Monday, November 30, 2015

November Photo Journal

Woah!  November ran away from me!

I've been happily busy, teaching art around town and keeping haus, as always.  Here are some discoveries and highlights from the past month, in the studio and out:


Winter may never come!  Spotted this lovely flower & herb bed nearby recently.

I was happy to be called upon to fill in for an art instructor at the beautiful Anvil Centre recently.  Happily, the 'handprint birds' the littles and I made were framed and hung in the gallery there!

Mr. Hausfrau and I left the hill for a short escape to Vancouver Island
mid-month with the littles.  The parliament buildings at night are spectacular.

Oliver and Charlotte and I spent a cozy weekend at my parents' house.

Whilst running errands in downtown Vancouver, we stopped into the lobby at the
Four Seasons hotel.  Isn't it lush?  I love all the natural elements and colours
used in the decor.


Students in my "Printmaking and Collage" class worked on some collaged ATC's
recently.  They lingered over the trading session for a long time.  Love it!

On November 11th, we honored those who have served to protect Canada and
remember those who have lost their lives doing so.


And finally, a single from the album I've got playing on repeat these days...




Now that my classes are all done  until the new year, I'm focusing on some new studio works which I will share here soon!


What's new in your world?  Reading, listening, eating anything fabulous you can share with us?  Post in the comments below...I'd love to hear from you!

14 comments:

  1. The flower and herb bed is so pretty :)
    I've been testing out all the delicious vegan pizzas in my area! Found a great one in Newtown called Gigi's.

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    1. Nice! Don't think I've ever had a vegan pizza. Because that would mean: no cheese, right?? I feel my Swiss citizenship would be repealed...:(

      Thanks for stopping by, Chelsey!

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  2. How awesome that yours and your class' artworks were displayed at the gallery! Well done Melissa. And I love those big paintings at Four Seasons lobby too.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo! The Anvil is a beautiful studio space in the riverside town New Westminster here in BC. I've really enjoyed teaching there and am looking forward to instructing there in the New Year.

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  3. I saw those parliament buildings when we stopped on our cruise a few years ago! It was breathtaking. I wasn't much of a photographer back then so none of them turned out, but I sure remember how pretty it was. :-D

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    1. Yes, when we were there, a repositioning cruise was let out onto Government street in Victoria. It's such a pretty town...glad you've seen it!

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  4. The building with the lights looks magical. And I added the Weepies to my Spotify list. Although I've heard OF them, I never really listened to them :-) Love your taste in music. I remember you once recommended First Aid Kit, and months after that, they were on every radio station!

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    1. Ah, Marieken: I'm pretty sure we are sound sisters. Ha! I still listen to a lot of FAK...their harmonies are out of this world. I regularly troll your blog for tune suggestions :D

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  5. Love the pics, especially the flowers! I am already counting down the days until spring.

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    1. Thanks, M. Spring is lovely. I suppose there is something to be said for each season's beauty though. Here in Vancouver, Winter often just looks rainy. I DO hope we get a bit of snow sometime! Hope you are well. I know baby number two is nigh!

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  6. Hey lady! (*^__^*) I love the cozy pic of the kids on the carpet, and also the lush woodsy Four Seasons... which brings back a memory for me! When I was 18-20ish, I went to the Four Seasons with some girlfriends for a first fancy grown-up dinner at Chartwell. It had a fireplace and men's club feel then. We were so nervous and excited! I tried sweetbreads for the first time (was not impressed) and a dessert soufflé with crème anglaise (loved!).

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    1. Heehee! I can count on you for vivid food memories, Carly :) I took Nate to Charwell for a job promotion probably 12 years ago but haven't been there since. I remember the meal was so good, we complimented the chef. Hope you and your gang are Advent-ing nicely and are getting ready for Sinterklaas like we are this weekend!

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    2. Hi Melissa! lovely pics, especially the one from Vancouver (I'd love to visit that beautiful city someday!)
      About my reading... I'm a sucker for history, so I had been indulging in that subject lately. Also I'm a big fun of Audible... the audiobook I'm listening to right now is called "The Cathedral of the Sea". A similar story to "The Pillars of the Earth" but in spanish. Superb!

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  7. It's been warm around these parts, too. Love that flower bed! :D Glad it's still nice and warm up there for you to explore without loads of coats...for now!

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