Our friend Annie is extraordinary and lovely. She’s a painter, fabric artist and wonderful chef. Many of my posts have already included her home and amazing cooking. When last we were there, the light was so gorgeous that I had to take many photos inside her home. We have some of Annie’s art in our on-line store, and if you are in Victoria BC, visit Eclectic Gallery who carry her art cards and fabric creations.

Beautiful Annie

Beautiful Annie

Sunlight and shadow magic with Annie's paintings and peacock feathers.

Sunlight and shadow magic with Annie’s paintings and peacock feathers.

Annie's House

Annie’s House

Annie's House

Annie’s House

Annie has a way with fabric, even if it's just draped for curtains.

Annie has a way with fabric, even if it’s just draped for curtains.

Sunlight and shadow magic.

More magic with sunlight and shadow.

Sweet Carlos takes a break from his crazy friend Zelda, who was moving too fast to be part of this photo series.

Sweet Carlos takes a break from his crazy friend Zelda, who was moving too fast to be part of this photo series. He is surrounded by his mamma’s incredible fabric art.

One of GJ's copper bud vases and a colourful plate rest on a small embroidered piece by Annie.

One of GJ’s copper bud vases and a colourful plate rest on a small embroidered piece by Annie.

Annie's Kitchen

Annie’s Kitchen

Annie's Kitchen

Annie’s Kitchen

Annie's House

Annie’s House

Clockwise from top left: curry dip for veggies, lentil samosas with tamarind chutney and potato samosas with tomato chutney. Yum.

Clockwise from top left: curry dip for veggies, lentil samosas with tamarind chutney, and potato samosas with tomato chutney. Yum.

Our long walks in the summer often include the neighbourhood of Fairfield. It’s a quiet, pretty part of Victoria with some very nice beaches, shops and places to walk.

So many gardens have alliums right now, especially these bright beauties.

So many gardens have alliums right now, especially these bright beauties.

Also, daisies.

Also, daisies.

The lovely Fairfield Market on Oscar near the corner at Moss Street…

The lovely Fairfield Market on Oscar near the corner at Moss Street…

… specializing in local produce and products.

… specializing in local produce and products.

Fairfield Bike Shop, Moss Street at Oscar.

Fairfield Bicycle Shop, Moss Street at Oscar.

The place I buy all my felting and knitting supplies: Knotty By Nature.

The place I buy all my felting and knitting supplies: Knotty By Nature (on the right; Lillian near Fairfield Road).

It’s been a busy few months. In June, we worked with our friends artist Gareth Gaudin and Alison at Dales Gallery to create a show of Gareth’s original drawings from the graphic novel Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To, which is a collaboration with spoken-word poet Shane Koyczan. The original drawings are now available for purchase here. I’ve been making a lot of new jewellery; some goes up on the online store, some to Eclectic Gallery in Oak Bay, and some we keep around for our open studios which we’ve been having about once a month. GJ’s been very prolific making sculpture. He’s working on a figurative piece today and has two new kinetic pieces, one of which you can see in action here. GJ also submitted recently to Dug North: The Automata Blog and had one of his kinetic pieces featured; very exciting!

A new figurative piece in progress, by GJ Pearson

A new figurative piece in progress, by GJ Pearson.

Beast on a Biscuit Tin, kinetic sculpture by GJ Pearson.

Beast on a Biscuit Tin, kinetic sculpture by GJ Pearson.

Jumping Machine, video to come soon.

Jumping Machine by GJ Pearson; video to come soon.

Pearls, glass and silver.

Firehorse Designs new necklace: Pearls, glass and silver.

Black stones, grey pearls and glass.

Firehorse Designs new necklace: Black stones, grey pearls and glass.

Pink pearls, rose quartz and Italian glass.

Firehorse Designs new necklace: Pink pearls, rose quartz and Italian glass.

Various jades and pearls in shades of green.

Firehorse Designs new necklace: Various jades and pearls in shades of green.

Mother of pearl, gold-coloured fresh-water pearls and glass.

