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Crabfest – Or How I Saved a Turkey This Thanksgiving


Gothic Victoria

Gothic Victoria

Yesterday I headed over to Port Angeles to their annual Crabfest, or how they marketed it to us Cannucks, Save A Turkey Fest this Canadian Thanksgiving. The day began with waiting in line to board the MV Coho ferry in a torrential downpour for half an hour and then having to sit outside on deck on the crowded, cold ferry for the one and a half hour journey over to Port Angeles. But the rain stopped long enough for me to take some awesome shots of Victoria’s inner harbour and Fisherman’s Wharf receding in the mist.

Victoria's Inner Harbour

Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Houseboats

Houseboats

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

On board, some hot tea and the warm company of my friends made me forget the cold, and a renewed storm afforded me some great shots of  slick seats, flapping flag and even a rainbow.

Friends at Sea

Friends at Sea

Storm at Sea

Storm at Sea

Rainbow at Sea

Rainbow at Sea

Of course we Canadians always follow directions, and proceeded to muster as shown while waiting to disembark.

Muster Station

Muster Station

Port Angeles is always a pretty site to see with its dramatic backdrop of the Olympic mountains. This day was misty but we lucked out with some gorgeous sunshine for a few hours.

Port Angeles

Port Angeles

Before heading to the crab dinner we checked out the vendors and locals and got some awesome clothing accessories!

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Cutest Canine

Cutest Canine

Crabby Accessories

Crabby Accessories

Finally it was time to eat, and what a messy, delicious feast it was!

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We sat out another storm before boarding the ferry home. For some it had been a long day, but we all agreed a super fun one, out with our best friends, good eats and fun times.

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More pics of our Crabfest outing here.

Wishing all my Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 


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Fall’s First Wet Kiss


 

Fog's wet kiss

Fog’s wet kiss

As the first wet day of fall rolls in I am tempted to look back on these glorious summer days when the fog rolled in but didn’t eclipse the sun (at least for too long). More pics here.

 

Walk along Whiffin Spit

Walk along Whiffin Spit


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Tuesday Tales – Two In The Wood


 Two in the Wood

Two In The Wood

Today is my birthday and as I count my blessings, not only do I run out of fingers and toes, but one of them stands out shining brightly. So I dedicate this post to D, who shelters me in his home in the woods and in his warm, abiding heart.

This piece was created several years ago when I first began exprerimenting with monotypes. It is primarily brayer and palette knife work with added collage of printed handmade papers. The contrasting light and dark elements is a study of opposites attracting and complimenting each other, allowing each to shine against one another. It has special meaning for me today as I was gifted with this beautiful quote.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
Og Mandino

Two in the Wood, a 10″x12″ monotype on 15″x20″ paper, is offered this week at $200, unframed.


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Tuesday Tales – Persimmon


Persimmon

Persimmon

November is persimmon season for me. As a child I was accustomed to seeing the mediterranean ones in the grocery stores, the big oval shaped squishy ones that I never really developed a fondness for. When I lived in Japan, however, I was introduced to their fuyu persimmons, a non astringent variety that is edible when still firm. Not only is the texture of the fuyu wonderfully crunchy but the taste is divine.

While in Japan I  also became aquainted with the persimmon tree. It is a wide, bushy tree with large floppy leaves that turn the most extraordinary colors in the fall. Once the leaves fall the tree is left with an adornment of bright orange persimmons looking like miniature pumpkins that is quite a lovely and singular sight to behold. Even in the big concrete metropolis that is Tokyo these lovely persimmon trees could be seen everywhere poking out over walls and fences, announcing the final fall harvest.

Fuyu persimmons and their trees can be found all over North America now, and several years ago when I had a large garden I planted a tree and waited patiently for the fruit to come. It took eight years for the first fruit to grow and when they did I made sure I photographed their beauteous bounty. The watercolour at the top is one I made from that first harvest. While most of the painting is watercolour I included some sumi ink work to connect the piece to my time spent in Japan, where I first fell in love with this tree and its fruit.

Persimmon, an 11″x14″ watercolor and ink painting, is offered this week at $200. You can contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com for further information or to purchase.


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Tuesday Tales – In And Around The Lake


In and Around the Lake

In and Around the Lake

This piece is an early mixed-media monotype, created as a semi abstract, impressionistic landscape. It is one of my first prints to be embellished with oil pastels. Most of the creamy pastel work is in the water but there is enough of the paper and printed texture left to shine through in little glints of light. I don’t remember if I made this piece in the fall but it has very autumny colors. We don’t get the rich smorgasbord of color out West as they do in the East so the odd punch of color really stands out. This image is more reminiscent of the blaze of colours I grew up with. The title also comes from a song popular “back then”. Any guesses?

In And Around The Lake, a 10″x10″ mixed media monotype is offered this week for $150.
You can contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com for more info or to purchase.


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Tuesday Tales – Shore


Shore

Shore

Autumn has arrived with a fury here, pelting us with so much wind and rain as to cause rock walls and spirits to fall. But it has brought some magnificent white caps to our beaches, giving the seagulls, and us, great entertainment.

I present this print today, for it captures the beautiful ruggedness of our seashore, awesome in any weather.

Shore, a tiny 3.5″ x 5″ photopolymer gravure etching on 8″x10″ paper, is offered this week at $50 unframed, $60 framed.


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Photo Fridays – Luscious Last Days of Summer


Luscious Red

Luscious Red

This is my final photo posting for the summer. But when does autumn actually start? A google search showed up some interesting facts. Apparently the astronomical fall for the northern hemisphere starts on Sunday, September 22. But the autumnal equinox may vary from year to year according to climate so it may not align with the astronomical date. This year’s equinox is at exactly 20:44 on September 22. Next year’s will be on the 23rd at 02:29.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend and last days of summer!


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Photo Fridays – Autumn Leaves


Autumn Shades

Autumn Shades

While yesterday was spent soaking up the last of the summer sun, these harbingers of autumn were already strewn across the stony beach in glorious color. Of course I had to shoot them.

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Autumn Riot

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Autumn Beach

Wishing you all a glorious last weekend of summer!