On Sunday we drove to the Cedar Farm market. There are a number of different Farmer’s markets but this one is a favourite due to its location in the countryside. The weather was beautiful and the stalls plentiful. In one spot stood a stall of hats made by a woman calling herself "The Bag Lady."
After looking at her varied hats I warned her that I have a
big head and often have a hard time finding hats that fit (This includes
bicycle helmets and hard hats.) She told me not to worry, she made many
different sizes, the fabric had a great deal of flex and there would be a style
to suit me. She was quite obliging and pulled many different hats from her
bins. They all squeezed my scalp.
"You have a big head" she said.
There was no point in saying I told you so.
Persistence paid off and eventually one I tried on
fitted beautifully. I happily purchased it.
There was no point in her saying I told you so.
I was so impressed by her wares and her personality that I want to give her a little plug. The Bag Lady tours various market locations around the island so be on the lookout and check out her hats and bags:
Wednesday 9 to 4-Chemainus
Saturday 9 to 2-Duncan
Sunday 10 to 2-Cedar
For more information contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. She does home parties as well.
Sunday was a nice break away from work, chores and even art. I’ve been busy making art cards again but this batch is different than the ones based on my doodles. I copied well known art works onto 4 x 6 pieces of watercolour paper. Since the scale is so small I just copied sections of artworks to study the use of colour. I find copying is the best way for me to learn. It may not work for everyone but it certainly works for me.
Each card takes about an evening to do. I first do a sketch, block in with watercolour pencils and then deepen the values with pencil crayon. Some have ink added if they seem a little flat or the detail gets lost. Certain cards turned out better than others but the concentrated study really benefited me. I could read about technique all I want but nothing takes the place of practice.