labels

Black Oystercatcher

 Glaucous-winged Gull