Firehorse Designs new necklace: Mother of pearl, gold-coloured fresh-water pearls and glass.

Carnelian, brown jade and silver.

Firehorse Designs new necklace: Carnelian, brown jade and silver.

A few random shots from Victoria BC in the heat of July. Taken last week when we went for a long walk for my birthday.

Looking out towards the Inner Harbour from the corner of Government and Belleville.

Looking out towards the Inner Harbour from the corner of Government and Belleville.

The view from a bench we frequent near The Inn at Laurel Point. The Coho ferry from Port Angeles is arriving.

The view from a bench we frequent near The Inn at Laurel Point. The Coho ferry from Port Angeles is arriving.

Just a few of the beautiful roses in the beds around the the Legislative Buildings.

Just a few of the beautiful roses in the beds around the the Legislative Buildings.

The culmination of a week-long festival, the Pride Parade wound it’s way from downtown Victoria to MacDonald Park in James Bay where there is food, fun and festivities. We didn’t follow the parade to the park this year, but here are some photo highlights from the parade:

All the colours of the rainbow; pride for our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

All the colours of the rainbow; pride for our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Doesn't get any more fabulous than this!

Doesn’t get any more fabulous than this!

One of my favourite floats.

One of my favourite photos from the parade.

Proud doggy.

Proud doggy.

Our local Green Party MP and her group.

Our local Green Party MP and her group.

Cheesecake Burlesque with lots of balloons.

Cheesecake Burlesque with lots of balloons.

Attila and Helina from Paparazzi Nightclub: great costumes every year.

Attila and Helina from Paparazzi Nightclub: great costumes as they do every year.

My favourite and the last float of the parade from Hush. The beautiful Pegasus and her gorgeous voice lead all the parade followers to the park.

My favourite and the last float of the parade from Hush. The beautiful Pegasus and her gorgeous voice lead all the parade followers to the park.

A beautiful summer day today. Spent a bit of time sitting on the beach on Dallas Drive looking out across the straight at the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Wishing all our American friends and followers a Happy Independence Day!

The Olympic Peninsula viewed from Victoria BC.

The Olympic Peninsula viewed from Victoria BC.

Colourful paragliders on Dallas Drive, Victoria BC.

Colourful paragliders on Dallas Drive, Victoria BC.

Little bird bathing in one of the fountains in Centennial Square near Chinatown, Victoria BC.

Little bird bathing in one of the fountains in Centennial Square near Chinatown, Victoria BC.

We’ve been helping with another art show at Dales Gallery in Victoria BC, this time for our amazing friend Gareth Gaudin. Gareth recently collaborated with the spoken word poet Shane Koyczan, creating a graphic novel from Shane’s latest collection of poetry. The show features all of the original pages from the book, plus a lot of Gareth’s other works. Along with the reception for the art show, we held a Monster Sisters Party to launch the 3rd issue of Gareth’s latest comic series Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham, the Monster Sisters. Dozens of wee children and their families spent the afternoon colouring, such fun! You can see most of the show here. If you’re in Victoria, the show runs until next Saturday, June 28. You can find some great press about the show here, here, here, and here.

The show poster.

The show poster.

Hanging day, the brick wall.

Hanging day, the brick wall.

Hanging day, the large chicken illuminated on the back wall.

Hanging day, the large chicken illuminated on the back wall.

Gareth being interviewed by Efren from Exhibit-V. See the whole interview here.

Gareth being interviewed by Efren from Exhibit-V.

Some of the art, plus the Monster Sisters party poster.

Some of the art, plus the Monster Sisters party poster.

Besides all 100+ pieces on the walls, there are two large binders full of originals and prints.

Besides all 100+ pieces on the walls, there are two large binders full of originals and prints.

Red dots!

Red dots!

The reception, Friday 13 June 2014.

The reception, Friday 13 June 2014.

The reception, Friday 13 June 2014.

The reception, Friday 13 June 2014.

The reception, Friday 13 June 2014.

The reception, Friday 13 June 2014.

Ready for the Monster Sisters party.

Ready for the Monster Sisters party.

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