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Saturday and a new experience, The North Shore Art Crawl in my own studio

Wow you guys, what an amazing day!
This is my first ever North Shore Art Crawl.
I thought this would be a lovely experience and it was.
At best, I thought, there would be someone who would visit me in the studio and at worst, no one would come and I would have the whole day to paint away in my lovely space.

So at 9:30am, I put out the signs, opened the gate as wide as it would go, made a big carfare of tea, put out some cookies and turned the heat on in the studio.

Come on in!

One of our appropriate signs.


Honestly, this space is the best gift I could have given to myself. I loved every minute of it today.
My little red sports car is parked outside, and I miss it, but in a very selfish way, I don’t want to give up half of this space to bring it back in Sunday night!!!

Let me show you around a little and share the day.

My sketchbooks and journals were open on a little round table ready for people to browse thru. And the driftwood tic tac toe game was a temptation for lingering. (Who can resist a quick game of tic tac toe?)

Here’s my darling girl modelling the work bench on the South side. I love this view and love having the Rapunzel ivy plant there just hanging breaking up the physical space from being a solid line. I love using my vintage tea cups that I always use for my Art in the Garden days, and love the rugs I bought at the thrift store just to throw on the concrete floor. So much nicer with rugs.

Here is a shot of the art table.
So let me tell you my method. The most expensive thing in this space are the fairy lights on the West side and they cost $25.
This table = $20, rugs = about $15, chairs = $5 each..etc, etc.
All second hand, all saved or recycled or bought form the Salvation Army, all perfectly fantastically vintage-ly perfect.
Save the world one repurposed piece at a time. Right?

I put loads of art supplies on the table so visitors could have some fun.

And got my own art supplies together for a day of painting.

Chloe’s friend Christina came for a visit and ended up spending the whole day.

And laughter and art ensued.

While I painted a canvas.

And people came! And some of my little birds flew out the door with their new owners.

And before I knew it, the sun wound around to the west window…

…and the day came to the end.

So looking forward to tomorrow. πŸ˜€

Comments: 13

  • Pondside

    March 4, 2017

    What a lovely day you had! I wish I could have popped by too!

  • March 5, 2017

    So happy things went well—-I’m not surprised—Enjoy every minute !!

  • March 5, 2017

    That’s awesome! Sounds like a wonderful day.

  • Barb

    March 5, 2017

    Thank you so much for opening your lovely studio for the tour. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you, Chloe and Christina. Each of you radiates such a warm and welcoming creative vibe – I could have spent all day just hanging out. Veronica, I so enjoyed chatting with you and finding out about your creative process/ art. What a wonderful artful life you have created for yourself and your family (daily art in a variety of medium, a charming bird filled garden, a fab creative space in which to work….). I adore the barn owl piece that came home with me! I hope to see your garden and art again during “Art in Garden” assuming spring arrives sometime (as I’m type this I’m looking at the latest lower mainland snowfall – March madness indeed!)

  • Sheryl

    March 5, 2017

    What an awesome day. πŸ™‚ No wonder you don’t want to give up space for the car….you’ve done a magnificent thing here.

  • March 5, 2017

    Absolutely delightful!

  • Susan

    March 5, 2017

    What a wonderful day! Your studio space is beautiful,, warm and inviting. Love all the vintage and recycled pieces that you used to build the ultimate creative environment. You, Chloe and Christina look divine and totally happy in the studio space. ?Maybe you can bump out a wall to create a place for the much-loved car?

  • March 5, 2017

    Your new studio space is just lovely! Glad the day went well for you. And hey, I have an old trilight lamp just like yours! It gives the best light!

  • March 10, 2017

    Wow V your studio looks fabulous! Warm and inviting and so full of you. How exciting, wish I had been there .. I just love the last photo .. beautiful!

  • March 15, 2017

    everything looks picture perfect

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