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Photo Fridays – Sea Sighed


Sombrio Giants

Sombrio Giants

The beauty and majesty of this world I am surrounded by continually amazes me. This is Sombrio Beach, less than an hour north by car. Below is Witty’s Lagoon, within walking distance. Think I’ll go for another walk soon.

Out For a Walk

Out For a Walk

More pics here.

Great weekend to all and get out and enjoy your world if you can!

 


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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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Heart Stone


In Your Heart 1

Heart’s Desire

Continuing my series of blended photos, this week I present three versions of an image for your perusal and judgement.

The first one, above, has the figure almost totally encased withtin the stone, with the heart-shaped hole acting like a window to the woman.

In the image below, I changed the layering to show more of the figure and clothing to make it appear like she is resting on the now softened landscape.

In Your Heart 2

Heart’s Desire 2

Finally I present a black and white version of the second layering. Generally I like strong contrast in my black and white images but I like the softness and glow in this one.

In Your Heart  3

Heart’s Desire 3

So what say you? Do you prefer one over the other? What makes it resonate for you?

Have an awesome weekend with your heart’s desire and take in the Aurora Borealis tonight if you’re in the right zones!


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Photo Fridays – Gabriola Sunset


sunset shadows

sunset shadows

Sunset is my favorite time to shoot. Shadows are long, sunbursts are magical, backlighting creates powerful contrasts and colors are rich and warm. No wonder it’s called the golden hour.

As promised here are some pics from Gabriola Island, taken at sunset, on a gloriously hot summer day. Enjoy and have a great weekend in the sunshine!


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Landscape of a Woman Series


Landscape of a Woman, 2

Landscape of a Woman, 2

Last night I decided to play with some old pics taken with my previous camera. These were smaller sized photos, with quite a few slightly blurred, hand-held selfies. I wanted to challenge myself to see whether I could resurrect some life into them.

I cropped this one and layered it with a landscape I shot recently. I then did the same with the photo below.

Landscape of a Woman, 3

Landscape of a Woman, 3

I had done the same with a previous image here.

What do you think? Do I have the beginnings of a series?


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Bringing Joy


Mardi's piece

I was recently commissioned to make this photo etching from a photo of this lovely, and happy, couple, to be given to them as a gift.

I am delighted to report that they are overjoyed with the piece. With their permission, I am sharing it with you for the joy it has brought me in the hopes that it may bring a smile to your day as well.

Info about commissions can be found here.


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Photo Fridays – Blooms in Blue


Gabriola Morning

Gabriola Morning

Last weekend I went up to Gabriola Island for a wedding. While having breakfast I couldn’t help but photograph these luscious hydrangea blooms that were spilling out onto the ground in a riot of blueness!

More pics of these blooms and our scrumptious breakfast here.

Pics of a gorgeous Gabriola sunset to follow.

Great weekend to all!


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Chia Comics – My New Career?


I was recently invited to participate in an unusual art show, one that features comic covers.  In this show, every artist could exhibit up to three pieces and they had to be 8.5″x11″, unframed. Now comic covers are not something I ever do but I thought it would be a fun challenge.

So I began by thinking who my superhero would be and whether I could use the imagery from any of my previous artwork in this challenge. One thing I knew from the get go was that it had to relate to my life as an artist. The pieces had to say something about me and what drives me to create art.  I started to think about the prevalent themes and subjects in my work and the thing that stood out the most was my desire to communicate about relationships and perspectives and how I have often taken personal situations and presented them in a way that could resonate with many viewers. In doing so I have often been the subject of my artwork, so I decided that I had to be the superhero of my comics and my “power” would be to shine a light on people so that they could perceive themselves and their relationships with more clarity. And I knew exactly which pieces would work for this, three pieces from my Mirror, Mirror show, in which I delved into the theme of personal journey through exploration of self as viewed through the mirror of others’ perceptions.

The pieces I would choose to turn into comic covers would be some of those that included the red hand held mirror, the mirror being the means through which I would exercise my power of revelation. The mirror is of course a device that reflects what is shown in it. What is seen is affected as much by the clarity of that mirror as by the scope of what it reflects. These have been themes that I have explored at length in my work.

I wanted the word “mirror” to be incorporated into the name of my superhero and the name came to me in a flash of illumination. I am Italian and the word for mirror in Italian is “specchio” (the “cch” being pronounced as a “k”). Because the mirror being used was red this would be “specchio rosso”, but being female I changed it to Specchia Rossa. The coolest thing about this superhero name is that the first four letters of my name are “chia”! So the name relates on numerous levels. And it just sounds awesome! Of course I had to call my company Chia Comics!

The three covers had to tell a story and their tag lines had to relate to the original pieces.

So the first comic cover below, coming out this August, is based on my piece Here I Am, and its tagline is “For all the world to see!”. This first issue introduces Specchia Rossa and her power of illumination to the comic world, the tag line relating to both her power and her launch into the world.

For All the World To See

For All the World To See

The second cover, due out in September, is based on the piece, Will You Look In The Mirror? Its tagline, “Will you look in her mirror?”, challenges those who come into contact with Specchia Rossa to take an introspective and honest look at themselves if they dare. Was it not Socrates who said “An unexamined life is not worth living”?

Will You Look In Her Mirror?

Will You Look In Her Mirror?

The final cover, available in October and based on Who’s the Fairest?, is taglined “How will you fare?”. It is a little play on words that reminds us of the importance of courage and honesty in our relationships. Will you be presented with a “fair” image of yourself in Specchia Rossa’s mirror?

How Will You Fare?

How Will You Fare?

These three pieces will be printed onto heavyweight acid-free art paper and presented unframed for the Co-Mix Art Exhibition along with many other fabulous pieces by local artists. If you are in town, you are welcome to attend the opening at Martin Batchelor Gallery on Friday, August 15, 7-10:30 pm, and Saturday, August 16, 10am-5pm, and meet the many artists and wonderful comic covers on display. Show will continue to August 30.


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Hiking the Tongariro Crossing


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Tongariro Crossing

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Start of the Hike

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Reaching the highest point

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Down and back up to the blue lake

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Looking back to Mount Ngauruhoe, aka Mount Doom

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The Emerald lakes

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One of many ridge lines

Tongariro Crossing

Down to the last hut and onwards to the end

“Little by little, one travels far”

J.R.R. Tolkien

An epic travel day, hiking the Tongariro Crossing in new Zealand. More pics here.

May your feet take you a little further on your journey this weekend!