There are some big art shows coming up and the weather is getting hot enough for people to actually be outside in their garden. That means plants, furniture, and it means art, a way of personalizing your space and surrounding yourself with the things you love. I worked half the week in shop then took off to one of our smaller islands with portable work and a goal of finding more driftwood.The trip was amazing, beaches, kayaking, wildlife, the driftwood was fantastic but too big to bring home. Here on Vancouver Island because of the logging we still have the best selection of all sizes of driftwood hands down.
Some pictures first of a few projects from the beginning of the week: a tall whimsical yard heron from recycled parts, quail in driftwood, and a really fun recycled parts fish. Yard heron is self explanatory from pics, quail are pre done, the correct size and balance of driftwood is amassed that is big enough to hold 3 quail stakes, then drilled at the right angle and quails inserted to finish off. The fish has everything from horse shoes, to vegetable steamer parts, to saw blades, to rebar, combined in a one of a kind combination that speaks 'cool swimming fish for the mantle place or patio table that you simply cannot resist'. Last 4 pics of driftwood scavenger hunt on our beautiful B.C.gulf islands, the place to see deer, osprey, eagles, dahl porpoises, goldfinches, sea birds in all shapes and sizes, otters, ravens, , snakes, and hundreds upon hundreds of starfish, mussels, and oysters.
Karen Lancey is the artist behind Metal Mermaid Welding, at home in Victoria B.C. Canada