Monday, April 16, 2007


So yesterday I spent the afternoon in Vancouver at the monthly ATC swap, which turned into an impromptu book singing for me. LOL! A couple of the ladies had ordered the 1000 ATC Book via Amazon (we don't have it here on the shelves in Canada yet.) and brought them for me to sign. It was pretty funny, since not only had I not seen the book, but I had also completely forgotten which ATC I had submitted.

I found them on page 280. Sadly, the colours are completely off. The first one which was done with a bubble wrap technique and a stamp from Paper Artsy (Men of Numbers plate 4) is hot pink, but this is quite dulled down. The second one, is so washed out, you can barely tell what I did and again, the colour is off. I am disappointed. I don't know what happened. The cover of the book turned out really nice and there are a wide variety of techniques used in the ATCs featured. I will be buying a copy for posterity, regardless.

After the swap, I met up with my guys and we drove to Vanier Park, parked the car and walked along False Creek to Granville Island. This is the marina we passed along the way. As you can see, it was a beautiful day.

Thought I'd take a pic of the street signs along the waterfront.
This is a little lagoon along the way in behind some of the condos. My son and I were really taken with it, thinking about how lovely it would be to live there and be able to sit out on the deck and look at the view. It's like being on a little pond.

This is the sign welcoming you to Granville Island, under the bridge. I never get to take a picture because usually I am driving under it. And how Canadian-there's a banner underneath announcing a sugaring off! Too funny!

I took this pic just for Liz. *wink* Kroma is this wonderful paint company on Grandville Island. They sell acrylic paints, gesso, fluid, gels and matte mediums, etc. and all of it is manufactured right there. They are comparable to Golden paints, but less expensive because they are locally made. I love their stuff!

There are lots of little shops on the island, many of them catering to tourists, but it's always interesting to see what's in them.

Here's a shot of "the Lions" the two peaks in North Vancouver that are a city landmark. You can see them from most points in the city. Gorgeous!

Right near where I parked my son spotted this eagle's nest high up in a tree. My husband said he had seen an eagle fly from it when we first arrived. You can't tell by this picture, but the nest is HUGE. The only other birds I have seen locally with nests this large are the herons in Stanley Park. We ended our day with a trip to Mondo Gelato, the best gelato place in the city. I had one scoop of coffee and one of hazelnut. MMM!

It was a lovely day, marred only by the fact that when I got home, there was a voice mail message waiting, telling me one of my uncles had died. It made me think of The World is a Beautiful Place by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It's the last line I was thinking of.

"but then right in the middle of it

comes the smiling


*sigh* Not the kind of news I wanted to come home to, but such is life.


Kris Henderson said...

Your photos are lovely Lelainia. So sorry for your loss. Dedicate your lovely day to your uncle!

Jen Crossley said...

Lelainia congratulations on your ATC being in the book well done.I love your photos they are stunning

liz said...

so sorry about your uncle sweetie. you can dedicate your lovely day to him!
LOVE the photos!! LOVE kroma!! thank you!! see you in a couple of weeks!!! YAY!
liz xx

Beth said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of the wonderful pictures from artfest.
I didn't go, but I sure felt like I was there. There were so many artists who shared their trip with the rest of us by showing pics and writing wonderful stories about the whole experience and yours was one of the best !!!!

Shari Beaubien said...

Woo hoo for being published, L! And can I have a lick of that gelatto? Hugs, Shari

Maggie said...

I know how you feel about the book. I have 2 cards in it- got my book from Chapters and can't decide if I'm keeping it or not. probably not.
ITs lovely to see photos of Granville Island and green as we have not had any spring here yet in the GTA.