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valley gourmand

9 Aug

Apart from soaking up the scenery, visiting my family and friends, or selling my artwork, the thing I love most about going back to the Columbia Valley is the delicious food choices. It’s tough not to become a complete gourmand when beautiful dishes like these are available.The crispy flatbreads from (my two good girlfriends, Kristine and Ruth’s restaurant) The Pynelogs Cafe (aka The Scotty Burger), are to die for! It’s an amazing from scratch restaurant where you can sit on a gorgeous sun soaked patio overlooking Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. The treats from Tony’s Greek Grill in Fairmont like calamari, donairs, souvlaki, salad and lemon oregano fries are always sure-fire crowd pleasers. Sushi and Edamame from Fubuki Sushi was thoroughly enjoyed outside in the evening sunshine after Tour of the Arts and I can hardly wait to get back sometime soon to gorge on felafels at the brand new Safta’s Kitchen in Radium. There sure are some good eats in the valley!

back in the swing of things

3 Sep

Well I guess things are finally back to normal: it’s Saturday, I’m in 100 Mile House and writing a GIANT mail art blog post. Being back in the swing of things feels good. I was greeted by several lovely things in the post box this week and there was a good flow of outgoing mail that has arrived as of late also. First, my adorable hand-painted owls that I ordered from Kayleigh Buck‘s (@illustratingkay) etsy shop arrived. They are so small, cuter than ever and have found a happy home on the small shelf in my studio! The zine making mad-man known as Tim Conley (@aproposzine) is the mastermind behind the VERY limited collaged mix-media editions titled “Apropos Zine.”  This particular piece began print based, with Tim experimenting with a new way to create engravings – he was scratching into vinyl records!!! As awesome as the idea was, Time unfortunately had a struggle printing the plates, and thus “was forced to cover up these very vague prints with collage and some creative use of paint.” Like all of Tim’s zines, I feel honoured to own this edition and I add it proudly to my bookshelf! Amanda Nicole White (@amanda_ink) blew my mind with her second package in the series of 26 themed around the alphabet. As you can guess, “B” was the letter and all things inside were B-related. Upon opening the package I discovered buttons made of BOIS (french for wood), a BOOK necklace, a business card printed on balsa wood and a small box which housed two bottles: one containing buttons and one containing “the big bang theory” definition. HOLY INNOVATIVE BATMAN! The fun didn’t stop with a 4 page typewritten personal letter that was bound like a book, 4 original hand pulled prints (Bear, Bunny, Bluejay and British columbia western red cedar), two altered book pages “begin at the beginning” and “binary stars,” 3 letter-press printed posters for the OCAD book fair and bit of “B” found ephmera. She is SO generous and SO talented. Speaking of talent, Anika Starmer (@aisforanika) sent me a package I’ve been anxiously awaiting, as it contained our collaborative project “patterns & paws.” Along with progressed sketchbooks was a bonny pile of treats: the original painting I won in Anika’s giveaway, cute stickers, an AWESOME embroidered trout (which reminded me of out n’ about trouts), stick on earrings, sick geometric drawing, some fun ephemera, a pile of assorted graph paper and another one of her handprinted cards. To see the progress on our collaboration, keep your eyes on this blog next week, as I will be posting her additions to both sketchbooks very soon!Yesterday a wee package from my BC buddy Jeannine Saylor (@saylor_made) showed up and it of course was filled with many fun, collected, bits of ephemera. Favorites among the bundle include the 2 animal stamps (deer & saw whet owls!), an original feather transfer image of Jeannine’s, a funny cartoon about the royal couple, a stamped “win” card, and a rainbow drawing by one of her daughters. How cute is that? Oh & might I add that she admitted that brussel sprouts are starting to look appetizing? Progress people!I had to send something off to Rhya Tamasauskas (@Rhyat), because she gifted me a little diorama and said it was to tide me over as she was still working on something. I am scared of how epically awesome this ‘something’ is going to be. So in the meantime, I wanted to make sure her postbox wasn’t getting lonely, and thus made a postcard out of an alphabet flashcard & then taped a mini handmade envelope to the back and filled it with a bit of fun ephemera and a photo of a cheezburger cat doing an air guitar solo. For Beverly Ealdama (@beverly_e) I sent a cardboard envelope fancied up with washi tape and color coordinated addresses & vintage stamps. Inside was a pile of quotations on vellum, because she does mostly typographic artworks. A set of comic book pogs and a big cartoon head sticker were also in there along with found ephemera including a bike illustration, wildlife stamps, dayplanner stickers, a stencil ruler and a set of un-opened San Francsico coasters (found HERE in a thrift shop)! At the last minute, after finding out her favorite animals were tigers, koalas and dogs, I added in some cute stickers and a funny illustrated flash card for some extra treats. I’ve missed my friend Carney Oudendag terribly since leaving the valley, and wanted to write her a little thank you note for being such a wonderful person and influence in my life! I used one of the cards & envelopes created during my snail mail surprises workshop. Other people I’m missing a lot are my pals at the Scotty Burger Cafe: Kristine, Ruth and Nick. It’s torture enough not being able to eat their delicious food, but being without their company is definitely worse. I wanted them to know that I was thinking of them often, and so I sent an envelope of scantily clad ladies filled with just a few little reminders of my love: a post-it “i fucking miss you guys… bad,” a joke sticker about the health facility shutting the place down (which is extra funny cause Kristine got 100% on her health inspection) and lastly an “i can has cheezburger” cat, who in some ways represents me without their deliciuos scotty burgers in 100 Mile House, a fat cat sits under a BBQ in the snow with the subtitle “I waitz here for cheezburgers.” Robert Sae-Heng (@mrRubbertoes) got his first dose of mail art from me. After writing inspiring & supportive e-mails to each other for a few months, it felt right to move our correspondence to snail mail. The first thing I grabbed for him was an epic sticker with a spray paint can turning into a corpse. Made me think of Rob and his AMAZING skills with murals and spray paint – it truly is a part of him! Also in the handmade envelope adorned with a swallow was a small screenprint of a bison, one of my cross-bearing ram notes and tons of fun found ephemera, my favorite of which is the MUSCLES advertisement from the 1970’s. Hope he loved the beginning of something wonderful!Michelle Ashton (@zbyshka) was “beary” spoiled with her last package from me. From magazine cut outs, to stickers, cards and originals, over 20 individual bears are featured in there. My two favorire things? The thick wooden cut out of a bear silhouette that I found in a thrift shop here. The second is a series of photographs I did that document the travels of a 3D bear sticker Michelle gifted me… she said she had a hard time giving him away, so I decided to gift him back to her with a collection of his Canadian memories.

