Togetherness is where it’s at this evening

November 14, 2013

It’s lovely for me when I get to spend the afternoon with both of us doing some art and work and talking out some issues in our lives.

This time the afternoon turned into evening, (days are so short right now), and as the lights were turned on progressively, I felt pretty lucky to have C here right now and realised we’ve been at it for several hours and time just stood still.

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C is in the middle of two important projects. She is designing a campaign for shark fining awareness, which she hopes to present all over her campus and garner support to stop that gruesome practice and also is part of a team of researchers gathering info for a report on sexting and the ramifications in Vancouver high schools.

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C does big, bold designs and is brilliant at them. This will be the design for a T shirt to raise awareness. (I must get her to post some of these to her blog)


I’ve decided it’s time for a new map. I love my map series and haven’t painted a new one since late August. So for this map I’m focusing on the Nuthatch. Sweet little bird. I love the way he descends trees and branches head first. I’ve done some preliminary studies and think this is going to be two nuthatches, one on a branch and one flying to the branch.

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The branch will follow a road right thru the centre of the map. I think the branch will touch the ground and there will be bluebells. Yes, I think there’ll be bluebells.

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There's that lovely sunshine

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  • Reply Dewena Callis November 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    What a remarkable daughter you have! Much luck to her as she pursues these passions. The flower and candle lights behind her are truly beautiful too. I love reading about you two working together, sharing space and time even when doing something entirely different.

    We only have a couple of nuthatches. I keep hoping their numbers will grow. Over the 23 years we’ve lived here I thought they would have lots of babies. Perhaps they send them on their way after leaving the nest. Don’t you just love the way they do their little dance with their wings outspread when they’re warning another bird away? I’m sure it has a proper name for that behavior. I’m curious about what a bird has to do with a map. Guess I’ll have to check back to see it when it’s finished.

    • Reply Veronica November 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you Dewena, she is a special girl. Maps and birds? No reason, except that I love painting on bits of ephemera like note paper or maps or pages from old books. It’s really easy to buy lovely used maps in England for just a few pounds and I try to paint the local flora and fauna on them. To me it’s so much more rewarding that painting on white paper. To save that bit of loved history…you know.

      I hope your nuthatch situation improves. They are lovely little birds. 🙂

  • Reply deborah lange November 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Very touching and heartfelt, we all need more moments like these. Love the way you are both being with each other and creating! Love Deb

    • Reply Veronica November 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Hi Deb, that’s so true; I love spending time working alongside Chloe or Robert or my daughter Kerstin, who is also the most creative girl! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel Lavern November 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I love seeing teenagers enjoying the time spent just hanging out with family. I love the lighting in your dining room(?)

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    • Reply Veronica November 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Hi Rachel thank you for stopping by. I love hanging out with C although she’s no longer a teen. That light is one of my treasures. It came form an antique store in Seattle and cost a small fortune…for me at that time…but I’ve had it for a million years. 🙂

  • Reply sophiebowns November 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

    How gorgeous are the flower/ candle lights?

    • Reply Veronica November 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      They really are Sophie! I love them to pieces and feel lucky to own such an unusual lamp. 🙂

      • Reply sophiebowns November 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

        Ah I bet, they’re stunning 🙂

  • Reply Rose November 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t wait to see your nuthatches come to life….

    • Reply Veronica November 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Me too Rose. It’s all I feel like doing these days. 🙂

  • Reply Amar Naik November 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Very moving and cordial. I liked how working together you have been sharing space and time.

    • Reply Veronica November 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      I like it too Amar. It’s lovely that she hasn’t felt the need to “out grow” her parent. 🙂

  • Reply Catherine November 16, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Your daughter’s projects both sound really great and so worthwhile! Wishing her all the best with them. That is such a nice idea to paint a map. Hope you will post a photo here, when it is finished! I would love to see it 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you so much Catherine. I’ve started a blog for her and hopefully she’ll get into the regular posting. I think she can help save the world. 🙂

      • Reply Catherine November 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

        That sounds good – if you decide to share the link to your daughter’s blog here, I’ll definitely follow her blog too! 🙂

  • Reply dawnsrays November 17, 2013 at 6:21 am

    The amber light in these photos is very comforting. You have a cozy and sweet environment for your family. Such a blessing.

    • Reply Veronica November 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much Dawn, I really love seeing your comment to me and love visiting you at your place; especially to see your journal pages and the mandalas. 🙂

  • Reply November 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Lovely post Veronica. I am envious of your world from my end, it looks perfect.

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      SO not…lol! You actually only see the good bits most times. We should email. I could complain for England! 😀

      • Reply November 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm

        Please do! I would love too! My email is in the reader !

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