My future sister-in-law Noi Helm sent me a lovely card congratulating John and I on our engagement on behalf of her, Mike and their cutie daughter Lucy. Plus a Martha Stewart Wedding magazine, so I can flip through the pages and start fantasizing. How sweet! Lastly, Amanda Mcnair (@shmanda13) texted me and said that my mail art package was a nice boost after a rough week. I was particularly proud of the envelope I sent her goodies in: the cardboard box that used to house my mickey mouse stationery. Amanda loves oragami and is a true paper crane master, so when I found this CHRISTMAS oragami book, I thought it would be the best gift it to her 3 months before the holidays, along with  a plentiful pile of scrapbook papers that I cut down for her to play with. A lovely note was written on a filigree deer a/p and I also added in some funny blank note cards. As always, I hope these posts make peeking into mailboxes fun! Your comments and feedback are encouraged and welcome.

back to the burgers

4 Aug

Two of my amazing girlfriends Kristine and Ruth run the fabulous Scotty Burger, an incredible cafe on the edge of Lake Windermere right next to Kinsmen Beach. I worked for them last summer part-time while I was renting a studio part-time at Blackstar. This week they needed a bit of help so I am working a few days to pay off my food tab. Win, win. The girls create delicious, fresh daily specials like salads, soups and flatbread pizzas. But their real specialty is the Scotty Burgers: a perfectly seasoned 8 oz. of 100% Alberta beef burger with all the toppings (cheese, bacon & mushrooms or Havarti, red pepper and roasted garlic) stuffed right in the centre. To die for really. I’m treating myself to a seasonal salad today for lunch, and this evening I am taking two burgers home to be cooked by the master griller himself, Le Nick. Staring at the lake all day and eating good food, puts my heart in a great place!